☀ This is the Sea ☀

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  2. Welcome to the This is the Sea Page. This Page contains interviews with band members, and a round-up of various Vinyl/CD pressings, tapes, memorabilia and also other pieces relating to the This is the Sea album.

    This is the Sea was released in the UK and Europe on September 16th 1985 to critical acclaim. The iconic album artwork photos were taken by Lynn Goldsmith.

    This album was a slow burner but sold well and made its way into many a twenty-something's record collection.

    Thank you to Mike Scott, Anto Thistlethwaite, Steve Wickham, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Sharon Shannon, David Lappin, Jack Vervoort, Dag Reinert Johansen, Andy Pritchatt, Harry Schets, Allan Smith, Flattop, Javi Morant, Stephen Charlton, Seán Miller, Linda Ten Hove and Ferry for contributing items to this web page.

    * If you happen to have a piece of 'This is the Sea' memorabilia that is not included here, please send a photo on and it shall be added. *

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    Mike writes: "Patreon is a way for us to share with fans the music that might not make it onto the records: jams, demos, strange songs, experiments. We also have a lot of great live recordings that have never been made public. We'll be posting these too. I also have ideas for video content and other stuff. It's gonna be a lot of fun."

    An ever-growing hoard of unreleased gems, stories and great chat await within! To join please

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    ☄ This is the Sea ☄

    This extensive Page is split into several sections for quick and easy access.

    **Click on the heading title below to go to that section** .....

    Album Origins

    A brief overview on the album's creation.


    Interview with Anto Thistlethwaite - Coming Soon!


    An interview with Steve Wickham.


    A personal retrospective by Liam Ó'Maonlaí.

    Vinyl Albums

    Here you will find acetates, test pressings, promo LP's, worldwide releases and related vinyl.

    CD Albums and More

    Worldwide releases, promos and related releases.

    7-Inch Singles

    A varied selection of worldwide releases, promos and test pressings.

    The Whole Of The Moon

    Medicine Bow

    Don't Bang The Drum

    12-Inch Singles

    A varied selection of worldwide releases, test pressings and promos.

    Acetates and Rarities

    A selection of rare acetates, rare pressings and promos.


    A selection of worldwide releases and promos.

    VHS and DVD: This Is The Sea Movie 1997

    Various releases of the This Is The Sea film starring Samantha Morten, the late Richard Harris and Gabriel Byrne which features a soundtrack with several songs by Mike & The Waterboys..

    This is the Sea - Origins

    Most of the songs for This is the Sea were written by Mike towards the end of 1984 with the exception of three songs. The first of these, Trumpets, received its live debut at the Escape Club in Brighton on April 10th 1984 while Old England was first performed in Goldsmith College in London on October 29th 1984. Lastly, the title track This is the Sea was given its first public airing on the US/Canadian Tour at Worcester Centrum in Massachusetts on December 2nd 1984. The main recording sessions for the album took place at Park Gates Studio in Hastings throughout the spring and early summer of 1985 with other sessions taking place at Karl's home studio, Livingston Studios in London, Amazon in Liverpool and at a number of other studios.

    The finished album, containing nine songs, was released on September 16th 1985 nationwide.

    ☄ The Songs ☄

    Mike writes: 'The songs were written, as far as I can remember, in these periods:'

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    1. Don't Bang The Drum :- Autumn 1984 - February 1985.
    2. The Whole Of The Moon :- January - May 1985.

    3. Spirit :- February 1985.

    4. The Pan Within :- January - March 1985.

    5. Medicine Bow :- October 1984.

    6. Old England :- September 1984.
    7. Be My Enemy :- January - February 1985.

    8. Trumpets :- March 1984.

    9. This Is The Sea :- November 1984 - May 1985.

    Thank you Mike.

    ☄ 'Book of Spells' - This is The Sea - Black Book Contents Page ☄

    The Black Book contents page listing the song titles Mike wrote for the This is The Sea recording sessions.

