CD Everything Under the Sun [The Walker Brothers] [CD Boxset] [5 discs] (CD 1310798),
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Everything Under the Sun [The Walker Brothers] [CD Boxset] [5 discs]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Pretty Girls Everywhere
    2. Doin' the Jerk
    3. Love Her
    4. Seventh Dawn, The
    5. Make It Easy on Yourself
    6. There Goes My Baby
    7. First Love Never Dies
    8. Dancing in the Street
    9. Lonely Winds
    10. Girl I Lost in the Rain, The
    11. Land of 1000 Dances
    12. You're All Around Me
    13. Love Minus Zero
    14. I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore
    15. Here Comes the Night
    16. Tell the Truth
    17. But I Do
    18. My Ship Is Coming In
    19. Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore, The
    20. After the Lights Go Out
    21. (Baby) You Don't Have to Tell Me
    22. My Love Is Growing
    23. Looking for Me
    24. Young Man Cried
    25. Everything's Gonna Be All Right
    26. I Need You
    27. Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore, The
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Another Tear Falls
    2. Saddest Night in the World
    3. In My Room
    4. Saturday's Child
    5. Just for a Thrill
    6. Hurting Each Other
    7. Old Folks
    8. Summertime
    9. People Get Ready
    10. I Can See It Now
    11. Where's the Girl?
    12. Living Above Your Head
    13. Take It Like a Man
    14. No Sad Songs for Me
    15. Deadlier Than the Male
    16. Archangel
    17. Sunny
    18. Come Rain or Come Shine
    19. Gentle Rain, The
    20. Mrs. Murphy
    21. Stay with Me Baby
    22. Turn Out the Moon
    23. Walking in the Rain
    24. Baby Make It the Last Time
    25. Me About You
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Everything Under the Sun
    2. Once Upon a Summertime
    3. Experience
    4. Blueberry Hill
    5. Orpheus
    6. Stand by Me
    7. I Wanna Know
    8. I Will Wait for You (Theme from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)
    9. It Makes No Difference Now
    10. I Can't Let It Happen to You
    11. Genevieve
    12. Just Say Goodbye
    13. Looking for Me - (previously unreleased)
    14. Sun Ain't Gonna Shine, The (Anymore) - (previously unreleased)
    15. Lazy Afternoon - (previously unreleased)
    16. In the Midnight Hour - (previously unreleased)
    17. Song for Young Love, A - (previously unreleased)
    18. Let the Music Play - (previously unreleased)
    19. Shadow of Your Smile, The - (previously unreleased)
    20. Hang on for Me - (previously unreleased)
    21. I Got You (I Feel Good) - (previously unreleased)
    22. I Got Lost for a While - (previously unreleased)
    23. Fool Am I, A - (previously unreleased)
    24. Wipe Away My Tears - (previously unreleased)
    25. Lost One - (previously unreleased)
    0. DISC 4:
    1. No Regrets
    2. Hold an Old Friend's Hand
    3. Boulder to Birmingham
    4. Walkin' in the Sun
    5. Lover's Lullaby
    6. I've Got to Have You
    7. He'll Break Your Heart
    8. Everything That Touches You
    9. Lovers
    10. Burn Our Bridges
    11. Remember Me
    12. Loving Arms
    13. I Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer
    14. Moon's a Harsh Mistress, The
    15. Marie
    16. Lines
    17. Taking It All in Stride
    18. Inside of You
    19. Have You Seen My Baby
    0. DISC 5:
    1. We're All Alone
    2. Many Rivers to Cross
    3. First Day
    4. Brand New Tennessee Waltz
    5. Hard to Be Friends
    6. Dreaming as One
    7. Til I Gain Control Again
    8. Ballad, The
    9. Shutout
    10. Fat Mama Kick
    11. Nite Flights
    12. Electrician, The
    13. Death of Romance
    14. Den Haague
    15. Rhythms of Vision
    16. Disciples of Death
    17. Fury and the Fire
    18. Child of Flames
    19. Tokyo Rimshot
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9839844

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Franz; Nik Venet; Dave MacRae

