Friday, September 24, 2010

The Whole of the Moon

September must be a Waterboys kind of month! ... This would’ve been more apropos yesterday, I suppose (then again, there’s still a crescent, right?). Either way, this is a vintage, big-band performance of their biggest pre-Fisherman’s Blues hit, “The Whole of the Moon” from 1985’s This Is the Sea LP. It’s interesting, not only for the presence of newly-arrived fiddler Steve Wickham and keyboardist Karl Wallinger (the brief-tenured Waterboy and future World Party leader), but also for the prominent female backing vocalist and trumpet player. Later live renditions of this song, after Wallinger’s departure, were much more barebones, featuring a nearly solo Mike Scott playing keyboards rather than guitar.

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