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When the Waterboys gave up the Big Music for raggle-taggle folkery, it took three years of recording before they were happy with Fisherman’s Blues.

On these recordings from Dublin, Berkeley and Spiddal, they rehearse the album’s eventual material, trying on different styles and indulging in recreational country and gospel. Some versions, notably “We Will Not Be Lovers”, outshine the final product.

Six CDs and never a boring moment.

The Waterboys

Fisherman’s Box

(EMI)

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