His song-writing reached new peaks on this record (it was the first Scott Walker album to feature entirely original material) and is incisive, articulate and acerbic. Here are some of his finest compositions – The Seventh Seal (inspired by the classic Ingmar Bergman film), features a haunting Ennio Morricone-style arrangement, The Old Man’s Back Again also displays cinematic qualities and a penetrating theme (“dedicated to the neo-Stalinist regime,” the “old man” of this song was supposedly Josef Stalin), Duchessand Boy Child are achingly beautiful, timeless classics.
The eclectic mix of folk, country, and soul influences contained, make this an intriguing and innovative body of work.
This special 50th anniversary edition has been mastered and cut to vinyl using the unique ‘half-speed’ process, at Abbey Road Studios, London, for ultimate sound quality.
1x 12" LP, 180gm, 50th Anniversary limited edition, half-speed mastered, gatefold sleeve
A2. On Your Own Again
A3. The World's Strongest Man
A4. Angels of Ashes
A5. Boy Child
B1. Hero of the War
B2. The Old Man's Back Again (Dedicated To the Neo-Stalinist Reg
B4. Get Behind Me
B5. Rhymes of Goodbye
Mercury, 2019 Reissue
Originally released 1969
[Pop] [Folk] [Soul] [Country]