|Studio album by|
|Released||1 November 1969|
|Recorded||Olympic Studios, London, 1969|
|Label||Philips / Fontana|
|Scott Engel chronology|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
Scott 4 is Scott Walker's fifth solo album (a collection of songs he had performed for his BBC television series had been his fourth). It was originally released in late 1969 under his birth name, Scott Engel, and failed to chart. Subsequent reissues have been released under his stage name. It has since received praise as one of Walker's best works.
Scott 4 was the first Walker album to consist solely of self-penned songs. The preceding Scott, Scott 2 and Scott 3 albums had each featured a mixture of originals and covers, including several translations of Jacques Brel songs, which were later collected to form the album Scott Walker Sings Jacques Brel. Scott 4 also features slightly less ornate orchestral arrangements, opting instead for a more skeletal sound with greater emphasis on the rhythm section.
The opening track, "The Seventh Seal," is based on the 1957 film of the same name by filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. The second track on side B, "The Old Man's Back Again (Dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist Regime)" refers to the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia.
The quote "a man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened" (credited to the writer Albert Camus) appears on the back of the album sleeve.
The album failed to chart and was deleted soon after. It has been speculated that Walker's decision to release the album under his birth name of Scott Engel contributed to its chart failure. All subsequent re-issues of the album have been released under his stage name.
Today Scott 4 is considered one of his strongest works and it has been acknowledged in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die amongst others. It has also been praised by known artists such as David Bowie and the members of Radiohead.
All tracks are written by Scott Engel.
|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|
|1.||"Hero of the War"||2:29|
|2.||"The Old Man's Back Again (Dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist Regime)"||3:43|
|4.||"Get Behind Me"||3:14|
|5.||"Rhymes of Goodbye"||3:04|
|United Kingdom||November 1969||Philips||LP (Credited to 'Scott Engel')||SBL 7913|
|UK||August 3, 1992||Fontana||CD||510 882-2|
|UK||June 5, 2000||Fontana||HDCD||510 882-2|
|United States||February 15, 2008||4 Men With Beards||LP||4M152|
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- Allmusic review
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