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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Mercury - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B0000075Y6
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Love Her
2. Make It Easy On Yourself
3. First Love Never Dies
4. My Ship Is Coming In
5. Deadlier Than The Male
6. Another Tear Falls
7. Baby You Don't Have To Tell Me
8. After The Lights Go Out
9. Mrs Murphy
10. In My Room
11. Arcangel
12. Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
13. Saddest Night In The World
14. Young Man Cried
15. Living Above Your Head
16. Stay With Me Baby
17. Walking In The Rain
18. Orpheus
19. I Can't Let It Happen To You
20. Just Say Goodbye
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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Full title - After The Lights Go Out - The Best Of 1965 - 1967. Amid the pomp and foppery of Swinging London, The Walker Brothers always stood out. Lean, moody Californians with matinee jawlines and those strange, tortured ballads about cuckolded existentialism and how the sun was never gonna shine anymore, they clashed with both the grinning beat-groups on their way out, and the communal trip-out around the corner. 'Love Her', 'Another Tear Falls' and 'Make It Easy On Yourself' are all closed eyes and clenched fists, photogenic torment backed with the lushest orchestration of its day. In between the hits are songs like 'Mrs Murphy' and 'Archangel', that hint that Scott Walker was not just a pretty face and a mile-wide voice, but a visionary melancholic set to dim the lights on the late 1960s with his string of incomparable solo albums. Free of the usual omissions and superfluous additions, After The Lights Go Out is the definitive Walkers compilation. Universal.

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I am still waiting for the new Hall @Oates that I was supposed to get in Feb.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0e01384) out of 5 stars Righteous Brothers Meet Edgar Allan Poe Sept. 28 2000
By patrice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While certainly a decent Walker Brother's collection, I'd have to say you'd be better off buying their "Images" and "Portrait" cds which contain generous bonus tracks and numerous excellent songs not found here (such as Scott's "Geneieve"). The Walker Brothers (incidently they aren't brothers nor are any of them named Walker) recorded legacy is not that large so I'm not so sure that a greatest hits package is really the right way to go. If you just want "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" you could probably find that on any one of numerous sixties compilations, if you want to dig deeper you should go to their albums.
I always like to think of the Walker Brothers as the Righteous Brothers meet Edgar A. Poe. They share that orchestrated white soulish type sound of the Righteous Brothers but with a darker more adventurish edge.
The best known Walker Brother songs are all here, along with some lesser known gems like "After the Lights Go Out" or "Mrs Murphy". There are also a few amazing Scott Walker compositions, most notably "Archangel" that equal the standard of his solo work.
Since the Walker Brothers are still pretty hazy to most people a more enlightening set of liner notes would probably have been helpful as well.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f7ef48) out of 5 stars (Over the)Top of the Pops Feb. 2 2006
By Richard B. Luhrs - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't say I know terribly much about the Walker Brothers, but a quick scan of their discography suggests there may not be all that much to know. An American vocal trio who enjoyed a string of British hits from 1965-67 and a brief comeback a decade later, they would seem the sort of act amply served by compilations. AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT must surely rank as a good one, at least as far as the Walkers' early work is concerned.
Merging - at times even overlapping - Motown and Phil Spector sensibilities with grand theatrical frills and heartrending delivery, the Walker Brothers crafted some of the sixties' most dramatic ballads, the best of which have lost nothing after forty years. Scott Engels/Walker's full, clear low tenor, a compellingly effective instrument even when interpreting outright schmaltz, generally takes the lead (with good reason), though the other "Walkers," John and Gary, provide more than worthy support and (in John's case) occasional solos. To be sure, not everything works: there's some truly over-the-top stuff here, with soap opera lyrics, swirling horror-movie organs, hair-curling violins and an ambience worthy of Broadway at its brightest. But when these guys are good, they're unbeatable. The Drifters-influenced title track, "Love Her," "Make It Easy on Yourself," "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" and "Don't Say Goodbye" are all masterpieces, big and brash with just enough weeping melodrama to stick them permanently into the listener's memory after one or two plays. A number of other winners are in here too, as well as a few fairly laughable tracks; all fit, nevertheless. This is superlative mid-sixties pop, and I doubt that anyone, of whatever age, couldn't find something to love on this disc.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f83ef4) out of 5 stars The Walkers in their prime June 6 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you were a fan of the Walkers Brothers before Scott took off for strange-land you'll enjoy this album. It's really the only one you need to buy. It has the three 60's mega hits-Sun Ain't, Make It Easy,and My Ship. It also contains some great little knowns and B sides like Another Tear Falls,Saddest Night In the World, and some other super tear in your beer entries. If you want to dig deeper into Scott's pre-Prozac world thanby all means spring for more lp's but this one does the job quite well.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ecd614) out of 5 stars brilliant track selection but... Nov. 9 2009
By Bobo Da Klown - Published on Amazon.com
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This is definitely the ultimate collection judging by the track selection. Unfortunately the sound is dreadful, get the box set.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0de8090) out of 5 stars This is the one to buy! Nov. 7 2006
By Dr. Willie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've been a Walker Brother fan since the fall of '65 when I first heard "Make It Easy On Yourself" on the radio. These guys did their best work from '65 til '67 -then self destruction. They were always more popular in England than the U.S. but I don't know why. There are lots of Walker cds available on the inet now with most of them being imported from England. I say from experience if you're going to buy just one Walker Bros. cd this is the one. It's contains all their hits and some really good less familiar work as well. If some jerk wants to sell you his copy for forty something dollars turn and walk. If you do your research you can get one new for under $20. Highly recommended for Walker fans!