Scott Walker Sings Jacques Brel

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Scott Walker Sings Jacques Brel
Compilation album by Scott Walker
Released 1981
Recorded 1967 - 1970
Length 31:59 (CD)
Label Philips Records
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Scott Walker Sings Jacques Brel is a compilation of Jacques Brel compositions recorded by Scott Walker during the period of 1967 to 1969. The compilation brings together all the Brel material that Walker covered on record. Walker additionally performed five Brel songs on his television series including "Alone"; another Brel/Shuman composition.[2] None of these live recordings were released on the accompanying soundtrack.

"Mathilde", "My Death" and "Amsterdam" are from Scott (1967). "Jackie", "Next" and "The Girls and the Dogs" are from Scott 2 (1968). "Sons Of", "Funeral Tango" and "If You Go Away" are from Scott 3 (1969).

The original 1981 release included the Walker composition "Little Things (That Keep Us Together)" from 'Til the Band Comes In (1970) to round off the second side of the LP.

Rhapsody (online music service) praised the album, calling it one of their favorite cover albums.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Original 1981 LP[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Jackie" Jacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest, Mort Shuman  
2. "Next" Brel, Shuman  
3. "The Girls and the Dogs" Brel, Jouannest, Shuman  
4. "If You Go Away" ("Ne me quitte pas") Brel, Rod McKuen  
5. "Funeral Tango" Jouannest, Brel, Shuman  
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Mathilde" Brel, Jouannest, Shuman  
7. "Amsterdam" Brel, Shuman  
8. "Sons Of" Jouannest, Brel, Shuman  
9. "My Death" Brel, Shuman  
10. "Little Things (That Keep Us Together)" Scott Walker, Ady Semel  

1990 CD Re-release[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mathilde" Brel, Jouannest, Shuman 2:40
2. "Amsterdam" Brel, Shuman 3:07
3. "Jackie" Brel, Jouannest, Shuman 2:24
4. "My Death" Brel, Shuman 5:00
5. "Next" Brel, Shuman 2:53
6. "The Girls and the Dogs" Brel, Jouannest, Shuman 3:11
7. "If You Go Away" Brel, McKuen 5:01
8. "Funeral Tango" Jouannest, Brel, Shuman 2:58
9. "Sons Of" Jouannest, Brel, Shuman 3:24

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 1981 Philips Records Vinyl 6359 090
1990 Fontana CD 838 212-2


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Williams, Lewis (2006). Scott Walker: The Rhymes of Goodbye (1st ed.). London: Plexus Publishing Limited. p. 107. ISBN 0-85965-395-1. 
  3. ^ Rhapsody’s Favorite Covers Albums Referenced August 1, 2010