The Walker Brothers were an American pop group of the 1960s and 1970s, that included Scott Engel (eventually known professionally as Scott Walker), John Walker (born John Maus, but using the name Walker since his teens), and Gary Leeds (eventually known as Gary Walker). Formed in 1964, they adopted the ‘Walker Brothers’ name as a show business touch even though the members were all unrelated — “simply because we liked it.”
Artist: The Walker Brothers
Title: No Regrets
Label: GTO Records
No Regrets is the fourth album by the American pop group The Walker Brothers. The album was released in 1975 and was the group’s first together since 1967. It reached number forty-nine on the UK Albums Chart and includes the single “No Regrets“. The single backed with the non-album B-side “Remember Me” became the group’s final significant hit single, reaching #7 in the UK Singles Chart in early 1976.
The album was significantly different from the group’s 1960s work. While the arrangements were still grandiose and often utilised an orchestra, the general musical styles were Country and Pop music. The album was also their first not to include original compositions by either Scott Walker or John Walker. John Walker’s only new song “Remember Me” was included as the B-side to “No Regrets”.
The news that the Walker Brothers were preparing a comeback was not the hottest headline of 1975. Some seven years had passed since the trio parted — seven years during which all three members had essentially sunk from view, without even the benefit of a rabid cult following to set the pulse racing. Remember, this was pre-Tilt, pre-Climate of Hunter, pre-Julian Cope and Marc Almond, pre-all the subsequent developments which raised Scott Walker at least to semi-mythological status. In a nutshell, the Walkers were so washed up, there wasn’t a towel in the world that could dry them. But somebody cared, and, by mid-summer, the Walkers were touring the British cabaret circuit and preparing to relaunch their recording career with “No Regrets,” a gargantuan slab of maudlin sadness which wrung every last iota of pain from Scott‘s voice. Six minutes long, it defied almost every law of pop averages — even Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the Beatles‘ “Hey Jude” had variety on their side, as they slipped from movement to movement. “No Regrets” was one long sulk from start to finish — and it was brilliant. The single shot up the U.K. chart, the Walkers were all over the TV, and the album of the same name was the most eagerly awaited of the season. It stunk. Okay, that’s not strictly true. It had its moments — usually the Scott vocals, but occasionally John got a gem in as well. His reggae take on Curtis Mayfield‘s “He’ll Break Your Heart” is a widescreen epic of echo-laden summertime, rivaled in punch only by Scott‘s closing “Burn Our Bridges.” But “Boulder to Birmingham,” so recently, sweetly, energized by Emmylou Harris, moldered by comparison with her version, while Janis Ian‘s “Lover’s Lullaby” and Donna Weiss‘ “Hold an Old Friend’s Hand” are the kind of turgid turkeys which the original band broke up to escape from. Had they followed suit this time around, no one could have blamed them in the slightest.
1. No Regrets (Backing Vocals: Suzanne Lynch) (5:45)
2. Hold An Old Friend’s Hand (Backing Vocals: Suzanne Lynch) (3:44)
3. Boulder To Birmingham (3:52)
4. Walking In The Sun (3:53)
5. Lover’s Lullaby (3:49)
1. Got To Have You (3:29)
2. He’ll Break Your Heart (5:11)
3. Everything That Touches You (4:10)
4. Lovers (3:02)
5. Burn Our Briges (3:35)