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on 24 July 2006
Through his painstaking critical analysis of Scott Walker's eclectic recording career, Lewis Williams has succeeded in peeling back the many complex layers of his subject's personality to reveal fresh perspectives on this most unique of artists.

The sheer breadth and diversity of Walker's four decades on vinyl is engagingly explored to create a catalogue of songs that is far more than a recountment of dates and facts. By exploring the varying themes and modes of lyrical expression utilised by Scott Walker, Lewis Williams presents a series of snapshots of the artist as a man, viewed through the multi-faceted prism of his work. Despite his obvious admiration for his subject, the author repeatedly brings trenchant objectivity to bear in a series of analyses that are as enjoyable as they are insightful.

'The Rhymes of Goodbye' is a fitting tribute to a unique artist.
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VINE VOICEon 28 June 2006
If you come to Lewis Williams book expecting a biographical compilation of Scott Walker's life you'll have to wait until someone, hopefully Scott himself, writes the definitive bio. Williams takes the reader through Walkers recorded history with a track by track commentary that does justice to his recorded legacy.

His writting is not as complex and in depth as I would have enjoyed but with very little available to Walker aficenados it's quite good.

While many lack having any knowledge of Walkers work, William's "Rhymes of Goodbye" is a great companion to accompany one as you listen to his vast body of artistic pefection.

Covers his work from the begining through "Drift"
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VINE VOICEon 29 September 2008
Given that there is a surprisingly low number of Scott Walker-related books,this should be recommended to most Scott-fans.Admittedly those expecting something on the level of Revolution in the Head: "Beatles" Records and the Sixties may be disappointed,as this doesn't feature the same level of musicological analysis.This book is in fact a witty,easy read which most fans of Scott Walker will enjoy.At times the opinions expressed by the author are somewhat difficult to agree with,for me at least (a good example being criticizing the peerless Tilt for it's "forced humour" but claiming that the 'jokes' in The Drift are seamless) but it's never less than interesting.Buy it,but don't expect anything too deep.
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on 14 October 2006
A brilliant compilation of Scott Walker / Walker Bros. recordings.

A lot of hard work must have gone into this so congratulations to Lewis Williams for his effort
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on 8 January 2009
The book is written from a fan's perspective and concentrates on track-by-track comments on releases, inspirations, references and other background facts and information. So don't expect too sophisticated or lyrical writing on his oeuvre. It's quite informative and inspiring to skip through the pages while listening to the records and you get some new perspectives to the music. In addition, especially for those who's mother tongue is not English it eases the access to the lyrics. The only thing which puzzles me is why the author never comments or, as far as I can see, even mentions Walker's pre-Walker Brothers recordings under his real name Scott Engel. After all, there were several more or less obscure 7" singles, and you can even find some (non comprehensive) compilations of that material on CD, called "The Early Years" or "Humble Beginnings".
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on 21 September 2006
This promises a "Revolution in the Head" type of approach but that book provided a level of knowledge and insight that enabled you to listen to The Beatles with fresh ears. In contrast, The Rhymes of Goodbye provides little information that even the most casual Scott fan won't be familiar with. Each track just gets a kind of mini review, mostly gushing, and there is nothing to add to your listening experience. Pretty disappointing, on the whole.
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