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The Impossible Dream: The Story Of Scott Walker And The Walker Brothers by [Reynolds, Anthony]
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About the Author

Anthony Reynolds is a musician and a writer. He has released eight critically acclaimed albums. Anthony has contributed essays and critiques to many US and UK magazines, and has published a biography of Jeff Buckley.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2643 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Jawbone Press (20 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FKC056
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
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I'm fed up of reading po-faced contemporary criticism of Scott's 'MOR'/pop stuff from indie intellectuals who can never hope to understand the style in which he was working. They seem to want to judge everything he's done against his more recent, experimental work and are too quick to dismiss anything that isn't 'difficult' or self-written as pure schmaltz. This shows a distinct lack of understanding of the vocal tradition in which Scott belongs. Anyone who likes the 'romantic','popular' sound of Scott is dismissed as some sort of lightweight who doesn't understand his apparent life-long crusade against the entertainment industry.

Reynolds gives a fair appraisal and isn't afraid to praise some of the stuff that is so regularly frowned upon. The 'received wisdom' surrounding some of the 'wilderness years' songs is crippling and it's good to read an author who understands their musical context and isn't frightened of heavy string arrangements or lyrics about love!

I think 'Any day Now' is a great album. Surely, if Scott was drinking heavily and depressed at the time, it must be one of the most convincing examples of genuine sadness and disillusionment that he has committed to vinyl. I can certainly hear a desperate, dark beauty in his performance on that record but I think there's too many people 'reviewing' this music without really understanding the context of Scott's entire approach to singing at that time (whatever he says now, he clearly was once a huge fan of songwriters such as Bacharach, Legrand etc etc and was at some point fairly obsessed with jazz vocal and Frank Sinatra, Mark Murphy, Jack Jones et al).
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Unfortunately, I connected with the author after his masterpiece was finished but read the book with a critical eye, as I was fortunate enough to be Personal Assistant to Maurice King, manager of the famed Brothers. I thought it was brilliant. Reynolds' writing style is creative, expressive and pushes you forward into the story. I know the complex history and elusive facts pulled together must have been so difficult to research and I sincerely recognise these enormous efforts. The results go beyond anything else written on The Walker Brothers, as they tugged at my own memories to relive events, page after page.

I really had no idea poor Gary was thought of so poorly as a musician. I must have been distracted by his adorable personality and friendship, that lasts to this day. I know Maurice laughed at him, though smiled long enough to try to make money from The Rain.

I believe Reynolds captured so well Scott's personality, through the interviews. Not an easy thing to do, or express.

As far as I am concerned, this book is a shining star and does not compare with others previously written. This contains facts from legitimate sources and the picture overflows with vivid, colourful truths. The Impossible Dream was a pleasure to read and a book that stands alone for The Walker Brothers. You are gifted, Mr. Reynolds.
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I worked with the Walker Bros both as a band and as solo artistes and very much enjoyed reading "The Impossible Dream" which accurately transported me back to times of mayhem and madness.

If you are or were a Walker Bros fan then it is a good read and there are interesting quotes from people who were around at the time.

Well done to the author
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This is an entertaining and thoroughly researched book that captures the period well. There are numerous illuminating interviews and interesting commentary on the recordings. A useful companion to the Scott Walker biographies that have already been published.
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The Walker Brothers were one of the most successful bands in pop history. Their titanic chart hits - 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore', 'Make It Easy On Yourself', 'My Ship Is Coming In' - and their youthful good looks established Scott, John and Gary as the original teen idols. During their height in the mid 60s, the Walkers could boast a fan club larger than that of The Beatles.

After the group disbanded in 1967, the brothers pursued solo careers. Only Scott Walker met with any real commercial success, issuing a quartet of self-titled albums, now rightly hailed as classics. The trio would slide into obscurity as the decade turned, before reforming and rising phoenix-like in the mid 70s, with the classic 'No regrets' hit single. They concluded their recording career with a groundbreaking ablum, 1978s Nite Flights, but the extraordinary legacy of The Walker Brothers and their enigmatic frontman, Scott Walker, lives on.

In the first in-depth biography of The Walker Brothers, Anthony Reynolds traces the rise and fall of one of the seminal pop acts and examines their unique contribution to popular music. He also reappraises the talent and appeal of the cult hero Scott Walker, as well as tracing the often neglected careers of the other two brothers, John and Gary.

The book covers the years from the early 60s to their revival in the mid 70s, telling the Walkers' fascinating story through the words of the brothers themselves. We also hear from those who helped make The Walker Brothers such a phenomenon - the musicians, record label staff, and producers; the fans and the photographers - and many (including myself) were interviewed exclusively for this book. Tracing the band and solo careers, Reynolds assesses each album and single, including outakes and unreleased songs. Profusely illustrated, featuring many previously unpublished photographs, this volume is a must for any fan of classic pop music.
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