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Excellent - but slightly flawed - collection,
This review is from: Scott Walker in 5 Easy Pieces (Audio CD)
This is an excellent package - but not without some minor flaws, as previous reviewers have pointed out. Serious Scott fans will probably already have virtually everything here already. There are no unreleased tracks - although there are many deleted and extremely hard to find ones. The booklet could have been more illuminating. But, irritating as those things are, I really don't think they detract too much from this major collection of Scott's work authorised by the great man himself.
Each CD is assembled thematically,which forces you to listen to the songs in a different context. I have always felt Scott 3 and Tilt are the high watermarks of his recording career and, interestingly, the track listing knocks down the view held by some that Scott 4 is his best album by taking relatively few tracks from it.
Disc 1 dishes up the kitchen sink dramas. It is, more so than the other discs, pretty heavy with Walker Brothers material - but this only serves to remind you just how under-rated much of the Walker Brothers stuff is compared to Scott's solo output. Disc 2 focuses on songs about or for women. This disc is, early on particularly, heavy on covers - but it's a reminder that Scott is undoubtedly one of the foremost interpreters of songs in music history with tracks that could be lightweight given depth and emotion. It rounds off with the recent collaboration with Ute Lemper - two stunning tracks that sound like nothing you have ever heard before... except perhaps Tilt or Pola X! Disc 3 is a fairly self-explanatory collection of songs about Europe and America. Disc 4 is billed as an alternative best-of, focussing on the harder-edged stuff - with heavy emphasis on Climate Of Hunter and Tilt. Disc 5 rounds up soundtrack and film-inspired stuff from various sources.
So, yes, there are some minor flaws with this. But there is still an awful lot to recommend it. It is really nicely packaged. The material assembled on it comes from a wide range of sources, many of them long deleted or extremely hard to find. There are no obvious omissions from the listing - everything is on here you would need.