The Impossible Dream:: The Story Of Scott Walker And The Walker Brothers by Anthony Reynolds

I found The Impossible Dream:: The Story Of Scott Walker And The Walker Brothers to be an entertaining read. The book details the groups’ own invasion of Britain, while the more well known mid-sixties British Invasion was transpiring in America. Anthony Reynolds offers good insight into the group consisting of John (Maus), Gary (Leeds) and Scott (Engel), detailing their unique personalities and respected roles, the jazz influence in their records, and their falling in and out of the spotlight. There’s also the reforming in the mid-seventies for one more nice single in “Regrets.” Particularly interesting is the movement through Scott’s solo recordings, including an outlaw country phase at a time when it couldn’t have been less fashionable. Then again, that’s Scott, a man who would become more and more determined to make music his way.

No doubt, it was a cold English winter in 1965 for the three Southern Californians overseas. Gary was the only one who believed The Walker Brothers would be something.  He would soon be right as by the fall of ’65 the crowds became downright dangerous in their obsession for the boys, particulary Scott. With a voice described appropriately as “intimate yet titantic,” I can’t deny that what drew me to The Impossible Dream was less about the group and more about Scott.  The book balances the tale of an artist who made records for art’s sake yet kept his once quite popular group together for as long as he did, “cause a guy’s got to eat.”

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