Title - 'In A Special Place: The Piano Demos'
Artist - The Waterboys
The Waterboys were formed in 1983 by Scottish multi-instrumentalist Mike Scott as a vehicle for his songwriting and vocals. Scott is the only permanent member and although there have been more than 30 players there have been a few important and prominent additions such as Anthony Thistlethwaite (multiple instruments notably saxophone and mandolin), Karl Wallinger (Keyboards) and Steve Wickham (guitars).
This new CD, The Piano Demos for 1990's This Is The Sea starts with the throaty, albeit trumpet free-intro 'Don't Bang The Drum' (like monkeys do!) before the piano-fused 'Be My Enemy' and the blink-and-you'll miss-it 'All The Bright Horses' come to the fore. A sorrowful 'Custer's Blues' is next, with a synth drum beat bringing us 'Beverly Penn' next.
'The Day I Ran Out Of People' is one of the best songs on the album, and although short, showcases Scott's voice to its grandest. The soulful 'The Pan Within' continues his fine vocal form, with both 'Winter In The Blood' and the still-sounds-amazing, 'The Woman In Me' next.
The softly-played piano keys then bring us 'Looking For Dickon,' together with a slight, yet highly-noticeable tape warping, before the infectious, free-flowing keys of the truly brilliant 'Paris In The Rain' comes forth.
The introspective, and only a minute-in-length 'Talk About Wings' is next, before the grand dame of the album, a five minute 'The Whole Of The Moon' suddenly lights up our musical senses - now, as it always used to. And, aside from Scott's cough at the end of the recording, unfortunately there is also some more warped elements to the master (on this of all songs) - but its here and gone soon enough.
'Old England' and then the full-on sound of 'Trumpets (Headstrong Remix),' complete with electric guitars and horns, round out the album. An album in which every song becomes a favorite, all tracks are inspirational, and definitely remains one of the best albums of the Eighties.