☀ A Rock In The Weary Land ☀


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  2. Welcome to the A Rock In The Weary Land Page. This Page contains some background to the creation of the album, a round-up of various CD pressings, promos, cassettes and memorabilia relating to the A Rock In The Weary Land album and tour.

    A Rock In The Weary Land was released in Ireland on September 22nd 2000 and released in the UK and Europe on September 25th 2000. It had an August 2001 release date in the USA. It was the first album by the newly-reformed Waterboys in seven years.

    Thank you to Andy Pritchatt, Colin Eales, Kjetil Olsen and Dag Reinert Johansen for contributing items to this web page.

    * If you happen to have a piece of A Rock In The Weary Land memorabilia that is not shown here, please send a photo on and it shall be added. *





    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.

    CD Albums

    Here you will find various worldwide releases and promo CD's.

    CD Singles

    A varied selection of worldwide releases and promos.

    7-Inch Single

    The only release on vinyl from the original album.

    Cassettes

    Standard release and a promo.

    Memorabilia & Merchandise

    A selection of A Rock In The Weary Land memorabilia and tour merchandise.





    A Rock In The Weary Land - Origins and Tour

    The album was recorded in various locations in London between 1998 and 2000. The first time any of the Weary Land songs were played live was the Mean Fiddler / Fleadh double-header in the summer of 1998 with Anto Thistlethwaite and Dave Ruffy in the band. More of the new songs got premieres in Bodo and Milton Keynes in 1999.

    In 2000, Mike and Richard Naiff played two shows in Scotland in May also playing some tracks from the forthcoming album. Then the newly-relaunched Waterboys band kicked off their tour playing six shows in Norway in June before a headline show at the Glastonbury Festival where many fans heard the new songs for the very first time.


    ☄ Mike On Stage At The Glastonbury Festival - June 2000 ☄

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  4. ☄ Steve Returns! The Olympia, Dublin - December 12th 2000 ☄

    The 2000 tour kicked off in earnest with a full European tour between October and December 2000. That October also saw Jo Wadeson join the band on bass. It also saw the return of Steve Wickham to the fold at the first show in Dublin on December 12th 2000.

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  7. ☄ Be My Enemy! - The Olympia, Dublin - December 12th 2000 ☄

    Mike shows us just how happy he is in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on December 12th 2000.

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  9. ☄ The Return of Steve - Mike Report ☄

    Steve returned to the fold on a rapturous evening at the first evening of a two night stand in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on December 12th 2000. This is what Mike had to say of the momentous occasion.

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  11. ☄ Two Signed Promo Weary Land Photo's ☄

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  13. In 2001, the band embarked on a tour of the USA and Canada in March and April. Jay Dee Daugherty, who played on the 1989 tour, rejoined the band as well for dates between March and June 2001, which included the US tour and some European festivals, including The Fleadh, so there were three of the 1989 Waterboys in the line-up for that period. From April through to September they played a lot of the European festivals.

    Then in September they went back to the USA and Canada for another extensive tour returning at the end of October. They had barely time to draw breath before they kicked off another European tour on November 1st and then finished the tour with a string of Irish shows ending on December 9th 2001.





    ☄ Irish Press Promotion ☄

    This an Irish press advert for the album release on September 22nd 2000.

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  15. You can check out each and every one of these individual setlists from 2000 and 2001, on the official Mike Scott and The Waterboys site...mikescottwaterboys/archive/setlists/2000




    ☄ Irish Hot Press Magazine - September 2000 ☄

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  17. Cover of Irish music magazine Hot Press from the September 27th 2000 issue.























    ☄ Alternative Album Cover Photo ☄

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  19. An alternative photo from the album cover shoot.
























    ☄ Mike Promotional Photo ☄

    One of a series of Weary Land photos for the various music magazine features and interviews.

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  21. CD Albums




    ☄ Abbey Road Studios - Acetate Master ☄

    This is a true one-off. It is an acetate master reference CD from Abbey Road Studios and it is dated June 5th 2000. Both the track titles and the disc have been annotated by Mike.

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  25. ☄ UK Press Release ☄

    A UK press release and photo.

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  27. ☄ Original Release ☄

    Original standard issue of A Rock In The Weary Land with twelve songs.

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  30. ☄ UK Promos ☄

    Two UK promo albums of A Rock In The Weary Land with one showing Night Falls On London as the first track instead of Let It Happen. Thank you Andy.

