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The Moviegoer  - Scott Walker - 1972
Label: Contour (UK)
Format: LP
From: UK
My rating: 6/10

Entered: 07/25/2001
Last updated: 09/08/2002

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This is a very special Scott album to me. Scott chooses some of his favorite songs from films, and comes up with a list including titles by Ennio Morricone, Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, John Barry and Michel Legrand. Not only was the guy a genius, he had great taste as well... Perhaps due to the nature of the material, Scott sounds more like a Sinatra-like crooner on this album than on his earlier solo albums, and this doesn't deliver quite the solid genius I was hoping for. There are a couple of country styled tracks which don't appeal to me that much. Overall, it's still very enjoyable though.

The opener is a great vocal version of John Barry's brilliant 'This way Mary'. The only other vocal version I know of is by Matt Monroe, and Scott's version, a moody, heartfelt piece with strings, surpasses this. The mood is similar on 'Come Saturday Morning'; the string arrangements are wonderful, and sound like they could have come from any of Scott's late 60s solo sessions. Other highlights are 'Loss of Love' from Mancini's 'Sunflower' score, Morricone's 'the ballad of Sacco and Vanetti' ( wish Scott had sung more Morricone stuff...) and 'That night' from Lalo Schifrin's 'The Fox'.

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