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A Pagan Place [UK Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 3/11/2002
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724353770426
  • Catalog Number: 5377042
  • Sales rank: 49,969

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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, Guitar, 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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