Mike Scott / The Waterboys

The Whole of the Moon

Composed by Mike Scott

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Written in 1985, following his girlfriend's inquiry of whether it was difficult to write a song, "The Whole of the Moon" pays homage to those who had affected Mike Scott's artistic growth, ranging from Prince to Irish writer C.S. Lewis. Scott has never been one to conceal his passion and intensity, and "The Whole of the Moon" is no exception. Anthemic, earnest, and fervently poetic, the song is the perfect portrait of Mike Scott as an artist, as well as of his self-proclaimed "big music." Here he conveys both inspiration and humility amidst an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink arrangement, though the song is strong enough to withstand the barrage. With every instrument that appears, Scott digs ever deeper, trying to capture even a piece of the vision he found in the work of the artists who inspired him. By the end, Scott, enveloped in a burst of voices, instruments, and even a gunshot, seems to be no longer able to contain himself, firing off image after image in their honor. "The Whole of the Moon" is part paean, part yearning, and part declaration of the soul. The bold musical feel of the song and the corresponding album, This Is the Sea, subsequently gave way to a more traditional flavor with their next two recordings, Fisherman's Blues and Room to Roam.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
This Is the Sea 1985 ADA / Atlantic / Elektra / Rhino / Warner Bros.
Greenpeace: Rainbow Warriors [#1] 1989
Various Artists
Geffen 4:57
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Import
The Best of the Waterboys: 1981-1990 1991 Parlophone 4:59
Ultimate Rock, Vol. 1 1993
Various Artists
Alex
The  Greatest Hits of 90's, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Telstar
No Image 1994 KTS
Emerald Rock [Alex] 1995
Various Artists
Alex 5:03
Every Song Tells a Story 1995
Various Artists
Shock Media 5:01
Lost Property 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:08
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
1985: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:02
The Best Scottish Album in the World...Ever! 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:01
Live Adventures of the Waterboys 1998 Pilot 5:17
The Whole of the Moon: The Music of Mike Scott & the Waterboys 1998 Chrysalis Records 5:01
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 4:07
Now: 1991 [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 5:00
Greatest Hits of the 80's [1999 Disky] 1999
Various Artists
Disky 5:02
Drive [Insight] 2000
Various Artists
Insight (3)
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 5:02
Twogether Pop 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:14
The Essential 2003 EMI
Soft Rock Collected 2005
Various Artists
Disky 5:01
Karma to Burn 2005 MSI Music Distribution / Pucka 5:45
Let's Party [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky 5:02
More Complete Eighties 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Barking Mad
101 80's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin 5:00
No Image 2007
Various Artists
101 Jukebox Classics 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:00
Now That's What I Call the 80s [3 CD] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:01
Where Were You: 1986 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:01
101 Driving Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 5:00
EMI Presents the Great Big Scottish Songbook 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 5:01
Top Gear Anthems 2008: Seriously Hot Driving Music 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:00
This Is 1985 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 5:02
101 90's Hits [EMI] 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 5:00
101 Irish Hits 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:01
This Is... 1991 2008
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:59
Top of the Pops: Rock 2009
Various Artists
EMI Gold 4:59
80's Mixtape 2011
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:59
In a Special Place (The Piano Demos for This Is The Sea) 2011 Capitol 5:42
This Is the Sea/Fisherman's Blues 2011 EMI Gold 5:00
100 Hits: Driving Rock [2011] 2011
Various Artists
Demon 5:01
The 80s, Pt. 2 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:59
Made in Scotland 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 5:00
Greatest Ever! Driving Songs [Union Square Music] 2015
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
The Other Side of the 80's [Rhino] 2016
Various Artists
Rhino
100% Rolling Stone
Various Artists
Frequency Records
101 80's Anthems
Various Artists
EMI 5:00
80s Dancefloor: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 5:01
Best of British
Various Artists
Rhino
Classic '80s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
Drive Time [Dino]
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment
Original Hits: Drivetime
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 5:00
The Best Ever Road Trip
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 4:59
The Eighties Album
Various Artists
Rhino 5:00
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