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SCOTT WALKER

Scott (180 Gram Vinyl LP)

4 Men With Beards

$37.95
Scott Walker's success as a teen idol singer of Spectorish ballads with the Walker Brothers in no way prepared listeners for the mordant, despairing lyrics of his solo debut. To compound the surprise, he does his best to imitate the vocal girth of Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra on this mix of original tunes and covers, which also features sweeping, bloated orchestral arrangements. It was hardly rock, and pop of a most oddball sort, but it found a surprisingly large audience -- in Britain, anyway, where it reached the Top Three in 1967. Poke behind the velvet curtain of the languid MOR arrangements, and one finds a surprisingly literate existentialist at the helm of these proceedings. His lyrical nuances were probably lost on his audience of predominately teenage girls, though they've earned him a small cult audience that endures to this day. Besides presenting three of his own compositions, Walker covers tunes by Weill/Mann, Tim Hardin, and Andre & Dory Previn on this album, as well as three songs by his favorite writer, Jacques Brel. Highlights include his exquisitely anguished rendition of Brel's classic "Amsterdam" and his dramatic cover of the early-'60s Toni Fisher pop ballad "The Big Hurt."_All Music Guide

ITEM DETAILS:
Artist: Scott Walker
Title: Scott Walker
Label: 4 Men With Beards
Cat #:4M149
Year: 1967
Format: 180 Gram Vinyl LP

TRACK LIST:

Mathilde
Montague Terrace (In Blue)
Angelica
Lady Came from Baltimore
When Joanna Loved Me
My Death
Big Hurt
Such a Small Love
You're Gonna Hear from Me
Through a Long and Sleepless Night
Always Coming Back to You
Amsterdam


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