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A Pagan Place Import


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005YU98
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

1. Church Not Made With Hands (2002 Digital Remaster)
2. All The Things She Gave Me (Unedited) (2002 Digital Remaster)
3. The Thrill Is Gone (Unedited) (2002 Digital Remaster)
4. Rags (2002 Digital Remaster)
5. Some Of My Best Friends Are Trains
6. Somebody Might Wave Back (2002 Digital Remaster)
7. The Big Music (2002 Digital Remaster)
8. Red Army Blues (2002 Digital Remaster)
9. A Pagan Place (2002 Digital Remaster)
10. The Late Train To Heaven (Revised Rockfield Mix)
11. Love That Kills (Instrumental)
12. The Madness Is Here Again
13. Cathy
14. Down Through The Dark Streets

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"I have heard the Big Music and I will never be the same," Mike Scott declares triumphantly on "Big Music." The lush romanticism of that song--with its layer upon layer of acoustic guitars, trumpet solos, and sax and violin--stands as a unique achievement. "Church Not Made with Hands" is as claim-staking an opening cut as any--powerful, fast, unashamedly romantic, and rounded out with a tremendous Scott guitar solo. With reference points that include the Celtic soul ramblings of Van Morrison and the then-burgeoning epic rock of U2, this was where Mike Scott began to build his now iconic status. The trumpet playing of Roddy Lorimer, the sax of multi-instrumentalist Anthony Thistlethwaite, and the keyboards of Karl Wallinger fill out the sound of this record. "Some of My Best Friends Are Trains" is a little jaunty to be a totally welcome new centerpiece to the restored album, but "Red Army Blues," "All the Things She Gave Me" and the astounding title track sound more impressive than ever. The producers of this reissue deserve credit for approaching the deluxe upgrade without the cynicism of some labels. Working with Scott to restore edited and missing tracks left off the original long-player for time reasons, and adding additional contemporaneous tracks, they have created a valuable CD for longtime fans and new acolytes alike. --Rob Stewart

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hans Bauman on March 18 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Waterboys album I ever bought, and I remember laying that slab of vinyl on the Dual and being blown away by the full envelope of sound. This remastered release sounds infinitely better than the original CD release, even if you're not a total audiophile. The new additions are pretty good, but frankly I find that "bonus tracks" tend to distract from the song cycle that was the original album. (Can you imagine Abbey Road with bonus tracks? Seems to cheapen the original effort.)
As for the two "restored" songs, however, I do take issue with Mike Scott on those. "All The Things She Gave Me" does appear to be a slightly longer, more satisfying version. However, "The Thrill Is Gone" replaces the original vocal track with a much more bluesy/meandering lead vocal which has a very different feel from the original sparse, haunting vocals on this song. I still have my original CD of this album for that reason: "The Thrill is Gone" here on this re-issue is not just an "unedited" version, as listed on the cover and in the liner notes. The original is probably my favorite Waterboys songs ever, so hearing it here with an overly self-indulgent vocal track bugs me. Perhaps you'll like it more, but it put me off.
(On a side note, "The Live Adventures of the Waterboys" has the most amazing medly of "The Thrill Is Gone" with "The Healing Has Begun" which is really terrific, as is the "Because the Night/Pan Within" on that same collection. Wow. Highly recommended.)
Overall, I'd give this re-issue a thumbs up for the excellent sound and most of the bonus tracks, which are fine songs,though it's unclear how they fit into the album concept. I just wish artists wouldn't use re-issues as a way of tinkering with classic works. (George Lucas should have kept his hands off the original Star Wars movies as well.)
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By A Customer on June 27 2002
Format: Audio CD
A Pagan Place is light years ahead of the debut Waterboys, but not yet at the heights they would reach on This Is The Sea. The early sound of the band is formulating nicely, with some very strong songs here - the title track DEMANDS your full attention! The re-issue is essential for hard-core Waterboys fans who must own this for the full, unedited versions of The Thrill Is Gone & All The Things She Gave Me. The sound quality is much better on this disc than the original. The previously unreleased tracks generally are 'interesting - for collectors only'. However, great thanks go out to the people involved in making this re-issue - is there a "This Is The Sea" reissue coming?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Fine re-issue that doesn't replace the original March 18 2004
By Hans Bauman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Waterboys album I ever bought, and I remember laying that slab of vinyl on the Dual and being blown away by the full envelope of sound. This remastered release sounds infinitely better than the original CD release, even if you're not a total audiophile. The new additions are pretty good, but frankly I find that "bonus tracks" tend to distract from the song cycle that was the original album. (Can you imagine Abbey Road with bonus tracks? Seems to cheapen the original effort.)
As for the two "restored" songs, however, I do take issue with Mike Scott on those. "All The Things She Gave Me" does appear to be a slightly longer, more satisfying version. However, "The Thrill Is Gone" replaces the original vocal track with a much more bluesy/meandering lead vocal which has a very different feel from the original sparse, haunting vocals on this song. I still have my original CD of this album for that reason: "The Thrill is Gone" here on this re-issue is not just an "unedited" version, as listed on the cover and in the liner notes. The original is probably my favorite Waterboys songs ever, so hearing it here with an overly self-indulgent vocal track bugs me. Perhaps you'll like it more, but it put me off.
(On a side note, "The Live Adventures of the Waterboys" has the most amazing medly of "The Thrill Is Gone" with "The Healing Has Begun" which is really terrific, as is the "Because the Night/Pan Within" on that same collection. Wow. Highly recommended.)
Overall, I'd give this re-issue a thumbs up for the excellent sound and most of the bonus tracks, which are fine songs,though it's unclear how they fit into the album concept. I just wish artists wouldn't use re-issues as a way of tinkering with classic works. (George Lucas should have kept his hands off the original Star Wars movies as well.)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
the signs of greater things to come! June 27 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A Pagan Place is light years ahead of the debut Waterboys, but not yet at the heights they would reach on This Is The Sea. The early sound of the band is formulating nicely, with some very strong songs here - the title track DEMANDS your full attention! The re-issue is essential for hard-core Waterboys fans who must own this for the full, unedited versions of The Thrill Is Gone & All The Things She Gave Me. The sound quality is much better on this disc than the original. The previously unreleased tracks generally are 'interesting - for collectors only'. However, great thanks go out to the people involved in making this re-issue - is there a "This Is The Sea" reissue coming?
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The best album I have ever heard. June 19 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A Pagan Place is an album brimming with joy, passion and spirituality. The lyrics and music are brilliant. The band is in top form and you can tell they really believe in the songs they're singing. The first time I heard this album (especially the song A Pagan Place) it left me literally shaking with emotion. Red Army Blues is a tragic song about a Russian soldier with an indominatable will to survive. Church Not Made with Hands is one of the most joyous songs I have ever heard. If you want to experience a brilliant musical experience, I highly recommend this album.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Yes Australia- This is the Best Album of All Time June 6 2000
By David Logsdon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I agree with you Australia- this is the best album of all-time. I have yet to hear an album that combines as much passion and energy as "A Pagan Place" does. Saw them open up for U2 during the 14 city 'Unforgettable Fire' tour of America- they blew me away.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant! Nov. 26 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you like hard-rock and at the same time enjoy irish folk-music, you should turn to The Waterboys. This CD is magnificent. Especially Red Army Blues, and Church Not Made With Hands.


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