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PostSubject: The Walker Brothers - Everything Under The Sun (5CD Box) (2006)   19.12.14 6:19

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Five CD box set containing every studio recording that this American trio released during their '60s heyday and their short-lived '70s reunion plus alternatve versions, etc. Although Scott Engel, Gary Leeds and John Maus were not actually brothers, they achieved enormous success in England and Europe and are now considered to be one of the most influential musical forces of their time. The 115 songs include 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore', 'Make It Easy On Yourself', 'There Goes My Baby', 'Doin' The Jerk', 'Everything's Gonna Be Alright' and many many more.

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Everything under the sun from the Walker Brothers' studio output is indeed here on this five-CD box set. It not only has everything from their mid-'60s prime on the first three CDs, but also the more neglected (though considerably less impressive) three albums or so they did in the mid- to late '70s after reuniting. There are also 13 previously unreleased tracks from 1965-1967, as well as a 48-page booklet with a historical essay and oodles of photos and memorabilia. Naturally, like many completist box sets, this isn't for everyone; there's much superb material, but also a good deal of also-ran cuts and covers. Too, the 1970s material is not only often rather dull pop (sometimes with slight country overtones), but not too similar or compatible with the lush 1960s productions. Plus, to be technical, it doesn't have everything the Walker Brothers issued, lacking the live album they recorded in Japan in 1968 (which, as of the release of this box set, still had not made it to CD). Focusing on the positive, however, this has a lot of quality music besides their familiar hits (which are also all included, of course). The R&B and soul covers the brothers sang to pad out their releases may not have been their forte, and sometimes the pop ballads were gushy, but Scott Walker's voice (and John Walker's second vocals) usually at least made them pleasant on some level. As for the booming, brooding ballads (with nods to Phil Spector and the Righteous Brothers) at which they excelled, there are plenty of those, including "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," "After the Lights Go Out," "Another Tear Falls," "In My Room," "Everything Under the Sun," "Just Say Goodbye," "Deadlier Than the Male," and others. A few other songs have seeds of Scott Walker's more serious, arty side ("Archangel," "Mrs. Murphy," "Orpheus," "Experience"), and John Walker takes a nice lead vocal on one of their best obscure tracks, "I Can't Let It Happen to You."

The 13 previously unreleased 1965-1967 recordings don't add up to an unissued album of sorts; they're more an assembly of odds and ends with a bent toward mediocre soul covers ("In the Midnight Hour," "I Got You ") and pop standards (such as "The Shadow of Your Smile"). Again, however, the vocals make even these erratic leftovers worthwhile to some degree, and a few of the songs are rather good, including the characteristically melancholy "Hang on for Me," the dreamily orchestrated "Lost One," and the relatively upbeat Burt Bacharach-like "I Got Lost for a While." (The writers of all three of those mysterious tunes, incidentally, are listed as "unknown," leaving it open as to whether these were original compositions.) Also among these 13 unearthed items are alternate versions of two songs the Walkers did release, Randy Newman's "Looking for Me" and their big smash "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)." While these aren't as good as the official versions, they are at least notably different, and it's interesting to hear "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" in a considerably tamer, more reserved arrangement. Other than the obvious similarities in the vocals, discs four and five could almost be the work of a different group than the one heard on the first three CDs. While this latter portion does include their big 1976 U.K. hit "No Regrets," it's tough sledding, with much of it given over to middle-of-the-road covers of the likes of Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, Kris Kristofferson, and Boz Scaggs. Suddenly, however, the torpor is interrupted by Scott Walker's four originals from their final album, 1978's Nite Flights. They're bleak, piercing, heavily electronic rhythmic numbers, wholly unlike anything else the Walker Brothers did in either the 1960s or the 1970s, and wholly unlike any other '70s Walkers recordings in that they sounded bold and adventurous, rather than just treading water. They're enough, just about, to justify the inclusion of the Walker Brothers' reunion material in the box, though not enough to keep the inclusion of said material from making the box even more erratic than most such complete overviews of major artists.

Review by Richie Unterberger, Allmusic.com


They weren't British, they weren't brothers, and their real names weren't Walker, but Californians Scott Engel, John Maus, and Gary Leeds were briefly huge stars in England (and small ones in their native land) at the peak of the British Invasion. Engel and Maus were playing together in Hollywood when drummer Leeds suggested they form a trio and try to make it in England. And they did -- with surprising swiftness, they hit the top of the British charts with "Make It Easy on Yourself" in 1965. "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" repeated the feat the following year, and the group also had U.K. hits with "My Ship Is Coming In," "(Baby) You Don't Have to Tell Me," "Another Tear Falls," and others. For a few months they experienced frenzied adulation almost on the level of the Beatles and the Stones, though in the U.S. (where they rarely performed) only "Make It Easy on Yourself" and "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" entered the Top 20.

