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Just bought every pre-breakup album. And one World Party record. What else do I need?
Mike Scott & friends. DiScuss.
Only yesterday I was chatting to a couple of my younger colleagues in the staff room about the Waterboys. Lovely guys but they're both new to the band. I told them to start with Hole in the Moon and then go from there. Brings back great memories for me as I was studying for my MA in Newcastle at the time and I met my wife then.
It's brilliant. Especially if you like Yeats.
the album itself contains the best cover of Sweet Thing EVER.
to get everythiing pre fishermans blues & then depending on how you felt on the whole raggle taggle malarky investigate from fishermans blues on with caution
a pagan place, the self titled & this is the sea (that was the breakthrough one with the whole of the moon on it & the last of the albums to have the "big music" sound) are great though
all available with extra discs of stuff
if you want to go further back another pretty face was scott's pre waterboys band
this year. Good read - I was shocked by how casually he booted long-serving sax and banjo player Anto Thistlethwaite. The rupture with fiddler Steve Wickham is treated with a lot more seriousness.
I remember their gig in Finsbury Park - just after Room to Roam. Everyone expecting loads of raggle taggle - instead out they burst with guitars plugged in and a horn section. The Big Music! We were nearly trampled in the crush forwards. Good gig.
not banjo (so much)
Have you heard A Wild Holy Band?
in particular "bring em all in" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QeJyrB86fE
and "still burning" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QijaIRXFtUg
Their cover of Maggie's Farm at Milton Keynes Bowl (supporting Simple Minds in 1986) is still one of the great live moments for me. The crowd were well up for it.
They were brilliant - I was astounded at just how good they sounded.
Made me very happy by playing This is the Sea - was not expecting that one.