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Scott 4 (180 Gram Vinyl)

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  • Vinyl (February 26, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4 Men With Beards
  • ASIN: B0010VD7CQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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1. The Seventh Seal
2. On Your Own Again
3. The World's Strongest Man
4. Angels Of Ashes
5. Boy Child
6. Hero Of The War
7. The Old Man's Back Again (Dedicated To The Neo-Stalinist Regime)
8. Duchess
9. Get Behind Me
10. Rhymes Of Goodbye

Editorial Reviews

Despite being the first of his solo albums not to reach the British Top 10, Scott 4 was perhaps his best, and most ambitious album to date. Originally released in 1969 it is the first record to feature only Scott Walker originals. It is also the first to back off a bit from the heavily string laden production of past releases, allowing other sonic influences to shine through, from country to folk to soul. The lyrical content remains intense as Walker tackles everything from war to Stalinism to heartbreak with equal success. A classic. Deluxe 180 gram vinyl reissue in a gatefold sleeve.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Walker inhabits a capricious realm in popular music. The unfortunate fact remains that he is little known in the United States and his music never seems to be mentioned by connoiseurs of "easy listening" or pop critics with wide readership. . . but upon consideration you can almost understand why. This realm is capricious because his passion balances on the knife edge of ardor and sensitivity and over-the-top cliched shmaltz. But he wins and does not let the cliches outflank him.

Walker's music is frequently fervid and ardorous (if not always in style and presentation, certainly in substance). Take "The Seventh Seal" for example. The driving rhythm and the slightly "Mexican" horns make the track seem almost cartoonish at first. Is this the work of a lounge singer? Well, no. No it is not. The lyrics of the song consider the famous chess game between the knight and "Death" in Ingmar Bergman's film of the same name. Why would Walker place so formidable a theme within these lyrical and odd melodious confines? I can't answer that question but I would contend that he is trying to make you listen harder, even trick you. I find that this song, with each listening, bores a hole larger and larger in me and the melody and imagery are rather dogged.

But if I need a break from this blitzkrieg I can turn my attention to "Hero of the War" or "The Old Man's Back Again," two tracks that are as close to rock as he ever came on his solo recordings of the period. But wait! What's this? "It's a shame how you almost died of pain when he was born/too bad you didn't have your husband right beside you through it all/ Ring the bell when you get hungry or you fall" (Hero of the War). I was struck by the lyric in the same song, "It's the emptiness of heroes like your son.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! August 8, 2005
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This album is just sweeping! From romantic country ballads to epic Ennio Moricone jams, this has it all. This was Scott's first album of all original material and it's easily his best. "Old Man's Back Again" and "The Seventh Seal" are just knockout works of passionate drama; nothing in excess, just great, creative musicianship. "Duchess" and "Rhymes Of Goodbyes" are such gorgeous slices of gospel country...Scott at his most soulful. "Angels Of Ashes" has to have the most beautiful lyrics ever writtern, while "Boy Child" has to have the most beaitufl strings ever arranged for a pop song. This is Walker showing off. All in all, a total classic.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Godlike Genius of Scott Walker January 28, 2000
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Scott Walker's only fully self-penned album 'Scott 4' not only captures a stunning voice at its peak but a rare and special songwriting talent. The album begins with 'The Seventh Seal' a song directly inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film of the same name. Driving rhythms combine with Walker's eerie and inspiring imagery to dramatic effect. The album builds with 'On your own again' one of his best and most moving ballads and follows into 'Hero of the war' a beutifully observed account of a soldier's homecoming and peaks with the wonderfully funky 'The old man's back again'. This album is an education in popular music, A genius' masterpiece.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing! April 16, 2004
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If you don't own any Scott Walker's albums yet - you should, you know.What he does on this LP is simply beyond any rational explanation...well how could anyone alive record a song as beautiful as On Your Own Again or The World's Strongest Man?
Yes, there are people who don't like Scott Walker but what are their hearts must be like?
This is an album to die for! Buy it now and thank me later.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Work of Genius April 20, 1999
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This is another great album by Scott Walker (following Scott 1, 2, and 3), and an extremely rewarding listen. This is the most accessible of the four self-titled albums, and is arguably the best. The songs are all self composed and lack the over-the-top arrangements that were characteristic of his other albums, but they are all excellent compositions, perhaps more succinct than on prior albums. The best songs are "The Seventh Seal" and "The Old Man's Back Again", both with ghostly choirs; and "Duchess" and "On Your Own Again", both beautiful ballads. This album also contains "Get Behind Me", which I believe is the only Scott Walker song (from the 60's) that features distorted guitars. This album is highly recommended for any music lovers.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars golden honey velvet October 2, 2001
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Scott's voice has to be one of the most beautiful sounds in the universe. A voice touched by the gods for our aesthetic pleasure...a pop Jussi Bjoerling...on top of which is his amazing songwriting talent.
This is a great stands somewhat halfway between the top 40 music of the early Walker Brothers recordings, and his most recent work, the unclassifiable, magnificent "Tilt".
Favorites include the marvelous "The Seventh Seal" with its Spanish flavored brass arrangement, the powerful "The Old Man's Back Again" which is one of the 3 songs he ends with some terrific scat singing, and "Hero of the War" with its Bo Diddley rhythm.
This CD was a surprise gift, for which I'm most grateful, and one that will bring beauty into my life for the rest of my days.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a legend February 13, 2007
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I can't remember quite how I first heard of Scott Walker, but on the merit of lots of great reviews I picked up this, his fourth solo album. After numerous listens, I feel like I've got a good feel for what most people think is his masterpiece and I can definitely recommend it. Probably my biggest comment on Scott 4 is that it's unlike pretty much all other pop rock that was made by young people in the 60's and 70's. Although it clearly has roots in adult contemporary of the time, no one else but Walker seemed interested in combining lush orchestral, pop/jazz elements with the topical and difficult lyrical themes brought to the forefront of the music scene during the era. It might not be what you're expecting from a late-60's pop effort, but Scott 4 is a great record and worth the praise it's received.