    Thank you Mike.

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  5. Anto - Tales From The Sea

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  7. An Exclusive interview with Anto on the making of the This is the Sea album and stories from the resulting tour will be coming soon...So, watch this space!

    ☄ Karl, Steve and Mike - On Tour 1985 ☄

    A rare photo (taken by Anto) of Karl, Steve and Mike together somewhere on the road in 1985.

    Thank you Anto.

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  9. Steve - Tales From The Sea

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  11. It is always great to have a chat with Steve whenever I am fortunate enough to meet up with him. This time the subject of our conversation is the This is the Sea album and tour.

    J: So Steve, how did you get involved in the recording of the album?

    Steve: 'I played violin on Sinead O'Connor's first demo which she made for Ensign Records. The demos were recorded by Karl Wallinger at his home studio in London. Mike heard the demo either at Karl's or the Ensign office and liked the violin playing. I was still playing with In Tua Nua at the time. So I flew over to London. Then I went to Mike's flat in Ladbroke Grove and he played me some of the early mixes as he cooked us up some tomato soup. I remember being really impressed with Old England.'

    J: Sinead guested with the band in the Town & Club in London in October 1985, which I believe was her first time appearing on stage in the UK. How did that come about?

    Steve: 'Sinead and I are longtime pals. Sinead sang on the first In Tua Nua demos which we made in Eamonn Andrew's studios in 1982/3 and in fact she wrote a song for us called Take My Hand, which was our first or second single for Island records. Back then, Sinead lived close by me in Rathmines and her best friend was my flatmate. And as I said, she had signed to Ensign Records which was the recording home of The Waterboys in 1985. I think Mike had a lot of respect for Sinead's work and they had already met in London.'

    J: Going back to 1985, did you go to the Park Gates Studio in Hastings for the recording?

    Steve: 'I'm not sure where the studio was for the session, it might have been a place called RG Jones?'

    J: Were the band at the studio too?

    Steve: 'Nope the band weren't there. It was just me and Mike. My fiddle was an overdub, the final touch to the song 'The Pan Within'.'

    J: Oh I didn't know that... You recorded a live video version of The Whole of the Moon, was that soon afterwards?

    Steve: 'I think so, it was later that summer. The director was Meiert Avis, who'd also made In Tua Nua's first video the previous year. I went into a studio to record a fiddle line addition to The Whole of the Moon, That way I would have a genuine part to play on the video.'

    J: You played a lot of songs from the This is the Sea album on the autumn 1985 UK tour including a lot of the earlier songs from the first two Waterboys records, and also a pile of Bob Dylan songs plus a few Stones and Van covers, which I'm sure you knew from your busking days. Was there much rehearsal beforehand or did you 'wing' it to a certain extent and just go for it?

    Steve: 'There were an intense few days rehearsal in John Henry's rehearsal studios in North London. I was struck by how professional it was, everybody on time and ready to go, up a notch from my previous rehearsal experiences. There was a great crew.'

    J: And of course you had met all of the band members by then?

    Steve: 'Yes. They were all great musicians and all round nice blokes. Karl is a really funny guy and we hit it off, we shared a love of Flann O'Brien. Karl is a natural surrealist. Anto and I started a lifelong friendship, we both played mandolin and shared a similar history having busked in the same street in Paris a few years earlier, even though we had never met in France. Roddy the trumpeter is a great musician and also a very funny man too. By the time we made it to the first gig after the rehearsals we were all buddies.'

    J: You played your first gig with the band on October 2nd in Nottingham Rock City. Do you remember that show?

    Steve: 'Well yes as a matter of fact I do. The Waterboys were an exciting band to join. The sound we made was Big. Along with Mike's various guitars and great voice, Roddy Lorimer and Anto had a section going and I added to that. Karl's keyboards were expansive then add to that the driving Chris Whitten on Drums and also a New York punk rocker bassman Marco Sinn, we really powered along. The bouncers at Rock city at the time were all burly and scary looking (friendly) bikers and there was a real crush up front of the stage. I remember hoping that it wouldn't get out of control. It didn't and the first night was a great one.

