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Title: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on January 28, 2008, 04:05:47 PM
Found this on The Waterboys' website:

The fifth Waterboys’ album, 1990’s Room To Roam, is being prepared for remastering and reissue by EMI during 2008. Like the recent remasters of This Is The Sea and Fisherman’s Blues, it will be issued as a 2CD set, the second CD comprising previously unissued material recorded during the same era as the original album. Mike Scott is currently selecting tracks for inclusion. As soon as we have more details and a release date we’ll let you know.

Good news to me, as this was the first album I heard by them (around 1991), subsequently I bought others and followed their career up till now (latest album "Book Of Lightning", 2007).
I do have "Room To Roam" only on an old tape, so the reissue is gonna be great for me. Btw, the remastered editions of Fisherman's Blues and This Is The Sea were fab as well.  :D
Title: Re: Waterboys Remastered
Post by: Steve P on January 28, 2008, 06:03:51 PM
This reminded me of something that happened a good few years ago. I was round at a friends house and he played the album 'A Pagan Place' by the Waterboys. It was great and I thought I must tell TV about this album when I see him as there were similarities to the stuff he was doing then (mid eighties) Then I turned the album cover over to look at the track listing and he's on it!! (backing vocals)

Title: Re: Waterboys Remastered
Post by: Uli on January 29, 2008, 08:47:00 AM
Nice one Steve! One of the first times I met TV, the subject of chatting also got to the Waterboys and he told me he and Mike Scott lived in the same house for a while (back in the 80's)...
Title: Re: Waterboys Remastered
Post by: Uli on July 03, 2008, 10:58:35 AM
News just in about the remastered album (17 bonus tracks, not bad!):

The remastered 2CD version of Room To Roam will be released by EMI on 11th August. The beautiful package includes new sleevenotes by Mike Scott...
Read more:
Title: Re: Waterboys Remastered
Post by: Rockula on July 03, 2008, 10:44:39 PM
I bought the remastered/extended 'This Is The Sea' a couple of years ago and they did a good job. So, this one's on my list. :)
Title: Re: Waterboys Remastered
Post by: Tj on July 04, 2008, 10:27:30 PM
The version with TV singing backing vocals is called This Is The Red Sea. :-*
Title: Re: Waterboys Remastered
Post by: Rockula on July 05, 2008, 06:17:03 PM
The version with TV singing backing vocals is called This Is The Red Sea. :-*

Title: Re: Waterboys Remastered
Post by: Uli on July 06, 2008, 09:22:51 AM
I haven't played my old tape for a long time, so I'm really looking forward to listening again to songs like he haunting ballad "Something that is gone" or the romantic "In search of a rose" etc.! (Gotta admit the traditional "Raggle-taggle gypsy-o" is a bit overplayed and I could do without...)
Title: Re: Waterboys Remastered
Post by: Uli on August 09, 2008, 04:08:02 PM
Aug 5th 2008
The 2CD remastered edition of Room To Roam will be released by EMI this coming Monday, August 11th, containing the original album in improved sound plus seventeen fascinating bonus tracks selected and edited by Mike Scott and featuring the magical 1989-1990 line-up of The Waterboys, with Steve Wickham, Anthony Thistlethwaite, Sharon Shannon and others. You can listen to one of the previously unreleased songs, Sunny Sailor Boy, on our myspace page here, and pre-order the album from our online store here

My copy should be here with me next week, looking forward and all that!  :)
Title: Re: Waterboys Remastered
Post by: Uli on August 13, 2008, 05:15:49 PM
It arrived and I played the remastered album! Really nice to listen to these songs again.  :)
And when you've finished playing the 'regular' album there's still a full bonus CD to play!!
Nice informative booklet with all lyrics too.
Title: Re: Waterboys Remastered
Post by: Uli on September 27, 2010, 05:57:29 PM
Nice page to listen to some "rare" stuff from Mike Scott (live versions, demos etc):

These are songs and mash-ups from my home studio. Some feature The Waterboys, some just me, some are other stuff.

Nothing here is issued on an album - at least not in this form. And none of it is from current Waterboys projects (An Appointment With Mr Yeats and beyond that the next all-new WBs album), though I may post material arising from those at some stage.
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on November 05, 2010, 10:33:17 AM
Nice article in Scottish newspaper:

In 1985, just when the Waterboys were searching for the Whole of the Moon and threatening to take their Big Music to the big league, Scott decamped to Ireland, lured by the fiddle and the promise of fresh adventures. Later, when he wearied of the band’s enchanting blend of folk, country, blues and rock, he rediscovered his electric guitar and headed first to New York and then to Findhorn, following the muse and the music to the detriment of his record sales but to the benefit of his soul.