The centerpiece of Walker's work is, most definitely, his voice. At times operatic, at other times verging on schmaltzy, he's certainly got an expressive and beautiful baritone. Backing his vibrato-rich crooning is a slinky orchestra, some subtly fingerpicked acoustic guitar, and sometimes more rock-oriented instrumentation. What sets Walker apart from the lounge music genre that he seems to be falling into are his lyrics--he contemplates death in the dramatic "The Seventh Seal," the ridiculousness of war in the bitterly ironic "Hero of the War," and Communism in "The Old Man's Back Again." When you fully grasp what Walker is trying to accomplish with his synthesis of pop music and dark themes, it becomes apparent that Scott 4 is a pretty unique entry into the music world of the late 60's.
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This is the fourth, final and most compelling of the "Scott Solo" albums - a must have for Scott fans of course, and a challenge for anyone thinking of checking out what... Read more
Published 15 months ago by R. Sullivan
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless music.
Scott 3 and Scott sings Jacque Brel are interesting and listenable. But I can understand why SW lost his fans after this album. Read more
Published 19 months ago by DWB2013
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
It is hard to evaluate Scott Walker's late-1960's work before evaluating Walker himself. Here is a guy who, at the peak of acid rock, chooses, on its face, easy listening music,... Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars The climax of Walker's "classic" period
When it comes to tackling the baroque pop explosion of the mid sixties, there's no better place to go than Scott 4. Read more
Published on June 29, 2011 by Humberto Mejia
5.0 out of 5 stars A finely crafted work of late '60s songwriting with almost impossibly...
My introduction to Scott Walker was his 2006 album The Drift, an avant-garde work of horrifying nightmares where the music consists of piercing bursts of noise and Walker's vocals... Read more
Published on June 25, 2009 by Christopher Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars Never fails to amaze me
Somehow, I missed this album in my youth, even though I've been a great fan of his work since the 60's. Read more
Published on September 27, 2008 by C. McCutcheon
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily Walkers Best- Get behind him
Though Scott Walker has some great tunes scattered across his Walker Brothers and first three solo albums this record is by far his best and most consistent. Read more
Published on October 5, 2007 by Elan Bodwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Experiment with Form and Content
Scott 4 is the fourth solo album of the artistically ambitious musician Scott Walker (a.k.a. Engel). Scott composed all the pieces in this album. Read more
Published on July 24, 2007 by Harumi O. Moruzzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush, moody pop genius
Released in 1969 to mixed reviews and poor sales, Scott Walker's fourth solo album is an unfairly neglected masterwork, a collection of smartly written and dazzlingly perfomed... Read more
Published on July 10, 2007 by Laszlo Matyas
5.0 out of 5 stars Thom Yorke's Favorite
That would be Thom Yorke of Radiohead, silly, who recently listed Scott 3 and 4 as his "desert island jukebox picks" on WBEZ's Sound Opinions radio program.
Published on July 3, 2006 by the anglophile smile
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