The Waterboys

Fisherman's Box: The Complete Fisherman's Blues Sessions 1986-1988

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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 14 outtakes, alternate versions, and late-night studio jams. It was reissued again in 2013 as a seven-disc box set featuring 121 tracks from the album sessions, 85 of which had been previously unavailable.]

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Waterboys 07:01 Amazon
2 The Waterboys 02:46 Amazon
3 The Waterboys 02:04 Amazon
4 The Waterboys 02:08 Amazon
5 The Waterboys 00:55 Amazon
6 The Waterboys 02:57 Amazon
7 The Waterboys 03:51 Amazon
8 The Waterboys 05:07 Amazon
9 The Waterboys 01:03 Amazon
10 The Waterboys 00:44 Amazon
11 The Waterboys 03:27 Amazon
12 The Waterboys 03:55 Amazon
13 The Waterboys 00:45 Amazon
14 The Waterboys 03:04 Amazon
15 The Waterboys 00:48 Amazon
16 The Waterboys 05:06 Amazon
17 The Waterboys 04:33 Amazon
18 The Waterboys 02:16 Amazon
19 The Waterboys 02:01 Amazon
20 The Waterboys 05:16 Amazon
21 The Waterboys 05:13 Amazon
22 The Waterboys 12:28 Amazon
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The Waterboys 01:03 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Waterboys 02:21 Amazon
2 The Waterboys 02:22 Amazon
3 The Waterboys 07:19 Amazon
4 The Waterboys 04:41 Amazon
5 The Waterboys 03:37 Amazon
6 The Waterboys 02:19 Amazon
7 The Waterboys 02:25 Amazon
8 The Waterboys 01:56 Amazon
9 The Waterboys 04:04 Amazon
10 The Waterboys 05:46 Amazon
11 The Waterboys 03:26 Amazon
12 The Waterboys 03:03 Amazon
13 The Waterboys 02:36 Amazon
14 The Waterboys 02:38 Amazon
15 The Waterboys 00:56 Amazon
16 The Waterboys 04:44 Amazon
17 The Waterboys 02:01 Amazon
18 The Waterboys 05:31 Amazon
19 The Waterboys 02:59 Amazon
20 The Waterboys 10:48 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Waterboys 05:16 Amazon
2 The Waterboys 02:15 Amazon
3 The Waterboys 05:27 Amazon
4 The Waterboys 03:25 Amazon
5 The Waterboys 03:29 Amazon
6 The Waterboys 04:30 Amazon
7 The Waterboys 01:21 Amazon
8 The Waterboys 01:22 Amazon
9 The Waterboys 05:25 Amazon
10 The Waterboys 02:38 Amazon
11 The Waterboys 06:44 Amazon
12 The Waterboys 02:09 Amazon
13 The Waterboys 02:07 Amazon
14 The Waterboys 05:37 Amazon
15 The Waterboys 05:48 Amazon
16 The Waterboys 03:31 Amazon
17 The Waterboys 03:42 Amazon
18 The Waterboys 06:08 Amazon
19 The Waterboys 02:43 Amazon
20 The Waterboys 03:40 Amazon
21 The Waterboys 01:40 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Waterboys 05:02 Amazon
2 The Waterboys 04:18 Amazon
3 The Waterboys 04:06 Amazon
4 The Waterboys 09:13 Amazon
5 The Waterboys 02:50 Amazon
6 The Waterboys 02:34 Amazon
7 The Waterboys 01:17 Amazon
8 The Waterboys 03:35 Amazon
9 The Waterboys 01:04 Amazon
10 The Waterboys 02:57 Amazon
11 The Waterboys 01:37 Amazon
12 The Waterboys 02:41 Amazon
13 The Waterboys 04:26 Amazon
14 The Waterboys 02:05 Amazon
15 The Waterboys 01:00 Amazon
16 The Waterboys 02:48 Amazon
17 The Waterboys 03:41 Amazon
18 The Waterboys 00:49 Amazon
19 The Waterboys 03:16 Amazon
20 The Waterboys 00:52 Amazon
21 The Waterboys 01:02 Amazon
22 The Waterboys 06:50 Amazon
23 The Waterboys 01:01 Amazon
24 The Waterboys 01:39 Amazon
25 The Waterboys 04:40 Amazon
26 The Waterboys 04:00 Amazon
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