Scott has never shown much interest in following a straight line, which is why he remains one of our most interesting if erratic rock stars. His latest project may be his most ambitious. In An Appointment with Mr Yeats, the Waterboys recontextualise the words of Ireland’s most venerated poet by setting them to rock music.
Read more here:
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on September 02, 2011, 04:05:39 PM
New album out soon:

The long-awaited new Waterboys album AN APPOINTMENT WITH MR YEATS will be released across Europe by Proper Records on September 19th.  North American release will follow in 2012.  The album was produced by Mike Scott and Waterboys' bassist Marc Arciero, and contains 14 new songs created from the lyrics of Ireland's greatest poet, WB Yeats (1865-1939).

The Waterboys' first single from An Appointment With Mr Yeats, Sweet Dancer, has started to receive radio play. It has been heard already on Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music, XFM, Clyde, Radio Scotland and BBC Northern Ireland. And we're delighted to announce that the single is available for download NOW from iTunes Europe.

We've uploaded a short video of the band performing the mighty September 1913 from An Appointment With Mr Yeats. The film was shot at Dublin's Abbey Theatre last year, and is intercut with Mike Scott interview extracts.
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on October 11, 2011, 11:10:29 AM
New interview:
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on December 21, 2011, 12:32:09 PM
Live dates next year, UK and Europe:

The first two shows of the European leg of 2012's AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE WATERBOYS tour have just been announced. They are:
March 14: BERLIN Huxley
March 15: COLOGNE Gloria

All the 2012 touring shows will be divided into two sets - one of vintage Waterboys, one of music from the new Appointment With Mr Yeats album - and will feature Mike Scott (vocals, guitar, piano), Steve Wickham (fiddle), Katie Kim (vocals), James Hallawell (keyboards), Marc Arciero (bass), Ralph Salmins (drums) and Melvin Duffy (guitar and pedal steel). More European shows will be announced shortly.

Only 2 German shows - this is not very good for me, as I plan to travel to other gigs in February (Members) and April (Stranglers).  :(
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on June 30, 2012, 10:38:22 AM
Sounds like an interesting read! Must watch out for the UK version, which should turn up on german amazon.  :)

Mike Scott's long awaited musical memoir, Adventures Of A Waterboy, is published in a beautiful hardback edition by Lilliput Press of Dublin on 6th June. Paperback publication, through UK publisher Jawbone Press, will follow in August. Adventures Of A Waterboy was written between 2008 and 2010 and runs to 272 pages. It's an eye-opening account of Mike's life in music; serious, funny, profound, whimsical and enigmatic, with blow-by-blow descriptions of his days in teenage garage bands, the rise of The Waterboys, his exploits with Steve Wickham and the rest of the gang in the west of Ireland, and much, much more.
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on October 16, 2012, 08:13:01 PM
Mini-docu about The Waterboys "Irish reunion".
When Mike, Steve and Anto played for the Strange Boat charity in Spiddal last month, film-maker Myles O'Reilly of Arbutus Yarns was there.
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on December 04, 2012, 01:16:11 PM
Interview about the book, the album etc.:
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on December 15, 2012, 01:13:04 PM
Back to school...  :)
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on December 06, 2013, 07:29:24 PM
3 songs live at Radio KEXP (incl. 1 new song):
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on December 19, 2013, 02:06:53 PM
Nice review (wish I could see one of those gigs re-living the days of "Fisherman's Blues", but no German dates so far...):
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on June 02, 2014, 03:56:10 PM

Please join Caught in the Carousel this week as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Waterboys’ second album, 1984′s classic, A Pagan Place, and the work and singular achievement of frontman and songwriter, Mike Scott.
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on October 08, 2014, 02:38:41 PM
New album "Modern Blues" announced for January 2015:

The Waterboys' long-awaited new album Modern Blues will be released on January 19th. The album was recorded in Nashville, produced by Mike Scott and mixed by the great Bob Clearmountain. Modern Blues is an electric, soulful, bold, freewheeling rock'n'roll record with a skinful of killer new songs, some of which have been premiered live over the past few years. Ralph Salmins, a mainstay on drums for the past four years, appears alongside the talismanic Steve Wickham, who weaves a dizzying fuzz fiddle spell on several tracks. Fresh to the ranks are Memphis keyboard player “Brother” Paul Brown and David Hood, legendary bassist from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Additional lead guitars are played by 2013 US Waterboy Jay Barclay and Austin soul guitarist Zach Ernst. Guest backing vocalists include southern soul legend Don Bryant. The album cover is a green man photograph titled The King Of Weeds, by New York artists Kahn and Selesnick. Modern Blues will be accompanied by a worldwide tour and details will be announced soon.

