Fisherman's Blues - The Waterboys

Fisherman's Blues

The Waterboys

  • Genre:
  • Release Date: 1988-07-01
  • Explicitness: notExplicit
  • Country: USA
  • Track Count: 22

  • ℗ 2006 Chrysalis Records Limited

Tracks

Title Artist Time
1
Fisherman's Blues (2006 Remast The Waterboys 4:26
2
We Will Not Be Lovers (2006 Re The Waterboys 7:01
3
Strange Boat (2006 Remaster) The Waterboys 3:06
4
World Party (Extended Version) The Waterboys 5:28
5
Sweet Thing (2006 Remaster) The Waterboys 7:12
6
Jimmy Hickey's Waltz (2006 Rem The Waterboys 2:06
7
And a Bang on the Ear (Extende The Waterboys 9:14
8
Has Anybody Here Seen Hank? (2 The Waterboys 3:18
9
When Will We Be Married (2006 The Waterboys 3:00
10
When Ye Go Away (2006 Remaster The Waterboys 3:44
11
Dunford's Fancy (2006 Remaster The Waterboys 1:04
12
The Stolen Child (2006 Remaste The Waterboys 6:55
13
This Land Is Your Land (2006 R The Waterboys 0:54
14
Carolan's Welcome The Waterboys 2:51
15
Killing My Heart (Alternative The Waterboys 3:54
16
You in the Sky The Waterboys 5:47
17
When Will We Be Married (1987 The Waterboys 2:40
18
Fisherman's Blues (Alternative The Waterboys 5:49
19
Rattle My Bones and Shiver My The Waterboys 2:38
20
Let Me Feel Holy Again The Waterboys 6:09
21
Meet Me at the Station The Waterboys 3:24
22
Soon as I Get Home The Waterboys 12:03

Reviews

  • An artistic peak.

    5
    By Kensterberg
    In 1985, Mike Scott was responsible for one of the best rock albums of the eighties, This is the Sea, a record which can stand with anything put out by contemporaries such as U2 and Simple Minds. He then took three years (and went through most of his bandmates) recording this sublime collection influenced by American country music, Irish and Scottish traditional music, and Yeats. Needless to say, Fisherman's Blues sounds almost nothing like earlier Waterboys' records, or almost anything else that was released out at the time. Ironically, it has become Scott's signature collection, the record that yielded his biggest hit and greatest artistic praise. Highlights include And a Bang on the Ear (a colloquialism for "a peck on the cheek" and not a paeon to domestic violence), the simply sublime title track, and a stunning cover of Van Morrison's "Sweet Thing" which morphs into the Beatles' "Blackbird" and in my opinion manages to eclipse Van's original. The country homage, "Has Anyone Hear Seen Hank" manages to effortlessly summon up the band's love of a certain kind of country music (and performer) without ever falling into cliches or bland homilies. In truth, there's not a bad track on this and I cannot recommend this album highly enough. Buying it through iTunes, or even on CD, does bring with it a certain irony, however, as this is one of the most analog recordings I can think of. The follow-up, Room to Roam, mines much of the same vein, but never reaches these heights. Similarly, Fisherman's Blues Pt. 2 (available here on iTunes) consists of material recorded around this time, some of which is fantastic, some of which isn't. But if you really want more of this sound, seek out the Fisherman's Box set, which contains six discs worth of the sessions which yielded this album. As with Dylan's Complete Basement Tapes release, opening the door to the vault reveals both gems and experiments fallen flat or gone awry, and a considerable amount of screwing around with the tape running. But just as with the Basement Tapes, there is a timeless quality in these sounds, which make Fisherman's Blues absolutely essential to any well-rounded collection.
  • Great discovery

    5
    By CPB 53
    I had never heard of this band. Heard title track and checked out the album. Truly great! Cool variety and arrangements. Awesome sound. Irish-sounding influence. So different from what's out in the mainstream.
  • quit an album

    5
    By warbaby43
    bought it for the title song, but it's very deep

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