- Audio CD (12 July 1996)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Epic
- ASIN: B00000841D
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The final album in the reformed WALKER BROTHERS tenure was quitely unleashed in 1978 under the title of "Night Flites", and was quickly forgotten. Unlike it's two predecessors though (which whilst enjoyable were certainly not Scott Walker at his most prolific), "Nite Flites" began the transition for Scott which saw him completely leave behind the Scott Walker of the Sixties, particularly the persona from the the first three WALKER BROTHERS albums. The fact that Scott always seemed to hate having to deal with the fame of being a "pop star" made this progression inevitable, and the often touted inaccessability of his self-penned material on his two solo albums after "Nite Flites" (on 1983's "Climate Of Hunter" and 1995's "Tilt"), actually can be heard unexpectedly on this, THE WALKER BROTHERS final album.
Viewing "Nite Flites" as a whole, I would only rate the album with 3 stars, as the only tracks of real note are the first 4 out of a total of 10. These four stand-out tracks are the only ones written and sang by Scott, and it certainly shows.Read more ›
Looking back now, this is the point where he shifts from being a "pop" singer to an artist who went on to explore the fringes of the avant garde. The first four tracks on this album are a wonderful mixture of that great baritone voice and a rock production that has elements of noise - in the way that David Bowie and Lou Reed had done - combining song structures with "Musique concrète". After this - Walker abandoned any kind of recognisable structure, for pure noise and expression.
But this is of course a "Walker Brothers" album and after the first four tracks it becomes more of a band record, with Walker taking a back-seat - which is a shame as it becomes the kind of predictable MOR rock that proliferated in late 70s USA. Walker surfaces occasionally, but it is those first four tracks that hint at what was to come and which earn my four stars on their own - the rest is disposable, in the same way as the first four are indispenable; as part of the prodigious output of Scott Walker's genius.
One cannot say this is the most interesting music you can come across, but it does need to be heard to understand the future of, at least Scott Walker contribution to rock history.
Scott's efforts themselves are mixed, with tracks 2 and 4, especially 2, being more adventurous, 1 and 3 displaying a more consciously conventional form. If you use your imagination, the title track (in terms of melody, not lyrics) could almost be sung by Duran Duran. Overall, Scott's songs are arguably his most successful efforts at combining conventional and experimental forms of songwriting, creating something listenable yet challenging. As ever with Scott, the lyrics are fantastic (excepting the line 'Dragons of disgust' from Scott 4-- I agree with you, Bowie). 'Drilling through the Spiritus Sanctus'-- what a lyric! What would Gregory of Nyssa have thought of Scott's intentions?
The previous reviewer's observation that Gary and John were attempting to keep up with Scott is very perceptive. Prima facie this seems the case. Take Gary's 'contributions'. They share the disjointed lyrical structure (or lack) of Scott's compositions. However, with Gary's, this technique appears contrived, forced even. Perhaps one is looking for Gary to pale compare to Scott, and that actually, lyrically, there is little difference. Actually, it may well be that our valuation of the lyrics is coloured by Gary's frankly piss-poor vocal 'performance- anaemic is not an adequate word to describe the vapid, emotionally empty, by-numbers excuse for a singing attempt. Sorry Gary, but stick to the drums-- you make Ringo sound like Pavarotti. Aside from the lyrics, the musical arrangements are unimaginative.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are no doubt four very good reasons to include this album in your collection, if you're a Scott Walker fan. Read morePublished on 22 May 2015 by kaypea
I shop with Amazon constantly and expect a fair and honest service, and the sale of this download was misleading and unfair. Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2013 by David Walls
And the rest are pretty crap. Now what does that tell you? It tells me I think it's going to be a bloody long time before I can stop playing them. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2013 by Rod.
If you have a dental appointmet I'm sure youlle find it
A lot more pleasing than this its just a man who is
Desperatley trying to erase his cherubic image
By... Read more
This album's partly great. The first 3 tracks are cool sounding new wave/disco hybrids; slightly Bowie-ish, fresh and interesting and stand the test of time. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2012 by luc
Living in California, this was never released in the USA.
I purchased Nite Flights by The Walker Brothers thinking I was buying the Epic Records CD release. Read more
What an astonishing album! Recorded at the height of Scott Walker's powers, it has the accessibility of the Walker Brothers' other stuff, while also having the edge of some of his... Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2010 by T. W. P. Esq
This is an astonishing album; a strange, sensual and beautiful concoction from 1978 that was to be The Walker Brothers final and finest work. Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2008 by George Spiggott