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Scott Walker & the Walker Brothers - 1965-1970

Scott Walker & The Walker Brothers

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The 18 tracks on Scott Walker & the Walker Brothers -1965-1970 provide a survey of the career of this successful, yet charmingly out-of-step pop group. At a time when beat oriented groups like the Stones, the Kinks, and others were defining the sound of English pop music, The Walker Brothers, who took stylistic cues from the formalist pop songwriting of Burt Bacharach and the melodramatic mannerisms of crooners like Tony Bennett, were something of an anomaly. Leader Scott Walker’s powerful baritone bears an undeniable resemblance to Tom Jones’ but from the very outset of their career the Walker Brothers favored ambitious arrangements and thematically dark, sometimes even morbid material. This combination of theatricality and existential dread would have a significant impact on the development of artists like David Bowie, who would, early in his career perform a version of Jacque Brel’s “Amsterdam” that bears a close resemblance to the Walker Brothers’ version included here.

Customer Reviews

a singular voice and talent

The trail that led me to Scott Walker's music was interesting.... Watching Absolutely Fabulous many years ago, his name and song Jackie (originated by Jacques Brel: La Cahnson de Jacky) were mentioned.... then over the closing credits the song was played..... That voice and music resonated in my head and I had to find out who this person was... Scott Walker possesses something missing from virtually singer today.

I have been waiting patiently,,,,,,

I have been waiting patiently for these songs to come out. His voice is so soulful. Just like Bill Medley of the Rightgeous Brothers. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore is my favorite. See, patience does pays off.

Scott is great but ......

why cant I get his version of Dylan's Love Minus Zero - that was on the first US "Introducing the Walker Brothers" album... The Walker Brothers version is the best interpretation of that song bar none but no one seems to recognize that. Whoever owns the rights should release that album with its original track list!

Biography

Born: January 9, 1943 in Hamilton, OH

Genre: Pop

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

One of the most enigmatic figures in rock history, Scott Walker was known as Scotty Engel when he cut obscure flop records in the late '50s and early '60s in the teen idol vein. He then hooked up with John Maus and Gary Leeds to form the Walker Brothers. They weren't named Walker, they weren't brothers, and they weren't English, but they nevertheless became a part of the British Invasion after moving to the U.K. in 1965. They enjoyed a couple of years of massive success there (and a couple of hits...
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