The Waterboys - The Waterboys

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The Waterboys is the debut studio album by British-Irish folk band The Waterboys, originally released in July 1983 by Chrysalis Records.

The Waterboys are a folk rock 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. They have explored a number of different styles, but their music is mainly a mix of Celtic folk music with rock and roll. They dissolved in 1993 when Scott departed to pursue a solo career. They reformed in 2000, and continue to release albums and tour worldwide. 

 

The release of The Waterboys' debut album saw critics draw immediate parallels with U2. They may be there but this is another case of lazy oversimplification. Whereas U2 use the more standard structure of the rock band to deliver their message, The Waterboys draw on Celtic influences, employ a blend of electric and more traditional and unusual instrumentation and mix modern themes with old fashioned jigs and reels. An intoxicating mixture when it works well.

The debut presents a band very much still learning their trade. In fact it could be questioned whether it qualifies as a band album, as it seems to be Mike Scott helped out by the occasional other. Anthony Thistlethwaite contributes the odd saxophone accompaniment here and there but that really is about it. It’s also difficult to determine if this is a fully realised album and whether Scott was happy with the results. Tracks like "The Three Day Man" and "Savage Earth Heart" have an unfinished and green quality about them. Certainly the broad sweeping statements of their later work are more subdued, as if Scott is wary of unscrewing the cap on his emotions. But, as a test canvas for the brilliance that was to follow, this is a fascinating listen.

Of course the centrepiece is the strident "A Girl Called Johnny" which is propelled along at a bouncy pace by a rhythmic piano. But equally impressive are "It Should Have Been You" and "I Will Not Follow" which, besides the obvious U2 comparisons, bears all the hallmarks of The Waterboys future highly charged style.

At this point, Scott's vision far exceeds his grasp, yet it's fascinating to hear him try to reconcile the two extremes. It's also interesting to listen to this alongside This Is The Sea if only to shake your head and wonder how something that huge grew out of this small, but perfectly formed, acorn.

Check out the tracks: “A Girl Called Johnny” and “December”. 

This LP with remastered audio, digital download and reproduced artwork is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

December

6:48

A2

A Girl Called Johnny

3:57

A3

The Three Day Man

4:08

A4

Gala

7:49

B1

I Will Not Follow

5:18

B2

It Should Have Been You

4:30

B3

The Girl On The Swing

4:27

B4

Savage Earth Heart

6:40

SKU 825646310814
Record Label Chrysalis Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number ENCL 1
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 01 May 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 01 July 1983
Barcode # 825646310814
Shipping Weight 0.2850kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Reissue, Remastered Audio, Cut from 2002 Digital Remaster
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Rock
Format VINYL LP

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