    J: By the time the UK tour finished the album sales were looking good and it was very well received by critics and fans alike. The buzz must have been incredible?

    Steve: 'You know strangely that didn't effect me much. The buzz was already there for me playing in a rock band with a great singer and great songs. I remember Mike was dealing with the manager and the record company who were asking/demanding that he and us go back to the UK (we were on tour in the US at the time) to appear on Top Of The Pops where the single had charted. Of course it was a buzz that there were lots of people coming to the shows and it seemed natural to me that it would be successful as the music we were making was great.'

    J: Within a fortnight of the UK tour finishing you then did an extensive US tour with a gig up in Toronto too. Did the tour take you to new cities and places?

    Steve: 'It's a long time ago James! (laughs) I was holding on as tight as I could to the magic carpet of my dreams as we zipped around the States. I'd been to the states a few years earlier on holidays, mostly on the east coast. This was different, I had a great reason to be there. I wasn't a tourist.'

    J: Is there any memorable gig on that tour that comes to mind?

    Steve: 'We had an amazing show in Berkeley, California [November 11th 1985], we were all in the zone, the audience and the band. Mike departed from the script and went into a freeform stream of consciousness, changing lines of lyrics and the band went with him, nobody dropped the ball and we went all the way to the highest high, at least that's how I recall it.'

    J: Wow! That sounds like a very special show indeed. And I'd say you have fond memories off stage too?

    Steve: 'Well Karl and myself were roomies for some of the tour and I remember one night in a motel, the pair of us waking up to the the sound of high pitched scratching. And when I turned on the light the bedside table was crawling with cockroaches. Karl had the right idea and went out to sleep on the tour bus. I don't know how I managed to get to sleep.'

    'In San Diego a few of us slipped over the border into Mexico for an adventure on the day off. I remember drinking in a cantina in Tijuana and the Mexican telly station was playing a video by the Mama's Boys. Some mariachi musicians came in and played too. Anto and I had a bottle of Tequila with the worm bobbing about at the bottom. We also had a gig in LA where it was rumoured that Bob Dylan was due to show up. He never came.'

    J: Speaking of Bob, I saw you on stage with him in front of about 50,000 at Slane Castle in 1984. But in 1986 you did a stadium tour with Simple Minds in front of 50 or 60,000 at every show. What did you make of the huge stadium crowds?

    Steve: 'Were the Simple Minds crowds that big? It's mostly about the music James. How many people see the show is a kind of Guinness Book of Records thing. Among us, Ralph holds that one for his participation in the London Olympics opening ceremony... 900 million viewers!'

    J: Yeah I think so... I saw you in Croke Park in June '86 and it was jammed!
    So finally Steve, let's fast forward to today, the crowd goes absolutely mental when you play The Whole of the Moon at any show... It must be a real blast for you and the band on stage to feel that energy and reaction?

    Steve: 'Yes of course!... These days I like the way it sometimes morphs into a Sly and the Family Stone groove. Funky Aongus Ralston on bass! Mike sometimes sings 'Everyday People' on the outro.'

    J: Indeed... It is always a joy to hear it live. Well thank you Steve for the great chat and for sharing your memories on what can only be described as a truly fantastic album.

    Steve: 'Cheers James... See you down the road someplace.'

    ☄ Promo Display Flat and Decal Window Stickers ☄

    A 12 x 12-inch display flat and a set of window decal stickers for promotion in record shops.

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  13. Liam Ó'Maonlaí - This is the Sea and Me

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  15. 'It was 1986.... I was 21 years old. I was in a band and had found a voice and a road in music. I was in love. I was also feeling disappointment in the business. I was feeling it deeply but music was moving through me and was brewing up what would be my life. We were about to tour Ireland for the first time. We were to open for John Martyn.

