Live On Air 1968-1969

4CD £20.99
  • UPC: 5053792300235
  • Release Date: 12 July 2019


Label Review.

Radio Broadcast. This set features all the audio from his six part BBC TV series recorded March and April 1969. Also included are the two pilot episodes from 1968.

Our Overview.

The revered American singer-songwriter Scott Walker, left us music fans a legacy of song to always be grateful for, when he sadly passed. From Pop teen idol to avant-garde music ambassador Scott contributed inspirationally to the music scene. ‘Scott Walker Live On Air 1968-1969’ transports us back to 1968-69. At the height of Scott Walker’s fame, the BBC invited him to host his own TV programme, with two 1968 specials being followed by a series in the spring of 1969. The footage has been wiped but the audio survives, finding him singing a variety of songs with orchestral backing, together with guest appearances from Blossom Dearie, Kiki Dee, Dudley Moore, Billy Preston and others. It has been mastered here to the best possible standard, and is presented together with background notes and images. Any live performances by Walker are rare, making these of especial historical value.

This release features:·        

Rare performances by the legendary Scott Walker on his very own television show·        

Includes BBC broadcasts of Walker’s two Pilot Specials, as well as his subsequent six episodes·        

Includes special guest appearances from Blossom Dearie, Kiki Dee, Dudey Moore, Billy Preston and many others.·        

Includes full colour 16-page booklet·        

Professionally re-mastered with background liners and many rare archival photographs.

Scott the pop teen idol of the 60’s, will be most renowned as founding member of The Walker Brothers with his vocal timbre to melt the knees of lovers - he will indelibly be remembered as the resonant, burnished baritone voice on some of the most dramatic singles of the era. The Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition Make It Easy on Yourself (1965) - also contributed to exploring the lesser none shores of avant-garde music with great aplomb signing to British label 4AD and producing works of experimental strangeness that dared critics to try to define them. Nonetheless they commanded the respect and even awe of other artists. “He’s been my idol since I was a kid,” said David Bowie, while Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Brian Eno and Jarvis Cocker were similarly inspired.

Walker, whose later work was more likely to provoke comparisons with Francis Bacon’s paintings than with other musicians, professed himself content to walk his own unique path.“I have long since stopped worrying about fitting in in any way,” he told the Observer’s Sean O’Hagan in 2008. “I’m an outsider for sure. That suits me fine. Solitude is like a drug for me. I crave it.”

The contrast between the almost invisible Walker of his later years and his early pop-star self could not have been greater. As a member of the Walker Brothers – three Americans who came to Britain in search of success – he scored three top 10 albums in the UK between 1965 and 1967, Take It Easy With the Walker Brothers, Portrait and Images. Long live Mr. Scott Walker!