Saturday, June 26, 2021

Scott Walker - In Five Easy Pieces, A Themed Five CD Anthology [2003] (5 x CD's)



Scott Walker - In Five Easy Pieces, A Themed Five CD Anthology [2003] (5 x CD's)

Noel Scott Engel (January 9, 1943 – March 22, 2019) better known by the stage name Scott Walker, was an American singer-songwriter, composer and record producer who resided in England. Walker was known for his baritone voice and an unorthodox career path which took him from 1960's teen pop icon to 21st-century avant-garde musician. Walker's success was largely in the United Kingdom, where his first four solo albums reached the top ten. He lived in the UK from 1965 and became a UK citizen in 1970. Rising to fame in the mid-1960's as frontman of the pop music trio the Walker Brothers, he began a solo career with 1967's Scott, moving toward an increasingly challenging style on late-1960's baroque pop albums such as Scott 3 and Scott 4 (both 1969). After sales of his solo work started to decrease, he reunited with the Walker Brothers in the mid-1970s. From the mid-1980s onward, Walker revived his solo career while moving in an increasingly avant-garde direction; of this period in his career, The Guardian said "imagine Andy Williams reinventing himself as Stockhausen". Walker's 1960's recordings were highly regarded by the 1980's UK underground music scene, and gained a cult following. Walker continued to record until 2018. He was described by the BBC upon his death as "one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in rock history". (Wikipedia)

Scott Walker - In Five Easy Pieces is a box set anthology of the career (to date 2003) of Scott Walker. Subtitled - A Themed Five CD Anthology. A long hardbook-style boxset from one of the most powerful voices in music, whose influenced everyone from David Bowie to Ken Stringfellow has given us 93 digitally remastered tracks spread across five themed discs, 'In My Room', 'Where's The Girl', 'An American In Europe', 'This Is How You Disappear', & 'Scott On Screen', ranging from 60's Spector-esque pop to the French cabaret pop of Jacques Brel plus many rarities & soundtracks on one CD for the first time. This is a brilliant box set not out in the U.S.! 

You could not have asked for a more apt title for a collection of work. This is a basically a selection of songs by Scott Walker containing solo, soundtrack work, compositions for other artists as well as recordings with the Walker Brothers spread over five thematically sequenced CD's. Scott Walker's career has been his own making. An American who found fortune in England in 1965 with the Walker Brothers and then walking away from that to become a crooner and then the definitive interpreter of Jacques Brel's material as well as writing his own songs in increasing complexity both lyrically and musically. After various reunions with the Walker Brothers, Walker continued to release albums that were increasingly questioning the idea of what exactly a song should be and how an album should sound. Walker's later work on albums like "Tilt" and "The Drift" is not for everyone, not even fans of Scott Walker. This set is not a greatest hits collection but a collection of songs that challenge the listener to accept Scott Walker on his own terms. If you are looking for songs like "The Sun Ain't Going To Shine Anymore" you are going to be very disappointed. But if you looking for something different to play on that big stereo system than this collection is for you.  (Amazon)


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Track lists

CD1 In My Room

01 Prologue/Little Things 3:39

02 I Don't Want to Hear it Anymore 3:45

03 In My Room 2:32

04 After the Lights Go Out 4:06

05 Archangel 3:41

06 Orpheus 3:25

07 Mrs. Murphy 3:19

08 Montague Terrace (In Blue) 3:27

09 Such a Small Love 4:52

10 The Amorous Humphrey Plugg 4:29

11 It's Raining Today 3:59

12 Rosemary 3:20

13 Big Louise 3:08

14 Angels of Ashes 4:19

15 Hero of the War 2:25

16 Time Operator 3:36

17 Joe 3:40

18 The War is Over (Epilogue) 3:36

CD2 Where's The Girl?

01 Where's The Girl? 3:11

02 You're All Around Me 2:37

03 Just Say Goodbye 3:36

04 Hurting Each Other 2:42

05 Genevieve 2:51

06 Once Upon A Summertime 3:50

07 When Joanna Loved Me 3:07

08 Joanna 3:52

09 Angelica 4:00

10 Always Coming Back To You 2:36

11 The Bridge 2:48

12 Best Of Both Worlds 3:13

13 Two Weeks Since You've Gone 2:45

14 On Your Own Again 1:45

15 Someone Who Cared 2:57

16 Long About Now 2:05

17 Scope J 10:50

18 Lullaby (By-by-by) 11:05

CD3 An American In Europe

01 Jackie 3:22

02 Mathilde 2:36

03 The Girls And Dogs 3:07

04 Amsterdam 3:04

05 Next 2:49

06 The Girls From The Streets 4:08

07 My Death 4:56

08 Sons Of 3:43

09 If You Go Away 4:58

10 Copenhagen 2:24

11 We Came Through 1:56

12 30 Century Man 1:27

13 Rhymes Of Goodbye 3:05

14 Thanks For Chicago Mr. James 2:15

15 Cowbells Shakin' 1:04

16 My Way Home 3:28

17 Lines 3:27

18 Rawhide 3:49

19 Blanket Roll Blues 3:12

20 Tilt 5:05

21 Patriot 8:00

CD4 his Is How You Disappear

01 The Plague 3:34

02 Plastic Palace People 6:05

03 Boy Child 3:37

04 The Shut Out 2:46

05 Fat Mama Kick 2:52

06 Nite Flights 4:20

07 The Electrician 6:01

08 Dealer 5:08

09 Track "3" 3:42

10 Sleepwalkers Woman 4:11

11 Track "5" 3:32

12 Farmer In The Sky 6:35

13 The Cockfighter 5:58

14 Bouncer See Bouncer 8:34

15 Face On Breast 5:15

CD5 Scott On Screen

01 Light 3:20

02 Deadlier Than The Male 2:32

03 The Rope And The Cell 2:01

04 Meadow 1:24

05 The Seventh Seal 4:58

06 The Darkest Forest 5:44

07 The Ballad Of Sacco And Vanzetti 3:32

08 The Summer Knows 3:20

09 Glory Road 3:33

10 Isabel 6:39

11 Man From Reno 4:21

12 The church Of The Apostles 5:50

13 Indecent Sacrifice 4:07

14 Bombupper 0:52

15 I Threw It All Away 2:20

16 River Of Blood 1:25

17 Only Myself To Blame 3:38

18 Running 1:44

19 The Time Is Out Of Joint 1:09

20 Never Again 1:27

21 Closing 1:54




  1. Possibly the biggest pop icon of all times...

    1. Hi Stonerose.
      An absolute possibility...depending on who you talk too. Some will say Who?
      I hope this opens the ears of others.


  2. Thank you very much for this material -- the documentary as well as the anthology.

    1. Hi Crab Devil.
      The documentary is a good one. Enjoy it and this fine set.


  3. bought the dvd years ago, a brilliant thing to watch. Thanks for in five easy pieces should be a very interesting listen.

    1. Hi exile 62,
      The DVD is amazing.
      I hope you will enjoy it.


  4. Please can you re-up. Many thanks in advance

    1. Hi Roger,
      New links established, tested and working.