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can anyone recommend me songs like this? stirring, fantastical, upbeat, energetic narrative songs?
Only other Scott Walker songs...that is, everything off the first four records and most of the fifth one
That wasn't really what you were looking for, was it
i got a SW/WB best of for £4 the other night, and theres nothing quite like it on the rest of it
i guess lots of stuff from musicals and operetta is close, but this is way good
maybe its got a weird tracklisting then...cos there are a fair few songs like that on scotts 1-4
I swear, I've seen a best of Scott Walker that had no songs written by him on it...fucking ridiculous
Download, at the cost of ninethousand dollars a song, scotts 1-4...there are a fair few tracks like that. I like 'we came through'
is Scott Walker sings Jacques Brel. That's the good stuff.
^this might be that ridiculous comp I was thinking of... ;)
I mean, his Brel covers are good, but they aren't exactly Duchess, Plastic Palace People, It's Raining Today etc...
there's so much more good stuff than that... ;)
Brel's originals are better than Scott's...
roight you! ootside now! ;)
you don't mean to say you think Scott does a better job than Brel! Fisticuffs it is!!
oh he does do a good job singing those songs...i just prefer his own songs
The following Scott tunes are fairly 'upbeat' (rhythmically, if not lyrically):
We Came Through
The Seventh Seal
The Girls & The Dogs
The Little Things That Keep Us Together
The Rope And The Colt
Til the Band Comes In
The Ballad of Sacco & Vanzetti
The Big Hurt
Jean the Machine
Thanks For Chicago Mr James
Best Of Both Worlds
As for The Walker Brothers- they did tons of upbeat numbers ('Saturday's Child', 'Living Above Your Head' etc) and some good ol fashioned show tune-style stuff like 'Experience' and 'Looking For Me'...
In The Year 2525 - Zager and Evans
Days of Pearly Spencer - David McWilliams
I love all three of those so much.
since he did write Jackie and Mathilde 'n' all.
There's lots of wonderful upbeat Brel show-stoppers!
but don't tell Lyle...
AMAZING! 'Le Temps', 'Les Deux Guitares', 'Desormais', 'Emmenez-Moi'
I don't think Lyle likes any old french music. Not even Annie Philippe!
his cover of Brel's 'Next' which i think is on scott 3. its far better than jackie.
and not a patch on Brel's reading. In comparison, Walker's version strips it of nearly all the anger and disgust that Brel conveys. I love Walker's version; but frankly it just doesn't do the lyric justice. But who could apart from the man himself?
Then listen to 'Next'. SW's version just completely pales into insignificance when compared to a performance like this.
I must add that I do love Scott Walker's Brel covers - I just think of them as easy-listening versions.
sorry - that opening line sounded really condescending. I don't mean it to!
I think it's a genuine contender for best cover ever.
There's a Youtube live version here:
although to be honest it's not quite as good as the recording as he overdoes the theatrics here a tad whereas the recording gets the balance entirely spot on.
but that version is much more in keeping with the actual content of the song than Scott's comparatively gentle approach.
It's a little over the top, but I think he interpreted the lyrics brilliantly (clearly having seen Brel's crazy antics!)