First proper release in 40 years for landmark in American popular singing
Recorded in 1963 but suppressed until now for needless legal reasons, this angelic album of 10 ballads represents Scott at his peak. His Kallman’s syndrome arrested his hormonal growth, so his voice is literally androgynous. With his troubled life, he has every right to self-pity in songs like “Why Try To Change Me Now?”; that he avoids it completely is testament to his artistry.
He is an outsider who seeks love (“They Say It’s Wonderful”), and when it comes (“I Didn’t Know What Time It Was”) trembling elation has never been captured better by a voice.
This record is vital.