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Too Close To Heaven CD

3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (5 Jan. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B00005NUV7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. On My Way To Heaven
  2. Higher In Time
  3. The Ladder
  4. Too Close To Heaven
  5. Good Man Gone
  6. Blues For You Baby
  7. Custer's Blues
  8. A Home In The Meadow
  9. Tenderfootin'
  10. Lonesome Old Wind

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Too Close To Heaven is effectively a long-delayed sequel to The Waterboys' 1988 classic Fisherman's Blues. The sessions that yielded Fisherman's Blues have long been the stuff of legend, and the bare statistics describe a logistical enterprise only slightly less ambitious than D-Day: 41 musicians taking 303 days in 13 studios in four countries to record 159 songs. Mike Scott could continue to release companion pieces to Fisherman's Blues for some time to come. The songs on Too Close To Heaven are all recognisably of the Fisherman's Blues era--this is the lusty take on Irish folk music familiar from that record. What sets Too Close To Heaven apart is that many tracks hark back to the elemental ferocity of earlier Waterboys albums, especially A Pagan Place. On that score, perhaps Too Close To Heaven should be considered more a prequel than a sequel to Fisherman's Blues. Whatever, one can never have too many albums of The Waterboys on this kind of form. --Andrew Mueller

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Format: Audio CD
1985 was a good year for the Waterboys; "The Whole of the Moon" was riding high in the charts, and their newest album "This is the Sea" was acclaimed worldwide for the majesty of its unique sound, termed by some "The Big Music". Three years later a unique sound would again be encountered on the band's next album "Fisherman's Blues" but it was quite a different magic that was being weaved. Gone were the trumpets and the soaring sax, in were fiddles, mandolins, flutes and accordians.
So what had happened? Tales of Mike relocating to Ireland, of being told by Jackie Leven to "Get on the bus" and doing so -- all hinted at an inner turmoil, of an evolution within the music caused by searching and pain. On "Too Close to Heaven" we gain a fascinating insight into the "missing period" and it's an insight to beat most others. It's a view of a band evolving through experimentation, through improvisation and through sheer musical virtuosity. From the grandeur of "Higher in Time", through the sensitive counselling of "Too Close to Heaven", through the pain of "Blues for Your Baby" to the beauty of "Home in The Meadow" the album delivers nothing that could really be called weak and so much that really moves the listener.
One of the outstanding things on this album is the honesty in the lyrics and the sensitivity of the way the band deals with building a musical canvas around those words -- In "The Ladder" there is just the right acoustic backing, on "Higher In Time" a rich musical canvas and on the closing track "Lonesome Old Wind" dynamic crosswords that you sense just *had* to be there.
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'Fisherman's Blues' is in my opinion one of the best albums of the 80s, and so a CD of unreleased material from the same recording sessions was a tempting prospect. Albums of archive music are often a bad idea, motivated more by the need for revenue than by any artistic consideration, and this album certainly contains some material which should have been left to rot in the vault ('A Home in the Meadow' is a real stinker). However, along with a good dollop of self-indulgence there are some excellent tracks, notably 'Higher in Time' and 'Custer's Blues', which are vintage Waterboys, and the title track,which is quite simply one of the best things I have ever heard in my life. Worth buying for this alone. Stunning!
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The majority of this album simply passes me by. It lacks depth and contains some rather willowy songs. However, the title track, Too Close to Heaven' is probably one of the most inspiring and complete songs I've ever heard. With the drummers obvious passion and Scott's dynamic vocals it has to go down as a masterpiece in my book. If you buy it for this track alone, it's worth it.
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Subtitled "The Unreleased Fisherman's Blues Sessions" this is apparantly just a small selection of the music recorded in the 1985-1988 period. Closer in style to the music on "This Is The Sea" with certainly none of the acoustic,folky influences on the second half of "Fisherman's Blues" this disc will please any fan of Mike Scott's 'Big music'
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This album reminded me of how great The Waterboys' albums really are. This collection forms a definite bridge between the big music sound from "This Is The Sea" to the more folkish sound of "Fisherman's Blues" and "Room To Roam" (an unbelievably underappreciated album, by the way). hard to believe that many of these recordings were made on the spot with little or no rehearsal, which speaks to the talents of Mike Scott et al.
Overall, a wonderful CD that will be enjoyed by die hard waterpeople everywhere!
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I bought this CD because I love Fisherman's Blues. This CD consists of session material drawn from that same period but does not quite have the obvious Keltish and Irish influences that can be heard on Fisherman's Blues. The album reveals a group in transition, going from the old to the new. Soundwise it leans more to the early Waterboys. It reveals that mr. Scott maybe still wasn't sure about abandoning the "old" Waterboys sound. That makes this CD interesting. It was called Fisherman's Blues Part 2 in the USA, but maybe Fisherman's Blues - The Prequel should 've been a slightly more adequate title.
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