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In a Special Place (The Piano Demos for This Is The Sea)

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Recorded at Park Gates Studios, near Hastings, in March 1985, In a Special Place collects 15 demos from Mike Scott's third full-length album under the Waterboys moniker. This Is the Sea represented a unified vision for the band. Scott's inward and outward search for what he liked to call "The Big Music" had finally reached its apex with songs like "The Whole of the Moon," "Medicine Bow," and the glorious, epic title track, and this collection, though geared primarily toward longtime fans, offers up a spirited snapshot of that period. Whittled down from a scant 40 or 50 song ideas, This Is the Sea's nine tracks felt indispensable, and even in demo form (some ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Recorded at Park Gates Studios, near Hastings, in March 1985, In a Special Place collects 15 demos from Mike Scott's third full-length album under the Waterboys moniker. This Is the Sea represented a unified vision for the band. Scott's inward and outward search for what he liked to call "The Big Music" had finally reached its apex with songs like "The Whole of the Moon," "Medicine Bow," and the glorious, epic title track, and this collection, though geared primarily toward longtime fans, offers up a spirited snapshot of that period. Whittled down from a scant 40 or 50 song ideas, This Is the Sea's nine tracks felt indispensable, and even in demo form (some with alternate lyrics), songs like "Old England," "The Whole of the Moon," "Don't Bang the Drum," "Be My Enemy," "The Pan Within," and "Trumpets," the latter of which appears as a 2011 remix by London-based electronic producer Don Jackson, their sense of hopeful cynicism, youthful altruism, and righteous indignation rings true. The remaining tracks, none of which made it onto the studio album, are cut from the same vivacious cloth, and whether it's just Scott on piano trying to lock up with a drum machine, or Scott solo, it's hard not to get swept up in all the potential grandeur.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 603497914524
  • Catalog Number: 791452
  • Sales rank: 87,138

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Waterboys Primary Artist
Technical Credits
John Brand Producer
Mike Scott Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Stephanie Spring Marketing
Karl Wallinger Composer, Producer
Dick Beetham Mastering
Don Jackson Remixing, Additional Production
Colm Henry Cover Photo
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