The second track of the 1985 album This Is The Sea, The Whole of the Moon became one of The Waterboys' best-known songs and their most commercially successful. It’s a love song of sorts to somebody exceptionally talented, who seems to excel in everything they try. The subject of the song has been hotly debated - from the author . Lewis to the musician Prince - but the official line is that the subject is a composite of several people. The song was covered by Prince at shows in London in 2014 and at a concert at his Paisley Park studio in 2015. The Whole Of The Moon" Track.
The Waterboys were not fans of the synth sound that was big in 1985, but when Mike Scott heard the Prince album Purple Rain, he realized it could work if done right. The This Is The Sea album is peppered with these sounds, played by the group's keyboard player Karl Wallinger, but they're most prominent on "The Whole Of The Moon. It came full circle when Prince performed the song at shows in 2014 and 2015. Gertjan from Haaren, NetherlandsThe Waterboys commercially most succesful song The Whole of the Moon, was markedly unfinished when recording of This is the Sea began. It started with a scribble on the back of an envelope on a wintery New York street, in Jan. 1985 and was fully completed in May 1985 in a London studio, when the verse "unicorns and cannonballs, palaces and piers' was added.
Mike Scott of The Waterboys wrote that song about Roddy Frame. Y’see, Mike Scott was writing all this stuff on his acoustic guitar in Edinburgh, trying to get a record out.
Like The Waterboys' first single "A Girl Called Johnny", the song is a tribute to an inspirational figure or figures. In each line, the singer describes his own perspective and immediately contrasts it with that of the song's subject, summarizing the difference with the line "I saw the crescent, You saw the whole of the moon". Drummer Kevin Wilkinson had left the band by the time "The Whole of the Moon" was recorded and drums were played by session player, Chris Whitten 1991 alternate sleeve. A feature of "The Whole of the Moon" is the trumpet work on the recording, courtesy of the classically trained Lorimer. Including the 2004 remastered album, the song has been officially released four times and appears on the following Waterboys albums
This is the first American compilation to select most of the Waterboys' most memorable tracks and the first compilation to combine Waterboys tracks with songs from Mike Scott's solo albums. Combining all of the group's British chart singles except "And a Bang on the Ear" as well as live tracks, B-sides not previously on an album, and even one previously unreleased studio track, "Higher in Time," from 1991, it is in effect a "the best and the rest" selection of the work of Mike Scott from 1982 to 1997. The sequencing pays no attention to chronology,.
Em D C To reach too high, too far, too soon D G You saw the whole of the moon. I was grounded while you filled the skies I was dumbfounded by truth, you cut through lies I saw the rain-dirty valley, you saw Brigadoon I saw the crescent, you saw the whole of the moon. and you swooned I saw the crescent, you saw the whole of the moon The whole of the moon
Mick Glossop, engineer: The whole album process was new for Mike. The previous two Waterboys albums had been collections of demos, radio sessions and live tracks. This was the first time Mike had set aside time to make an album. It gave him the opportunity to experiment in the studio. Moon was very much a studio track. Everything bar Mike’s piano and vocal came there. Mike Scott, writer, performer: My life was very squeezed then. Bu. oon is a close second with its mighty comet moment and all-encompassing lyric. I could feel the music building album by album to its climax. I. oon had really hit back then in ’85, the stakes would have got raised and the clamour of voices imploring me to repeat the formula, stay in that groove, would have become deafening. So I snuck off to Paddy’s Emerald Isle and got on with the job. I think The Whole Of The Moon is terrific.
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The Whole Of The Moon
Producer – Mike Scott
Producer – John Brand, Mick Glossop, Mike Scott
Island Records Ltd.
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Side A label states - (Taken from the Island album "This Is The Sea" ENLC 5).
℗ 1985 Priority Records
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Matrix / Runout (Side A label): ENY 520 - A
Matrix / Runout (Side B label): ENY 520 - B
Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): ENY520-A-Z
Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): ENY520B-1
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The Whole Of The Moon (12")
The Whole Of The Moon (7")
The Whole Of The Moon (7", Single, Moo)
The Whole Of The Moon (7", Single)
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107 738, 107 738-100
The Whole Of The Moon (7", Single, Sta)
Island Records, Island Records, Ensign
107 738, 107 738-100
Performer:The Waterboys Genre: Electronic / Rock / Pop Title: The Whole Of The Moon Country: UK Released: 1985 Style: Folk Rock MP3 version ZIP size: 1638 mb FLAC version RAR size: 1393 mb Rating: 4.3 Votes: 269 Other Formats: MP1 AHX AC3 WMA VOC DTS MOD
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