Scott 2

Scott 2 is the second solo album by Scott Walker, released in 1968 by Philips Records in the UK and Smash Records in the US. Featuring the minor hit "Jackie", it arrived at the height of Walker's commercial success as a solo artist, topping the UK Albums Chart.

Scott 2
Scott 2 - Scott Walker.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1968 (1968-03)[1]
July 1968 (1968-07) (US)
Recorded1967–1968
GenreArt pop, baroque pop
Length43:47
LabelPhilips, Smash
ProducerJohn Franz
Scott Walker chronology
Scott
(1967)
Scott 2
(1968)
Scott 3
(1969)
Singles from Scott 2
  1. "Jackie" b/w "The Plague"
    Released: 1967
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media(9.1/10)[3]

This album, alongside Scott, features Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" recording technique;[citation needed] Scott 3 and Scott 4, however, do not.

OverviewEdit

Scott 2 follows the formula of Walker's début release, with a mixture of contemporary covers ("Black Sheep Boy", "The Windows of the World") Jacques Brel interpretations ("Jackie", "Next", "The Girls and the Dogs"), film songs ("Wait Until Dark", "Come Next Spring") and his own original compositions ("The Amorous Humphrey Plugg", "The Girls from the Streets", "Plastic Palace People", "The Bridge"). The content of his own and Brel's material was markedly more risqué than on Scott, with "Jackie", "Next" and "The Girls from the Streets" standing out with themes of sexual tribulations and decadent lifestyles.

According to Jonathan King, writing in the liner notes to Scott 2, not long after the album had been completed Walker described it as the "work of a lazy, self-indulgent man." He added, "Now the nonsense must stop, and the serious business must begin." King continues about Walker: "I have no doubt that many years from now, over a space age dinner of vitamins, [...] he will say: 'Well, the last fifty years have been great fun, but now we must get down to doing something worthwhile.' And he'll mean it."[4]

Release and receptionEdit

The album, released on Philips Records in March 1968, reached #1 for one week and stayed in the UK Albums Chart for eighteen weeks.[5] The album was preceded by the single "Jackie" in late 1967. The single met with controversy in the UK because of lyrics like "authentic queers and phony virgins" and drug references.[6] The song was banned by the BBC and was not performed on BBC TV or played on the mainstream radio channels. The song eventually charted at #22.[5] The album was eventually released in the United States in July 1968 with different artwork, but sold poorly.

"A record about real stuff with quite disturbing imagery," remarked Neil Hannon, frontman of The Divine Comedy.[7] British singer/songwriter Marvin B. Naylor referenced Walker's song Plastic Palace People in the title of his 2009 album The Last Flight Of Billy Balloon and in the song Beautiful Balloon from the same album.

Track listingEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Jackie"Jacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest and Mort Shuman3:23
2."Best of Both Worlds"Mark London and Don Black3:14
3."Black Sheep Boy"Tim Hardin2:39
4."The Amorous Humphrey Plugg"Noel Scott Engel4:31
5."Next"Brel and Shuman2:50
6."The Girls from the Streets"Engel4:11
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Plastic Palace People"Engel6:06
8."Wait Until Dark"Henry Mancini, Jay Livingston and Ray Evans2:59
9."The Girls and the Dogs"Brel, Jouannest and Shuman3:10
10."Windows of the World"Hal David and Burt Bacharach4:25
11."The Bridge"Engel2:50
12."Come Next Spring"Lenny Adelson3:24

Chart positionsEdit

Chart Year Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[8] 1968 1

PersonnelEdit

  • Wally Stott – arrangements and conductor (Tracks 1, 2, 12)
  • Reg Guest – arrangements and conductor (Tracks 3, 4, 9)
  • Peter Knight – arrangements and conductor (Tracks 6, 4)
  • Peter Olliff – engineer

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Germany 1968 (1968) Philips LP 844 210 BY
United Kingdom March 1968 (1968-03)[1] Philips LP 7840
United States July 1968 (1968-07) Smash LP 7106
UK April 27, 1992 (1992-04-27)[1] Fontana CD 510 880-2
UK June 5, 2000 (2000-06-05)[1] Fontana HDCD 510 880-2
US February 15, 2008 (2008-02-15)[9] 4 Men With Beards LP 4M150

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Release: Scott 2 – MusicBrainz". Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  2. ^ Unterberger, Richie. Review: Scott 2. AllMusic. Retrieved on 2010-08-10.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Scott 2 by SCOTT WALKER – LP – Boomkat – Your independent music specialist". Boomkat. Retrieved 2012-03-08.
  5. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company – Scott Walker". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  6. ^ Williams, Lewis (2006). Scott Walker – The Rhymes of Goodbye (1st ed.). London: Plexus. p. 68. ISBN 0-85965-395-1.
  7. ^ Thornton, Anthony: 'Neil Hannon's Record Collection', Q #146, November 1998, p67
  8. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Scott Walker – Scott 2". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  9. ^ "VinylFanatics.com Vinyl Records, Vinyl Record Reviews, News, Forum Vinyl reviews Audiophile vinyl The best site for vinyl records – UPDATE : Vinyl Lovers – New record label?". © 2010 VinylFanatics.com. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. Retrieved 2010-08-11.