Scott 4

Scott 4
Scott 4 (Front Cover).jpg
Studio album by
Released1 November 1969
RecordedOlympic Studios, London, 1969
LabelPhilips / Fontana
ProducerJohn Franz
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Trouser Pressfavorable[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[5]

Scott 4 is Scott Walker's fifth solo album. It was released in late 1969 under his birth name, Scott Engel, and failed to chart. Reissues have been released under his stage name. It has since received praise as one of Walker's best works.


Scott 4 was the first Walker album to consist solely of self-penned songs. The preceding Scott, Scott 2 and Scott 3 albums had each featured a mixture of originals and covers, including several translations of Jacques Brel songs, which were later collected to form the album Scott Walker Sings Jacques Brel. Scott 4 also features slightly less ornate orchestral arrangements than its predecessors, opting instead for a more skeletal, folk-inspired sound with greater emphasis on the rhythm section.

The opening track, "The Seventh Seal," is based on the 1957 film of the same name by filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.[6] The second track on side B, "The Old Man's Back Again (Dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist Regime)" refers to the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia.

The quote "a man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened" (cred to the writer Albert Camus) appears on the back of the album sleeve.


The album failed to chart and was deleted soon after. It has been speculated that Walker's decision to release the album under his birth name of Scott Engel contributed to its chart failure. All subsequent re-issues of the album have been released under his stage name.

Today Scott 4 is considered one of his strongest works and it has been acknowledged in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die amongst others. It has also been praised by the members of Radiohead.[7]

It was voted number 760 in the third ion of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000).[8]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Scott Engel.

Side A
1."The Seventh Seal"4:58
2."On Your Own Again"1:48
3."The World's Strongest Man"2:21
4."Angels of Ashes"4:22
5."Boy Child"3:38
Side B
1."Hero of the War"2:29
2."The Old Man's Back Again (Dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist Regime)"3:43
4."Get Behind Me"3:14
5."Rhymes of Goodbye"3:04
Total length:32:28

Release history[]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
United Kingdom November 1969 (1969-11)[9] Philips LP (Cred to 'Scott Engel') SBL 7913
UK August 3, 1992 (1992-08-03)[9] Fontana CD 510 882-2
UK June 5, 2000 (2000-06-05)[9] Fontana HDCD 510 882-2
United States February 15, 2008 (2008-02-15)[10] 4 Men With Beards LP 4M152


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  2. ^ "Scott 4 - Scott Walker | Songs, Reviews, Crs". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Scott Walker: Scott: The Collection 1967-1970". Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  4. ^ Neate, Wilson. " :: Scott Walker". Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0857125958.
  6. ^ "Scott Walker – The Seventh Seal". Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Ed O'Brien, The First Time With... – BBC Radio 6 Music". BBC. Archived from the original on 27 June 2020. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  8. ^ Colin Larkin (2006). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 240. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
  9. ^ a b c "Release: Scott 4". Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  10. ^ " Vinyl Records, Vinyl Record Reviews, News, Forum Vinyl reviews Audiophile vinyl The best site for vinyl records - UPDATE : Vinyl Lovers - New record label?". © 2010 Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. Retrieved 2010-08-11.

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