On September 16, 1985.

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On September 16, 1985, “Island” label released “This Is the Sea”, the third Waterboys album. It was recorded February – August 1985, at “Park Gates Studio” in Hastings; “Livingstone Studios”; “Seaview Studios”; “The Chocolate Factory”; “R G Jones Recording Studios”; “Townhouse Studios”, and “Good Earth Studios” in London, and was produced by Mike Scott, John Brand, Mick Glossop and Karl Wallinger.

Personnel:

  • Mike Scott– vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, piano, percussion, synthesiser, bells, drum machine programming, effects
  • Anthony Thistlethwaite– saxophone, double bass, bass guitar, mandolin
  • Karl Wallinger– bass synth, piano, organ, keyboard programming, synthesiser, celeste, percussion, backing vocals
  • Kevin Wilkinson– bass guitar, drums
  • Martin Swain – bass guitar
  • Lu Edmonds– bass
  • Matthew Seligman– bass
  • Chris Whitten – drums, cymbals
  • Pete Thomas– snare drum
  • Martin Ditcham – percussion
  • Roddy Lorimer– trumpet, backing vocals
  • Stewart Bartlett – French horn
  • Steve Wickham– violin
  • Marek Lipski – violin
  • Max Edie – backing vocals
  • Lynn Goldsmith – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Mike Scott except where noted.

  1. Don’t Bang the Drum – Mike Scott, Karl Wallinger
  2. The Whole of the Moon
  3. Spirit
  4. The Pan Within
  5. Medicine Bow – Mike Scott, Anthony Thistlethwaite
  6. Old England
  7. Be My Enemy
  8. Trumpets
  9. This Is the Sea

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