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UK-only collection. For a time in the mid-1960's, the Walker Brothers were one of the biggest acts in the UK with a run of five top five hits in quick succession. The Walker Brothers and Scott Walker are cited as great influences on artists from David Bowie to Nick Cave and the Divine Comedy to Franz Ferdinand. This album collects together the biggest singles and favorite tracks from both the Walker Brothers and Scott Walker's solo repertoire. Universal. 2006.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2006)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal UK
  • ASIN: B000F9RL3U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 12, 2006
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Scott Walker just may be the oddest, hardest-to-peg figure in the history of rock. His career is utterly schizophrenic, split between the pop crooner of the late sixties and the avant-garde, experimentalist of the nineties and beyond. One bit of lore repeated about him is that he was a major influence on David Bowie's singing style, and it is true that Walker will frequently recall David Bowie--albeit a more vocally gifted Bowie. Comparison is also often made to Bryan Ferry and Nick Cave. There is a similar theatricality in Anthony Johnson and the Johsons. Still, whatever comparisons with other performers, there is a massive difference between Walker's earlier and later work. Someone acquainted with TILT might be horrified listening to these songs. Someone who mainly knows Walker from his sixties work could well have a cardiac arrest listening to TILT.

If you had to describe Walker to someone who had never heard him, you might say that in the sixties he was trying to sings stuff very much like what Nick Cave would be singing in the eighties and nineties, while in the nineties he was singing something that Nick Cave might be singing in 2025. At the same time, he definitely is a throw back. His love of Jacques Brel is well known, and there are few singers in the history of rock who has a voice more suited for caberet. His voice was dramatic in the way that both Tim Buckley and his son Jeff were, though he was and is more polished either (though he lacks their absolutely astonishing range). At other times he recalls Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers.

Still, there is a certain theatricality that Walker was clearly always drawn to. This is found in all of the cuts found here, whether with the Walker Brothers or in the solo cuts.
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I remember a lot of these songs from my early day and still now they are just so great and full......I hear The Sun Ain't gonna Shine again in the movie Looking for A friend for the end of the world and I do wish I could have the vinyl of that album will start with this CD.

For those who have heard of the Phil Spector famous wall of sound you need to hear this album
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The Walker Brothers hit the UK music scene in the mid 1960s and had a revival in the mid 1970s.
The Walker Brothers well known songs are all here, The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore, Make It Easy On Yourself and My Ship Is Coming In, all from the sixities, but the finest for me is the mid 1970s No Regrets.
To be honest the Scott Walker tracks are not really for me, being too smooth for my liking, but overall it's basically good stuff that takes you back to almost 40 years ago.
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Unlike many others who have reviewed this CD, none of these songs bring back any memories for me. That's not a knock against the quality of the songs --- for the most part this is indeed fabulous music --- and I'm old enough to remember these songs, but where I grew up in the USA in the 1960s, the Walker Brothers were sadly not a radio staple and I never heard these tunes until recently.

I belatedly heard the music of Scott Walker a couple of years ago and was very impressed. What an amazing voice! I bought a compilation of his solo material and liked it a lot, but then I found this CD compilation in a shop earlier this year and decided to get it, even though it repeated a few songs that I had on the other solo collection. Once again I'm fairly knocked out. The opening track, "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" is a surefire classic, and the covers of two Burt Bacharach songs "Make it Easy on Yourself" and "Another Tear Falls." are also superb. I was familiar with the original version of "My Ship is Coming In" by Walter Jackson, but the Walker Brothers cover is also very well done. Although the vast majority of this material was recorded in the 1960s, two songs from the group's "comeback" in 1975 also rank among my favorites on this collection; the cover of Tom Rush's "No Regrets" and the Boz Scaggs song "We're All Alone."

Much less pleasing to my ears are the covers of "Stand By Me" and "The Impossible Dream." I suppose it was standard practice to record versions of popular songs like those, but I don't think they age very well. Those missteps aside, this is a very pleasing collection for fans of Scott Walker and the Walker Brothers, or for newbies like me. This sort of orchestral pop music is truly magical and timeless.
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Even though this group didn't get the notice that they deserved, they are one of the greatest group of the time. Their songs were very meaningful, and the voice of Scott Walker is unbelievable. Buy this CD. You will not regret it.
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I chose this album because it had one of my favorites, "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," however, I was not prepared for the equally wonderful productions made by the Walker Brothers. "Love Her" and "First Love" and "Stay With Me" are outstanding songs and arrangements. One of the best albums I've ever encountered!
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I have always loved the Walker brothers n the first time I heard "The sun ain't gonna shine anymore!" Always reminds me of the sixties n the one that got away!
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