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  33. ☄ UK Radio Album Sampler ☄

    A radio sampler four-track promo in an all black sleeve with UK tour dates printed on the inside of the sleeve.

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  35. ☄ German Promo ☄

    German promo album of A Rock In The Weary Land.

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  37. ☄ Album Sampler ☄

    A four-track album sampler promo in a full colour sleeve with all European tour dates printed on the inside of the sleeve.

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  39. ☄ UK 2000 and Irish 2001 Tour Itineraries ☄

    A very scarce pair of itineraries from the UK 2000 tour and the Irish tour in 2001.

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  42. ☄ USA ☄





    ☄ USA Press Release ☄

    A USA press release and photo.

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  44. ☄ USA Album ☄

    The USA release of A Rock In The Weary Land on August 21st 2001 landed with fourteen songs and a different running order. The extra songs are Lucky Day/Bad Advice and My Lord, What a Morning. Mike regards this release with the extra songs as the definitive one.

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  47. ☄ USA Tour Laminate 2001 ☄

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  49. A USA A Rock In The Weary Land tour laminate issued to band and crew from 2001.





















    ☄ USA Tour Itinerary 2001 ☄

    A lovely USA A Rock In The Weary Land tour itinerary with full colour cover from 2001.

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  51. ☄ USA Advance Promo ☄

    An advance album promo of A Rock In The Weary Land in a card sleeve.

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  53. ☄ USA Advance Promo Release ☄

    An Advance promo of A Rock In The Weary Land in a jewel case.

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  56. ☄ Japan ☄





    ☄ 'A Rock In The Weary Land' - 2 CD ☄

    An expanded double CD of A Rock In The Weary Land with Lyric booklet and OBI strip included. The second bonus Weary land EP CD contains four extra songs, Lucky Day/Bad Advice, Time, Space And the Bride's Bed, Trouble Down Yonder and Send Him down To Waco. This Japan edition is an essential purchase.

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  60. ☄ 'A Rock In The Weary Land' - 2 CD - Sample Promo ☄

    A scarce sample promo double CD of A Rock In The Weary Land with sample promo tag, a lyric booklet and OBI strip intact and lastly, it has Sample printed on the disc.

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  63. ☄ Mike Promotional Photo ☄

    One of a series of photos for the Weary Land magazine publications..

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  65. CD Singles




    ☄ 'Is She Conscious?' E.P. ☄

    This E.P. released in 2000 is a real treasure trove and a wonderful companion to the 'A Rock In A Weary Land' album.

    Apart from the title track this E.P. contains five bonus tracks (all unreleased) and a video of 'Is She Conscious?'

    The extra songs are 'Sad Procession', 'The Faeries' Prisoner', 'Is She Conscious?' (Acoustic), 'Savage Earth Heart' (a 16 minute Live version!) and 'My Lord, What A Morning'.

    This E.P. is quite simply a 'must-have' for any Waterboys devotee!

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  68. ☄ 'Is She Conscious?' One Track Promo with Unique Artwork ☄

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    ☄ 'Is She Conscious?' Clean Vocal Promo ☄

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  72. A one-track promo with a clean vocal version in a paper sleeve.



















    ☄ 'Is She Conscious?' One Track Promo ☄

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  74. This is a one-track promo with same cover artwork as E.P. release.



















    ☄ 'My Love is my Rock.....' - CD1 ☄

    The first CD of this somewhat elusive two-part 'Weary Land' set contains three songs.

    'My Love is my Rock in the Weary Land' and 'Lucky Day/Bad Advice' and the third song is 'Time, Space and the Brides Bed.'

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  77. ☄ 'My Love is my Rock.....' - CD2 ☄

    The second CD of this rare two-part 'Weary Land' set contains three songs.

    'My Love is my Rock in the Weary Land' and 'Trouble Down Yonder' and the third song is 'Send Him Down To Waco.'

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  80. ☄ 'My Love is my Rock.....'- Promo Edit - Colour Sleeve ☄

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    ☄ 'My Love is my Rock.....'- Edit - One-Track Promo ☄

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  84. A one-track promo track edit in a paper sleeve.



















    ☄ 'My Love is my Rock.....'- Full - One-Track Promo ☄

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  86. A one-track promo track full version in a paper sleeve.


















