Scott 2

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Scott 2
Studio album by Scott Walker
Released March 1968 (1968-03)[1]
July 1968 (1968-07) (US)
Recorded 1967-1968
Genre Baroque Pop
Length 43:47
Label Philips
Smash Records (US)
Fontana (CD)
Producer John Franz
Scott Walker chronology
Scott
(1967)
Scott 2
(1968)
Scott 3
(1969)
Singles from Scott 2
  1. "Jackie" b/w "The Plague"
    Released: 1967
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (9.1/10)[3]

Scott 2 is the second solo album by Scott Walker.

Overview[edit]

Scott 2 follows the formula of Walker's début release, with a mixture of contemporary covers ("Black Sheep Boy", "The Windows of the World") Jacques Brel interpretations ("Jackie", "Next", "The Girls and the Dogs"), film songs ("Wait Until Dark", "Come Next Spring") and his own original compositions ("The Amorous Humphrey Plugg", "The Girls from the Streets", "Plastic Palace People", "The Bridge"). The content of his own and Brel's material was markedly more risqué than on Scott, with "Jackie", "Next" and "The Girls from the Streets" standing out with themes of sexual tribulations and decadent lifestyles.

According to Jonathan King writing in the liner notes to Scott 2, not long after the album had been completed, Walker described it as the "work of a lazy, self-indulgent man." He added, "Now the nonsense must stop, and the serious business must begin." King continues about Walker: "I have no doubt that many years from now, over a space age dinner of vitamins, [...] he will say: 'Well, the last fifty years have been great fun, but now we must get down to doing something worthwhile.' And he'll mean it."[4]

Release and reception[edit]

The album, released on Philips Records in May 1968, reached #1 for one week and stayed in the UK Albums Chart for eighteen weeks.[5] The album was preceded by the single "Jackie" in late 1967. The single met with controversy in the UK because of lyrics like "authentic queers and phony virgins" and drug references.[6] The song was banned by the BBC and was not performed on BBC TV or played on the mainstream radio channels. The song eventually charted at #22.[5]

"A record about real stuff with quite disturbing imagery," remarked Neil Hannon, frontman of The Divine Comedy.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Jackie"   Jacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest, Mort Shuman 3:23
2. "Best of Both Worlds"   Mark London, Don Black 3:14
3. "Black Sheep Boy"   Tim Hardin 2:39
4. "The Amorous Humphrey Plugg"   Noel Scott Engel 4:31
5. "Next"   Brel, Shuman 2:50
6. "The Girls from the Streets"   Engel 4:11
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Plastic Palace People"   Engel 6:06
8. "Wait Until Dark"   Henry Mancini, Jay Livingston, Ray Evans 2:59
9. "The Girls and the Dogs"   Brel, Jouannest, Shuman 3:10
10. "Windows of the World"   Hal David, Burt Bacharach 4:25
11. "The Bridge"   Engel 2:50
12. "Come Next Spring"   Lenny Adelson 3:24

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Year Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[8] 1968 1

Personnel[edit]

  • Wally Stott - arrangements and conductor (Tracks 1, 2, 12)
  • Reg Guest - arrangements and conductor (Tracks 3, 4, 9)
  • Peter Knight - arrangements and conductor (Tracks 6, 4)
  • Peter Olliff - engineer

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Germany 1968 (1968) Philips LP 844 210 BY
United Kingdom March 1968 (1968-03)[1] Philips LP 7840
United States July 1968 (1968-07) Smash LP 7106
UK April 27, 1992 (1992-04-27)[1] Fontana CD 510 880-2
UK June 5, 2000 (2000-06-05)[1] Fontana HDCD 510 880-2
US February 15, 2008 (2008-02-15)[9] 4 Men With Beards LP 4M150
Preceded by
John Wesley Harding
by Bob Dylan
UK Albums Chart number-one album
11 May – 18 May 1968
Succeeded by
John Wesley Harding
by Bob Dylan

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Release: Scott 2 - MusicBrainz". Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  2. ^ Unterberger, Richie. Review: Scott 2. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-08-10.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Scott 2 by SCOTT WALKER - LP - Boomkat - Your independent music specialist". Boomkat. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  5. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Scott Walker". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  6. ^ Williams, Lewis (2006). Scott Walker - The Rhymes of Goodbye (1st ed.). London: Plexus. p. 68. ISBN 0-85965-395-1. 
  7. ^ Thornton, Anthony: 'Neil Hannon's Record Collection', Q #146, November 1998, p67
  8. ^ "Chart Stats - Scott Walker - Scott 2". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "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]