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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a much better compilation than you'd expect for a budget cd
'The Collection' is a budget compilation of Scott Walkers music from 1967 to 1970 plus 'Any Day Now' from 1973.

I'm actually quite new to Walkers music. About a year ago a friend lent me a compilation of material by Walker and the Walker Brothers called 'No Regrets'. It only featured six solo Walker songs, five of which are included on 'The Collection'. Those...
Published on 16 Dec. 2007 by The Chad Who Loved Me

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3.0 out of 5 stars CD
BOUGHT THIS FOR MY MUM AS A PRESENT AND SHE WAS THRILLED WITH IT. GREAT SERVICE AND WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a much better compilation than you'd expect for a budget cd, 16 Dec. 2007
This review is from: The Collection (Audio CD)
'The Collection' is a budget compilation of Scott Walkers music from 1967 to 1970 plus 'Any Day Now' from 1973.

I'm actually quite new to Walkers music. About a year ago a friend lent me a compilation of material by Walker and the Walker Brothers called 'No Regrets'. It only featured six solo Walker songs, five of which are included on 'The Collection'. Those five songs were in keeping with the Walker Brothers' sound, but it was clear that in songs like 'Montague Terrace (In Blue)' and 'Boy Child' (not featured here unfortunately) that Scott Walker had greater range and a more experimental and unusual approach.

The material that is featured here is biased towards the material from 1967s 'Scott' and 1968s 'Scott 2'. Nine of the songs on this eighteen track CD are cut from those two LPs. Walker's two most celebrated albums are only represented by four songs, and these are arguably the best songs of the compilation. 'If You Go Away' and 'Copenhagen' from 'Scott 3' have all the orchestration expected, but use them in a manner which is less to sweeten and more to heighten Walker's vocal. Neither song is really a typical ballad, and display elements of several musical directions. 'The Seventh Seal' and 'Duchess' from 'Scott 4' have a stripped feel and a closer resemblance to pop. The beat on both, but more apparent on 'The Seventh Seal', drives the songs with more of rock 'n' roll rhythm that is not heard on the compilation (apart from perhaps the thunderous 'Jackie').

This is not to say material from 'Scott' and 'Scott 2' is nothing but uniformly excellent. Of course, with the Walker Brothers and as a solo artist he often shone blasting out the ballads and covers. 'Montague Terrace (In Blue)', 'The Lady Came from Baltimore' and 'Amsterdam' for example are all fantastic. Yet it is clear when a composition is Scott's - as all are on 'Scott 4' and most are on 'Scott 3' - or a cover which populate most of the material on his first two LPs. Yet Scott Walker seems destined to rework Jacques Brel to brilliant effect, while songs like 'Lights of Cincinatti' and 'Black Sheep Boy' are also wonderful highlights. Yet in comparison to songs of his own like 'Boy Child' from 'Scott 4', Walker takes his trademark baritone and Wally Stott arrangements into gloomier and more personal places.

As a compilation and in relation to other CDs on the market, 'The Collection' has much to recommend. Unfortunately some of its characteristics are its greatest failings. One such inclusion is 'The Look of Love' which is from Scott's "lost" 4th album: 'Scott: Scott sings songs from his TV series'. It's a drippy and uninspired run through. Scott sounds bored or ill-suited to the material. 'Look of Love' would be the lowlight of the compilation if it weren't for 'Any Day Now', which the comically bad title track from one of his two 1973 albums. It's good of the compilers to represent more than Walkers usual over-analysed 67-70 period, yet both songs inclusion only justices their normal exclusion. 'Any Day Now' is sandwiched in-between the wonderful 'Montague Terrace' and 'Amsterdam' and this only extenuates its inferiority. Yet the beauty of both these lowlights is that they paint a picture of the quality of their parent albums. From these pictures we know to avoid these albums, this at very least justifies their inclusion.

It would be absurd to produce a Walker compilation without the non-album singles 'Joanna' or 'Lights of Cincinatti', but it is the appearance 'The Rope and the Colt' that adds the greatest value to the CD. I believe it was a title track to a 1968 film and only released in France at the time.

Overall as a budget release it covers a good amount of material and hits, with enough highpoints and rarities to make it worthwhile. The only real misgivings are the packaging, which has a nice enough cover, but has the same portrait throughout the sleeve. The lack of information about the material featured is also a bit of shame. The information on the material that i've mentioned above was found through searching the Internet and was not found in the liner notes. The sleeve notes by Daryl Easlea are serviceable enough, but their mentioning of material from 'Climate of Hunter' and 'Tilt' begs the question why no material appears from either appears here (the compilation was released before 'The Drift' so its understandable why it isn't mentioned).

Again, it's a good value compilation for starting out with Walkers solo work or useful if you just want the few rarities on CD. Great.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Godlike Genius, 6 Mar. 2005
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A superb compilation featuring the greatest singer of torch songs , ballads etc i've ever heard.Bought this to update my worn out old vinyl copy (which i still treasure) of The Best Of Scott Walker from about '82.I wish they'd do a straight re-release of that gem.Tracklist was:Joanna , Lights of Cincinatti, I Will Wait For You ,Will You Still Be Mine ,Montague Terrace , When Joanna Loved Me......thats just side one.A Lost Classic.Get this though , the guy's transcendent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant..., 21 May 2013
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Lisa Lewis-Martin "llm" (Christchurch. Dorset United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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A great collection of Scott's music including 'Jackie', 'The Rope And The Colt', 'The Seventh Seal', 'Montague Terrace', and many more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How could anyone not love Scott?, 29 Nov. 2012
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Singstress (England, Hertfordshire) - See all my reviews
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Another wonderful showcase of Scotts unique vocal - the range, power and sheer thrill of hearing it. Wow!! Thanks Scott
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 26 May 2011
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I have only recently discovered Scott Walker, why this guy is not a MEGA STAR I have no idea; his voice is like liquid velvet, he has a fantastic range, with just the right amount of emotion, without all the screaming and shouting you find with more contemporary artists today. I've gone on to buy two further CD's and they are all excellent. This should be in everyone's CD collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ive always loved Scott Walker ( nee Engel) with or without his ..., 2 Dec. 2014
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Ive always loved Scott Walker ( nee Engel) with or without his 'Brothers')
This has all his solo hits on it and its fab....Joanna is a great track and is probably my fav You know all the hits. His Voice just hits the spot and makes my toes curl. Love it recommend.....Mathilsde is a fab track too ( pton Matilda) Buy It Its heart music xx
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzler, 10 July 2014
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sleeve notes by the esteemed Mr Dazzler Daryl Easlea of Ship Full of Bombs Radio fame (as well as many biographies of top musicians). Quality LP, good price too
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd., 6 Aug. 2014
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fast delivery. great cd. thanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 29 Nov. 2014
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Excellent choice for any Scott Walker fan. Has his best known hits and is very good quality.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CD, 15 Sept. 2011
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This item arrived on time and was well packaged, this cd was as new and was worth every penny.
Will use you again.
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