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The Collection CD
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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.Read more ›
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
A man of many styles, he can really belt out lushly orchestrated ballads like 'Joanna' with so much emotion, and sound just as good when singing experimental pop music, spaghetti westerns like 'The Rope And The Colt', and 'beautiful country-folk songs like 'Black Sheep Boy' and 'The Lady Came From Biltmore', both of which came from the pen of Tim Hardin. The latter of those Hardin covers is actually, along with perfection of 'Duchess', is probably my favourite of the 18 tracks on featured on this CD, which also offers excellent sound quality. Although I would recommend that you purchase Scott Walker's studio releases to fully appreciate his work (my all-time favourite is his classic, self-titled debut album of 1967: Scott, and six of it's twelve tracks appear on here), this single disc is a great one for newcomers who are keen for their taste.
'The Collection' comes with a thin booklet that includes a short essay about Scott Walker's recording career by experienced music magazine writer Daryl Easlea.