The Whole of the Moon: The Music of the Waterboys & Mike Scott

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This is the first American compilation to select most of the Waterboys' most memorable tracks and the first compilation to combine Waterboys tracks with songs from Mike Scott's solo albums. Combining all of the group's British chart singles except "And a Bang on the Ear" as well as live tracks, B-sides not previously on an album, and even one previously unreleased studio track, "Higher in Time," from 1991, it is in effect a "the best and the rest" selection of the work of Mike Scott from 1982 to 1997. The sequencing pays no attention to chronology, instead moving back and forth between the Waterboys' early, ambitious rock creations, the effervescent neo-folk of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This is the first American compilation to select most of the Waterboys' most memorable tracks and the first compilation to combine Waterboys tracks with songs from Mike Scott's solo albums. Combining all of the group's British chart singles except "And a Bang on the Ear" as well as live tracks, B-sides not previously on an album, and even one previously unreleased studio track, "Higher in Time," from 1991, it is in effect a "the best and the rest" selection of the work of Mike Scott from 1982 to 1997. The sequencing pays no attention to chronology, instead moving back and forth between the Waterboys' early, ambitious rock creations, the effervescent neo-folk of the Fisherman's Blues era, and Scott's sometimes introspective solo work. Despite this, his impassioned singing holds things together better than might be expected, and the effect is not unlike a good Waterboys concert. Since the Waterboys were always more of a rumor than a real commercial threat in the U.S., there is always the chance for the band's music to be appreciated anew, and it didn't hurt that in the same season this album was released, "Fisherman's Blues" was used as the title music for the popular film Waking Ned Devine. The album makes an excellent sampler of Mike Scott's work so far.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/1998
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724349650527
  • Catalog Number: 965054
  • Sales rank: 15,305

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Waterboys Primary Artist
Ian McNabb Bass, Background Vocals
Carla Azar Drums
Fran Breen Drums
Chris Bruce Guitar
Alec Finn Bouzouki
James Hallawell Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Trevor Hutchinson Bass
Vinnie Kilduff Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Lennon Fiddle
Marek Lipski Violin
Roddy Lorimer Trumpet, Background Vocals, Brass
Peter McKinney Drums
Pino Palladino Bass
Ingrid Schroeder Background Vocals
Mike Scott Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Harmonica, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Zak Starkey Drums
George Stathos Clarinet
Anthony Thistlethwaite Mandolin, Saxophone, Brass
Scott Thunes Bass
Karl Wallinger Piano, Cymbals, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Bass
Chris Whitten Drums
Steve Wickham Violin
Kevin Wilkinson Drums
Colin Blakey Piano
LU Bass
Max ? Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Niko Bolas Producer
John Brand Producer
Delahaye Sound Effects
Mick Glossop Producer
Nick Ingman String Arrangements
Vinnie Kilduff Producer
Bill Price Producer
Mike Scott Sound Effects, Producer, String Arrangements
Steve Wickham Artwork
Stephen Patrick Wickham Composer
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