The Waterboys ‘1985’

6CD/220 Page Hardback Book & Digital Box Sets
+ Remastered Clear Vinyl

The box set tells the amazing story of How The Waterboys made ‘THIS IS THE SEA’ & 


Released February 23rd, 2024

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.


CD1 Towers Open Fire: Trumpets (Session) / Be My Enemy (Prototype 3) / The Ways Of Men (Session) / The Waves #1 / Old England (Demo) / Towers Open Fire / Down Through The Town / Ribbon Of Steel (Live) / Bury My Heart (Live) / The Three Day Man (Live) / Medicine Bow (Session) / This Is The Sea (Live) / A Door For My Soul Home (Demo) / Son Of Rags / In My Bed / The Pan Within (Inst Demo) / Even The Trees Are Dancing (Full Length) / Theme / Fuzz Guitar Vamp / Death Is Not The End


CD2 The Black Book: Beverly Penn (Piano Demo) / Don’t Bang The Drum (Piano Demo) / Be My Enemy (Piano Demo) / The Day I Ran Out Of People / Winter Blows / The Mercenary And The Samaritan / Looking For Dickon / Spirit (Piano Demo) / All The Bright Horses / Custer’s Blues (Piano Demo) / The Woman In Me / Paris In The Rain / The Song Of Sitting Bull / Talk About Wings / The Whole of The Moon (Writing of) / The Pan Within (Piano Demo) / No Sun In The Sky / Winter In The Blood / We Belong To The World / The Whole of The Moon (Piano Demo)


CD3 A Sky Full Of Crows: Medicine Jack / Medicine Jack Boogie-Woogie / The Sound Of Snow / The Pan Within (Inst) / It Should Have Been You, Guitar Play / Old England (Early Take) / Old Macmichael Had A Band / Sweet Thing / Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town / Spirit (Full Length) / Then You Hold Me / Trumpets (Instr #1) / Rain Come Down / Son of Dirt / This Is The Sea (Drumatix Version)


CD4 The Ladder: Medicine Bow (Elemental Rough Mix) / Trumpets (Inst #2) / Be My Enemy (Rough Mix) / Sleek White Schooner / Sweetheart Like You / This Is The Sea (Fast with Mike Lead Guitar Demo) / Adrian And The Piano Storm / Beverly Penn (Synth Version) / This Is The Sea (Fast with Tom Verlaine Lead Guitar Version) / The Waves #2 / The Ladder (Demo) / Beverly Penn / Don’t Bang The Drum (Livingston Mix) / Ribbon of Steel Slide Guitar / Paisley Park


CD5 Mountaintop: The Whole of The Moon (Livingston Mix) / High Far Soon / This Is The Sea (Livingston Mix) / Medicine Bow (Full Length) / The Pan Within (Wickham’s First Play) / Miracle / World Party (Demo) / I Am Not Here / Born To Be Together (Session) / Higher In Time (Session) / The Whole of The Moon (Video Version) / Meridian West / Don’t Bang The Drum (Session) / Medicine Bow (Session) / Behold The Sea / Beverly Penn 2023


CD6 This Is The Sea (The Album) Don’t Bang The Drum / The Whole of The Moon / Spirit / The Pan Within / Medicine Bow / Old England / Be My Enemy / Trumpets / This Is The Sea