One of the most unusual records of all time. Nite Flights was then forgotten '60s combo The Walker Brothers 1978 comeback album. It was split into contributions by each band member with Scott Walker getting just four songs. The album is worth buying just for those four songs as they pave the way for his future more experimental work. Its title track invents everything that happened in the early '80s basically. Astonishingly unusual.
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9/10 Robert Jones 4th August 2016
I found this album selling for ninety nine pence, in the now defunct Woolworth's shop back in 1983. Of course, by then the Walker Brothers had become a forgotten 1960s act. When this album originally came in 1978, Punk and New Wave had rocked the music industry to it's core. Scott was always ahead of the curve, even back in the Walker Brothers heyday, so the new music was closer to Bowie's "Low" than their florid pop of yore. Years later, Bowie returned the compliment by recording "Nite Flights" himself. Even so, WB fans must have been horrified when they heard the album. The themes were incredibly dark but it was the central track "The Electrician", the tale of a man/woman being slowly tortured which utterly alienated the majority of their followers.
Needless to say, it didn't sell. It was a brilliant piece of electronic music which was incredibly eerie, all supported by Scott's magnificent baritone voice and unsettling lyrics. He could have opted for a more palatable style of music, but choose not. That's the price you sometimes have pay for being ahead of your time.
10/10 Nuutti-Iivari Meriläinen 21st February 2014
My introduction to Scott Walker was a quite recent TV showing of Scott Walker: 30th Century Man documentary. I got to see the documentary two times, and both showings got me deeper and deeper into the world of Walker. I've been an electronic dance music DJ for over two decades, concentrating mainly in techno, IDM, electro, dubstep, ambient, etc., purely electronic music genres - but I have an extensive classical music education preceding my foray into electronic music, so as you might imagine, I actually have a rather broad spectrum taste in music. But to date, I had heard nothing like Scott Walker, and the documentary just blew my mind. Jacques Brel and the chanson tradition, Walker's own compositions from Scott through Scott 4, and the immediate connection with Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson and The Electrician off The Walker Brother's final album, Nite Flights. Now, Nite Flights only has four tracks by Scott Walker, but they're alone are worth getting this record. The Electrician is sublime, exquisite, dark, brooding and completely off-kilter - a taste of things to come from Walker's subsequent albums, Climate of Hunter, Tilt, The Drift, and Bisch Bosch. I bought this album only because of the four Scott Walker songs, the rest is just chaff to me. Launching a hard, deep techno set with the intro of The Electrician is a perfect way to get people to bend their ears to what you're going to offer next. The four tracks alone (Shutout, Fat Mama Kick, Nite Flights, The Electrician) are worth buying this album, but I suggest delving deeper into the world of Scott Walker. You won't be disappointed.
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