The WATERBOYS – ” The Magnificent Seven “

Posted: December 3, 2021 in MUSIC

The Magnificent Seven is a new 5CD+DVD Waterboys box set that tells the story of the seven-piece line up from the Fisherman’s Blues 1989 tour through to the release of the band’s fifth album, “Room to Roam” in 1990. As well as the remastered “Room To Roam” album, this set contains more than 80 previously unreleased tracks over four additional CDs packed with demos, unreleased studio tracks, live and informal jams/sessions.

The DVD contains two complete 1989 audience films of Glastonbury Festival and Milan, home movies and professional footage at Spiddal House during the making of Room To Roam, plus films shot on Waterboys visits to Spiddal in 2010 and 2012.

There are two versions of The Magnificent Seven. The super deluxe edition is packaged in a 240-page book containing a 50,000-word narrative by Mike Scott telling the full story of The Waterboys seven-piece band, a collection of previously unseen photos, track notes by all band members, maps, lyrics, manuscripts, and other archival memorabilia. The book slots into a rigid slipcase (approximately 288 x 255mm).

The box set covers a particularly fertile period for the band – from spring 1989 to summer 1990 – when the band’s core line-up of Mike Scott (vocals, guitars, piano), Steve Wickham (fiddle/mandolin/organ), Anto Thistlethwaite (saxophone/mandolin) Colin Blakey (organ/piano/whistle) and Trevor Hutchinson (bass) was augmented by Sharon Shannon (accordion), Colin Blakey (uilleann pipes/flute) and Noel Bridgeman (drums/percussion).

It features material drawn from demos, radio sessions, live and the extensive studio recordings that yielded the album “Room To Roam“.

The other version of The Magnificent Seven dispenses with the luxury and simply offers the six discs in a clamshell box with an accompanying booklet.

In addition to these CD sets, the original Room to Roam album from 1990 has been mastered at half-speed and cut for vinyl by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. This is a now 2LP set running at 45rpm. The original artwork has been presented in a new 5mm wide-spinned sleeve, with poly-lined inners and insert.

The Magnificent Seven and the Room to Roam vinyl are released on 3rd December 2021. These products are available via the band’s official store

Track Listing:

CD1: CELTIC SUMMER – And A Bang On The Ear / Morag / The Winkles Overture / Bonnie Kate / The Woodland Strut / On My Way To Heaven / Maggie (It’s Time For You To Go) / Old England / Natural Bridge Blues / The Wayward Wind / Morag / That’s The Way The World Goes Round / Roche’s Favourite / Defying Gravity / Colin’s Tune / Rocking Rose / Song Of The River / Three Ships / The 3 Minutes Before Dinner / When Will We Be Married / The Streets Of Galway.

CD2: THE RAMBLES OF AUTUMN – This Is The Sea-New Morning / When Ye Go Away / Fisherman’s Blues / Strange Boat / Rainy Day Women Numbers 12 & 35 / Dingle Regatta / A Pagan Place / Reels / The Munster Hop / Custer’s Blues / Girl Of The North Country / The Trip To Broadford / Sweet Thing-Blackbird-You Can’t Always Get What You Want / Your Darling Ain’t Your Darling Anymore / Higherbound / The Kings Of Kerry / Saints And Angels / Something That Is Gone.

CD3: WINTER’S WORK – Carolan’s Welcome / The Raggle Taggle Gypsy / Disease Of Conceit / Spirit / With The Scottish Fiddlers Of Los Angeles / Morag / Danny Murphy / Jimmy Hickey’s Waltz / How Many Songs Till I Get Home / The Hut On Staffin Island / The Pan Within / Learning The Polka / The New-Mown Meadow / Somebody Might Wave Back / A Man Is In Love / Something That Is Gone / Islandman / Song From The End Of The World / Bigger Picture / Maybe The Sandman / A Life Of Sundays.

CD4: ATLANTIC SPRING – A Man Is In Love / A Life Of Sundays / Bigger Picture / Lost Highway / The Raggle Taggle Gypsy / The Trip To Broadford / The Wyndy Wyndy Road / Spring Comes To Spiddal / Loopers Return / Further Up, Further In / Blues With Barry / And I Dreamed I Wandered / Room To Roam / The Happy One-Step-Blackbird / Upon The Wind And Waves / Islandman / Yellow Submarine / The Star And The Sea / Higher In Time / Tripping Up The Stairs / Bed On The Floor / A Song For The Life (1) / A Song For The Life (2) / Nanny Water / Natural Bridge Blues / The Kings Of Kerry / Spring Comes To Spiddal / The Inchicore Reel-Alright Folks Now, Time Please / How Long Will I Love You 2021 / The Music Lasts Forever.

CD5: ROOM TO ROAM (Album) – In Search Of A Rose / Song From The End Of The World / A Man Is In Love / Bigger Picture / Natural Bridge Blues / Something That Is Gone / The Star And The Sea / A Life Of Sundays / Islandman / The Raggle Taggle Gypsy / How Long Will I Love You / Upon The Wind And Waves / Spring Comes To Spiddal / The Trip To Broadford / Further Up, Further On / Room To Roam / The Kings Of Kerry.

DVD: Glastonbury 1989 – On My Way To Heaven / Strange Boat / Girl From The North Country / Bed on The Floor / Maggie It’s Time For You To Go / Billy The Kid / And A Bang On The Ear / Big Blue Ball / The Whole of The Moon / Jimmy Hickey’s Waltz / When Will We Be Married / Good Morning Mr Customs Man / Fisherman’s Blues / This Land Is Your Land / Further Up Further In / Lost Highway.

TEATRO ORFEO, MILAN 1989 – Fisherman’s Blues / Strange Boat / Girl From The North Country / A Man Is In Love / When Ye Go Away / The Raggle Taggle Gypsy / In Search of A Rose / Old England / Natural Bridge Blues / Has Anybody Here Seen Hank? / A Song For Life / And A Bang On The Ear / Good Morning Mr Customs Man / Jimmy Hickey’s Walk / When Will We Be Married / Be My Enemy / The Trip To Broadford / Sweet Thing-Blackbird-You Can’t Always Get What You Want / How Many Songs Till I Get Home / Spirit / The Whole of The Moon / Higherbound / Medicine Bow / This Is The Sea / Room To Roam.

HOME MOVIE: Spiddal House Recording Sessions (1990).

BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME A Song For Life (1990). TeachAnSpideil (TG4 )- The Waterboys visit to Spiddal House (2010). Return To Spiddal (Short Film, 2012)

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