Scott Walker Sings Jacques Brel on Import 180g LP
One of the most enigmatic figures in pop music history, Scott Walker first saw massive success in England with his band The Walker Brothers in 1965. Not really brothers, nor were they British, the trio left Hollywood seeking fame in England, and they found it there for a time with their particular brand of orchestrated pop.
Following the groups demise in 1967, Walker set out to pursue solo stardom in perhaps the most peculiar way possible, with over-the-top baroque pop songs owing more to his idol Jacques Brel, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra than they did to the Beatles or the Stones.
This excellent 1981 compilation collects nine of Walker's recordings of compositions by his aforementioned hero Jacques Brel plus the lone original "Little Things (That Keep Us Together)" from 'Til the Band Comes In (1970). "Mathilde," "My Death" and "Amsterdam" are from Scott (1967); "Jackie," "Next" and "The Girls and the Dogs" are from Scott 2 (1968); and "Sons Of," "Funeral Tango" and "If You Go Away" are from Scott 3 (1969).