Label: Repertoire Records - REPUK 1058 • Format: CD Album, Remastered Digipak • Country: UK • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Ballad
It's sometimes forgotten that all three of the Walker Brothers began solo careers after the group broke up in the late s, although only Scott Walker 's solo work generated substantial hits and critical respect. If You Go Away was John Walker 's solo album, and while John was never the most talented writer and singer in the Walker Brothers Scott waseven at the time it must have been a disappointment to Walker Brothers ' fans.
The big difference, however, is that while Scott Walker was the very best at doing that sort of thing, when John Walker did it, it just sounded bland and boring. His voice wasn't nearly as strong as Scott 's as a lead instrument -- in fact, at times it's pretty thin and shaky.
More crucially, though, the songs were gloppily arranged, and the several pre-rock standards along the lines of "It's All in the Game" and "Pennies from Heaven" were not just totally out of step with trends, but pretty poorly done. Not even a couple of songs co-written by Graham Nash escape the uncomfortable mediocrity of this colorless set, with John 's one original composition under his real name John Maus"I Don't Wanna Know About You," being an unmemorable soul-pop effort. He also begged another unfavorable comparison to Scott Walker with a subpar interpretation of "If You Go Away," the kind of Jacques Brel composition at which Scott excelled in covering.
As a final indictment of the album, the best track, the haunting little-known Gerry Goffin - Carole King composition "So Goes Love," had already been done better by British pop singer Dave Berry.
While If You Go Away is only needed by Walker Brothers collectors, the CD reissue of the album on Repertoire does at least enhance its value considerably with the addition of no less than a dozen tracks from of John Walker solo singles. Unfortunately, these aren't much better on the whole than the album, but do at least show a greater range of material and a far greater presence of self-penned songs. Among these bonus cuts is John 's sole albeit low-charting Cabbage Juice (Deep Josh Mix) - Various - A House Affair Vol.
2 British Kentucky Woman - John Walker - If You Go Away single, "Annabella" -- another Kentucky Woman - John Walker - If You Go Away co-written by Graham Nashand one that rather resembles Bobby Hebb 's hit "Sunny" in parts. There are also a couple of pretty dreary Bob Dylan covers, including one from the then-unavailable The Basement Tapes"Open the Door Homer," that may have been the first version of that song to find commercial release.
The only other Exit In Golden - Michał Lorenc - Osaczony: Exit In Red (Original Soundtrack), as a trivial note, was the Danish group the Floorwho also covered the song on a single.
While some of his original material on these singles is lousy or inconsequential, at least some more personality comes through on some of them, like the melodramatic "I Cried All the Way Home" which, again, sounds a little like a slight Scott Walker and a few gentle, moody ballads "I See Love in You," "Woman," and "A Dream" that indicate he was capable of better work than he generally delivered.
Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Genre Folk. Track Listing. The Right to Cry. John Walker. Reaching for the Sun. Good Day. If You Go Away. So Goes Love. It's All in the Game. It's a Hang Up Baby. Pennies from Heaven. An Exception to the Rule. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight. Kentucky Woman. Yesterday's Sunshine. You Don't Understand Me. Open the Door Homer.
I Cried All the Way Home. If I Promise. Little One. I See Love in You. A Dream.
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