    Robbie, who was driving the van, put a tape in the player as we set out for Cork. The opening sequence of Don't Bang The Drum is like the heralding of a prophecy. Roddy Lorimer plays trumpet over a musical movement that evokes something akin to a heavenly flamenco. This has Duende!

    The following collection of songs touched me so deeply. It spoke for me to me. The lyrics and the pure glass-like quality of the vocal were that of a poet with the anger and energy of my time. My generation. An evolution from the earth shaking power of punk rock ten years earlier.

    There is a saying in Irish 'Ní neart go cuir le chéile' which translates into the power of collaboration. Working together. There are three people on the cover of this album. Mike Scott, Anthony Thistlethwaite and Karl Wallinger. Three powerful energies in the creating of a world of sound and soul. That is what makes a band. That is what makes 'This Is The Sea.' When one person channels something it is beautiful. When a group of people channel something it is beyond words and beyond beautiful.

    This Is The Sea moves me still today. The enormity of the sound. The darkness that defines a blinding light. The playfulness and simplicity. The power of the saxophone as a counterpoint to the passionate vocal. This record shook me to the core. It showed me love. It blew my mind.'

    Thank you Liam.

    This is the Sea - Vinyl Albums and More

    ☄ The Sound Clinic Acetate ☄

    An extremely rare four-track acetate containing different versions of Don't Bang the Drum, The Whole Of the moon, The Pan within and This is the Sea (slow) than the official releases. This is the only known pressing to have survived.

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  18. ☄ BBC Transcription Disc - Glastonbury 1986 ☄

    A very scarce BBC Transcription disc from the Glastonbury Festival 1986 featuring one hour of the legendary performance by the band on the Pyramid stage. A reliable source (and ex BBC employee) says only twenty four of these vinyls were originally pressed for broadcast on BBC stations overseas, then the vinyls were either returned to BBC HQ or destroyed afterwards. The number of these special pressings that still survive today is not known.

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  22. ☄ Mike - On The Road 1986 ☄

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  24. ☄ Melody Maker Covers - 1985 and 1986 ☄

    Melody Maker magazine covers from October 5th 1985 and June 21st 1986 with interviews and extensive content within. Both photos taken by Tom Sheehan.

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  26. ☄ Album Review - 1985 ☄

    A stellar album review from 1985.

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  28. ☄ 'This Is The Sea' - LP ☄

    ☄ This is The Sea Lyrics - The Black Book ☄

    The extensive lyrics Mike wrote for This is The Sea from his Black Book collection of songs.

    Thank you Mike.

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  31. ☄ USA Test Press LP ☄

    A USA Test Pressing of This is the Sea with cover note.

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  34. ☄ UK Advance Listening LP ☄

    A scarce UK Advance Listening album with the 'The Stars Are Alive' clearly visible in photo inset. Thank you Harry.

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  37. ☄ Japan LP ☄

    A first press Japanese vinyl of This Is The Sea with Lyric sheet and OBI strip.

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  42. ☄Japan - White Label Promo LP ☄

    A white label promotional Japanese vinyl of This Is The Sea with Promo Tag, OBI strip, gatefold Lyric Sheet and two page Press Release.

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  47. ☄ USA - DMM Promo LP with Bio and Photo ☄

    A promo gold-stamped Direct Metal Master (DMM) album with band bio and promo photo included. (Cover: see photo inset).

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  51. ☄ New Zealand Pressing ☄

    Original New Zealand pressing of This is the Sea with distinctive labels.

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  54. ☄ Brazil LP ☄

    This Is The Sea got a belated release in Brazil in 1987.

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  59. ☄ Original Tour Laminates 1985 - 1986 ☄

    A pair of Tour Laminates from 1985 and 1986.

