Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Scott Walker Series, #5: Scott Walker- Stretch (1973)/ We Had It All (1974) MP3 & FLAC

"If I find you've been creepin' round my back stairs, sundown, you better take care."

I have to confess that I like these albums more than I want to, especially We Had It All. This was Scott Walker's brief foray in Country music, and though it really has no right to be mentioned in the same breath as his iconic earlier solo work, it does have its perverted attractions. While the earlier album, Stretch, suffers from too much schmaltz, there are some nice moments, including "Someone Who Cared," which finds Walker's baritone positively dripping with despair. Things are a bit more consistent on We Had It All, which seems a little more committed to the Country theme. Walker's baritone adopts a tearful creakiness on songs such as "Black Rose" and "Sundown," which makes them pretty irresistible even though they probably shouldn't be. This period of Walker's career feels like a big "fuck you" to the fans and critics who had rejected the direction he had taken on  Scott 3 and  Scott 4, projects that were comprise primarily of his own compositions. As for proof, look no further than his cover of "Delta Dawn." I wonder if he was able to keep a straight face while singing this chestnut. Anyway, enjoy!

Stretch (1997 Remastered Edition)
 1. Sunshine  (4:28)
 2. Just One Smile  (4:24)
 3. A Woman Left Lonely  (3:22)
 4. No Easy Way Down  (4:37)
 5. That's How I Got to Memphis  (3:10)
 6. Use Me  (4:20)
 7. Frisco Depot  (3:47)
 8. Someone Who Cared  (2:58)
 9. Where Does Brown Begin  (4:35)
10. Where Love Has Died  (2:23)
11. I'll Be Home  (3:24)

We Had It All (1997 Remastered Edition)
12. Low Down Freedom  (3:43)
13. We Had It All  (3:30)
14. Black Rose  (3:17)
15. Ride Me Down Easy  (3:32)
16. You're Young and You'll Forget  (2:27)
17. The House Song  (3:44)
18. Whatever Happened to Saturday Night  (2:54)
19. Sundown  (4:49)
20. Old Five and Dimers Like Me  (2:58)
21. Delta Dawn  (3:48)


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  2. Korva, sadly, I've never been a metal man, but I will take a look, thanks

  3. If the links under the scan of the album covers don't work the ones at the bottom of the page usually do. There is some Dylan, Deep Purple, Van Halen, non metal stuff there.

  4. Thanks for the Stretch Lp. And for all the hard work that you must go through sharing in flac. Saludos.

  5. El Isabelino, thank you for your comment. I have a few more Scott Walker posts in FLAC that are virtually impossible to find in lossless right now, so stay tuned. Yes, doing a music blog like this is incredibly time consuming (The Cult post I just put up took quite awhile), but readers like you make it all worthwhile :)

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