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Fisherman's Box: The Complete Fisherman's Blues Sessions 1986-88 [6 Disc Box Set] [Box set]

The Waterboys Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: PLG UK Catalog
  • ASIN: B00EQK5OG0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,218 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fisherman's Box: The Complete Fisherman's Blues Sessions 1986-88 is a 6 CD box set containing live recordings, impromptu jams and instrumental pieces from the Waterboys over a two year period after their formation in 1983.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Waterboys - "The Irish Basement Tapes" 4 Nov 2013
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This review is of the Waterboys "Fisherman's Blues Deluxe Edition" a birthday present that arrived with angels wings. It is difficult to recall today the sniffy response this album received on release. It was seen by many as a deviation from the "Big Music" which Mike Scott had driven so hard and with such passion on previous releases. It was argued that "Fisherman's Blues" was a sharp rupture from the Waterboys previous output; a unfortunate dalliance with "traditionalism". In fact it was a logical continuation of Scotts great vision. The brilliant "This is the Sea" is full of Celtic inflections and he was always a musical magpie drawing from an astonishing gamut of styles and influences. What is fascinating about this release is the sheer scale of experimentation, exploration and emotion that went into constructing a single album. "Fishermans box" proves that Scott, Wickham, Thistlethwaite and comrades in effect recorded the "Irish Basement Tapes". It is a magnificent box, VFM in spades and if the packing quality could have been notched up a ratchet or two, the music implores us to live with the shame. Below is a review of the six main discs of the box set. The primary source for much of the information is the detailed analysis in the excellent booklet in the set plus the Waterboys web site (well worth checking out)) onto which this reviewer has added some personal thoughts.

CD 1 was recorded in its entirety on Jan 23 1986, the first day of the Fisherman's Blues sessions. Thus begins a journey for the band in to new territory which was ill understood by critics who roundly berated the departure from the powerhouse rock of "A Pagan Place" and the anthems of "This is the sea" in what was described by one critic at the time as a "descent into a folk backwater".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait! 20 Nov 2013
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As an owner of the original single and collectors double CD versions of Fisherman's Blues, plus the Too close to Heaven / Fisherman's Blues Part 2 CDs, I was a little worried that the additional material provided in this set would disappoint. I needn't have worried - and should have known better as Mike Scott has always struck me as having far too much integrity to release material not worthy of him and his ever changing, expanding and evolving band of musical brothers. In brief, if you liked the original, you'll adore this. I haven't stopped playing it since receipt, each new listening providing something different at which to marvel. The accompanying booklet is great too, Mike's comments painting little camoes the sum of which comprise the giant canvas of Fisherman's Blues era Waterboys, a canvas which I will always treasure. No problems with the packaging either (I elected the 6 CD version so it may be different packaging to the other version) which others have unfortunately experienced.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Careful when you open it!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 Nov 2013
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As others have said, something went badly wrong in packaging. The foam insert, glue and CDs all seem to have been put into the box at the same time. Since the spaces for the CD sleeves are cut right through the foam, and the glue hadn't set that means CD sleeves stuck to the back of the box.

That's really poor packaging error on such an expensive release.

I fortunately read on here and only one of my disc sleeves was, and still is, stuck. Don't break your boxset or rip the stuck sleeve(s), just be gentle and fold the sleeve forward and the CD will come out.

That said, the music is stunning. The first disc, covering the initial session is amazing and could easily have been a release in its own right. So many of these songs are familiar from live tapes and it's now such a great feeling to here them in their studio forms. Since the majority was recorded live, it really is like sitting in on the band playing. I'm looking forward to several months worth of getting to know these recordings of a band in their absolute prime.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical evoloution before your very ears 28 Jan 2014
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The Box chronologies the change in the Waterboys sound. They begin in a C&W, Gospel sound, with the band clearly enjoying the freedom of just playing heartfelt music. Disc one in fact is a fine stand-alone album in and of itself. Then toward the end of disc 2 Mike Scott hears Steve Wickham and a few Irish fellows jamming with an Irish groove and then it all clicks and slowly more and more Irish is added into the C&W, Gospel sound until the climax is disc 6 when they hit the West Coast of Ireland for 2 months of pure Irish indulgence. No drummer on disc six either, apart from ones imported for the odd session. A real journey in musical discovery played out in front of us. Amazing.

This is a band at the top of their game, in fact this is musicianship and musical discovery at the top of its game.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fisherman's Frenzy 18 Nov 2013
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It is tempting, as one gets older, to mythologise albums that were important to you when you were young. However, in the case of Fisherman's Blues it may be justified, as this box set demonstrates. For an album to begin with Mike Scott booking a recording studio in secret and grew into something approaching a lifestyle choice, Fisherman's Blues remains a remarkable achievement and is the high water mark (pardon the pun) of Mike Scott's career so far.

The box set expands on this, offering up a series of songs and surprises from the Fisherman's Blues sessions. At its best, it's incredible, jaw-dropping stuff and you wonder why some of this didn't make the album, or even the "Too Close To Heaven" release some years ago. At its worse, it's pretty grim, but then, there's no way you're going to like everything on a 6 CD box set.

Listing favourites would make this review far too long and boring. Suffice to say that, as I neared the end of the sixth CD and having spent so much time in the company of these fine gentlemen, I felt a genuine sorrow that I wouldn't hear these songs for the first time ever again.

Perhaps the oddest thing is that there's no Big Music version of Higherbound. I could've sworn I heard it once, but now I can't find it. Maybe I heard it in a dream. (A sentence which pretty much sums up how I feel about The Waterboys.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, thank you.
Published 14 days ago by Shirley Tovey
5.0 out of 5 stars TRANSCENDENT
If you were touched by the original album back when it was first released (I had it on cassette), then stop dithering and buy this now. Read more
Published 24 days ago by David P. Weber
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the original
Fisherman's Blues album,and had great expectations when this was released. There's some great music on these discs, but a lot of it fir completists only,I feel. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dave Duck
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
The Waterboys have to be one of the most inspirational bands. Mike Scott's breadth of thought as he put Fisherman's Blues together is fully highlighted in this fantastic box set. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ccpb59
5.0 out of 5 stars A raw power plant
Wonderful listening to the alternitive versions, the building up of final solutions , always with Mike's and Steve's co-laboration att the utmost energy.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
A fantastic collection of a group of masterful magicians on a journey of discovery. This collection takes us on a step by step road of Mike Scott's unravelling of his own Celtic... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Coughlan
3.0 out of 5 stars A case of too high expectations - A disappointment
Without a shred of doubt, Fisherman's Blues is one of the finest Folk/Rock/Celtic Soul albums I have ever heard, I loved it from the day it came out. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Papalamour
3.0 out of 5 stars Over sold
A bit dis-appointing, with too many indifferent tracks, including to make up the capacity of the 6 disks as already decided for a marketing viewpoint. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dalkey
5.0 out of 5 stars The brilliant Waterboys
I have loved The Waterboys for many years and Fishermans Blues would be my desert island CD. On the 8 December I saw them at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and was on the front row in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by cheryl sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars The best music box set out there
5/5 for the music content, a must have for any waterboys fans out there, although the same can 't be said about the booklet, yeah the contents of the booklet are superb but sadly... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gerard J. Reilly
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