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Bish (n. sl.), bitch
Bosch, Hieronymous (c. 1450–1516), Dutch painter
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“I was thinking about making the title refer to a mythological, all-encompassing, giant woman artist.” Scott Walker

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0002QXSCY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,369,057 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2005
Format: Vinyl
By the time Scott Walker released Scott 4, he'd been both a sixties pop star and then a solo artist who initially managed to retain a portion of his teenage audience as he headed off into new territory. Not many artists have made this transition. Scott, his first solo album mixed his own songs, Brel covers and other covers. Scott 2 was a similar mix, however by the time he released Scott 3 he was combining the Brel material with his own exceptional songwriting talent. Scott 4 was the first record that was made up of his own compositions only. It is regarded as his best work, with good reason. It starts with 'The Seventh Seal' an homage to the film of the same name. Using horns, acoustic guitars, orchestration and a chorus he conjures up an epic scene. Rather different to the other records released at the time! He moves on through some familar Walker territory on 'On Your Own Again' then slips into 'The World's Strongest Man' with it's beautiful soaring chorus. 'The Angels Of Ashes' is beautifully sung, and 'Boy Child' sounds truly amazing. This is a classic album and it doesn't have a bad song on it. It is short and concise too-Scott goes anti-war andpolitical on 'Hero of The War' and the 'Old Man's Back Again' respectively. 'The Old Man's Back Again' features a stunning bass line-did Scott play this bass line? The record is rounded off by the country tinged 'Duchess', a contempory sounding (for him) 'Get Behind Me' and 'The Rhymes of Goodbye'. All in all a great record, beautifully sung- Scott is a truly talented singer. A shame then, that the record was unsuccessful at the time of it's release. However, time has been kind to Scott 4 and it is now well regarded and deservedly so! A truly uncompromising effort-just like 'Tilt' possibly his best (and most recent) work.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Percy on 25 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've been plundering all of Scott Walkers albums of late, and I have to say that this one Scott 4, is by far the best album. My favourite track is without doubt 'Angels of Ashes'. There is something timeless about this album where most of the tracks have aged really well. But that voice - how it booms out of the speakers and seems to dominate the music, is simply great.

From what I've read, this album was quickly deleted upon release, and I guess this is a symptom of it being too forward for it's time.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By S. Young on 22 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
Scott Walker is a new discovery for me, I thought I would check him out after hearing that some of my favourite artists (Radiohead, Rufus Wainwright, Bowie) cite him as a major influence. I learned that this album was one of his worst in terms of sales and got deleted soon after release which I find absurd because this is a classic album! His silky voice croons over lush, string-laden textures and the arrangements are breathtaking, just as good as anything that's around at the moment. The combination of that distinctive voice, quality songwriting and powerful lyrical content makes this timeless music. To top it off, it has been digitally remastered and booms out of the speakers! Trust me, this album is worthy of your pennies.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By pikeyboy on 4 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
You have to appreciate an album like this in the context of the times in which it was made. In my humble opinion, Scott had already made his rare and beautiful masterpiece - Scott 3 - but he was unhappy that too much of that album had been conceived in 3/4 time and therefore there wasn't much differentiation between tracks. Such are the hang-ups with minutiae that great artists have, and who am I to argue that Scott was WRONG WRONG WRONG! Any album containing songs of the calibre of Big Louise, It's Raining Today, We Came Through, 30 Century Man, Two Ragged Soldiers, plus his inimitable take on Brel's Ne Me Quitte Pas (If You Go Away), deserves a place in any serious record collection. What you get on Scott 3 is pure unadulterated Scott to tug away at the heartstrings, but here's the rub: that was an album that charted, just like the previous two, though not as high up. Maybe it was too much of Scott for most tastes, but more likely that it was a finer distillation of his two previous outings (let's not forget the fine original classics both of those albums contain: Montague Terrace, Plastic Palace People, Such A Small Love, etc.) and what most people were looking for was The Walker Bros. mk II.
Without a trace of irony, then, Scott 4 was conceived in order to win back some of that audience that had drifted away. That it was intended for popular consumption at all seems almost astonishing to me. Songs like Seventh Seal, i.e., almost a transliteral commentary on the Bergman film of the same name (watch it, then listen to the song, and be amazed at its accuracy), the Mahler-like strings and spaciness of the classic Boychild, the Bo Diddley skank of Hero Of The War, the Dylanesque simplicity of Rhymes Of Goodbye, and the almost progressive rock-out of Get Behind Me.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Very few people seem to have heard of Scott Walker, which is a pity considering just how commercial he could have been. This album may be a cult classic, but is there any reason why it could not have been a smash?
It starts all brass and drums, in the same vein as Love's Forever Changes, on "The Seventh Seal". This high drama soon gives way to the more plaintive "The World's Strongest Man", before reaching "Ashes of Angels", one of the high points of the album. The song is not great in the orthodox sense in that it consists of little more than a refrain which circles "again, and again" in between several keys and modes. But it is this stream-of-consciousness feel which gives it its watery, dreamlike brilliance.
That is soon violently broken by "The Old Man's Back Again", which Scott ironically dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist regime (Walker's real name may be Engels, but the similarity ends there!) An almost funky bassline gives way to choirs of ghostly voices and plenty of catchy-as-hell minor chord sequences. The finished result sounds like a cross between Frank Sinatra, the Stone Roses and Thomas Tallis and is quite breath-taking.
The country twang of "Duchess" could scarcely be more different, but it is quick to show its gorgeously melodic credentials, before perhaps the last great track on the album, the soulful "Get Behind Me" turns into the last lap.
It is difficult to categorise this album - Matt Monroe sings Leonard Cohen with a soul band, anyone?
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