Wednesday, December 14, 2011

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die #171. Scott Walker - Scott 4 (1969)

171. Scott Walker - Scott 4 (1969)

Label – Philips
Producer – John Franz
Art Direction – John Constable
Nationality –USA
Running Time – 32:26

Track Listing (standout tracks listed in bold)

Side one
1. "The Seventh Seal" 4:58
2. "On Your Own Again" 1:48
3. "The World's Strongest Man" 2:21
4. "Angels of Ashes" 4:22
5. "Boy Child" 3:38

Side two
1. "Hero of the War" 2:29
2. "The Old Man's Back Again (Dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist Regime)" 3:43
3. "Duchess" 2:51
4. "Get Behind Me" 3:14
5. "Rhymes of Goodbye" 3:04

“Scott 4” is actually Scott Walker's fifth solo album, and is the second one reviewed in the “1001” records. While I enjoyed the first record by him, this one just never did catch fire and I felt I was listening to a bad Tom Jones record. The things I liked about his other record are all missing here. The over the top production is gone in favor of a stripped-down approach. The great cover versions of Jacques Brel songs are gone replaced by all original material which frankly just isn’t that good.
The one standout track "The Seventh Seal" – is based upon the classic film by Ingmar Bergman and is easily the finest track on the record.
The record failed to chart, and I can easily see why. The main question is why was this selected as one of the 1001 Records?? It is not recommended.

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