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The Impossible Dream: The Story Of Scott Walker And The Walker Brothers Kindle Edition
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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).
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.
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love The Walker Brothers and thought this book would give a pretty good background to their private lives and success. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs SE Hogg
A great read with lots of insightful interviews and detailed information on one of the great musical innovators of the 60's and beyond.Published 12 months ago by Keyzer Soze
Got this as was avid fan of The Walker Brothers in my younger days, have not read it all yet but have enjoyed it up to nowPublished on 28 Feb. 2014 by scottie
As the title suggests it is all about Scott and the Walker Brothers...giving us different aspects of each member. A jam packed hardback which is great value for money!!Published on 21 May 2013 by Lisa Lewis-Martin