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The Walker Brothers were a British hit sensation, though the group was neither brothers or British. Scott Engel, John Maus and Gary Leeds met in California and went to England to be a part of the British Invasion. Their sound is a mix of ornate orchestrations and Scott Walker’s intense take on showbiz singers of the pre-rock era, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, that when pushed together with the other members sounds like a bizarre spinoff of the Righteous Brothers. Their cult has grown over the years as their records are reissued and a new generation submerges themselves into the band’s stunning melodicism. These twenty tracks are a comprehensive overview of the band’s short but prolific early career. (They reunited several times for the credible comebacks of No Regrets and Nite Flights). “Saddest Night In the World,” “Make It Easy On Yourself,” “First Love Never Dies” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” are first-rate pop songs that range from romantic to doomed. Scott Walker would continue with a fascinating solo career.

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The Walker Brothers (After the Lights Go Out

One of the first albums I purchased as a young teen back in the late sixties was a Walker Brothers album. I believe I got it with yellow stamps my mother saved up. I played that album over and over on my little turntable. With Scott Walker’s deep voice and the type of songs he recorded I always pictured him much older. With technology being what it is now, I have been able to watch him on You Tube. He was actually quite young and not what I pictured at all when he recorded these songs. The Walker Brothers were quite popular back in the day especially in the UK.
I purchased this album because there are several songs I really like. Make It Easy on Yourself, (Baby) You Don’t Have To Tell Me, The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore, Living Above Your Head, After the LIghts Go Out, and others.
I did not care for Mrs. Murphy, Deadlier Than The Male, Archangel, or Orpheus, Saddest Night in the World or the interviews.
Most of these songs are ballad type songs that are heavily orchestrated. A couple of them are a bit over dramatic like Another Tear Falls and In My Room. I still like them, though but prefer the other songs that are bit more pop.
I hear a little bit of everything in these songs. Touch of the fifties, a little country, James Bond, and sixties pop.
This music is different and not for everyone.
Once I figured out what songs I liked the best I burned a cd of them and am enjoying it.


Formed: 1964 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s

They weren't British, they weren't brothers, and their real names weren't Walker, but Californians Scott Engel, John Maus, and Gary Leeds were briefly huge stars in England (and small ones in their native land) at the peak of the British Invasion. Engel and Maus were playing together in Hollywood when drummer Leeds suggested they form a trio and try to make it in England. And they did -- with surprising swiftness, they hit the top of the British charts with "Make It Easy on Yourself" in 1965. "The...
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