Take It Easy with the Walker Brothers

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Take It Easy with The Walker Brothers
Take It Easy with The Walker Brothers.jpg
Studio album by The Walker Brothers
Released November 26, 1965
Recorded 1965
Genre Pop, baroque pop, blue-eyed soul
Length 34:36
Label Philips, Smash
Producer John Franz, Nick Venet
The Walker Brothers chronology
Take It Easy with The Walker Brothers
(1965)
Portrait
(1966)Portrait1966
Singles from Take It Easy with The Walker Brothers
  1. "Make It Easy on Yourself"
    Released: August 1965[1]
  2. "Land of 1000 Dances"
    Released: January 1966[2]
Introducing the Walker Brothers
Smash Records (US) sleeve
Smash Records (US) sleeve

Take It Easy with the Walker Brothers is the debut album by the American pop group the Walker Brothers. It is also commonly known as Take It Easy. The group's musical accompaniment was directed by Ivor Raymonde and produced by John Franz and Nick Venet. It was released in 1965 and reached number three on the UK Albums Chart.[3] The album contains the group's first major hit single "Make It Easy on Yourself". receiving good to mixed reviews the album was released in both Mono and Stereo LP formats in November 1965. The album was later released on CD having been remastered and expanded in 1998. The sleeve notes were written by Brian Mulligan, the then press officer for Philips Records, with photography by Terence Donovan.

Introducing the Walker Brothers[edit]

In the USA the album was released on Smash Records as Introducing the Walker Brothers. This alternate version shifted the running order around and replaced "Lonely Winds", "Girl I Lost in the Rain", "First Love Never Dies", and "Tell the Truth" with the singles "Love Her", "My Ship Is Coming In" and "Pretty Girls Everywhere", along with the latter's B-side "Doin' the Jerk".[4] The group can be seen miming "Doin' the Jerk" on the 1965 beach party movie Beach Ball.

Introducing the Walker Brothers is now out of print. In 2008 Water Records released the Philips Take It Easy track listing in the US for the first time.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[5]

Take It Easy with the Walker Brothers received good to mixed reviews from the majority of critics. Richie Unterberger writing retrospectively for Allmusic described the US version Introducing the Walker Brothers as "an erratic affair" that features "their trademark balladeering groove with the hits "Make It Easy On Yourself" and "My Ship Is Comin' In," but [sounding] stiff on uptempo R&B numbers like "Land of 1,000 Dances" and "Dancing in the Street"."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Take It Easy (Philips Records)[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Make It Easy on Yourself"Burt Bacharach, Hal David3:14
2."There Goes My Baby"George Treadwell, Lover Patterson, Benjamin Nelson3:08
3."First Love Never Dies"Bob Morris, Jim Seals3:37
4."Dancing in the Street"Marvin Gaye, Ivy Hunter, William "Mickey" Stevenson3:50
5."Lonely Winds"Mort Shuman, Doc Pomus2:37
6."Girl I Lost in the Rain"David Gates2:48
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Land of a 1,000 Dances"Chris Kenner2:35
8."You're All Around Me"Scott Engel, Lesley Duncan2:39
9."Love Minus Zero/No Limit"Bob Dylan3:05
10."I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore"Randy Newman3:48
11."Here Comes the Night"Mort Shuman, Doc Pomus2:27
12."Tell the Truth"Lowman Pauling1:51
Expanded CD bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."Love Her" (1965 A-Side)Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil3:23
14."The Seventh Dawn" (B-Side of "Love Her")Riz Ortolani2:40
15."But I Do" (B-Side of "Make It Easy on Yourself")Paul Gayten, Robert Guidry2:56
16."My Ship Is Coming In" (1965 A-Side)Joey Brooks3:15
17."Looking for Me" (from 1966 EP: I Need You)Randy Newman2:11
18."Young Man Cried" (from 1966 EP: I Need You)Scott Engel, John Franz2:33
19."Everything's Gonna Be Alright" (from 1966 EP: I Need You)Willie Mitchell2:16
20."I Need You" (from 1966 EP: I Need You)Carole King, Gerry Goffin3:10

Introducing The Walker Brothers (Smash Records)[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."My Ship Is Coming In"Joey Brooks3:15
2."Doin' the Jerk"Scott Engel2:25
3."Love Her"Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil3:23
4."Dancing in the Street"Marvin Gaye, Ivy Hunter, William "Mickey" Stevenson3:50
5."I Don't Want to Hear It Any More"Randy Newman3:48
6."Love Minus Zero"Bob Dylan3:05
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Make It Easy on Yourself"Burt Bacharach, Hal David3:14
8."Land of a 1,000 Dances"Chris Kenner2:35
9."There Goes My Baby"George Treadwell, Lover Patterson, Benjamin Nelson3:08
10."Pretty Girls Everywhere"Eugene Church, Thomas Williams2:30
11."Here Comes the Night"Mort Shuman, Doc Pomus2:27
12."You're All Around Me"Scott Engel, Lesley Duncan2:39

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart Position
UK Albums Chart[3] 3
German Albums Chart 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "45cat - The Walker Bros. - Make It Easy On Yourself / But I Do - Philips - UK - BF 1428". 45cat. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  2. ^ "45cat - The Walker Brothers - Land Of 1,000 Dances / My Ship Is Coming In - Philips - Germany - 320 207 BF". 45cat. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 589/590. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie (2012). "Introducing the Walker Brothers - The Walker Brothers | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Unterberger, Richie. The Walker Brothers: Take It Easy with the Walker Brothers > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 October 2012.