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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