Welcome to 'The Flattop Hoard' Page. Flattop , the name by which he is known to early Waterboys collectors, is without any doubt another one of only a scant few contenders for the title of .... 'A Very Serious Waterboys Collector'.
He has been collecting ever since he saw the band support U2 in the Birmingham NEC in 1984.
This page contains images of many of Flattop's incredibly rare pieces that go far beyond the 'Memorabilia' status. Most of these wonders would be classed as Rare Historical Artefacts of Mike Scott and the Band's recording history.
Huge thanks to him for illuminating this cache of latent rarities and for sharing these gems for the first time ever, for us to admire.
* More enigmatic items to be added here very soon... *
This is a proof printing of the cover artwork that was initially considered for the sleeve of 'The Waterboys' Debut LP Record in 1983.
Ultimately however, it was never used or issued.
This is one of only two copies of the Debut album proof sleeve that are known to have survived.
This is a seven-inch Acetate of 'Johnny' on ten-inch wax on the Sound Clinic label.
This is a one-sided ten-inch Acetate of 'December' again on the Sound Clinic label.
This is a one-sided ten-inch Acetate of 'I Will Not Follow' again on the Sound Clinic label.
These are two one-sided twelve inch test pressings of the Debut LP 'The Waterboys' on a white label. It is dated 20th June 1983, one month before the official album release. Track listing is as the official release.
This is a twelve-inch Acetate of the Debut LP 'The Waterboys' again on the Sound Clinic label. This album has a different running order and different track listing and mixes to the official release.
These are two twelve-inch acetate discs for the Debut LP 'The Waterboys' on the Abbey Road label. Just like the Sound Clinic twelve-inch acetate, it has the same songs, with a different running order and different track listing and mixes to the official release.
These are two twelve-inch acetate discs for'December' in a plain sleeve.
Abbey Road Acetate for A Pagan Place.
An extremely rare proof sheet for the planned cover art for the Big Music seven-inch single.
There are about five fully assembled Big Music sleeves known to be in some hardcore fans' collections but this sleeve was never actually issued and it is highly sought after.
A rare BBC Transcription disc for the Glastonbury 1986 gig titled 'In Concert 389'.
A rare Swedish test pressing for Fisherman's Blues.
A rare Zimbabwe pressing of Fisherman's Blues with a unique sleeve.