Everything Under the Sun

Everything Under the Sun

by The Walker Brothers
     
 

Everything under the sun from the Walker Brothers' studio output is indeed here on this five-CD box set. It not only has everything from their mid-'60s prime on the first three CDs, but also the more neglected (though considerably less impressive) three albums or so they did in the mid- to late '70s after reuniting. There are also 13 previously unreleased tracks from… See more details below

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Everything under the sun from the Walker Brothers' studio output is indeed here on this five-CD box set. It not only has everything from their mid-'60s prime on the first three CDs, but also the more neglected (though considerably less impressive) three albums or so they did in the mid- to late '70s after reuniting. There are also 13 previously unreleased tracks from 1965-1967, as well as a 48-page booklet with a historical essay and oodles of photos and memorabilia. Naturally, like many completist box sets, this isn't for everyone; there's much superb material, but also a good deal of also-ran cuts and covers. Too, the 1970s material is not only often rather dull pop (sometimes with slight country overtones), but not too similar or compatible with the lush 1960s productions. Plus, to be technical, it doesn't have everything the Walker Brothers issued, lacking the live album they recorded in Japan in 1968 (which, as of the release of this box set, still had not made it to CD). Focusing on the positive, however, this has a lot of quality music besides their familiar hits (which are also all included, of course). The R&B and soul covers the brothers sang to pad out their releases may not have been their forte, and sometimes the pop ballads were gushy, but Scott Walker's voice (and John Walker's second vocals) usually at least made them pleasant on some level. As for the booming, brooding ballads (with nods to Phil Spector and the Righteous Brothers) at which they excelled, there are plenty of those, including "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," "After the Lights Go Out," "Another Tear Falls," "In My Room," "Everything Under the Sun," "Just Say Goodbye," "Deadlier Than the Male," and others. A few other songs have seeds of Scott Walker's more serious, arty side ("Archangel," "Mrs. Murphy," "Orpheus," "Experience"), and John Walker takes a nice lead vocal on one of their best obscure tracks, "I Can't Let It Happen to You." The 13 previously unreleased 1965-1967 recordings don't add up to an unissued album of sorts; they're more an assembly of odds and ends with a bent toward mediocre soul covers ("In the Midnight Hour," "I Got You [I Feel Good]") and pop standards (such as "The Shadow of Your Smile"). Again, however, the vocals make even these erratic leftovers worthwhile to some degree, and a few of the songs are rather good, including the characteristically melancholy "Hang on for Me," the dreamily orchestrated "Lost One," and the relatively upbeat Burt Bacharach-like "I Got Lost for a While." (The writers of all three of those mysterious tunes, incidentally, are listed as "unknown," leaving it open as to whether these were original compositions.) Also among these 13 unearthed items are alternate versions of two songs the Walkers did release, Randy Newman's "Looking for Me" and their big smash "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)." While these aren't as good as the official versions, they are at least notably different, and it's interesting to hear "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" in a considerably tamer, more reserved arrangement. Other than the obvious similarities in the vocals, discs four and five could almost be the work of a different group than the one heard on the first three CDs. While this latter portion does include their big 1976 U.K. hit "No Regrets," it's tough sledding, with much of it given over to middle-of-the-road covers of the likes of Jimmy Webb, Randy Newman, Kris Kristofferson, and Boz Scaggs. Suddenly, however, the torpor is interrupted by Scott Walker's four originals from their final album, 1978's Nite Flights. They're bleak, piercing, heavily electronic rhythmic numbers, wholly unlike anything else the Walker Brothers did in either the 1960s or the 1970s, and wholly unlike any other '70s Walkers recordings in that they sounded bold and adventurous, rather than just treading water. They're enough, just about, to justify the inclusion of the Walker Brothers' reunion material in the box, though not enough to keep the inclusion of said material from making the box even more erratic than most such complete overviews of major artists.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2006
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0602498398449
catalogNumber:
9839844
Rank:
60980

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Pretty Girls Everywhere
  2. Doin' the Jerk
  3. Love Her
  4. The Seventh Dawn
  5. Make It Easy on Yourself
  6. There Goes My Baby
  7. First Love Never Dies
  8. Dancing in the Street
  9. Lonely Winds
  10. The Girl I Lost in the Rain
  11. Land of 1000 Dances
  12. You're All Around Me
  13. Love Minus Zero
  14. I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore
  15. Here Comes the Night
  16. Tell the Truth
  17. But I Do
  18. My Ship Is Coming In
  19. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
  20. After the Lights Go Out
  21. (Baby) You Don't Have to Tell Me
  22. My Love Is Growing
  23. Looking for Me
  24. Young Man Cried
  25. Everything's Gonna Be All Right
  26. I Need You
  27. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

Disc 2

  1. Another Tear Falls
  2. Saddest Night in the World
  3. In My Room
  4. Saturday's Child
  5. Just for a Thrill
  6. Hurting Each Other
  7. Old Folks
  8. Summertime
  9. People Get Ready
  10. I Can See It Now
  11. Where's the Girl?
  12. Living Above Your Head
  13. Take It Like a Man
  14. No Sad Songs for Me
  15. Deadlier Than the Male
  16. Archangel
  17. Sunny
  18. Come Rain or Come Shine
  19. The Gentle Rain
  20. Mrs. Murphy
  21. Stay with Me Baby
  22. Turn out the Moon
  23. Walking in the Rain
  24. Baby Make It the Last Time
  25. Me About You

