The World's Strongest Man
Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
Scott Walker's first three solo albums were artistic triumphs and commercial UK chart-toppers. After that, he released a set of standards from his short-lived BBC TV series, which can be found on Classics & Collectibles. Then, he put out this, his first completely self-written set, to little public interest. What changed is a mystery; perhaps listeners already had had enough of Walker's beautifully sung avant-garde anti-pop. This is now considered a masterwork, and it contains such fan favorites as "On Your Own Again," "Angel of Ashes" and the pre-post-punk "The Old Man's Back Again."