Any Day Now (Scott Walker album)

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Any Day Now
Studio album by Scott Walker
Released May 1973[1]
Recorded 1973
Genre Pop, Easy Listening
Length 37:34
Label Philips
Producer John Franz
Scott Walker chronology
The Moviegoer
(1972)
Any Day Now
(1973)
Stretch
(1973)
Singles from Any Day Now
  1. "The Me I Never Knew" b/w "This Way Mary"
    Released: May 1973

Any Day Now is the eighth studio album by the American solo artist Scott Walker. It was released in May 1973 but failed to chart. "The Me I Never Knew" was released as the album's sole single backed with the The Moviegoer opening track; "This Way Mary". The album was also the final Walker studio album from Philips Records and he later signed with CBS Records (now Columbia).

Availability[edit]

The continued unavailability of Any Day Now is believed to be due to Walker's dissatisfaction with his albums from the period, which he describes in the documentary Scott Walker: 30 Century Man as his "wilderness years". Walker has blocked CD re-releases of Any Day Now, Scott: Scott Walker Sings Songs from his TV Series (1969) and The Moviegoer (1972).[2]

In spite of the album's deletion, around half of the songs were released in recent years on the budget The Collection compilation and Classics & Collectibles (2005). "The Me I Never Knew", "We Could Be Flying", "Do I Love You?", "When You Get Right Down to It", "Cowboy", and "All My Love's Laughter" are included on the Classics & Collectibles, while "Any Day Now" is included on The Collection. "If Ships Were Made To Sail" appears on a collection of Jimmy Webb penned songs titled "And Someone Left The Cake Out In The Rain" (1998). "Maria Bethania", "If" and "Ain't No Sunshine" remain unavailable.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[3]

In common with Walker's 1970s output, Any Day Now was poorly received by critics but has been reassessed since Walker was critically reappraised in the decades following The Walker Brothers' 1978 album Nite Flights.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Any Day Now"   Bob Hilliard, Burt Bacharach 3:33
2. "All My Love's Laughter"   Jimmy Webb 4:05
3. "Do I Love You?"   Albert Pelay, Alain le Govic, Yves Dessca, Maxime Piolot, Paul Anka 2:53
4. "Maria Bethania"   Caetano Veloso 4:57
5. "Cowboy"   Randy Newman 2:30
6. "When You Get Right Down to It"   Barry Mann 2:59
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "If"   David Gates 3:16
8. "Ain't No Sunshine"   Bill Withers 2:45
9. "The Me I Never Knew"   Don Black, John Barry 3:39
10. "If Ships Were Made to Sail"   Jimmy Webb 2:37
11. "We Could Be Flying"   Michel Colombier, Paul Williams 4:20

Personnel[edit]

  • Scott Walker - Vocals
  • Peter Knight - Arrangements, Conductor
  • Robert Cornford - Arrangements, Conductor tracks: A4, A6, B1, B5
  • John Franz - Producer
  • Peter J. Olliff - Engineer

Release details[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
United Kingdom May 1973 (1973-05) Philips LP 6308 148

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watkinson, Mike; Anderson, Pete (1994). Scott Walker - A Deep Shade Of Blue (1st ed.). London: Virgin Books. p. 169. ISBN 1 85227 482 4. 
  2. ^ Williams, Lewis (2006). Scott Walker - The Rhymes of Goodbye (1st ed.). London: Plexus. p. 105. ISBN 0-85965-395-1. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review