Portrait Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this to replace an old album long gone. It has many of the same songs as my old album and I still enjoy their sound.Published on April 9, 2009 by LLH
I bought the CD based on the previous glowing reviews. Now I know why the Walker Brothers aren't well known in the U.S. Read morePublished on March 22, 2004 by J. Lee