Extra Tracks, Import, Remastered
|New from||Used from|
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Digitally remastered from the original master tapes, this is the CD debut of their 1966 album for Philips. Features aportrait of the group by David Bowie, extensive liner notesa nd 12 bonus tracks: 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More','After The Lights Go Out', '(Baby) You Don't Have To Tell Me', 'My Love Is Growing', 'Another Tear Falls', 'Saddest Night In The World', 'Deadlier Than The Male', 'Archangel', 'Sunny', 'Come Rain Or Shine', 'The Gentle Rain' and 'MrsMurphy'. 24 tracks total. Also contains the original coverart. Universal..
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The good news is that these tracks are the highlights of this integral, true stereo reissue of PORTRAIT with its David Bowie cover photography. The bonus singles tracks are all mono mixes, including an excellent "Come rain or come shine" and the sinuously complex "Deadlier than the male." The 12 core tracks sold very well for Philips and the Walkers in their day, and the album seems even more classic in retrospect. Philips was never a rock-oriented imprint, but the group had the great benefit of production values coordinated by Johnny Franz and rock-orchestra charts by Ivor Raymonde (1926-90), very hot at the time after progressively successful artistic triumphs with Lita Roza and Dusty Springfield. The discerning song choices clearly bespeak the influence of the elder duffers Franz and Raymonde.
The Walkers are true gentlemen. They don't swing and they certainly don't rock out, but the close harmonies are modestly unaffected and recall the Beach Boys, their blue-eyed soul groove echoes the Righteous Brothers, and the aural perspective, especially on the stereo tracks, is pure Wall of Sound/Phil Spector. Far be it for me to call them derivative; they are their own men possessing a unique musical identity. And, Walker boys, we old folks need all the Willard Robison recordings we can get.
It's hard to believe that Scott was only 22 when this was recorded, there's so much depth and emotional maturity in his voice. "Where's the Girl", "Old Folks", and "The Gentle Rain" are extraordinary.
John's high and slightly gritty voice is great, and his interpretations of "Just for a Thrill" and "Come Rain or Come Shine" are terrific...of the duets (and their voices are a nifty blend), "Summertime" is heavenly...it's the best version I've ever heard of this popular Gershwin tune, with a jazzy sax solo adding to the superb arrangement.
With the exception of 2 bonus tracks (2 single "B" sides, "My Love is Growing" and "Saddest Night in the World"), which are a little weak, this is a gorgeous CD...and after 35 years, shines as brightly as ever.