Pagan Place [UK Bonus Tracks]

Pagan Place [UK Bonus Tracks]

by The Waterboys
     
 

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The 2002 reissues of The Waterboys (1983) and A Pagan Place (1984), the Waterboys' first two albums, serve to reveal the extent of bandleader Mike Scott's ruminative musical vision, a vision that was glimpsed but not fully appreciated on the original releases. In his liner notes, Scott makes clear that he was recordingSee more details below

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The 2002 reissues of The Waterboys (1983) and A Pagan Place (1984), the Waterboys' first two albums, serve to reveal the extent of bandleader Mike Scott's ruminative musical vision, a vision that was glimpsed but not fully appreciated on the original releases. In his liner notes, Scott makes clear that he was recording prolifically while assembling the band that would become the Waterboys and that the albums were compromised collections culled from a much larger catalog. After putting out the eight-song The Waterboys, he drew upon previous sessions and new ones in putting together its follow-up, the tracks from which were recorded between the summer of 1982 and the spring of 1984. A Pagan Place was another eight-song set "selected from a possible 15 -- the result of deliberations between myself and Ensign [his record label]," Scott writes. With the reissue, he has restored two songs -- "All the Things She Gave Me" and "The Thrill Is Gone" -- to their original lengths, each about a minute longer; added back "Some of My Best Friends Are Trains," a song cut for space; and included an additional five bonus tracks, some of which have turned up in one version or another subsequently. The result is a much better-realized album. Particularly, "Some of My Best Friends Are Trains" is an affecting, literary song that improves the original album, and "Down Through the Dark Streets," a nine-minute song that closes the reissue, is one of Scott's best compositions of the period, a typically soul-searching exploration. A Pagan Place, following from the statement of purpose that was The Waterboys, allows many of the doubts and conflicts, especially romantic and spiritual ones, that the earlier album did not acknowledge. It is a more complex work, and with more than 33 minutes added is now a more complete one.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2002
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724353770426
catalogNumber:
5377042
Rank:
6920

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Waterboys   Primary Artist
Eddi Reader   Background Vocals
Tim Blanthorn   Violin
Nick Linden   Bass
Roddy Lorimer   Trumpet
Ingrid Schroeder   Background Vocals
Mike Scott   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Vibraslap,bellzouki,fender rhodes,Mando-Guitar
TV Smith   Background Vocals
Barbara Snow   Trumpet
Anthony Thistlethwaite   Bass,Mandolin,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Karl Wallinger   Piano,Conga,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Kevin Wilkinson   Drums
Max Edie   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Nikki Sudden   Producer
Chris Blair   Remastering
John Brand   Engineer
Mike Scott   Producer,Liner Notes,Remastering
Ted Sharp   Engineer
Stephen W. Tayler   Engineer
Jim Preen   Engineer
Stephanie Nash   Sleeve Design
Red Room   Reissue Design
Cary Anning   Tape Archivist

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