Medicine Bow - (previously unreleased, long version)
High Far Soon
Even the Trees Are Dancing - (previously unreleased, instrumental try-out)
Towers Open Fire - (previously unreleased, instrumental)
This Is the Sea - (live 1984)
Then You Hold Me - (previously unreleased)
Spirit - (full-length original rough mix)
I Am Not Here
Waves, The - (previously unreleased, instrumental)
The Waterboys: Mike Scott (vocals, various instruments); Steve Wickham, Marek Lipski (violin); Anthony Thistlethwaite (saxophone, double bass, bass guitar); Roddy Lorimer (trumpet); Karl Wallinger (piano, organ, keyboard programming); Kevin Wilkinson (bass guitar, drums); Martin Swain (bass guitar); Chris Whitten (drums, cymbals); Pete Thomas (snare drum); Martin Ditcham (percussion); Max Edie (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Mike Scott .
Released in 1985, THIS IS THE SEA stands as the Waterboys' most ambitious and impressive record. The Scottish band takes the majestic, Phil Spector-influenced "Big Sound" of the era, and applies it to grand tales of the ocean and the countryside. While singer/songwriter Mike Scott's plaintive vocals and cinematic lyrics are prominent, the album's shimmering production also showcases the bold layers of instrumentation and lush arrangements. "The Whole of the Moon" spotlights the regal keyboard lines of Karl Wallinger (who would soon leave to form World Party), providing a nice contrast to moodier tracks such as "The Pan Within," a mythology-heavy song that glides along on a slinky melody, and "Medicine Bow," an urgent, expansive guitar-fueled rocker. Scott masterfully caps off the album with the jangling title track, evoking a glorious sense of liberation while sailing into the sunset. (Note: The 2004 reissue of THIS IS THE SEA includes an outstanding bonus disc that culls 14 tracks from Scott's archives, and features a bevy of previously unreleased songs.)
If you are reading this review, it may well be that you know the original album and want to know about the additional CD. If this is not the case, you need to know only that "This is the Sea" is one of the finest albums of the decade (the 80's) in which it was made.
So to the additional CD ......... well, if you chose to buy this prepare to be astounded. The opening track "Beverly Penn" will leave your jaw on the floor, wondering how this beautiful song (lyrically and musically) possibly remained unreleased, even on the original album. Elsewhere you get full length versions of Spirit and Medicine Bow that more than enhance the original releases.
Add to the smorgasbord a number of terrific studio recorded instrumentals, some of which form the basis of completed songs that made the final released album. There's also a live version of the title track recorded before the studio version and a number of other songs that in most cases were inexplicably left off the final running order.
After a week with this, I've come to the conclusion that the extra CD beats the pants off the original...... and anyone who has lived with "This is the Sea" for two decades will find that hard to believe. But then so would I have done until last week ..
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