Scott (album)

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Scott
Studio album by Scott Walker
Released 16 September 1967 (1967-09-16)
[citation needed][1]
1968 (1968) (US)
Recorded 1967
Genre Baroque Pop
Length 40:30
Label Philips
Smash Records (US)
Fontana (CD)
Producer John Franz
Scott Walker chronology
Images
(1967)
by
The Walker Brothers
Scott
(1967)
Scott 2
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10)[3]

Scott was the début solo album by Scott Walker, originally released in the United Kingdom on Philips Records in 1967. The album received both strong commercial success as well as critical praise, hitting #3 on the UK Albums Chart.

Overview[edit]

Scott was released only six months after Walker's third album with The Walker Brothers, Images. Its mixture of Walker's original compositions and selection of cover versions established Walker as a more serious and sombre artist; gone were the Beat group and Blue-eyed soul material of his former group. The choice of material generally fell into four main categories: his own work ("Montague Terrace (In Blue)", "Such a Small Love", "Always Coming Back to You"), contemporary covers ("The Lady Came from Baltimore", "Angelica"), movie songs ("You're Gonna Hear From Me", "Through a Long and Sleepless Night") and significantly, English-translated versions of the songs of the Belgian musician and songwriter Jacques Brel ("Mathilde", "My Death", "Amsterdam"). Brel was a major influence on Walker's own compositions, and Walker included Brel material on his first three solo albums. Walker described Brel without qualification as 'the most significant singer-songwriter in the world'.[4] The real coup for Walker was his luck in acquiring and recording the new Mort Shuman-translated versions of Brel's material before anyone else.

Since the album's release three complete outtakes likely recorded during the Scott album sessions have circulated in bootlegged form. These are "Free Again" (Basile/Canfora/Colby/Jourdan), "I Get Along Without You Very Well" (Hoagy Carmichael) and "I Think I'm Getting Over You" (Roger Cook/Roger Greenaway), the latter of which was recorded for potential single release.[5]

Release and reception[edit]

The album was released by Philips Records in September 1967 in the UK. It reached #3 on the UK Albums Chart, and stayed on the chart for seventeen weeks.[6] It was released the following year in the US on Smash Records under the title Aloner.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mathilde"   Jacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest, Mort Shuman 2:39
2. "Montague Terrace (In Blue)"   Noel Scott Engel 3:31
3. "Angelica"   Cynthia Weil, Barry Mann 4:02
4. "The Lady Came from Baltimore"   Tim Hardin 1:59
5. "When Joanna Loved Me"   Robert Wells, Jack Segal 3:08
6. "My Death"   Brel, Shuman 4:57
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "The Big Hurt"   Wayne Shanklin 2:26
8. "Such a Small Love"   Engel 4:55
9. "You're Gonna Hear From Me"   André Previn, Dory Previn 2:53
10. "Through a Long and Sleepless Night"   Mack Gordon, Alfred Newman 4:12
11. "Always Coming Back to You"   Engel 2:41
12. "Amsterdam"   Brel, Shuman 3:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Scott Walker – vocals
  • Wally Stott – arrangements, conductor
  • Reg Guest – arrangements, conductor
  • Peter Knight – arrangements, conductor
  • Peter Olliff – engineer

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
France 1967 (1967) Philips LP 844 202 BY
United Kingdom September 1967 (1967-09)[1] Philips LP (Stereo) SBL 7816
UK September 1967 (1967-09)[1] Philips LP (Mono) BL 7816
United States 1968 (1968) Smash LP (Title: Aloner) 27099
UK March 16, 1992 (1992-03-16)[1] Fontana CD 510 879-2
UK June 5, 2000 (2000-06-05)[1] Fontana HDCD 510 879-2
US February 15, 2008 (2008-02-15)[7] 4 Men With Beards LP 4M149

Charts[edit]

Chart Position
UK Albums Chart[6] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Release: Scott – MusicBrainz". Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  2. ^ Unterberger, Richie. Review: Scott. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-08-10.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Williams, Lewis (2006). Scott Walker – The Rhymes of Goodbye (1st ed.). London: Plexus. p. 61. ISBN 0-85965-395-1. 
  5. ^ Williams, Lewis (2006). Scott Walker – The Rhymes of Goodbye (1st ed.). London: Plexus. p. 185. ISBN 0-85965-395-1. 
  6. ^ a b "Chart Stats – Scott Walker". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  7. ^ "VinylFanatics.com Vinyl Records, Vinyl Record Reviews, News, Forum Vinyl reviews Audiophile vinyl The best site for vinyl records – UPDATE : Vinyl Lovers – New record label?". © 2010 VinylFanatics.com. Retrieved 2010-08-11. [dead link]