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  61. ☄ Original Poster - The Poly, Leicester - 11th October 1985 ☄

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  63. An original and rare poster for The Waterboys in The Poly, Leicester - 11th October 1985.

    Thank you Andy.

    ☄ 1985 Gig Ticket and Badges ☄

    A 1985 concert ticket stubb from Toronto and a selection of original vintage badges.

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  65. ☄ Related Vinyl ☄

    ☄ The Secret Life of The Waterboys - 1994 ☄

    A scarce double vinyl 'Greece Only'release of the 'Secret Life' album in a gatefold sleeve. This album contains a number of different versions of a few songs songs from the 'This is the Sea' album on side one and two.

    Thank you Allan.

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  71. ☄ The Live Adventures of The Waterboys - Triple LP - 1998 ☄

    Only 2000 copies of this triple vinyl album were pressed worldwide. The content is culled from four 1986 shows, (Dublin, Glastonbury, Glasgow Barrowland and the PinkPop Festival in the Netherlands).

    The vinyl contains an extra song, a superb outing of Medicine Jack which is not on the double CD. This album is now long deleted and it commands a decent price whenever it appears for sale but it is a good purchase, especially if you desire having that extra track.

    Thank you David.

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  74. ☄ Full Page Promotions - NME and Melody Maker 1985 ☄

    Full Page (A3-size) press promotion in the New Musical Express (NME) and the Melody Maker music magazines. Both magazine adverts are dated 21st September 1985.

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  76. CD Albums and More

    ☄ Japan ☄

    A very scarce first press CD of This Is The Sea with lyric sheet and elusive OBI strip intact.

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  81. ☄ Chrysalis 25th Anniversary Special - 1994 ☄

    A reissue celebrating 25 years of Chrysalis records. The CD came housed in a blue case with a small cover photo.

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  83. ☄ UK - 2-CD Remaster - 2004 ☄

    This fantastic double disc was released in 2004 and it contains a full disc of extra songs and early versions. It is an absolutely essential album for any Waterboys fan to have.

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  86. ☄ Japan - 2-CD - 2004 ☄

    Japanese release of the 2-CD remaster in 2004.

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  89. ☄ Taiwan - 2-CD Import - 2004 ☄

    This is a Taiwan import CD of the double album for the domestic and Chinese market.

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  92. ☄ This is the Sea Remaster - Promo CD 1 ☄

    A promo CD of the first disc of the 2004 remaster.

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  94. ☄ This is the Sea Remaster - Promo CD 2 ☄

    A promo CD of the bonus disc of the 2004 remaster.

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  96. ☄ UK - The Secret Life of The Waterboys 81 - 85 - 1994 ☄

    This gem of an album was released in 1994 and it contains outtakes, demos, radio sessions and some b-sides from the 1981-1985 period, including several early versions of songs from the 'Sea' recording sessions. It is an essential album for any Waterboys fan to have.

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  98. ☄ UK - 'The Live Adventures' 2-CD - 1998 ☄

    This double live disc, culled from four 1986 shows, (Dublin, Glastonbury, Glasgow Barrowland and the PinkPop Festival in the Netherlands), and it was released in 1998. It contains a good cross-section of the many different setlists of the day. An absolutely essential purchase.

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  101. ☄ Saints and Angels - 2009 ☄

    This 2-track CD featuring Sharon Shannon with Mike, Anto and Steve was released in 2009. It features an edit and a remix of Saints and Angels and it was also produced by Mike Scott.

    Thank you Sharon.

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  103. ☄ In A Special Place - 2011 ☄

    This album contain early Piano Demos of the This is the Sea songs. A vital acquisition!

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  106. ☄ In A Special Place - Promo CD ☄

    A promo CD of the Piano Demos album.

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  108. ☄ Promo Postcards ☄

    A trio of original promotional postcards.

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  110. 7-Inch Singles and More

    The Whole of the Moon ☄

    ☄ The Whole Of The Moon Lyrics - The Black Book ☄

    The lyrics Mike wrote for The Whole Of The Moon from his Black Book collection of songs.

