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**180 gram vinyl** Climate of Hunter was considered by many as Scott Walker’s ‘comeback’ solo album due to a self-imposed 10-year hiatus following the release of his 7th studio album, We Had It All in 1974. Originally released in March 1984, it contains the single Track Three, which was accompanied by a stunning promo video which was first aired on the Old Grey Whistle Test.
The album features a stellar cast including Billy Ocean, Mark Isham, Evan Parker and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits playing guitar on a cover of the Tennessee Williams classic, Blanket Roll Blues.
Walker's only album of the 1980s was both a blow for artistic credibility, and a blow against most of his old fans. The voice of the balladeer was still intact, and still even crooned sometimes. But the arrangements backed brow-furrowing, obtuse lyrics with '80s-oriented rock that incorporated some quasi-classical structures.
Walker was seemingly more interested in painting abstracts in which the textures counted more than the content. This made for an album which was a lot more interesting than '80s efforts by other '60s pop stars, his music becoming ever more fractured. Next stop: Tilt.