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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The Waterboys' departure from the self-described "big music" of the early to mid-'80s into the more pastoral Celtic folk-rock landscapes of Fisherman's Blues frustrated many longtime fans who thought that the group belonged in the same arenas as contemporaries like U2 or the Alarm, but it also brought in a new set of listeners who were looking for a young Fairport Convention or Steeleye Span. Taking its name from a passage in Scottish author, poet, and minister George MacDonald' fantasy novel Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women, Room to Roam extends the scope of the group's previous effort by integrating that album's Irish and Scottish folk elements ...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The Waterboys' departure from the self-described "big music" of the early to mid-'80s into the more pastoral Celtic folk-rock landscapes of Fisherman's Blues frustrated many longtime fans who thought that the group belonged in the same arenas as contemporaries like U2 or the Alarm, but it also brought in a new set of listeners who were looking for a young Fairport Convention or Steeleye Span. Taking its name from a passage in Scottish author, poet, and minister George MacDonald' fantasy novel Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women, Room to Roam extends the scope of the group's previous effort by integrating that album's Irish and Scottish folk elements further into the rock and pop nether regions. If anything, Room to Roam captures head and soon to be only Waterboy Mike Scott at his most unabashedly Beatlesque, stringing together whispery interludes, pub-style jam sessions of the traditional folk variety, sound effects, and genre-defying forays into soul "Something That Is Gone", country "How Long Will I Love You?", traditional folk "Raggle Taggle Gypsy", and full-on rock & roll "Life of Sundays" -- the latter cut even dissolves into a group singalong of the Fab Four classic "Yellow Submarine." Of the two albums, Room to Roam balances these two worlds the most effectively, and while the more focused and nuanced Fisherman's Blues is the superior record, it lacks Roam's amiable, schizophrenic, and pioneering spirit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/1990
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094632176820
  • Catalog Number: 21768

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Waterboys Primary Artist
Sharon Shannon Fiddle, Accordion
Barry Beckett Piano
Noel Bridgeman Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Trevor Hutchinson Bass, Bouzouki
Roddy Lorimer Trumpet
Ken Samson Didjeridu
Mike Scott Guitar, Piano, Vocals
J. Neil Sidwell Trombone
Anthony Thistlethwaite Mandolin, Saxophone
Steve Wickham Fiddle, Hammond Organ, Vocals
Colin Blakey Flute, Piano, Hammond Organ, Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument)
Seamus Begley Background Vocals
Diarmuid O'Suilleabhan Background Vocals
John Burke Background Vocals
Kieran Wilde Clarinet
Technical Credits
Sharon Shannon Arranger
Barry Beckett Producer
Trevor Hutchinson Arranger
Tim Martin Engineer
Mike Scott Arranger, Producer
Steve Wickham Arranger
Noel Summerville Mastering
Simon Fowler Back Cover, Cover Photo
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