    Thank you Mike.

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  112. ☄ Sheet Music - The Whole Of The Moon ☄

    Gatefold sheet music for The Whole Of The Moon released in 1985.

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  114. ☄ UK - DJ Promo 7-Inch Single and Press Release ☄

    A UK DJ promo of 'The Whole of the Moon' (full length) b/w 'The Whole of the Moon' (radio edit) with press release.

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  116. ☄ Spain - 7-Inch Promo Single ☄

    A Spanish promo white label of The Whole Of The Moon in a full colour satin finish sleeve.

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  121. ☄ Germany - 7-Inch ☄

    A German issue of The Whole Of The Moon in a stars sleeve.

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  126. ☄ Portugal - 7-Inch ☄

    A Portuguese issue of The Whole Of The Moon b/w Medicine Bow with large logo and titles on sleeve.

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  131. ☄ Australia/New Zealand 7-Inch Single ☄

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  134. ☄ Canada 7-Inch Single ☄

    A Canadian issue of the The Whole of the Moon 7-inch single, uniquely b/w Trumpets.

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  137. ☄ South African 7-Inch Single ☄

    A South African 7-inch single of 'The Whole of the Moon' b/w 'Medicine Jack'.

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  140. ☄ Zimbabwe 7-Inch Single ☄

    An extremely rare Zimbabwe issue of the The Whole of the Moon 7-inch single, b/w Medicine Jack. This single came from local Zimbabwe 'Steam' radio station. Thank you Andy.

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  143. ☄ Zimbabwe - The Whole of the Moon - 7-Inch ☄

    A very rare Zimbabwe issue of the The Whole of the Moon 7-inch single, b/w Medicine Jack in a record company sleeve.

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  146. ☄ USA - Jukebox Only Single ☄

    A Jukebox Only version of the The Whole of the Moon 7-inch single, b/w Medicine Bow.

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  149. ☄ Jamming! Fanzine Cover - July 1985 ☄

    Mike graces the cover of the superbly produced fanzine Jamming! on the July 1985 issue.

    Thank you Chris.

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    ☄ Medicine Bow Lyrics - The Black Book ☄

    The lyrics Mike wrote for Medicine Bow from his Black Book collection of songs.

    Thank you Mike.

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  153. ☄ Press Promotion -Medicine Bow Lyric ☄

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  155. An original A2 sized Press Promotion for the forthcoming album release and tour, with Medicine Bow lyric.

    ☄ Medicine Bow / Don't Bang The Drum 7 inch Test Pressing ☄

    Two one-sided test pressings for the planned follow-up single to The Whole Of The Moon.

    Thank you Dag.

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  157. ☄ Australia 7-Inch Single ☄

    An Australian issue of the Medicine Bow 7-inch single, b/w a live version.

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  160. ☄ New Zealand 7-Inch Single ☄

    A New Zealand issue of the Medicine Bow 7-inch single, again b/w a live version.

    Thank you Andy.

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  163. ☄ Germany - 7-Inch ☄

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  168. ☄ Hot Press Magazine Cover 1986 ☄

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  170. Irish music magazine Hot Press cover from 22nd May 1986 with extensive interviews and concert reviews within.

    Don't Bang the Drum

    ☄ Germany - 7-Inch Single ☄

    A German only release of Don't Bang the Drum b/w the previously unreleased The Ways of Men with single title printed on both sides of sleeve.

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  175. ☄ Germany - 7-Inch with Ways of Men printed Sleeve ☄

    A cover variation of the German only release with The Ways of Men printed on cover and no Don't Bang the Drum title on reverse.

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  178. ☄ Gig Poster - 4th May 1986 ☄

  179. wbs_may_86

  180. Large size concert poster from Chippenham Goldiggers on the 4th May 1986.

    Thank you Javi.

