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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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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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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ron Heath on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ccpb59 on 6 Mar. 2014
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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. Working versions, out takes etc, all show the development of what could be The Waterboys' most complete album. Wonderful!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David P. Weber on 6 July 2014
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If you were touched by the original album back when it was first released (I had it on cassette), you should probably stop dithering and buy this now.

I was always unsure why the LP didn't get more notice than the band's previous work. Perhaps it was because it was more traditional in a musical sense, and was deemed to not have the appeal to a young record-buying public that Velvet Underground ripoffs did at the time.

But six discs is simply too much. Some of these jams are tentative, and go on for too long. The box could've been a more manageable four discs of high quality stuff. I would've left off the still-working-this-out demos although sometimes even these tracks are nice to have on as background music.

As for the good stuff, it's an embarrassment of riches. The original LP could easily have been a double at the time with no let down in quality.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Park on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Skelton on 23 Oct. 2014
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An amazing set of songs..I never really knew how long the sessions for The Fishermans Blues sessions went on for nor the amount of time it took to record the album,basically with the standard Fishermans Blues album you get a compilation of what the band considered the best bits of various sessions whereas this is kind of the Directors Cut!!
For an insight into the places and producers and personnel worked with during this time Mike Scott's autobiography is well worth a read..that said the booklet within this box of CDs does tell the tale pretty well itself.
The real shock with this set is that it's pretty much all good...sure the occasional jam can get near that self indulgent tag but for sheer musicianship and songcraft ..well this is a great purchase and ultimately it sounds like a band having fun and can that really be such a bad thing?
I'm also of the mind that generally this is a capsule of a different time..I suspect in these days of digital recording much of this stuff would have either been fixed(and lost some of its rustic air) or just been deleted..digital recording has opened up so many options but I suspect it has made the recording process cheaper and led to less experimentation as a basic track gets fixed rather than constantly reworked.
Amazing too that the record company seemed to have supported a band over such a long period of recording demos and takes here and there with floating personnel..however there's a reason why Fisherman's blues is such a fine album and this set shows that.
All in all a good companion piece to Fisherman's Blues...you could just own this truth he known as all the tracks are here however Fisherman's blues offers a solid abridged version to this box and stands well alongside it.
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