Scott Walker

The Collection

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This Collection of Scott Walker tunes from Universal International echoes similar compilations like It's Raining Today: The Scott Walker Story (1967-70) and Boy Child 67-70. The selections rely heavily on the classic Scott 1 through Scott 4 LPs, with a smattering of singles like "Lights of Cincinnati" and "Rope and the Colt." Of the 18 tracks, four are Jacques Brel covers ("Jackie," "My Death," "Amsterdam," and "Mathilde," while the majority of the others are beloved Walker originals (sadly, neither "Boychild," "Plastic Palace People," "Thanks for Chicago Mr. James," or "Old Man's Back Again (Dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist Regime)" made the cut). As far as samplers go, it's not half bad, but the first four solo albums remain the litmus test by which all Walker compilations inevitably fail to live up to.

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