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His timbre is so rich and powerful that it is difficult to understand how anyone else could interpret Jacques Brel so well.
Scott Walker - a mini pop-icon in the sixties (Walker Brothers) - fell in love with Brel's work and dedicated himself to expressing Brel in English.
If you aren't willing to shell out for Scott Walker's first three cd's, and really you should, this is an essential purchase.
I read about Scott Walker in an English monthly musical magazine so I thought I would try a CD. I never knew a thing about him prior to this and I was very pleased. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rex F. Shields
...Okay, my knowledge of the French language basically ends with my title, but this superb compilation of Scott Walker versions of Jacques Brel songs makes me want to learn the... Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by Sebastian Gerber
Let me start by saying that Scott Walker hands down is the most emotional singer the world has ever known. Read morePublished on December 23, 2009 by Phillip A. Anderson
The many available interpretations of Jacques Brel's oeuvre certainly allow for argument as to their relative merits (I myself prefer David Bowie's version of "My Death" to the one... Read morePublished on July 16, 2009 by Richard B. Luhrs
I do have to disagree with other reviewers who praise Mr. Walkers performance of Brels work. If you listen to the original french versions you can see how close Shuman and Blau... Read morePublished on November 12, 2007 by Robert M. Sterry
I bought this CD because I had read somewhere that it included different English translations of some of Jacques Brel's songs than are in the musical (original version Jacques Brel... Read morePublished on April 5, 2007 by An Amazon customer
Scott Walker leaves his unique crooning mark on the works of Brel. He is singular in his choice of material to cover, and his choice here earmarks a respect for his elders. Read morePublished on May 7, 2000 by Ward J. Lamb
This is what crooning should be. Admittedly, the urge to delve into hyperbole is quite strong, however with such an exceptional selection fo songs, I find it entirely appropriate. Read morePublished on November 25, 1999 by "jdesilentio"