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Quick Hit : The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues

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I wasn’t a stranger to the Waterboys. I liked their music. Real good band. With Fisherman’s Blues they made one of CB’s favorite records. This music created emotions and images that I couldn’t resist. It jumped into CB.  The opening cut (and the title song ) lets you know you’re in for something special.  It’s a big, grand, filmic sound. Traditional songs with a rock feel. Mike Scott feels what’s happening and throws in a few wails and woops throughout. Words can’t express it I guess. Steve Wickham’s fiddle really drives it for me. We’ve heard the term “less is more” well in this case Wickhams fiddle is “more is more”. It’s fabulous.

This is adventurous , romantic music. They bring influences from folk, rock, country , throw in some Irish/Scottish seasoning and create ‘Fisherman’s Blues”. These guys were feeling some kind of vibe and it unified them and came out musically. The songs just keep coming and so does that fiddle. CB was totally swept away in the music.

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I hear The Band, Morrison, Springsteen, Hank (I love Hank Williams tributes and they do a good one), Woody. The Waterboys learned their lessons well taking all this and making the music come alive. What a great creative idea. They get to the source.  I love this record. It steered me to find more of the traditional music they were pulling from. This is a fave favorite. You’ll be feeling this one if you let it.

 

“more fiddle and play it with some feeling”

 

 

 

29 comments on “Quick Hit : The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues

  1. Aphoristical
    November 11, 2018

    I love this record. ‘When You Go Away’ is so pretty, ‘World Party’ is pretty funny (but friendly) trolling on his ex-bandmate.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 11, 2018

      I think I mentioned to you a while back that this album was coming. It is a good one Aphoristical. Kind of falls into you Van take. Naturally I went along for the ride with World Party. Some good stuff there to. I think I have their first album on vinyl. You have some far reaching tastes. And yes ‘When You Go Away’ is just another great song on this album. It captures the vibe of what they were onto.

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  2. Vinyl Connection
    November 11, 2018

    One I really should spend more time with. Thanks for the reminder!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 11, 2018

      We talk about music that moves us. This one does that for me. The “reminder” thing works both ways. I get a few from your end.

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  3. hotfox63
    November 11, 2018

    Very good album! Ireland – the people, the scenery and the music – permeates everything from the initial joy to the final homage to Yeats. There is waltz, rock and a nice version of Van Morrison’s “Sweet Thing”. “And A Bang On The Ear” was perhaps brand new, but vibrating and thundering like a traditional favorite.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 11, 2018

      This album struck lightning for me. All those things you mentioned plus more. Wickham’s work really seals it for me.

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      • hotfox63
        November 12, 2018

        Probably the best album of them. Good that the fiddler Steve Wickham invited the Waterboys to Ireland.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 13, 2018

        He must have been the one that started this idea.

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      • hotfox63
        November 13, 2018

        Steve Wickham is a legend and has also been in very high demand as a fiddle player on other artists’ albums, notably Sinead O’Connor, Elvis Costello, Enya, plus countless others.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 13, 2018

        You are one of my go to guys for my music education.

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      • hotfox63
        November 13, 2018

        Let’s have a drink together!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 13, 2018

        We will and I have the first round. Listening to the Dunbar record and really liking it. The music is timeless. Thanks for that.

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      • hotfox63
        November 13, 2018

        We’ll have another round CB! I believe there are 3 or 4 albums from them. I always liked their debut ( “Whiskey Head Woman” is just a great song) and another album entitled ” To Mum from Aynsley and the Boys”.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 13, 2018

        I’m listening to ‘Mum’ right now. Digging it big time. ‘Journey’s End’ is playing. Love the organ. I see it was produced by our friend John Mayall.

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      • hotfox63
        November 13, 2018

        I heard that Aynsley Dunbar was fired by John Mayall for hitting one too many drums during a fill.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 13, 2018

        He went drum less for a while.

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  4. J.
    November 13, 2018

    I still need to spend some time with this one. Literally been telling myself that for about 15 years, but I procrastinate. I pick up SRV, ZZ Top, Van Halen, or Morphine instead (all folks I’ve fallen for in that time). Given this gets the CB stamp I’ll delve in. One for this week, man.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 13, 2018

      It’s a departure from the people you listed but it’s some real good music J. Ghosts of all those people on the country side you like. Done with the Waterboys vibe. It really is a favorite of mine. Like I’ve said a lot about the record, Wickhams work stands out. I guess it calls to my roots from over your side.

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      • J.
        November 15, 2018

        I gave it a listen the other night. Definitely not something I would normally reach for (which I guess is why I was drawn to exploring other stuff first), but I liked it a whole lot (which makes me wonder why I left picking up on it earlier!).

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 15, 2018

        I hear you on outside our regular listening (all though I think we both have a pretty wide net). Like i said, this album just grabbed me. I love fiddle/violin and Wickham’s style totally moves me.

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      • J.
        November 15, 2018

        I’m definitely spending more time with it. A varied line up this week so far (Besnard Lakes, Paul Curreri, Reverend Douglas Bell, Dylan, Robyn Hitchcock, ZZ Top, and Waterboys).

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 15, 2018

        Don’t do that J. Now you have me wondering what kind of music those folks play. I think if you give the Waterboys and Mike Scott some time they will keep growing on you.

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      • J.
        November 15, 2018

        Sorry, CB… but I’ll ease your wondering mind: Besnard Lakes are hard to explain… sonically a bit rockin’ but with Beach Boys melodies? Paul Curreri is a long time favourite of mine, Reverend Douglas Bell is old 60’s RnB tinged gospel, and Robyn Hitchcock is power pop I guess. All very good, but if I was to recommend just one it would be Curreri. I think you’d find plenty to dig there.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 15, 2018

        I will be doing my research. If I was this focused in school I might have made something of myself.

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      • J.
        November 15, 2018

        I often think the same thing. Music is much more important than all that stuff, though…

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  5. Jim S.
    November 17, 2018

    I’m late to the party with my comments. You might think it’s music I don’t dig and so, passed on it. But not, just haven’t had a chance to get over here. I’ve heard of these guys but that’s about it. I like what I hear. I’m hearing Dylan in the guy’s voice, especially the first track. And with the violin it could come off of the ‘Desire’ album. I’ll give some of their albums a spin once I get done listening to stuff for a series I’m working on.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 18, 2018

      Yeah I think Mike Scott got that Dylan thing thrown at him along the line. I would think these guys would be big in Bean-town. One of those albums that grabbed me Doc and never let go. A favorite for sure.

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      • Jim S.
        November 18, 2018

        I haven’t heard their name crop up, Irish population or no. We’re big here on the homegrown boys, the Dropkick Murphys.

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