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The Secret Life Of The Waterboys '81-'85
 
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The Secret Life Of The Waterboys '81-'85

6 April 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 24 Oct. 1994
  • Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Label: Chrysalis UK
  • Copyright: 1994 Chrysalis Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company
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  • Total Length: 1:15:38
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  • ASIN: B0028IFZ8O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,281 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hurn VINE VOICE on 1 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This Waterboys album released in the mid 90s is a mop up of various b sides, demos and pre Waterboys tracks. Its worth buying as there is stuff on here you wont get anywhere else, even on the recent remaster sets.
Its a great album and so varied. Let me pick out the highlights for you. Firstly the b sides to 'The Big Music' single, 'Bury My Heart' based on a book by the same name about the plight of the American Indians. This song is stunning - rage, beauty, despair. Its lyrics are superb. I'm amazed it never made the Pagan Place album. Also 'The Earth Only Endures' is a traditional American Indian song that Mike Scott has put to a beautiful melody and the thunder in the background adds to it so much.
Other lead tracks include the alternative version of Rags. I think its better than the finished version on 'A Pagan Place' Its a lot darker lyrically. 'Out Of Control' is the classic pre Waterboys track by Scotts early band Another Pretty Face. This is genius. It starts off quietly but by the end your house will fall down from the noise as the song builds to its conclusion. Scotts vision was big from an early stage.
If I'm honest the alternate versions of known songs on this album are better to my ears, apart from 'Don't Bang The Drum' which is stripped of all it grandour and maybe it doesnt quite work without it.
For the fans this is great. For the newies its a good historical introduction to the Big Music era of the Waterboys
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elston Gunn III on 18 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
The beauty of this album is that it really is a 'secret life' or 'back pages' collectible item for the loyal follower of the Waterboys -- it isn't merely a slick package put together by the marketing boys to squeeze extra cash out of fans.

It has some familiar songs rearranged in interesting ways, the best of which are 'Rags (Second Amendment)', with its moody build-up of crackling energy that explodes in a fantastic storm of guitars and drums at the end and its self-lacerating lyric that throws up stark images to haunt your daydreams, and 'Love that Kills', which was previously - perversely - released as an instrumental, denying it the full grace and majesty of Mike Scott's lyricism at its poetic best.

There are also, however, two re-workings that I consider to be turkeys: 'Medicine Bow' (which, I confess, I've never liked anyway) and 'That was the River' (which is the thumping, powerchord, mutant step-sister of the infinitely more melodic 'This is the Sea' version).

'Don't Bang the Drum', on the other hand, is a very fine rendition, imbued here with the dramatic atmospherics of the empty theatre it was recorded in. Mike's voice is sublime here: the emotion is palpable, the effort intense and the throaty roar as visceral as a wounded wolf's.

The lesser-known songs - tracks 9 to 14 - are very good B-side material that many bands would be happy to produce as A-side songs. They're innovative, brave and tuneful in mixed proportions, and all improve with repeated listening.

I bought this album four years ago and am still listening to it. It sits proudly above many inferior 'secret life' collections of other good bands in my collection.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linus on 18 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
I didn't know about this record until i bought it a couple of weeks ago, but i was positively surpriced. The record contains b-sides and liverecordings from the early years of the Waterboys. The version of 'Don't bang the drum' with Mike singing and just playing the piano is marvellous and 'Savage earth heart' and 'Bury my soul' are just brilliant! If you like the rock'ier Waterboys then buy this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clem Feeney on 8 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I've bought this album twice now. First on cassette in the 90's and more recently as a Download. I was reminded to dig it out again while watching The Killers gig on telly and spending half an hour wondering who they reminded me of. Eventually it clicked. Listen to the samples of Rags and Bury My Heart for evidence. They are just two of the highlights.

The "Raggle Taggle" Waterboys are remembered more fondly, but this is a reminder of how powerful they were in their first incarnation. This and the double disc of This Is the Sea [Remastered & Expanded Version] give a good account of how prolific Mike Scott was in this period.

Highly recommended for any Waterboys and Killers fans and any fans of intelligently written, passionately performed rock music.
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