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Portrait Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered

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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..

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. In My Room
  2. Saturday's Child
  3. Just For A Thrill
  4. Hurting Each Other
  5. Old Folks
  6. Summertime
  7. People Get Ready
  8. I Can See It Now
  9. Where's The Girl
  10. Living Above Your Head
  11. Take It Like A Man
  12. No Sad Songs For Me
  13. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
  14. After The Lights Go Out
  15. You Don't Have To Tell Me(Baby)
  16. My Love Is Growing
  17. Another Tear Falls
  18. Saddest Night In The World
  19. Deadlier Than The Male
  20. Archangel
  21. Sunny
  22. Come Rain Or Shine
  23. The Gentle Rain


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 29, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Int'l
  • ASIN: B00000899R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Some of the most beautiful ballads I've ever heard are on this CD...lushly orchestrated and sung to perfection.
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.
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These had to be the best group of the 60s, even outdid the Beatles for me. I had this album along with all their others and singles, but over the years they've disappeared. Now I can get them again to play in my cd player and listen to Scott's amazing voice again, and re-live those wonderful days as a teen I would go see them live. The songs on this album just don't age. Adore their verson of Hurting Each Other which was recorded long before the Carpenters had a huge hit with it. Anyone wanting some 60s nostalgia and hear that wonderful voice that no one has ever beaten, I'd recommend this album.
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Somehow the 1960s elapsed without the Walkers ever really registering in my musical brainpan, so I enjoyed this release from a virginal perspective, intrigued by the effrontery of these mod popsters daring brazenly to cover ancient standards fully half a decade before the late Harry Nilsson did likewise. Had not Kay Starr and Peggy Lee sung "Just for a thrill" for all time? What could be more unfashionable in 1966 than that unappreciated genius of pure Americana Willard Robison and his "Old folks"?

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.
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