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The Waterboys had cornered the market on grandiose modern rock and soul music for the oversized '80s when they abruptly shifted their style toward traditional-influenced Scottish and Irish music with the excellent Fisherman's Blues. In a sense, Waterboys leader Mike Scott had traded U2-like stadium rock for the introspective purrs of Van Morrison. He surrounded himself with accordion, fiddle, flute, mandolin, and whistle and wrote Celtic-influenced material to match. Scott remained the tortured romantic, but it's not without a sense of the earth. "A Man Is in Love" shuffles down small-town streets with a flute for company. "The Raggle Taggle Gypsy" settles on traditional Celtic folk. "A Life of Sundays" throws together a guitar-organ attack that features more flute and sax to reach its exultant highs. "Something That Is Gone" has a sweet lite-rock ballad sound. This special edition of the album includes previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions, and live cuts, including a stunning cover of "The Wayward Wind" and sterling live performances of "The Raggle Taggle Gypsy" and "Custer's Blues." 


Formed: 1981 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Led by the literate singer/songwriter Mike Scott, the group's sole constant member, the mercurial Waterboys formed in London in 1981. Born December 14, 1958, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scott first became involved in music as the creator of the fanzine Jungleland and later played in a series of local punk outfits. After college, where he studied English and philosophy, Scott and his band, Another Pretty Face, moved to London; following the group's breakup, he formed...
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