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Scott 3

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Music lovers would be hard pushed to find a body of work as impressive as Scott Walker's late 60's album output. This batch of reissues and remasters is largely unnecessary considering they are already available from any self-respecting music store but they coincide rather handily with the recent Walker-organised Meltdown festival.

Scott 3, released in the year after its predecessor, sees Walker growing in confidence as a writer as well as a singer with only the last 3 of the 13 tracks not credited to him. All but one of the tracks is also credited to Wally Stott as conductor and arranger and not once do these two perfect musical partners ever get in the way of each other. If one must cherrypick then the best place to concentrate on would be the album's mid-section where the subtle strings and the genuinely affecting narrative of 'Two Ragged Soldiers' ("There were knights on park benches. Stale bread for the pigeons. Good mornings to faces who just turned away" is just a sample of the poetic sentiments in the lyrics) gives way to the acoustic, all-too-brief '30 Century Man'; it's difficult to find such contrasting brilliance on any other album. 'It's Raining Today' and 'Copenhagen' are tinged with beautiful melancholia accompanied by uncluttered arrangements.

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  Track Listing
01 It's Raining Today
02 Copenhagen
03 Rosemary
04 Big Louise
05 We Came Through
06 Butterfly
Standout Track Two Ragged Soldiers
08 30 Century Man
09 Winter Night
10 Two Weeks Since You've Gone
11 Sons Of
12 Funeral Tango
13 If You Go Away

Standout Track = Standout Track

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