The Best of the Waterboys: 1981-1990

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
What separates The Waterboys' music from other bands of the same Celtic, folk-rock sound is the intricacies that lead singer Mike Scott puts into his work. His lyrics are forever tangled up in metaphors and philosophy, brightened by accompanying mandolins, saxophones, and even trumpets. Rich in its boatyard appeal and seaside caricature, The Best of the Waterboys harbors their most renowned pieces from 1981 straight through to 1990, bringing to light their dockside effervescence with songs like "Fisherman's Blues" and "Strange Boat." Superb at conveying atmosphere with their instruments, the Waterboys added depth and uniqueness to a decade that was being saturated with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
What separates The Waterboys' music from other bands of the same Celtic, folk-rock sound is the intricacies that lead singer Mike Scott puts into his work. His lyrics are forever tangled up in metaphors and philosophy, brightened by accompanying mandolins, saxophones, and even trumpets. Rich in its boatyard appeal and seaside caricature, The Best of the Waterboys harbors their most renowned pieces from 1981 straight through to 1990, bringing to light their dockside effervescence with songs like "Fisherman's Blues" and "Strange Boat." Superb at conveying atmosphere with their instruments, the Waterboys added depth and uniqueness to a decade that was being saturated with arena rock, synth pop, and heavy metal. The sweetness of tunes like "A Girl Called Johnny" and "Spirit" are blanketed with the comfort of Anthony Thistlethwaite's sax and upright bass strumming, and "A Bang on the Ear" loses itself in its cozy Englishness. The prettiest of all the songs is by far "The Whole of the Moon" from This Is the Sea, which has Scott singing his most passionate assortment of romantic lyrics to the relaxed pace of Karl Wallinger's synthesizer. The beauty of their music unfolds throughout their vivid collaboration of voice and instrument, heightened in tracks such as "A Man Is in Love" and "All the Things She Gave Me." Here, the small village idioms wrap themselves around the music to produce a certain innocence that forever binds itself to Scott's persona. It is this collaboration of esoteric lyricism and jovial harmonies that cast wonderment throughout each separate piece. This compilation is an excellent discovery point for anyone interested in the gorgeous complexity of the Waterboys' music. [This album was reissued in 2003 as Essential].
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 094632184528
  • Catalog Number: 321845
  • Sales rank: 56,796

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Waterboys Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Rupert Hine Percussion
Sharon Shannon Button Accordion
Eddi Reader Vocals
Tim Blanthorn Violin
Fran Breen Drums
Noel Bridgeman Drums
Jay Dee Daugherty Drums
Martin Ditcham Percussion
Trevor Hutchinson Bass
Vinnie Kilduff Guitar
Nick Linden Bass
Roddy Lorimer Trumpet
Ray Massey Percussion
Peter McKinney Drums
Máirtín O'Connor Button Accordion
Ingrid Schroeder Background Vocals
Mike Scott Guitar, Piano, Vocals
TV Smith Background Vocals
Barbara Snow Trumpet
Anthony Thistlethwaite Organ, Bass, Harmonica, Mandolin, Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Upright Bass, Mouth Organ
Karl Wallinger Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Bass
Chris Whitten Drums
Steve Wickham Organ, Fiddle
Kevin Wilkinson Drums
Colin Blakey Flute, Piano
Max Edie Background Vocals
Vinnie Kiduff Guitar
Technical Credits
Rupert Hine Producer
Sharon Shannon Contributor
Barry Beckett Producer
Delahaye Contributor
Mick Glossop Producer
Felix Kendall Engineer
Vinnie Kilduff Producer
Patrick McCarthy Engineer
Máirtín O'Connor Contributor
Mike Scott Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Ted Sharp Engineer
Phil Tennant Producer
Karl Wallinger Producer
John Williams Contributor, Advisor
Ian Cooper Mastering
John Dunford Producer
Vinnie Kiduff Producer
Jim Preen Engineer
Frank Miller Cover Photo
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