The Waterboys are a band formed in 1983 by Mike Scott. The band’s membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from Scotland, Ireland and England. Edinburgh, London, Dublin, Spiddal, New York, and Findhorn have all served as homes for the group. The band has played in a number of different styles, but their music is a mix of Celtic folk music with rock and roll. After ten years of recording and touring, they dissolved in 1993 and Scott pursued a solo career. They reformed in 2000, and continue to release albums and tour worldwide. Scott emphasises a continuity between The Waterboys and his solo work, saying that “To me there’s no difference between Mike Scott and the Waterboys; they both mean the same thing. They mean myself and whoever are my current travelling musical companions.”
The early Waterboys sound was dubbed “The Big Music” after a song on their second album, A Pagan Place. This musical style was described by Scott as “a metaphor for seeing God’s signature in the world.” It either influenced or was used to describe a number of other bands, including Simple Minds, The Alarm, In Tua Nua, Big Country, the Hothouse Flowers and World Party, the last of which was made up of former Waterboys members. In the late 1980s the band became significantly more folk influenced. The Waterboys eventually returned to rock and roll, and have released both rock and folk albums since reforming. Their songs, largely written by Scott, often contain literary references and are frequently concerned with spirituality. Both the group and its members’ solo careers have received much praise from both rock and folk music critics, but The Waterboys as a band has never received the commercial success that some of its members have had independently. Aside from World Party, The Waterboys have also influenced musicians such as Eddie Vedder, Johnny Goudie, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Grant Nicholas of Feeder, James Marshall Owen, and Miles Hunt of The Wonder Stuff. Both Bono and The Edge from U2, Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead are fans of the band. Jonny Greenwood tweets on The Waterboys “what a great band. something special about how he plays piano too – see them if you can.” (by wikipedia)
And this is their last and very rare album:
It´s a “Limited Edition Tour Only CD”. Limited to 5,000 signed and numbered.
An exclusive Waterboys CD called CLOUD OF SOUND, and containing 15 fabulous tracks never before gathered on an album, will be available at venues on the Appointment With The Waterboys tour, starting at the first show, March 7, in Sandnes, in a limited edition of 5000 copies signed by Mike Scott. The CD will also be available online here while supplies last.
Many of the tracks are from Mike’s Soundcloud page and several have never been heard before. None of the song versions included have ever appeared on a CD or album until now.
I include a pdf-file with a “track by track” guide by Mike Scott. Enjoy this wonderful rarity !
Marc Arciero (bass)
Melvin Duffy (pedal steel, guitar)
James Hallawell (keyboards)
Ralph Salmins (drums)
Mike Scott (vocals, guitar, piano)
Steve Wickham (violin, mandolin)
01. Winter Blows (2012 mix) (Scott) 3.12
02. The Girl In The Swing (live) (Scott) 4.38
03. Siochain Iona (Scott/O’Lionaird) 6.16
04. Killing My Heart (live) (Scott/Wickham) 4.21
05. Barbara Allen (Traditional/Scott) 3.59
06. Vigilante (Scott) 3.19
07. The Serpent’s Head (Scott/Wickham) 1.50
08. The Seven Woods (Scott/Hallawell) 4.43
09. Silent Fellowship (2012 mix) (Scott) 5.06
10. Straight With The Medicine (Scott) 2.08
11. The Passing Of The Shee (Scott/Synge) 2.32
12. Mr Wickham Composes (live) (Scott/Wickham) 2.41
13. Seek The Light (extended) (East/Gibsone/Scott) 4.26
14. Vampire’s Head (Scott) 2.12
15. Savage Earth Heart (live) (Scott) 7.44