Track listing:

1. Destinies Entwined 5.45
2. November Tale 5.18
3. Still A Freak 3.59
4. I Can See Elvis 5.47
5. The Girl Who Slept For Scotland 4.56
6. Rosalind (You Married The Wrong Guy) 5.09
7. Beautiful Now 3.58
8. Nearest Thing To Hip 5.42
9. Long Strange Golden Road 10.23
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on December 02, 2014, 04:53:18 PM
"November Tale" can be listened here:

Gotta say I think I heard better stuff by that band, but I'll buy the album and hope it'll grow on me...
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on January 12, 2015, 04:52:26 PM
Stream available for pre-listening here:

Live video:
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on April 21, 2015, 11:37:21 AM
Live on Letterman:

European tour dates will be in Sept/Oct, I think I might go to Frankfurt or Munich...
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on October 05, 2015, 11:30:03 AM
Nice article about David Hood, current bass player (who, according to Mike Scott, played on more good albums as the rest of them had hot meals...):

The Waterboys are playing 59 shows in Europe, with stops in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The longest stop will be a four-night stay in Dublin in early November, where Scott and Wickham live. Hood said many of the band’s family members will be in Dublin for those shows.

Hood has played on countless recording sessions since the 1960s. One of his recent sessions was with Klaus Voormann, who befriended the Beatles during their pre-star days in Hamburg, Germany. Voormann is a bassist and artist. He designed the cover of the Beatles’ 1966 “Revolver” album, and recorded extensively with John Lennon, Ringo Starr and others.

Not only do rock stars have fans, they are fans of other stars.

“When Mike found out I know Klaus, he insisted I call him and invite him to the Munich (Germany) show,” Hood said.

Well I've no idea if he was there...
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on June 29, 2017, 09:59:16 AM
Surprising news to me, a new album already (there'd always been several years between their studio releases since the 90s)!

The Waterboys will release their brand-new studio double album Out Of All This Blue on September 8 2017; their first for BMG Records, with whom they recently signed.

Produced by Mike Scott and recorded in Dublin and Tokyo, Out Of All This Blue will be available on Double CD and Double Vinyl, pluse Deluxe Triple CD (including Bonus Tracks) and Deluxe Triple Vinyl (including Bonus Tracks) and Digital.

Out Of All This Blue is The Waterboys most exploratory recording yet, comprising 23 songs with Mike Scott's trademark sharp lyrics set to pop music with echoes of classic R&B, country, soul and funk and underpinned by modern hiphop production values and rhythms. String & brass sections were arranged and conducted by Try Pollard of The Spacebomb Collective. Mike Scott says of the record: "Out Of All This Blue is 2/3 love and romance, 1/3 stories and observations. I knew from the beginning I wanted to make a double album, and lucky for me - and I hope the listener - the songs just kept coming, and in pop colours."

Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on July 17, 2017, 01:39:03 PM
First single...
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on August 11, 2017, 10:07:41 AM

Not a bad song, but also not thrilling...  :-\
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on August 26, 2017, 12:43:50 PM
A tribute to Keef, no less...

And another new track:
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on September 15, 2017, 09:26:11 AM
Mike writes:
“Many of these songs were recorded as I wrote them. Usually I write a song, demo it, play it live a few times, then get around to recording it some passage of time after the initial inspiration hit. There are benefits to working like this because a song grows through the processes of demoing and live performance. But nothing ever quite beats the spirit of that first blast of magic that happens when a song is landing, when its downloading itself into the mind and emotions of the writer during composition. So on this record, because I recorded as I wrote, and because even on songs where I developed the instrumentation and arrangement later I kept the original vocals, you're hearing that initial spark, the true spirit of each song. Morning Came Too Soon, Love Walks In, New York, Man What A Woman, Rokudenashiko, Didn't We Walk On Water, Kinky's History Lesson, Monument, Girl In The Window Chair, Mr Charisma - all those vocals are the day or hour I wrote the lyric.”

