For us, the Scottish band The Waterboys, like their fellow Celtic renaissance like Big Country and The Alarm, remained in the shadow of the globalist U2 and Simple Minds, but at home still enjoys cult status. More precisely, not the team itself and its leader and only permanent member of Mike Scott, a poet, a pagan and spiritualist.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of The Waterboys’ ‘Fisherman’s Blues’, Mike Scott has trawled the vaults to create the ultimate companion to this seminal album. ‘Fisherman’s Box’ comprises the complete Fisherman’s Blues sessions 23rd January 1986 to 2nd June 1988, across 6 CD’s. The edition will contain the 6 CDs of the sessions and a 64page 5x5 booklet containing the introduction and annotation with rare and unseen photographs.
…Although the arena-rock influences have been toned down, Scott's vision is no less sweeping or romantic, making even the simplest songs on Fisherman's Blues feel like epics. Nevertheless, the album is the Waterboys' warmest and most rewarding record, boasting a handful of fine songs, as well as a surprisingly successful cover of Van Morrison's breathtaking "Sweet Thing."