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  • Vinyl
  • Label: ENSIGN
  • ASIN: B00412U2FG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1999
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Logsdon on June 6, 2000
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1999
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland on April 8, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I've been a Waterboys fan since they first started making music and owned this album on vinyl back in the day. Since then I've replaced most albums with CDs but this was one I neglected to get as a digital reissue. Listening to it again all these years later I'm struck by how powerful the music still sounds. I remember liking this album back in the 80s, but after hearing it again repeatedly in the past few months, it sounds even better than I remembered. Maybe it's not quite the equal of "This is the Sea", and of course it doesn't have the Celtic vibe of the great "Fisherman's Blues", but this is still mighty moving stuff. When this album was recorded, Karl Wallinger (later, the genius behind World Party) was still in the band with Mike Scott and crew, and the Waterboys were an up and coming band, turning heads with their vibrant songs. And this album is indeed vibrant and thrilling; both the music and the poetic lyrics. You can't help but we swept up in that symphony of sounds; guitars and music, keyboards and horns, all raging and churning, driving forward and upward, soaring and snarling. Brilliant stuff.
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