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1st solo album from the enigmatic rocker who influenced thevocal styles of David Bowie & Bryan Ferry, formerly of the British Invasion act the Walker Brothers he started his career as a teen idol who recorded under the na... more »
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1st solo album from the enigmatic rocker who influenced thevocal styles of David Bowie & Bryan Ferry, formerly of the British Invasion act the Walker Brothers he started his career as a teen idol who recorded under the name ScottyEngel. Originally released in 1967 'Scott' features a mix of originals & covers with sweeping, bloated orchestral arrangements while Walker does his best to imitate the vocal girthof Tony Bennet & Frank Sinatra. A Top 3 album when originally released in the UK. Tracks include Tim Hardin's 'Lady Came From Baltimore', Jacques Brel's classic 'Amsterdam' & 'TheBig Hurt'. 1992 release.
Scott sets out his stall , but it's not for everyone
A C SHIELDS | melbourne , australia | 08/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For those that don't know , Scott was in a very popular band called the Walker Brothers , who didn't do anything controversial . Scott made up for that when he began releasing records under his own name .
You will read a lot of reviews about Scott that make him out to be super duper . He was a singer who took a lot of chances lyrically and I'm sure some people hate him .
He made people confront things and addressed strange , disturbing or ambitious topics in a very listenable voice .
His first album shows you what to expect - to hear just the orchestral arrangements for his songs are sometimes overwhelming - that's without his singing !
You will know after the first song if you like it or not .
Scott is a singer songwriter but nothing like what you consider that description to usually mean .
His music appeals to the young , alienated or introspective and will show that a whole other side of 60's music existed .
It's not party music .
For me , there's life before you hear him and life after .
He is good for making you feel uncomfortable but somehow glad that you can feel or understand his message .
He does some well known showbiz tunes on this record , then gets you in the gut with one of his own songs to bring you back to reality .
If you buy this record , you will hear a great voice , but you may not like the lyrics . If it touches you however , you will be forever affected .
If you are affected , then move on to albums entitled SCOTT 2 , 3 and 4 .
CGB | Madrid | 03/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"En este disco, aparece la figura de S. Engel como uno de los mejores interpretes de la historia del pop. Es un disco enorme, donde predominan las versiones sobre las composiciones propias (algo que cambia a partir de Scott 3); versiones de Jacques Brel fantasticas como Amsterdam o Mathilde; Tim Hardlin, The Lady Came From Baltimore o Angelica de Weil/Mann. De entre sus composiciones destacar la maravillosa Montague Terrace (In Blue).
Si bien este disco es excelente, el repertorio estupendo y la interpretación fabulosa, no llega a las cotas de emotividad de Scott 3, para mi su cumbre y más personal e irrepetible disco. 4'5 para este disco que no decepcionará a nadie"
Bryan | Pennsylvania | 07/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Incredible!" was the only word I could find to decribe the genius of Scott Walker's music. This is "Scott", also known as Scott 1, his first solo record which was released in 1967. Most people say this album is somewhat weaker than the rest, mostly due to MOR covers but Scott 1 still packs quite a punch with three Walker originals, and three Jacques Brel covers...My Death, Mathilde, and the classic Amsterdam. Walker's Brel covers are definitly the definitive English versions. The stunning, intentionally overblown arrangements by Wally Stott, Reg Guest and Peter Knight are sublime, combined with Scott's intriguing lyrics and deep baritone (with perfectly controlled vibrato) voice keep me coming back for more. Scott's own Montague Terrace was preview of things to come in future albums Scott 2 and Scott 3. Scott 4 took a different approach as mentioned in other reviews. Walker's deep, introspective music isn't for everyone, but for those who do enjoy it as I do, this is the type of music you want to play on the biggest sound system at the highest possible volume, I know I do. There's so much power in this music. Five Stars.