New Music: The Childhood Of A Leader by Scott Walker + Cover Versions: Bob Dylan’s I Threw It All Away by Scott Walker

“OK, let’s try this!”

is what is said in the opening number on this soundtrack of new music from Scott Walker. I can’t believe this is my 180 post today but this is the first appears of Scott Walker here on my bloggy thing. It’s somehow not right so I should make up for it today and I promise now he’s going to be included in my Classic Albums set real soon, OK?

My intro to Scott Walker was on another soundtrack for a 90’s movie so it’s just below if you want to revisit it too because I myself did, it seems fitting way to start this post. It was mid-90’s and on Nick Cave soundtrack to a John Hillcoat film called To Have & To Hold included no vocals by Cave himself but Walker sung want I learn at a later date is Nick’s fave Bob song of all-time. It was in 1996 but because Cave and his Bad Seeds band had just released his most successful album ever, that’s the Murder Ballads and this soundtrack seem to disappear pretty quick from view because of the singles/videos with both starring Kylie and PJ from that album eclipse everything thing else around that time. BTW that Murder Ballads album also did have another Dylan cover on it too. In 1995 Scott Walker had just released his own epic album too which was called Tilt where he really started to go totally avant-garde, if he hadn’t ready been doing this before so no real mainstream success can be found on that album by Scott.

So 1999 was Scott Walker’s last soundtrack with Pola X he did before this new one this year which once again I’m pretty late writing about here because it was released around July/Aug. I don’t know there is any point in writing this late about new albums because I seem to do this every time and miss the boat, these New Music posts have the least hits. So if you reading this and enjoying it, in someway please do tell me because right now this could be the last of these posts, I might drop doing these next year, OK?

I’ve got to do this one, if it is the last one because this just has to be my fave soundtrack of the year. I do love a great soundtrack and I’ve got to include more here on my blog in the future too. It’s just got to be a five out of five or 5/5 rating for this soundtrack album. It’s so epic and intense, Walker’s stuff is so few and far between that you really have to enjoy what he does put out. The quality control because of this make everything Scott does release at masterpieces stranded, it’s unbelievable listening. What he does with a full orchestra is just simply beyond amazing, the sounds he gets are so wicked. We have no vocals by him, it’s totally instrumental like a lot of great soundtracks are. It could just be a little longer because by the end you still want more but that might just be me, is it? I always want more from Scott Walker anyway so that’s just normal, every single time since discovering him he does that to me on each new album!

The Childhood Of A Leader track listing

1. Orchestral Tuning Up
2. Opening
3. Dream Sequence
4. Village Walk
5. RUN
6. Down The Stairs
7. Up The Stairs
8. The Letter
9. Versailles
10. Cutting Flowers
11. Boy, Mirror, Cars Arriving
12. Third Tantrum
13. Printing Press
14. On The Way To The Meeting
15. The Meeting
16. Post Meeting
17. Finale
18. New Dawn (synth layout for cut scene)


I’ve not seen the movie but that’s nothing new, I seem to listen to a lot of soundtracks out of the context of the film all the time. It does look like a pretty amazing movie from what I can make out from the trailer plus it seems very perfect to be for the year 2016, how things have played out over the world this year.

What about you? What does everyone else think of Scott Walker and this new soundtrack?



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