EMI reveal 7CD Waterboys box set

25th Anniversary box set of Fisherman’s Blues

EMI today revealed that in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the classic Waterboys album Fisherman’s Blues, they will issue a seven-CD box set on 14 October 2013 titled Fisherman’s Box, containing 121 tracks from the album sessions including all those on the original record and subsequent editions, plus an incredible 85 unreleased tracks!

The sessions for the record date from early 1986 to mid 1988 and the contents of this new set have been selected and annotated by Mike Scott. Track listing details to be announced throughout the coming spring and summer.

The Waterboys will also tour Britain and Ireland in December 2013 as part of the celebrations.

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How can anyone complain if you love that lp!


Bring it on! Must say, but I have been enjoying most of every bit 0f barrel scrape that they choose to share. Alas…it will never be the same as those magical times of the Waterboys some 20-odd years ago. We are all fortunate that the tapes kept rolling!

Kevin Brown

7 CDs of Fishermans Blues, No Thanks i struggled to listen to the out-takes on the 2CD Deluxe set…………………Now if you had been telling me a 7CD set on the Big Music period now that would have been exciting, Yes I know we’ve had a 2CD set of This Is The Sea, and The Secret Life but all the sessions from the 1st album and A Pagen Place would have something to shout about………………early Waterboys Box set is Long Overdue………its a shame Universal Records has sold off its Chrysalis section to Warner Brothers in the recent take over of EMI because I think Universal would have done some great deluxe sets from The Waterboys early albums.


I’ve just finished Mike Scott’s autobiography and got the impression that he was uncomfortable putting out a CD single on two versions during the “Still Burning” era as it would rip off the fans. We’ve already had 3 CDs of Fisherman’s Blues sessions released (presumably the best bits!) – do we really need another 85 songs? I’ve got (and love) every Waterboys/Mike Scott album but I’ll be drawing the line at this barrel-scraping!


Full list of the Fisherman Blues sessions here:

Gives a good idea of what to expect! :-)

Chris Lancaster

My favourite Waterboys album. There’s been a CD of additional tracks from the album sessions released previously, so to have another 85 tracks to come is pretty fantastic.


Not my favorite album of their’s…will depend on the cost!!!