The Waterboys present 1985 – a stunningly put together box set telling the story of how The Waterboys made ‘This Is The Sea’ and saw ‘The Whole Of The Moon’. Released February 23rd, 2024, the set covers the origins and recording process of one of the greatest albums of the 1980s, with demos, live cuts, unreleased songs, and much, much more, all packed in a beautiful expansive 6CD/220 Page Hardback Book & digital set.

Also being released is the remastered version of This Is The Sea on clear vinyl for the very first time.

There are three formats:
• 1985 6CD box set + 220-page hardback book
• 1985 6CD digital box set (no book)
• This is The Sea [clear vinyl]

Through both book and box set ‘1985’ sees Waterboys’ leader Mike Scott telling the story of the making of their landmark album This Is The Sea and the timeless single, The Whole of The Moon. The music takes the listener through 95 tracks over 6 CDs, including 64 fantastic previously unreleased home cuts, early demos, alternate versions, outtakes, concert recordings and tv/radio sessions covering the origins and recording process of the album along with the remastered version of the final This Is The Sea album. itself

The beautifully informative book, included in the box set, arrives as a 220-page hard cover containing a first-hand account of the creation of the album with deep recording details, background, cultural context, photographs (most of them previously unseen), songwriting pages, lyrics and previously unseen writings. The engrossing and humorous text comes from Waterboys’ Mike Scott with additional sections by band colleagues Anthony Thistlethwaite and Max Edie.

A must-have collection for die-hard and casual fans alike, 1985 tells the amazing story of both a phenomenal album and timeless single. Dive in and enjoy it in all its beauty.

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