• The Waterboys - The Best Of The Waterboys '81-'90
    (Ensign Records  1991  CHEN19)
    Matrix No's: A1/B1 - UK Pressing

    Sleeve in Nr MINT condition
    Inner Sleeve in Nr MINT condition
    Also comes with Discography Insert

    Vinyl in Nr MINT condition

    (there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don't affect the sound quality)

    The Waterboys are a Scottish folk rock band formed in Edinburgh in 1983 by the Scottish musician Mike Scott. The band's membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from Scotland, with Edinburgh, London, Dublin, Spiddal, New York and Findhorn serving as homes for the group. Mike Scott is the only constant band member.They have explored a number of different styles, but their music is mainly a mix of Celtic folk music with rock and roll. They dissolved in 1993 when Scott departed to pursue a solo career. They reformed in 2000, and continue to release albums and tour worldwide. Scott emphasises a continuity between The Waterboys and his solo work, saying that "To me there's no difference between Mike Scott and the Waterboys; they both mean the same thing. They mean myself and whoever are my current travelling musical companions."

    The early Waterboys sound was dubbed "The Big Music" after a song on their second album, A Pagan Place. This style was described by Scott as "a metaphor for seeing God's signature in the world." Waterboys chronicler Ian Abrahams elaborated on this by defining "The Big Music" as, "...a mystical celebration of paganism. It's extolling the basic and primitive divinity that exists in everything ('the oceans and the sand'), religious and spiritual all encompassing. Here is something that can't be owned or built upon, something that has its existence in the concept of Mother Earth and has an ancestral approach to religion. And it takes in and embraces the feminine side of divinity, pluralistic in its acceptance of the wider pantheon of paganism."

    "The Big Music" either influenced or was used to describe a number of other bands specializing in an anthemic sound, including U2, Simple Minds, In Tua Nua, Big Country and the Hothouse Flowers In the late 1980s the band became significantly more folk influenced. The Waterboys eventually returned to rock and roll, and have released both rock and folk albums since reforming. Their songs, largely written by Scott, often contain literary references and are frequently concerned with spirituality. Both the group and its members' solo careers have received much praise from both rock and folk music critics, but The Waterboys as a band has never received the commercial success that some of its members have had independently.

    The Best of The Waterboys 81–90 is a compilation album by The Waterboys, released 29 April 1991.

    The Best of The Waterboys 81–90 is made up of twelve tracks which were personally selected by Mike Scott. The album, along with a re-issue of the single "The Whole of the Moon", was an attempt by Chrysalis Records to boost the band's record sales to match their reputation. A survey of album buyers carried out by the label found that 11% considered themselves fans of the Waterboys and only 1% actually owned any of their singles or albums. The re-release of "The Whole of the Moon" preceded the album and reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart. From 22 April, a week before the compilation's release, Chrysalis launched a £100,000 marketing campaign which included press advertising and in-store displays, and this was followed by a £150,000 TV advertising campaign.

    Jason Guy, the head of marketing at Chrysalis, told Music Week in 1991, "The band have a great reputation and they've released five albums, but people don't know where to start. This compilation solves that problem." The compilation's booklet was provided with images of the band's studio albums along with their track listings to encourage buyers to seek out the band's back catalogue based on the tracks they liked on the compilation. The album was released on 29 April and reached No. 2 in the UK Albums Chart. It was also a success in Europe, reaching No. 11 on the European Top 100 Albums chart.

    Track listing

    All tracks are written by Mike Scott, except where noted.

    No. Title Writer(s) Length
    1. "A Girl Called Johnny"   3:54
    2. "The Big Music"   4:40
    3. "All the Things She Gave Me"   4:31
    4. "The Whole of the Moon"   5:00
    5. "Spirit"   1:51
    6. "Don't Bang the Drum" Scott, Karl Wallinger 6:44
    7. "Fisherman's Blues" Scott, Steve Wickham 4:23
    8. "Killing My Heart"   3:37
    9. "Strange Boat" Scott, Anthony Thistlethwaite 3:08
    10. "And a Bang on the Ear"   7:25
    11. "Old England" (Recorded live at Barrowlands, Glasgow, March 1989)   4:13
    12. "A Man Is in Love" (incl. "Kaliope House")   3:50

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    THE WATERBOYS - THE BEST OF THE WATERBOYS '81-'90 LP - Nr MINT A1/B1 UK

    • Product Code: CHEN19
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