    ☄ 'My Love is my Rock.....' - USA One-Track Promo ☄

    A one-track promo from the USA with unique artwork on the back sleeve.

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  89. ☄ 'My Love is my Rock.....' - Spanish One-Track Promo ☄

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    ☄ 'We are Jonah' - CD 1 ☄

    The first CD of this two-part 'We are Jonah' set contains three songs.

    'We are Jonah'(Single Mix) and 'Lucky Day/Bad Advice' and the third song is a live version of 'Dumbing Down the World' from Glastonbury 2000. This last song is exclusive to this release and unavailable elsewhere.

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  94. ☄ 'We are Jonah' - CD 2 ☄

    The second disc of this two-part 'We are Jonah CD set again contains three songs.

    'We are Jonah'(Single Mix) and the second track 'Martin Decent' is exclusive to this release. Lastly, the third song is a long version of 'Send him Down to Waco'.

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  97. ☄ 'We are Jonah' - One-Track Promo ☄


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    ☄ 'We Are Jonah' - Spanish One-Track Promo ☄

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    ☄ UK Two-Track Promo ☄

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  103. A UK two-track promo featuring the opening album track Let It Happen and Dumbing Down The World.




















    ☄ 'On My Way To The Big Light' Promo ☄

    Released in 2000, this is a two-track promo CD of On My Way To The Big Light where Mike collaborated with Latvian band Mielaw. The CD contains a full version and a radio edit version.

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  105. 7-Inch Single





    ☄ We Are Jonah 7-Inch Single ☄

    A vinyl release of We Are Jonah b/w Time, Space and the Bride's Bed..

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  108. ☄ Mike Promotional Photo ☄

    One of a series of photos for the Weary Land magazine publications..

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  110. Cassette Albums





    ☄ Album Cassette ☄

    An album cassette with full colour artwork.

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  112. ☄ Japan Promotional Cassette ☄

    A scarce promo cassette from Japan with text based artwork.

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  114. ☄ Mike Promotional Photo ☄

    One of a series of photos for the Weary Land magazine publications..

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  116. A Rock In The Weary Land Tour Merch & Memorabilia





    ☄ Waves Logo Pin ☄

    A lovely waves pin with band name that was available at some of the A Rock In The Weary Land shows in 2000. This well-made pin measures 25mm x 40mm approx. The little beauty sold out very quickly. Occasionally, one will appear for sale, so do not hesitate!

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  118. ☄ Set of Promo Postcards ☄

    A hard-to-find set of six A Rock In The Weary Land promo postcards.

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  120. ☄ USA Promo Postcard ☄

    A USA promotional postcard with US tour dates on the reverse.

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  122. ☄ Norway Tour Poster June 2000 ☄

    This is where it all started again with the relaunched band. They did a six-date tour of Norway just before their jaw-dropping performance at Glastonbury. This lovely poster is from June 2000. Thank you Kjetil.

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  124. ☄ Is She Conscious? - Promo Tee ☄

    A promo Is She Conscious? t-shirt from the Weary Land tour.

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  126. ☄ Weary Land Sweatshirt 2000 ☄

    A Weary Land sweatshirt from 2000. Thank you Dag.

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  128. ☄ Weary Land Tour Tee 2000 ☄

    A Weary Land tour tee with tour dates from 2000.

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  130. ☄ Weary Land Tour Tee 2000 ☄

    A Weary Land tour tee with a fabulous print on front and tour dates from 2000.

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  132. ☄ Weary Land Hoodie 2000 ☄

    A Weary Land zip up hoodie from 2000.

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  134. ☄ Weary Land Tour Cap 2000 ☄

    An embroidered Weary Land cap with logo and band name.

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  136. Related Releases





    ☄ Open To Spirit - 2002 ☄

    One of the rarest of all Waterboys CDs and perhaps the hardest one of all to find, this compilation 'Open To Spirit: The Transformational Music of Mike Scott and The Waterboys' album was released in very limited numbers in 2002.

    This wonderful collection contains Let It Happen and Crown.

    This collection is a very unique combination of both Mike's solo songs and Waterboys material. The song selection was compiled by Janette.

    Mike writes: 'This was a promotional CD created in 2002 and manufactured in small quantities for our American new age publicist of the time to distribute to new age / holistic / spiritual publications and radio stations.'

    This album is a real jewel in any Waterboys collection!

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