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Five Easy Pieces Box set, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (18 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000H0MKDI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Jackie
2. Mathilde
3. The Girls And The Dogs
4. Amsterdam
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Prologue - Little Things
2. I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore
3. In My Room
4. After The Lights Go Out
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Light
2. Deadlier Than The Male
3. The Rope And The Colt
4. Meadow
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. The Plague
2. Plastic Palace People
3. Boy Child
4. Shutout
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Where's The Girl?
2. You're All Around Me
3. Just Say Goodbye
4. Hurting Each Other
See all 18 tracks on this disc

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By reader on 6 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
Unlike some box sets this is not targeted at the completist who wants all of the outtakes etc. If you are a fan of Scott Walker but only have the first four solo albums plus the later stuff (Tilt etc) then this is a good purchase. It means you can cover off the best bits of his '60s Walker Bros and '70s solo career plus out of print (comparative) rarities like 'Til The Band Comes In and his four tracks from Nite Flites (which are sensational, by the way). If you are a Scott novice this box probably provides you with all the tracks you will need, since it contains the essential stuff as well. Each CD is based around a theme, making the listening experience a coherent one.
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Having bought myself a decent player for christmas I dug this out and have spent the last four to five hours listening. So, to explain the title, it's challenging as there is some real rubbish on here, as a previous review said, songs that are no longer available, and it's clear to see why. It's also challenging as a number of tracks, particularly on the fifth cd are rather, I want to say manic, and at the end of them you really do appreciate the few seconds of silence before the next track! So, how do I justify five stars? There is so much that is brilliant, great lyrics and story telling from the early solo albums, amazing vocals ( I still think 'I don't want to hear it anymore' from Take it Easy is stunning ) and of course the later masterpieces like 'Farmer in the City'. Yes, if you are someone who just wants to hear what I always call 'the mushy Scott' then this is probably not for you. If, like me, you have most of the tracks already it is a lot to pay for the convenience of five themed CDs ( I paid less than half of what it's currently selling for and still thought it too much! ). If Scott Walker is unknown to you, yes there's a good selection here but there are some really great tracks omitted eg Old Man's Back Again so I would suggest that you start on the early solo albums rather than this. So, having written all of that and reflected on what I have written, why would you buy this? Heaven only knows! Maybe because most of it is amazing but you can source the good stuff elsewhere much cheaper. Oh, the books nice, but if you are a Scott fan it doesn't tell you anything that you didn't already know.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. W. Lewis on 12 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for a music CD that represents the original music values of Scott Walker, forget it. This is something very different and definately challenging to listen to. I love the smooth tones of Scott on his early work, and although this DVD breaks all the rules about conventional music it would definately appeal to the surreal musician.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An overwhelmingly great box set!!! 11 Aug 2008
By squinky3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I noticed that other people gave this box set a bad review based on the fact that one of the discs had a mastering problem, resulting in an entire channel (left or right) not playing on Disc 3. That was in the entry for the original 2003 release; this is the re-released 2006 version, and mine is apparently the first review on here. Regardless of the mastering problem on the earlier pressing, I can't see how anyone can give this less than 5 stars based on the music it contains. I assume that for the re-release they fixed the mastering problem because both channels play loud and clear on all 5 discs. I see no problem with the categorisation of each disc into a "theme" in which the songs fit. Many people are used to a chronological order to their box sets, but this is a fresh way of listening to an artists' work, and I, for one, have no problem with it. Every box set does not have to contain outtakes, demos, rarities, etc., for me to enjoy it. I understand that devoted fanatics of an artist already have every studio release, and look forward to something new and different, something they've never before heard, when a box set is released. Some of us, however, do not have every studio release, and look forward to getting a box set as a means of having a large body of an artists' work without shelling out for every studio release. Besides, I don't think the soundtrack songs on Disc 5 are easily found in one place. Other reviewers complained about quotes from various performers and personalities overwhelming the booklet. Maybe the original pressing had a different format, but these quotes are two per page, at the very bottom of each page, take up very little space, and do not overwhelm the notes. I love everything about this box, and place it among the top 3 or 4 that I have, and I own quite a few box sets (about 100 - 150). If I could have, I would have given this 10 stars, it's that good! I'm confused about one thing, however: Amazon's reviews stated that this box sets' booklet had 50+ pgs. (in the original 2003 box review). This review states that it is 96 pgs. long! My copy's booklet contains about 30 pgs. Nothing appears to be missing or torn out, as I bought it new and sealed. Is this correct?
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5 times the Scott. 18 Nov 2008
By E.I.E.I. Owen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You could not have asked for a more apt title for a collection of work. This is a basically a selection of songs by Scott Walker containing solo, soundtrack work, compositions for other artists as well as recordings with the Walker Brothers spread over five thematically sequenced CD's.

Scott Walker's career has been his own making. An American who found fortune in England in 1965 with the Walker Brothers and then walking away from that to become a crooner and then the definitive interpreter of Jacques Brel's material as well as writing his own songs in increasing complexity both lyrically and musically. After various reunions with the Walker Brothers, Walker continued to release albums that were increasingly questioning the idea of what exactly a song should be and how an album should sound. Walker's later work on albums like "Tilt" and "The Drift" is not for everyone, not even fans of Scott Walker

This set is NOT A GREATIST HITS COLLECTION but a collection of songs that challenge the listener to accept Scott Walker on his own terms. If you are looking for songs like "The Sun Ain't Going To Shine Anymore" you are going to be very disappointed. But if you looking for something different to play on that big stereo system than this collection is for you.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Definitive Scott Walker 22 May 2010
By Jill Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As a huge fan of Scott Walker I found this cd boxed set to be one of the best. It contains a good selection of his songs from the beginning in the 60s with The Walker Brothers through the 80s and his solo work and later. Packaged really well to include a book inside which I enjoyed reading. Excellent quality on all remastered songs. If you are a Scott Walker fan then this is the one you should have in your collection. It may be expensive, but then if you bought all the cds the songs are taken from it would certainly cost you a lot more and you'd not have the book and photos. Definately recommend this to all fans and beyond.
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