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Fisherman's Blues

8 May 2006 | Format: MP3

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Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
4:26
2
7:01
3
3:06
4
5:28
5
7:12
6
2:06
7
9:14
8
3:18
9
2:59
10
3:44
11
1:04
12
6:55
13
0:54
Disc 2
1
2:51
2
3:54
3
5:47
4
2:40
5
5:49
6
2:38
7
6:09
8
3:24
9
12:03


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 July 1988
  • Release Date: 1 July 1988
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Chrysalis UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Chrysalis Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 Chrysalis Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:42:42
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  • ASIN: B001J655IG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,619 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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34 of 34 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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 500 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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19 of 20 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Dec 1999
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A perfect blend of Rock and Folk Music - Fishermans Blues may have been a radical departure for the Waterboys but it is a classic. This album needs to be played at full volume for the best effect. From the grand title track to the more sombre final song 'The Stolen Child' there is something for all fans of the band. Stand out tracks are the excellent cover of Van Morrisons 'Sweet Thing', 'World Party' and the sad lament of 'When ye go Away'. Buy it, Play it and Enjoy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By faliboni on 1 Oct 2002
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Fisherman's blues is one of the finest recordings of the 80's and one of the most under-rated, as well. Bono Vox of U2 once said this was one of his favourite albums. Released in 1988, this timeless classic succeeds in mixing lots of different influences - such as folk, punk, rock, blues and Irish traditional music - in an extremely personal and cohesive way. In fact, although the different influences are easily detectable still the band sounds unique. Along with the music also the lyrics are worth of praise.
In particular the humourous - and witty - "And a bang of the ear" which is a really original love-song and one of the finest tracks of the album. An absolute must-have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Watkins-Wright on 13 Aug 2008
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"Strange Boat", "We will not be Lovers", "Fisherman's Blues", & "A Bang on the Ear" - This is how songs should be written and how they should sound. Scott lets us into his world and it's fantastic. The second disc is full of treasures. One of the greatest Waterboys albums.
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