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  • Audio CD (1 July 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000008M54
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When The Waterboys' Irish violinist Steve Wickham suggested to Mike Scott that Spiddal was a great place to get away from it all, no-one could have guessed how Scott would take his advice to heart. Within less than a year The Waterboys were transformed from stadium rock incumbents to adopted Irish folk-rockers. Fisherman's Blues is the entrancing outcome of that transition. If the family snapshot on the cover is to be taken at face value, one might imagine this to be an idyllic time in The Waterboys career. In truth, the sessions were painstaking, with Scott discarding over 50 songs over a two-year process. What remains though, is a classic of its time: from the yearning euphoria of the title track to otherworldly beauty of "When Ye Go Away", lent cohesion by the singularity of Scott's vision. For sheer inspiration and flow, precedents begin and end at Van Morrison's Astral Weeks--a doubly appropriate comparison, this, given Scott's superlative reading of Morrison's "Sweet Thing". --Peter Paphides

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Stephen P. Foley on 8 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ever since Mike Scott released the sublime Fisherman's Blues in 88 I have been a big fan of this cd. Listening to it clountless times over the decades the music never seems to date, always sounding fresh and fulfilling. So what to make of the new disc 2? Well, in short it's easily the equal of disc 1... if not better! From the first track Carolan's Welcome we're given the impression that this is a solid continuation of the first and original album, there's the beautiful tin whistle accompanying fiddles and bouzouki... but wait...there's a country-rock arrangement figuring heavily in the next song, Killing My Heart which is fantastic!! Then we have You In The Sky, a never-released, never-performed-in-concert song inspired by an American Indian poem set to gospel music. What follows then is music I can only describe as a joy that'll put a big fat smile on your face... this is so good you wonder what was the logic in keeping it under lock and key for so long. This is a goldmine! The uptempo blues If I Can't Have You is worth the album price alone...and just wait till hear Rattle My Bones And Shiver My Soul!!! Trust me, if you like the original Fisherman's Blues then you're gonna love this one. The sound is a vast improvement over the 80's recording that up until now was the only version available. In short, this has been given the same treatment as the remastered This is The Sea 2 discer... but this is much much much better.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Fishermans Blues" on its original release in 1988, marked a significant step away from the grandiose "big music" they had produced for their earlier albums "A Pagan Place "and "This Is The Sea". It was the guest appearance of violinist Steve Wickham on the track "The Pan Within" from "This Is The Sea" that precipitated the bands change of musical direction to a mixture of more organic folk, country and traditional Irish music. Mike Scott had relocated to Dublin after spending time in Ireland with Wickham and it had a profound effect on his writing as he ,by some sort of musical osmosis, drew on the culture and history around him to produce an album that at the time divided the critics but for me ,was and still is, their best album . It is intimate and warm yet still retains the striking romanticism and epic scope of their previous work.

As ever it's the quality of the songs that really raises "Fishermans Blues" to the mezzanine level of brilliance. Though there are covers - A lovely version of Van Morrisons "Sweet Thing"- and an interpretation of a traditional song -"When Will Be Married?" the originals are just fabulous There is also an almost un-bearably poignant setting to music of William Butler Yeats poem "The Stolen Child" sung by Irish vocalist Tomas Mckeown with tender backing by Scott. THis is one of those songs, like The Triffids "Save What You Can" or "The Forgiveness Song "by The Walkabouts that always leaves me with a lump in the throat the size of a pomegranate.

The album revolves around fiddle, violin, mandolin, Hammond organ and is suitably effervescent and for the main part joyous. The title track more or less confirms this within thirty seconds from Scott's first euphoric whoop and the blissfully whirling violin.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greg Farefield-Rose on 9 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
After releasing the majestic This Is The Sea in 1985, lead Waterboy Mike Scott realised that he couldn't take the Big Music of his first three LPs any further and sought a change in direction. Fortuitously, he met the brilliant fiddler Steve Wickham at about the same time. Steve invited Mike to Ireland for a week's holiday - he ended up staying several years...

From early 86 to mid 88, Mike, Steve, Anthony Thistlethwaite and other assorted Waterboys recorded the songs which eventually found their way on to Fisherman's Blues. The Fisherman's sessions are the stuff of legend with far more excellent songs recorded than could be fitted onto the original LP. Mike Scott finally came back to the recordings in the early noughties and released a second LP Too Close To Heaven in 2001. He has now dipped into the sessions again for a remastered version of the original album with a second CD of further previously unreleased songs and versions.

So are the songs on disc two worth their belated release? Definitely because they add further historical context to the Waterboys' Fisherman's period and include a handful of lost classics which are finally unearthed to the outside world. We finally get to hear the studio version of late 80s live favourite Meet Me At The Station as well as the superb scratchy jazz-blues of If I Can't Have You. Best of all perhaps is the epic You In The Sky, a lost treasure liked so much by Scott that he has recorded a new version of it for the new Waterboys LP Book of Lightning.

As well as containing excellent music, the Collector's Edition of Fisherman's Blues is also superbly packaged with an enlightening essay by Mike Scott on his lengthy Irish sojourn and musician credits and commentary for every song.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Harrison on 27 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
I remember the first time I heard "Fishermans Blues" was in Brighton during a backpacking trip back in 1990. I was blown away and have ad it in my player ever since! I'm a diehard fan I guess you could say! Well the new collectors edition is just as amazing. "Killing my Heart" is an upbeat version of "When Ye Go Away" and the title track has been revamped with flutes and a laidback bouncieness that is truly refreshing. The Dylan covers rock and there are a few of the best tracks from "The Live Adventures Of The Waterboys". Its a great 2nd disc as good as the first. For those that don't have the first yet. It's a classic and if you like Irish folk/rock music it belongs in your collection.
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