Scott Walker (US singer-songwriter, musician and producer)

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Legal name: Noel Scott Engel

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Scott Walker (born Noel Scott Engel; January 9, 1943) is an American-born singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. He is noted for his distinctive baritone voice and for the unorthodox career path which has taken him from 1960s pop icon to 21st century avant-garde musician.

Originally coming to fame in the mid-1960s singing orchestral pop ballads as the frontman of The Walker Brothers, Walker went on to a solo career balancing a light entertainment/MOR ballad approach with increasing artistic innovations in arrangement and writing perspective. Despite a series of acclaimed albums, a disastrous drop in sales forced him back into straight Middle of the road recordings with little of his own artistic input. This in turn eventually led to a Walker Brothers reunion in the mid-1970s (although the latter eventually moved, by mutual consent, into more avant-garde areas).

Since the mid-1980s Walker has revived his solo career while drastically reinventing his artistic and compositional methods, via a series of acclaimed and vividly avant-garde albums. These combine his iconic singing voice with an unsettling avant-garde approach owing more to modernist and post-modernist classical composition than it does to his pop singer past. The change in approach has been compared to "Andy Williams reinventing himself as Stockhausen".

Walker continues to release solo material, and is currently signed to 4AD Records. As a record producer or guest performer he has worked with a number of artists including Pulp, Ute Lemper and Bat For Lashes.

Despite being American, Walker's success has largely been in the United Kingdom, where his first 3 solo albums reached the top ten. Walker has lived in the UK since 1965; he became a British citizen in 1970.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1967 Scott Scott Walker 4
1968 Scott 2 Scott Walker 3
1969 Scott 3 Scott Walker 3
1969 Sings Songs From His T.V. Series Scott Walker 1
1969 Scott 4 Scott Walker 3
1970 'Til the Band Comes In Scott Walker 2
1972 The Moviegoer Scott Walker 1
1973 Any Day Now Scott Walker 1
1973 Stretch Scott Walker 1
1974 We Had It All Scott Walker 1
1984 Climate of Hunter Scott Walker 2
1995 Tilt Scott Walker 2
2006 The Drift Scott Walker 3
2012 Bish Bosch Scott Walker 4
2014 Soused Scott Walker + Sunn O))) 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1967 Looking Back With Scott Walker Compilation Scott Walker 3
1981 Fire Escape in the Sky: The Godlike Genius of Scott Walker Compilation Scott Walker 1
1981 Sings Jacques Brel Compilation Scott Walker 2
1990 Boy Child: The Best of 1967-1970 Compilation Scott Walker 1
1996 It's Raining Today: The Scott Walker Story (1967-70) Compilation Scott Walker 2
1997 Stretch / We Had It All Compilation Scott Walker 1
2000 Boy Child: 67-70 Compilation Scott Walker 1
2003 5 Easy Pieces Compilation Scott Walker 2
2004 The Collection Compilation Scott Walker 1
2005 Classics & Collectibles Compilation Scott Walker 1
2013 Scott: The Collection 1967-1970 Compilation Scott Walker 1
The Romantic Compilation Scott Walker 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1967 Jackie / The Plague Scott Walker 1
1968 Joanna Scott Walker 1
1969 Lights of Cincinnati / Two Weeks Since You've Gone Scott Walker 1
1971 I Still See You / My Way Home Scott Walker 1
1984 Track Three Scott Walker 1

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2007 And Who Shall Go to the Ball? And What Shall Go to the Ball? Scott Walker 1

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