Disc 3

  1. Everything Under the Sun
  2. Once Upon a Summertime
  3. Experience
  4. Blueberry Hill
  5. Orpheus
  6. Stand by Me
  7. I Wanna Know
  8. I Will Wait for You (Theme from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)
  9. It Makes No Difference Now
  10. I Can't Let It Happen to You
  11. Genevieve
  12. Just Say Goodbye
  13. Looking for Me
  14. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)
  15. Lazy Afternoon
  16. In the Midnight Hour
  17. A Song for Young Love
  18. Let the Music Play
  19. The Shadow of Your Smile
  20. Hang on for Me
  21. I Got You (I Feel Good)
  22. I Got Lost for a While
  23. A Fool Am I
  24. Wipe Away My Tears
  25. Lost One

Disc 4

  1. No Regrets
  2. Hold an Old Friend's Hand
  3. Boulder to Birmingham
  4. Walkin' in the Sun
  5. Lover's Lullaby
  6. I've Got to Have You
  7. He'll Break Your Heart
  8. Everything That Touches You
  9. Lovers
  10. Burn Our Bridges
  11. Remember Me
  12. Loving Arms
  13. I Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer
  14. The Moon's a Harsh Mistress
  15. Marie
  16. Lines
  17. Taking It All in Stride
  18. Inside of You
  19. Have You Seen My Baby

Disc 5

  1. We're All Alone
  2. Many Rivers to Cross
  3. First Day
  4. Brand New Tennessee Waltz
  5. Hard to Be Friends
  6. Dreaming as One
  7. Til I Gain Control Again
  8. The Ballad
  9. Shutout
  10. Fat Mama Kick
  11. Nite Flights
  12. The Electrician
  13. Death of Romance
  14. Den Haague
  15. Rhythms of Vision
  16. Disciples of Death
  17. Fury and the Fire
  18. Child of Flames
  19. Tokyo Rimshot

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Walker Brothers   Primary Artist
Mo Foster   Bass
Ronnie Ross   Soprano Saxophone
Alan Skidmore   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Brian Bennett   Drums
Jack Nitzsche   Conductor
Simon Phillips   Drums
Jim Sullivan   Drums
B.J. Cole   Pedal Steel Guitar
Davidson   Guitar
Tristan Fry   Percussion
Frank Gibson   Drums
Steve Grey   Piano,Conductor
Reg Guest   Accompaniment
Chris Karan   Percussion
Dill Katz   Bass
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Gary Walker   Vocals,Percussion
Dave MacRae   Conductor,Keyboards
John Mealing   Piano
Chris Mercer   Tenor Saxophone
Barry Morgan   Drums
Brian Odgers   Electric Bass
Morris Pert   Percussion
Judd Proctor   Acoustic Guitar
Ivor Raymonde   Accompaniment
Peter Vanhook   Drums
Len Walker   Acoustic Guitar
Dennis Weinreich   Background Vocals
Joy Yates   Background Vocals
Paul Keough   Acoustic Guitar
Ritchie Hitchcock   Electric Guitar
Dave Wilus   Saxophone
Dougie Wright   Percussion,Drums
Alan Rankin Jones   Bass
John Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Gayten   Composer
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Mickey Newbury   Composer
Tom Rush   Composer
John Stewart   Composer
Jimmy Cliff   Composer
Luiz Bonfá   Composer
Petula Clark   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Janis Ian   Composer
Ben E. King   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Boz Scaggs   Composer
Jesse Winchester   Composer
Michael Kamen   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Lesley Duncan   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Larry Murray   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger
Tom Snow   Composer
Kenny Vance   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Shorty Rogers   Arranger
Bobby Hebb   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Jay Black   Composer
Garry Bonner   Composer
Peter Callander   Composer
Bill Danoff   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Jacques Demy   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Kirk Duncan   Composer
Scott Walker   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Alan Gordon   Composer
Reg Guest   Orchestra Director
Tony Hatch   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Dave MacRae   Producer,Orchestration
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jerome Moross   Composer
Bob Morris   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Bill Post   Composer
Doree Post   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Ivor Raymonde   Orchestra Director
Vincent Rose   Composer
Tom Springfield   Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Peter Udell   Composer
Nick Venet   Producer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Donna Weiss   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Phillip Mitchell   Composer
John Franz   Composer,Producer
Michael Nicholls   Composer
Lowman Pauling   Composer
Mark Paytress   Liner Notes,Annotation
George Treadwell   Composer
Eddie Barclay   Composer
Eugene Church   Composer
Lee Pockriss   Composer
Marty Sanders   Composer
Jim Seals   Composer
Phil Smee   Artwork
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Joaquin Prieto   Composer
Gary Geld   Composer
Robert Guidry   Composer
Dedette Lee Hill   Composer
Eddy Marnay   Composer
Matt Dubey   Composer
Iller Pattacini   Composer
A. Testa   Composer
Daryl Easlea   Concept
Tom Jarvis   Composer
Benjamin Nelson   Composer
Gary Knight   Composer
John Walker   Composer

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