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Scott Walker's First Five Solo LPs Reissued
Laurie Tuffrey , April 10th, 2013 13:19

Deluxe CD and vinyl box sets set for release in the summer

On June 3, Universal will be reissuing Scott Walker's first five solo albums as Scott Walker: The Collection 1967-1970.

The albums - Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4 and ‘Til The Band Comes In - have all been remastered from the original tapes, and will come in both CD and vinyl boxsets.

The CD box set comprises the albums with extensive sleeve notes, rare photos and a 16-page booklet by Rob Young, editor of No Regrets: Writings On Scott Walker in a hardback case.

The vinyl set, meanwhile, has the albums on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl, an 11" print from Scott 2, a 48-page booklet containing Young's essay and four interviews, taken from the archives by Rock's Back Pages: Chris Welch's 'Scott: I’m Going to Japan By Train' from Melody Maker in 1968, Keith Altham's 'Scott Walker: His Own Worst Enemy' from the NME in 1969, Keith Altham's 'Scott Walker Hides Away In a Gloom World' from NME in 1970 and Chris Welch's 'Scott Walker Comes In From The Cold' from Melody Maker in 1970.

Rob Young writes of the albums in the featured essay: “[Scott] saw him attempting to let go of the schmaltzy ‘big sound’ of The Walkers; it would turn out to be a curious, occasionally uncomfortable marriage of three distinct modes: the middle-of-the-road covers made popular by the likes of Tony Bennett, Tim Hardin, Frank Sinatra and Petula Clark; the very different-styled arrangements of Jacques Brel songs; and Walker’s own compositions. It’s the weird chemistry between these approaches that makes Scott – and all four solo albums that followed – such beautifully unsettling experiences.”

To read the Quietus editor John Doran's interview with Walker around the time of Bish Bosch's release, head here.