Published Jan 08, 2014For the first time since the late '70s, the Walker Brothers' experimental swan song Nite Flights is being put back into print on vinyl. The rights to the 1978 release have been secured by Chicago indie imprint Tizona, who will deliver the set on March 18.
Described in a press release as "gothy art-pop meets dark Eno-esque disco," the album was the sixth and last album from the group. The sessions yielded tracks written by each member, with Scott Walker and John Walker contributing four songs a piece, and Gary Walker serving up to compositions. The members' individually penned songs were arranged in groups, with Scott's landing first on the LP. You can check out his wildly moody and cinematic "The Electrician" down below.
The sessions, which took place in February 1978 at London's Scorpio Sound studios, were reportedly very much influenced by the work of David Bowie, especially the then recently released Heroes. According to an old interview with engineer Steve Parker, Heroes was "the reference album when we were making Nite Flights…we could have been more adventurous, maybe. If we'd had an Eno character in there, it would have been even more stunning, I think."
While this is the first vinyl pressing in over 30 years, a CD edition landed in 2007 via Sony. This vinyl version, however, features sonic touch-ups from Dead Rider's Todd Rittmann.
If you're keen, the album is already available to pre-order on Amazon.
2. Fat Mama Kick
3. Nite Flights
4. The Electrician
5. Death of Romance
6. Den Haague
7. Rhythms of Vision
8. Disciples of Death
9. Fury and the Fire
10. Child of Flames