    12-Inch Singles

    ☄ Press Promotion 1985 ☄

  181. moon_press_promo_1985

  182. ☄ UK - The Whole Of The Moon ☄

    A UK four-track 12-inch of 'The Whole Of The Moon' with colour photo sleeve.

  183. moon_uk_12_cover
  184. moon_uk_12_reverse

  185. moon_uk_12_side_1
  186. moon_uk_12_side_2

  187. ☄ Australia/NZ - The Whole Of The Moon - Limited Edition ☄

    An antipodean four-track 'Limited Edition' 12-inch of 'The Whole Of The Moon' with 'stars' sleeve.

  188. aus_moon_12_ltd_ed_cover
  189. aus_moon_12_ltd_ed_reverse

  190. aus_moon_12_ltd_ed_side_1
  191. aus_moon_12_ltd_ed_side_2

  192. ☄ Australia/NZ - Medicine Bow - Limited Edition ☄

    An antipodean four-track 'Limited Edition' 12-inch of 'Medicine Bow' b/w a live version.

  193. aus_med_bow_ltd_ed_12_cover
  194. aus_med_bow_ltd_ed_12_reverse

  195. aus_med_bow_ltd_ed_12_side_1
  196. aus_med_bow_ltd_ed_12_side_2

  197. ☄ The Philippines - The Whole Of The Moon ☄

    A very scarce four-track 'Mini-LP' of 'The Whole Of The Moon' from The Philippines. Pressed in low quantities in a Special Limited Edition for the American armed forces and Ex-Pats, these records are rarely found in pristine condition, as they usually succumb to humidity or water damage during the Typhoon season. Thank You Ferry.

  198. philippines_moon_12_ltd_ed_cover
  199. philippines_moon_12_ltd_ed_back_cover

  200. philippines_moon_12_ltd_ed_side_1
  201. philippines_moon_12_ltd_ed_side_2

  202. ☄ South Africa - The Whole Of The Moon ☄

    A very rare four-track South African 12-inch of 'The Whole Of The Moon' released under licence by Priority Records in South Africa and with uniquely centred titles on a 'stars' sleeve.

  203. wbs_sa_moon_1_cover
  204. wbs_sa_moon_2_backsleeve

  205. wbs_sa_moon_side_1
  206. wbs_sa_moon_side_2

  207. Acetates and Rarities

    ☄ 12-Inch Single Acetates and Rarities ☄

    ☄ Medicine Bow CBS 12-inch Acetate ☄

    Thank you Flattop.

  208. f16

  209. ☄ Don't Bang The Drum / Ways Of Men 12" Acetate ☄

    Thank you Flattop.

  210. f17

  211. ☄ Medicine Bow 10-inch Acetate ☄

    Thank you Dag.

  212. dag_06

  213. ☄ The Whole Of The Moon 12-inch One-Sided Test Press ☄

    Thank you Flattop.

  214. f12

  215. ☄ Don't Bang The Drum 12-inch One-Sided Test Press ☄

  216. drum_one_sided
  217. Thank you Flattop.

    ☄ Israel Tour Poster - May 1986 ☄

    A beautiful and very rare large poster for the Israel Tour in late May 1986.

    Thank you Stephen.

  218. israel_1986

  219. ☄ Promo 12-Inch Singles ☄

    ☄ Germany - 12-inch Test Pressing ☄

    A very unique German Sonopress pressing of Medicine Bow b/w Don't Bang the Drum made to promote the headline appearance by the band at the Pink Pop Festival on the 19th May 1986. This is believed to be the only copy pressed.

    Thank you Jack.

  220. dutch_med_bow_12_test_1

  221. ☄ Canada - Promo This is the Sea ☄

    Canadian 12-inch white label promo of 'This is the Sea'. b/w Medicine Jack in a generic sleeve.

