I don’t normally run many news pieces in here, but when there’s a box set coming of the first five Scott Walker albums, that’s worth shouting about, right?
Right. Scott: The Collection 1967-1970 contains his first five solo albums (Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4 and Til The Band Comes In). Amazing pieces of work in their own right, and with awesome songs on it. It’s out on June 3.
I think I picked up on Scott Walker in my mid-twenties, as I was working my way through the influences. He’d been a big influence on David Bowie, Ian McCulloch and Julian Cope. Plus I’d loved Marc Almond’s cover of ‘Jacky’
, which was a hit in 1991. This wasn’t a Walker original, but he’d made it his own, and Almond’s cover, looking back, is just as much a tribute to Walker as Jacques Brel, the author.
You can see the tracklisting here.
Meanwhile, here’s a few videos for songs from the collection. Enjoy.
From Scott ‘Amsterdam.’
From Scott 2 ‘Plastic Palace People.’
From Scott 3 ‘Winter Night’
From Scott 4 ‘The Old Man’s Back Again (Dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist Regime)’
From Til The Band Comes In ‘The War Is Over (Sleepers).’