While the album's an enjoyable listen, I myself have the impression that some songs seem "unfinished" (or not "worked out" enough, unlike previous Waterboys records), almost like "demos" or "sketches". My opinion might still change, but right now I see this as one of the weaker Waterboys releases...
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on March 14, 2019, 01:43:37 PM
From the forthcoming album 'Where The Action Is', out May 24th:
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on April 19, 2019, 10:00:16 AM

Where the Action Is comes out May 24 and contains an autobiographical song dedicated to the Clash's Mick Jones ("London Mick") and "Out of All This Blue," which was the title of the Waterboys' last album in 2017. "It began as a kind of mixtape album that I was going to put out almost privately," Scott says. "After I finished the last record I had a number of instrumentals left over, and I started playing with those and putting vocals over them. Then a couple of them turned into actual songs and little by little what began as a mash-up mixtape record turned into a regular Waterboys record of serious songs." But rest assured there's still plenty of stylistic variety throughout the 11 tracks.

"I'm afraid that's gonna be the case of all Waterboys records," says Scott, who kicks off European Waterboys dates on May 19, will be part of Fairport's Cropredy Convention during August, and is working on a North American tour for fall. "There's always variety. I don't work within one style of music. I like them all and feel free to move within them all."
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on September 06, 2019, 12:06:20 PM
News from the band:
Following the release of Where The Action Is, The Waterboys release the Out Of All This Blue EP today.

Written for a friend who's been to a dark place, Out Of All This Blue is a compassionate song of reassurance; a Waterboys classic in the making.
You can hear the original 2015 demo version of the title track from the EP at

The EP features the studio recording of Out Of All This Blue from Where The Action Is, the 2015 demo and two live tracks, London Mick and The Whole Of The Moon (featuring Blaine Harrison from Mystery Jets), recorded on the Chris Evans Virgin Radio Breakfast Show and capturing the band's rock ‘n’ roll edge.
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on September 16, 2019, 05:44:15 PM

The new 10-song collection offers hints as to why the Waterboys, who play the Wilbur Theater on Wednesday, have continued to thrive. It deftly bridges all the phases of the band’s career, offering up driving rock, lyrical love ballads, soulful laments, a rock/hip-hop hybrid, and of course, their wonderful, wistful folk songs.

“I think the key is exploring different sounds,” says Scott, one of pop’s true poet laureates. “I don’t consider myself just a rock and roll musician. I play country, funk, soul, folk, and folk-rock. I’ll play any kind of music if it turns me on, including hip-hop.”
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on October 03, 2019, 09:18:53 AM
One of my faves from the new(er) songs!

The Waterboys - In My Time on Earth (Live at Old Town School Of Music - Chicago)
Title: Re: The Waterboys
Post by: Uli on October 10, 2019, 09:49:58 AM
“I think I’ve gotten to a place where I can move between different styles of music very easily, and I’ve got a band of around me who can do the same,” says Scott by phone from his hotel room in Philadelphia, his light Scottish accent testimony to his hometown of Edinburgh. “So it feels natural to work with different styles.

“And I also think that they all sound like the Waterboys anyway,” says Scott, who with the Waterboys will play shows in Santa Ana on Sunday, Oct. 13 and Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 15. “There are certain constants like my voice, the way I play guitar and piano. The way that some of the people I’ve worked with — Steve (Wickham) on his fiddle or Brother Paul and his keys — play and sound.”

The Waterboys’ new album arrived at the end of May, two years after the 2017 double album “Out Of All This Blue,” a fertile period of music-making for Scott that he attributes in part to his role as father to a 6-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son.

“I have two young children and since that I kind of learned how to work much faster,” Scott says. “And also, because I’m always telling them stories and making up songs for them, it means that the wheels of my creativity are constantly running. It’s a very small jump from making up a song about a cartoon character for my daughter to writing a regular song for the Waterboys.

“So I find it very easy to be creative now,” he says. “I’m switched on all the time and whenever I get to my studio, which is every day for a few hours at least, there’s always something happening.”

“I think since I wrote my book (the 2012 memoir “Adventures of a Waterboy”) I’ve got a very peaceful relationship with my own history,” Scott says. “And I like looking back at those times and trying to capture their flavor in a song.” ...

“I’ve never believed that God or spirituality was an angry guy hurlin’ thunderbolts and judging everything that I did,” he says. “I spent decades trying to escape from those illusions or those human delusions. To me, spirituality is an experience of lovingness and of self-acceptance, and in that encounter in ‘Piper At The Gates Of Dawn,’ those two good creatures meet their God, and they are loved. Very beautiful indeed.”