Too Close to Heaven

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Too Close to Heaven
Too Close To Heaven Waterboys Album Cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released24 September 2001
RecordedJuly 1986–February 2001
GenreFolk-Rock
LabelBMG International U.K.
Razor And Tie Entertainment U.S.
The Waterboys chronology
A Rock in the Weary Land
(2000)
Too Close to Heaven
(2001)
Universal Hall
(2003)
Professional ratings
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Too Close to Heaven is a collection of outtakes, alternative versions, and unreleased tracks from The Waterboys' Fisherman's Blues period, released September 2001. The album was released as Fisherman's Blues, Part 2 in the United States with five additional tracks in July of that year.

The title track of the album refers to the myth of Icarus. Dave Simpson writes in The Guardian, "Quite how Too Close to Heaven – a song that is easily worthy of either John Lennon or Van Morrison - languished in the vaults for 12 years is a matter for Scott's conscience (and his accountants)"[1]. The song has become a favourite at Waterboys concerts.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mike Scott, except as noted.

  1. "On My Way to Heaven" (Traditional) – 4:01
  2. "Higher in Time" (Scott, Anthony Thistlethwaite) – 5:02
  3. "The Ladder" – 2:58
  4. "Too Close to Heaven" – 12:29
  5. "Good Man Gone" – 5:13
  6. "Blues for Your Baby" – 5:42
  7. "Custer's Blues" – 5:59
  8. "A Home in the Meadow" (Sammy Cahn, Alfred Newman) – 3:13
  9. "Tenderfootin'" (Trevor Hutchinson, Scott, Thistlethwaite, Steve Wickham, Kevin Wilkinson) – 5:15
  10. "Lonesome Old Wind" – 8:19

Fisherman's Blues, Part 2 track listing[edit]

  1. "On My Way to Heaven" (Traditional) – 4:01
  2. "Higher in Time" (Scott, Thistlethwaite) – 5:02
  3. "The Ladder" – 2:58
  4. "Too Close to Heaven" – 12:29
  5. "Good Man Gone" – 5:13
  6. "Blues for Your Baby" – 5:42
  7. "Custer's Blues" – 5:59
  8. "A Home in the Meadow" (Cahn, Newman) – 3:13
  9. "Tenderfootin'" (Hutchinson, Scott, Thistlethwaite, Wickham, Kevin Wilkinson) – 5:15
  10. "Lonesome Old Wind" – 8:19
  11. "Higher in Time" (Scott, Thistlethwaite) – 3:39
  12. "Ain't Leaving, I'm Gone" (Scott, Thistlethwaite) – 4:24
  13. "Lonesome and a Long Way From Home" (Scott, Thistlethwaite) – 3:20
  14. "The Good Ship Sirius" (Wickham) – 0:36
  15. "Too Close to Heaven" (Live) – 13:16

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Simpson (November 3, 2001). "The Waterboys Nottingham". The Guardian, Rock City. London. Retrieved October 25, 2005.

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