Best Of 1965-1967: After The Lights Go Out Best of
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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 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.
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.