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.
The completely self-penned Scott 4, from the same year, couldn't really improve on Scott 3 but at the very least managed to maintain its brilliance and explored different musical avenues. 'The Seventh Seal', 'The Old Man's Back Again' and 'Hero Of The War' are almost rock songs for Scott Walker as his voice is biting and aggressive rather than gentle and soothing. To counter this, 'Duchess' and 'Rhymes Of Goodbye' steer the right side of Country and Western although their somewhat easy-listening style would eventually prove to be Walker's downfall in the lean years of the Seventies as he started relying on other songwriters' material.