Scott Walker: 30 Century Man [Music Inspired by the Film]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Rather than issue a soundtrack to his deservedly acclaimed documentary Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, director Stephen Kijak and Lakeshore Records president Brian McNellis came up with an alternative strategy to highlight the film. While a soundtrack with Noel Scott Engel's Walker greatest hits -- and misses -- would have made for a delightful issue, cross-label licensing of his music would have been prohibitively costly for a relatively small-budget film, not to mention a legal nightmare. Instead, they agreed upon a tribute record, but even here, one with a twist. Kijak reached out to many artists he knew who wanted to record Walker's music yet whose performances were not ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Rather than issue a soundtrack to his deservedly acclaimed documentary Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, director Stephen Kijak and Lakeshore Records president Brian McNellis came up with an alternative strategy to highlight the film. While a soundtrack with Noel Scott Engel's Walker greatest hits -- and misses -- would have made for a delightful issue, cross-label licensing of his music would have been prohibitively costly for a relatively small-budget film, not to mention a legal nightmare. Instead, they agreed upon a tribute record, but even here, one with a twist. Kijak reached out to many artists he knew who wanted to record Walker's music yet whose performances were not included in the film. Rather that assemble one of those "tribute to the film" or "music inspired by the film" disasters, they assembled a tribute to Walker's music itself. They also moved the typical tribute album traps aside. They concentrated on but did not exclusively record female artists interpreting these songs, partially because of Walker's enormously masculine tenor voice. The only exceptions were Peter Broderick's soft a cappella reading of "Duchess," Damon & Naomi with "The World's Strongest Man," Ulrich Schnauss' instrumental take on "It's Raining Today," and Little Annie and Paul Wallfisch's moody, gutter love song "Such a Small World." The artist who reaches closest to -- but goes in another direction with -- Walker's music is Jarboe on "A Lover Loves." The droning acoustic guitars and slippery reverb and her sense of the croon is both foreboding and infectious. Her extensive range is tempered here but her extensive expressionism is employed to the hilt, creating an obsessive, passionate rendering of the tune. Laurie Anderson's reading of "The Electrician" is as inventive and expansive as Walker's but in very different ways -- its percussive approach is softer, yet Anderson's voice moves through the electronics aggressively and uncharacteristically to get to the sense of awe and dread in the song. These takes are contrasted with Damon & Naomi's elegant, vulnerable reading of "The World's Strongest Man" and Saint Etienne's gorgeously sophisticated indie pop take on "Manhattan." Ultimately, this set works wonderfully as a tribute, if an offbeat one. It's wildly creative and yet displays the respect for the sheer originality of Walker's music in virtually every cut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • UPC: 780163396720
  • Catalog Number: 33967
  • Sales rank: 279,400

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Duchess (3:08)
  2. 2 Big Louise (4:15)
  3. 3 The World's Strongest Man (3:13)
  4. 4 Manhattan - Saint Etienne (4:15)
  5. 5 The Electrician - Laurie Anderson (4:40)
  6. 6 The Seventh Seal - Nicole Atkins (5:23)
  7. 7 Montague Terrace (In Blue) (3:24)
  8. 8 The Bridge - Bee and Flower (2:54)
  9. 9 Rhymes of Goodbye (4:26)
  10. 10 It's Raining Today (4:37)
  11. 11 A Lover Loves - Jarboe (3:20)
  12. 12 Such a Small Love - Paul Wallfisch (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laurie Anderson Vocals, electronics
James Johnston Guitar, Hammond Organ
Dave Rosen Organ, Guitar, Background Vocals
Simon Raymonde Guitar, Piano
Sally Norvell Vocals
Catherine Bent Cello
Paul Wallfisch Piano
Dot Allison Percussion, Vocals
Toby Dammit Drums, Glockenspiel, Timpani, Vibes, Omnichord
Stephanie Dosen Vocals
Nicole Atkins Vocals
Dana Schechter Vocals
Roderick Miller Piano
Jonathan Heine Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Glockenspiel, Harmonium, Marimbas, Mellotron
Paul Ritchie Bells
Sam Bey Percussion, Drums
Friedrich Paravicini Cello
Nick Villapiano Bass, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Scott Walker Composer
Jon Lupfer Engineer
Paul Wallfisch Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Instrumentation
Sean Read Engineer
Thomas Stern Engineer
Pete Min Mastering
Bill Gautier Engineer
Greg Kelley Arranger
Dot Allison Producer
Skip Williamson Executive Producer
Peter Mavrogeorgis Engineer
Ulrich Schnauss Arranger, Producer
Brian McNelis Executive Producer
Grant Gee Portrait Photography
Stephanie Mente Art Direction
Jonathan Heine Producer
Paul Ritchie Producer, Engineer
Nicole Atkins Producer
Stephen Kijak Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Noel Scott Engel Composer
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