While the Walkers looked the part of British Invaders with their shaggy mop-top hairstyles, they were far more pop than rock. Nor did they play on most of their records. With producer Johnny Franz and veteran British arrangers like Ivor Raymonde (who also worked with Dusty Springfield) and Reg Guest, they favored orchestrated ballads that were a studied attempt to emulate the success of another brother act who weren't really brothers: the Righteous Brothers. Not as soulful as the Righteous Brothers, lead singer Scott Walker's deep croon betrayed strong debts to non-rock vocalists like Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. While their biggest hits were covers of songs by American pop songwriting teams like Bacharach-David and Mann-Weil, Scott (and occasionally John Walker) could write brooding originals in a more personal, less overblown style when given the chance.

In the intensely competitive days of 1967, the Walkers' brand of pop suddenly become passé, and the group disbanded in the face of diminishing success and Scott's increasingly fruitful solo career. Scott ran off a series of Top Ten British solo albums in the late '60s, which have attracted a sizable cult with their idiosyncratic marriage of Scott's brooding, insular songs and ornate orchestral arrangements. Gary Walker released a few singles and an album with his group the Rain in a much harder-rocking guitar-oriented format. The Walkers reunited for a while in the mid-'70s, which produced a final British hit ("No Regrets"). Much of the Walkers' story is retold in the biography Scott Walker: A Deep Shade of Blue, published only in Britain.
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CD1:



Tracklist:
01. Pretty Girls Everywhere
02. Doin' The Jerk
03. Love Her *
04. The Seventh Dawn *
05. Make It Easy On Yourself
06. There Goes My Baby
07. First Love Never Dies
08. Dancing In The Street
09. Lonely Winds
10. The Girl I Lost In The Rain
11. Land Of 1000 Dances
12. You're All Around Me
13. Love Minus Zero
14. I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore
15. Here Comes The Night
16. Tell The Truth
17. But I Do *
18. My Ship Is Coming In *
19. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
20. After The Lights Go Out
21. (Baby) You Don't Have To Tell Me
22. My Love Is Growing
23. Looking For Me *
24. Young Man Cried *
25. Everything's Gonna Be Alright *
26. I Need You *
27. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore *

* Mono

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CD2:


Tracklist:
01. Another Tear Falls
02. Saddest Night In The World
03. In My Room
04. Saturday's Child
05. Just For A Thrill
06. Hurting Each Other
07. Old Folks
08. Summertime *
09. People Get Ready
10. I Can See It Now
11. Where's The Girl
12. Living Above Your Head
13. Take It Like A Man
14. No Sad Songs For Me
15. Deadlier Than The Male
16. Archangel
17. Sunny
18. Come Rain Or Come Shine
19. The Gentle Rain
20. Mrs. Murphy
21. Stay With Me Baby
22. Turn Out The Moon
23. Walking In The Rain
24. Baby Make It The Last Time
25. Me About You

* Mono

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CD3:


Tracklist:
01. Everything Under The Sun
02. Once Upon A Summertime
03. Experience
04. Blueberry Hill
05. Orpheus
06. Stand By Me
07. I Wanna Know
08. I Will Wait For You (Theme From Les Parapluies De Cherbourg)
09. It Makes No Difference Now
10. I Can't Let It Happen To You
11. Genevieve
12. Just Say Goodbye
13. Looking For Me * *
14. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) * *
15. Lazy Afternoon * *
16. The Midnight Hour * *
17. Young Love * *
18. Let The Music Play * *
19. The Shadow Of Your Smile * *
20. Hang On For Me * *
21. I Got You (I Feel Good) * *
22. I Got Lost For Awhile * *
23. A Fool Am I * *
24. Wipe Away My Tears * *
25. Lost One * *

* * Previously Unreleased

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CD4:



Tracklist:
01. No Regrets
02. Hold An Old Friend's Hand
03. Boulder To Birmingham
04. Walkin' In The Sun
05. Lover's Lullaby
06. I've Got To Have You
07. He'll Break Your Heart
08. Everything That Touches You
09. Lovers
10. Burn Our Bridges
11. Remember Me
12. Loving Arms
13. I Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer
14. The Moon's A Harsh Mistress
15. Marie
16. Lines
17. Taking It All In Stride
18. Inside Of You
19. Have You Seen My Baby

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Tracklist:
01. We're All Alone
02. Many Rivers To Cross
03. First Day
04. Brand New Tennessee Waltz
05. Hard To Be Friends
06. Dreaming As One
07. Til I Gain Control Again
08. The Ballad Of Ty And Jerome
09. Shutout
10. Fat Mama Kick
11. Nite Flights
12. The Electrician
13. Death Of Romance
14. Den Haague
15. Rhythms Of Vision
16. Disciples Of Death
17. Fury And The Fire
18. Child Of Flames
19. Tokyo Rimshot


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