  222. can_sea_promo_12_side_1
  223. can_sea_promo_12_side_2

  224. ☄ Canada - Promo Sampler ☄

    A Canadian 12-inch Promo Sampler of 'The Whole of the Moon' b/w 'Don't Bang the Drum'.

  225. 12_sampler_1
  226. 12_sampler_2

  227. ☄ USA - Promo Don't Bang the Drum ☄

    A USA white label promo two-track 12-inch of 'Don't Bang the Drum' b/w same song.

  228. drum_us_promo_12_side_1
  229. drum_us_promo_12_side_2

  230. ☄ USA - Promo The Whole Of The Moon ☄

    A USA white label promo 12-inch of 'The Whole Of The Moon' with same song on both sides.

  231. moon_us_12_promo
  232. moon_us_12_promo_side_2

  233. ☄ Promo Publicity Photos ☄

    Promo publicity shot from 1985 and another promo photo of Mike that was used on the album artwork and on a Press Bio. Photos by Lynn Goldsmith.

    Thank you Dag.

  234. mike_promo_photo_1985
  235. mike_promo_photo

  236. Cassette Albums

    ☄ Sound Clinic - 'New Cut' - 15.8.85 ☄

    A very scarce Sound Clinic cassette of the album dated 15th August 1985 and titled 'New Cut'.

  237. sea_sound_clinic_tape

  238. ☄ Australia ☄

    An Australian cassette of the album with slightly different artwork.

  239. sea_oz_tape1

  240. ☄ Canada ☄

    An Canadian cassette of the album on a Dolby HX Pro tape.

  241. sea_canada_tape

  242. ☄ Greece ☄

    A Greek cassette of the album with seal.

  243. sea_greece_tape

  244. ☄ Indonesia ☄

    An Indonesian cassette of the album with unique artwork, housed in a heat proof sleeve with a different track running order and with three extra songs.

  245. sea_indonesia_tape

  246. ☄ The Philippines ☄

    A rare cassette of the album from the Philippines with a lyric booklet included within.

  247. sea_philippines_tape

  248. ☄ Sweden ☄

    A very unique version from Sweden with the cassette housed in a very distinctive pink sleeve.

  249. this_is_the_sea_sweden_tape

  250. ☄ Saudi Arabia ☄

    A cassette of the album from Saudi Arabia with portrait style artwork.

  251. sea_saudi_tape

  252. ☄ United Arab Emirates - Thomsun Original ☄

    A cassette manufactured in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with superb sound. These Thomsun tapes are highly sought after.

  253. sea_thomsun

  254. ☄ The Big Music - Chrysalis Promo Tape 1986 ☄

    A very scarce promotional Chrysalis USA cassette from 1986 that features four Waterboys songs The Big Music, A Girl Called Johnny, The Whole Of the Moon and This Is The Sea.

  255. big_music_chrysalis_promo_tape

  256. ☄ The Secret Life of The Waterboys - 1994 ☄

  257. secret_life_tape

  258. VHS and DVD

    ☄ This is The Sea - Movie 1997 VHS ☄

    A scarce VHS version of the This is The Sea movie which features seven Mike Scott - The Waterboys songs. Thank you Seán.

  259. this_is_the_sea_vhs

  260. ☄ This is The Sea - Netherlands DVD ☄

    A Netherlands DVD version of the This is The Sea movie which features several Mike Scott - The Waterboys songs. Thank you Linda.

  261. this_is_the_sea_netherlands_dvd

  262. ☄ This is The Sea - Japan DVD ☄

    A Japanese DVD version of the This is The Sea movie which features seven Mike Scott - The Waterboys songs. Thank you Andy.

  263. japan_this_is_the_sea_movie

  264. ☄ Press Promotion - Hot Press 1986 ☄

    A press promotion of the band saying Thanks to their Irish fans in Irish music magazine Hot Press at the end of 1986. Thank you Anto. Photo: BP Fallon.

  265. irish_hot_press_thanks_1986

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