    Personnel: Dr. John Walker (vocals, acoustic guitar); Gary Leeds (vocals); Les Davidson (guitar); Len Walker, Judd Proctor, Paul Keough (acoustic guitar); Ritchie Hitchcock (electric guitar); Alan Skidmore (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Dave Wilus (saxophone); Ronnie Ross (soprano saxophone); Chris Mercer (tenor saxophone); Steve Grey, John Mealing (piano); Dave MacRae (keyboards); Brian Odgers (electric bass); Dougie Wright (drums, percussion); Peter Vanhook, Frank Gibson, Simon Phillips , Jim Sullivan, Barry Morgan, Brian Bennett (drums); Morris Pert, Gary Walker, Tristan Fry, Chris Karan (percussion); Joy Yates, Dennis Weinreich, Katie Kissoon (background vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Mark Paytress.
    Recording information: Air Studios, London, England (09/30/1965-03/15/1967); Kingsway Recorders (09/30/1965-03/15/1967); Scorpio Sound, London, England (09/30/1965-03/15/1967); The Marquee Studio (09/30/1965-03/15/1967).
    Photographers: Chris Walter; Michael Joseph.
    Arrangers: Jack Nitzsche; Shorty Rogers.
    Everything under the sun from the Walker Brothers' studio output is indeed here on this five-CD box set. It not only has everything from their mid-'60s prime on the first three CDs, but also the more neglected (though considerably less impressive) three albums or so they did in the mid- to late '70s after reuniting. There are also 13 previously unreleased tracks from 1965-1967, as well as a 48-page booklet with a historical essay and oodles of photos and memorabilia. Naturally, like many completist box sets, this isn't for everyone; there's much superb material, but also a good deal of also-ran cuts and covers. Too, the 1970s material is not only often rather dull pop (sometimes with slight country overtones), but not too similar or compatible with the lush 1960s productions. Plus, to be technical, it doesn't have everything the Walker Brothers issued, lacking the live album they recorded in Japan in 1968 (which, as of the release of this box set, still had not made it to CD). Focusing on the positive, however, this has a lot of quality music besides their familiar hits (which are also all included, of course). The R&B and soul covers the brothers sang to pad out their releases may not have been their forte, and sometimes the pop ballads were gushy, but Scott Walker's voice (and John Walker's second vocals) usually at least made them pleasant on some level. As for the booming, brooding ballads (with nods to Phil Spector and the Righteous Brothers) at which they excelled, there are plenty of those, including "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," "After the Lights Go Out," "Another Tear Falls," "In My Room," "Everything Under the Sun," "Just Say Goodbye," "Deadlier Than the Male," and others. A few other songs have seeds of Scott Walker's more serious, arty side ("Archangel," "Mrs. Murphy," "Orpheus," "Experience"), and John Walker takes a nice lead vocal on one of their best obscure tracks, "I Can't Let It Happen to You."
    The 13 previously unreleased 1965-1967 recordings don't add up to an unissued album of sorts; they're more an assembly of odds and ends with a bent toward mediocre soul covers ("In the Midnight Hour," "I Got You [I Feel Good]") and pop standards (such as "The Shadow of Your Smile"). Again, however, the vocals make even these erratic leftovers worthwhile to some degree, and a few of the songs are rather good, including the characteristically melancholy "Hang on for Me," the dreamily orchestrated "Lost One," and the relatively upbeat Burt Bacharach-like "I Got Lost for a While." (The writers of all three of those mysterious tunes, incidentally, are listed as "unknown," leaving it open as to whether these were original compositions.) Also among these 13 unearthed items are alternate versions of two songs the Walkers did release, Randy Newman's "Looking for Me" and their big smash "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)." While these aren't as good as the official versions, they are at least notably different, and it's interesting to hear "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" in a considerably tamer, more reserved arrangement. Other than the obvious similarities in the vocals, discs four and five could almost be the work of a different group than the one heard on the first three CDs. While this latter portion does include their big 1976 U.K. hit "No Regrets," it's tough sledding, with much of it given over to middle-of-the-road covers of the likes of Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, Kris Kristofferson, and Boz Scaggs. Suddenly, however, the torpor is interrupted by Scott Walker's four originals from their final album, 1978's Nite Flights. They're bleak, piercing, heavily electronic rhythmic numbers, wholly unlike anything else the Walker Brothers did in either the 1960s or the 1970s, and wholly unlike any other '70s Walkers recordings in that they sounded bold and adventurous, rather than just treading water. They're enough, just about, to justify the inclusion of the Walker Brothers' reunion material in the box, though not enough to keep the inclusion of said material from making the box even more erratic than most such complete overviews of major artists. ~ Richie Unterberger

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