Scott Walker a personal review
My first recollections of hearing Scott and the Walker brothers was as a boy of thirteen listening to my favourite radio station, Radio Caroline.The dramatic sound of the sun ain‘t gonna shine anymore, with Scott‘s rich baritone voice just blew me away. I bought every Walker Brothers album until they split; this was looked on as completely uncool by my mates who thought only the Stones and other more rocky bands was the way to being a true cool dude at that time! I eagerly awaited Scott’s first solo album and wow! I was not disappointed, this was the stuff dreams were made of with the beautiful melodic strings interwoven with Scott’s superb vocals; man I was in heaven.
Come the second album Scott 2 and whew .The more stuff that Scott wrote the better the album. Come Scott 3 and wow for a whole month it just never left my turntable.
Then it happened…. Scott 4.
On first hearing the track …the old man's back again.
With lush orchestra, bells and what sounds like singing monks bringing up the rear, this was an absolute classic track. This is not to say any of the other tracks were less brilliant, I though then what I still think now that Scott had reached his peak. I could go on and on about all the brill tacks on the four solo Scott albums, but I guess you know that already.
Till the band comes in…. this marked the departure away from Scott’s peak for me, with the first country style influence creeping in. A few of his old style tracks from the previous four albums was there, such as the title track of the album, Till the band comes in and the War is over, but the country and western rot had set in.
In amongst these four albums Scott also had his TV show on BBC 2 which I remember watching at the time; he sung quite a few of his classic tracks from the four albums intersped with m.o.r, music of the time so when the… Scott TV shows were released, this was another album to snap up. The live TV shows that are available on this site gives an insight to the power and versatility of Scott’s voice as singing live he has the same power and finesse as on his albums.
Scott’s the… Moviegoer was another ok album, still retaining enough good lush orchestrated tracks, then came the country and western wilderness days, both Stretch and the other two forgettable, albums, …We had it All and Any Day Now, these albums I bought, but never played after the first listen.
I expected great things when I heard in the mid seventies that the Walker Bothers were getting back together again, but no, the whole album, Night Flights, left me cold. I know other fans love it but then this is just my personal view. The album Lines, except for the title track, still did not touch upon Scott’s earlier work for me.
When in the early eighties the album… Climate of Hunter, was released, I began to see the direction Scott was headed in, so that when in the nineties the album …Tilt, was released to wild and probably just acclaim, for me this had to rate as his worst all time album, staying firmly at the back of my Scott collection. I guess I will never see the change back to the lush orchestrated days, Scotts voice seemed to have changed on that last album the vocals on Tilt seemed almost like a different person. This is my personal view and I know a great deal of fans love this particular work and the other albums that were not for me, but then I guess that’s why we all love, Scott Walker.