Scott 4, released November 1969, is Scott Walker's final album of the sixties. It is also the first and only album in his first musical period to be completely made up of original material.
It is said due to the original release of the album having Scott's real name, Noel Scott Engel, on the spine and cover, consumers were confused as to who the artist actually was, and the album was a commercial failure. As a result it was deleted and remained unavailable until the early 1990s. Today, it is usually regarded retrospectively as his best effort.
After the release of the album, Scott was heavily restricted in creativity by his record company - he released one more album of (mostly) original material in this period, Til' the Band Comes In. It is considered an almost fully realised Scott 5 due to the fact most of the second side of the album was comprised of mediocre covers, forced by the record company to increase sales. Sadly this heavily backfired, and Scott was resigned to making mediocre cover albums for the rest of the 70s until The Walker Brothers' Nite Flights.
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