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Fisherman's Blues [Collectors' Edition]

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The Waterboys 8/29/2006

Review

Mike Scott had been pursuing his grandiose "big music" since he founded the Waterboys, so it came as a shock when he scaled back the group's sound for the Irish and English folk of Fisherman's Blues. Although the arena-rock influences have been toned down, Scott's vision is no less sweeping or romantic, making even the simplest songs on Fisherman's Blues feel like epics. Nevertheless, the album is the Waterboys' warmest and most rewarding record, boasting a handful of fine songs ("And a Bang on the Ear," the ominous "We Will Not Be Lovers," "Has Anybody Here Seen Hank?," and the title track), as well as a surprisingly successful cover of Van Morrison's breathtaking "Sweet Thing." [Fisherman's Blues was reissued in 2006 with a bonus disc containing fourteen outtakes, alternate versions and late-night studio jams. The re-mastered original included extended versions of "And a Bang on the Ear" and "World Party."] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Fisherman's Blues The Waterboys 4:21
  3. 2 We Will Not Be Lovers The Waterboys 6:59
  4. 3 Strange Boat The Waterboys 6:48
  5. 4 World Party The Waterboys 5:26
  6. 5 Sweet Thing [Cover] The Waterboys 2:56
  7. 6 Jimmy Hickey's Waltz The Waterboys 3:15
  8. 7 And a Bang on the Ear The Waterboys 9:11
  9. 8 Has Anybody Here Seen Hank? The Waterboys 2:4
  10. 9 When Will We Be Married? The Waterboys 7:8
  11. 10 When Ye Go Away The Waterboys 5:26
  12. 11 Dunford's Fancy The Waterboys 3:3
  13. 12 The Stolen Child The Waterboys 6:59
  14. 13 This Land Is Your Land The Waterboys 4:21
  15. 2 Killing My Heart [Previously Unreleased] The Waterboys 3:50
  16. 3 You in the Sky [Previously Unreleased] The Waterboys 5:45
  17. 4 When Will We Be Married? [Previously Unreleased] The Waterboys 2:37
  18. 5 Nobody 'Cept You [Previously Unreleased] The Waterboys 3:3
  19. 6 Fisherman's Blues [Previously Unreleased] The Waterboys 5:45
  20. 7 Girl of the North Country [Previously Unreleased] The Waterboys 4:23
  21. 8 Lonesome and a Long Way from Home [Previously Unreleased] The Waterboys 3:4
  22. 9 If I Can't Have You [Previously Unreleased] The Waterboys 3:29
  23. 10 Rattle My Bones and Shiver My Soul [Previously Unreleased] The Waterboys 2:37
  24. 11 Let Me Feel Holy Again [Previously Unreleased] The Waterboys 6:6
  25. 12 Meet Me at the Station [Previously Unreleased] The Waterboys 3:21
  26. 13 The Good Ship Sirius [Previously Unreleased] The Waterboys 0:42
  27. 14 Soon as I Get Home [Previously Unreleased] The Waterboys 12:2

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