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Curb's 2004 release The Best of Jack Scott opens up with two slick latter-day re-recordings of two of Scott's biggest hits — "What in the World's Come Over You" and "Burning Bridges" — before it settles into a selection of 13 recordings that Scott recorded for Carlton between 1958 and 1960. While this is prime Scott, it doesn't contain two of his signature songs from the Carlton era — neither "Leroy" or "The Way I Walk" are here. So, this is a mixed bag, although better than a set of nothing but re-recordings. That's good enough to make this a worthwhile impulse purchase if it's picked up at a good price.


Born: 24 January 1936 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Jack Scott sounded tough, like someone you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley unless he had a guitar in his hands. When he growled "The Way I Walk," wise men (and women) stepped aside. Despite his snarling rockabilly attitude, Scott hailed from Ontario, Canada, and grew up near Detroit, developing a love for hillbilly music along the way. His first sides for ABC/Paramount in 1957 exhibited a profound country-rock synthesis, and after moving to the Carlton label, Scott hit the charts the next year...
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