*To see a plethora of Acetates, Unique Album Artwork, Test Pressings and Rare Memorabilia from The Waterboys eponymous debut album please see the following Pages on this Fan Site. *

    ~The Flattop Hoard~

    ~Dag's Dungeon~

    ☀ A Pagan Place ☀

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  2. Welcome to the A Pagan Place Page. This Page contains some background to the initial recordings in Redshop, London in November 1982, a round-up of various record/CD pressings, cassettes, memorabilia and other pieces relating to the A Pagan Place album.

    A Pagan Place was released in the UK and Europe in June 1984 with a September 1984 release date for the US and Canada. February of 1984 also saw the band play their first-ever live shows with two concerts in Germany and these shows were followed by a short headlining UK tour in April.

    This was the album that made fans and music critics alike sit up and take notice of a band on a meteoric rise.

    Thank you to Dag Reinert Johansen, Ali Wilson, Marc Arscott, Dave Furneaux, Andy Pritchatt, Harry Schets and Flattop for contributing items to this web page.

    * If you happen to have a rare piece of 'A Pagan Place' memorabilia that is not shown here, please send a photo on and it shall be added. *

    ☄ A Pagan Place - Origins ☄

    The Red And The Black were a band formed by Mike after Anthony came on board. They played a grand total of nine gigs in and around London from April to July 1982. Apart from some Another Pretty Face songs and a few covers, the spine of the set was made up of songs that would appear on The Waterboys self-titled debut album the following year and the A Pagan Place record two years later in 1984. Apparently, and unsurprisingly 'Red Army Blues', which received its public debut at a show in The Embassy Club on the 10th May 1982, was a real audience favourite.

    ☄ Original The Red And The Black Poster - May 1982 ☄

    An original The Red And The Black show poster advertising two gigs from May 1982.

    Mike writes: "The art is by John Caldwell, copied from a photo, possibly of Bill Wyman".

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  4. ☄ Original The Red And The Black Poster - July 1982 ☄

    Another original The Red And The Black gig poster from July 1982.

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  6. You can check out each and every one of these individual setlists from 1982 (and a lot more), on the official Mike Scott and The Waterboys site...mikescottwaterboys/archive/setlists/1982

    In 1983, with the addition of several new members, The Waterboys band was born. The band name was taken from a Lou Reed song called The Kids.

    Even though Mike may have recorded some of these songs as solo demos back in November 1981, in November 1982 most of the songs that would eventually end up appearing on the first two albums were recorded at Redshop Recording Studio in north London. Subsequently more recording and remixing for A Pagan Place took place in Rockfield Recording Studio in September 1983 with possibly another recording session in March and April 1984.

    Continue Reading Below...

    ☄ Student Magazine - November 1983 ☄

    This is a very scarce broadsheet issue of Student Magazine from November 1983. Probably the first time the band ever graced the cover of any publication. The photo of Mike from within is on the soundstage of one of the German TV channels.

    Mike and Anthony went to Germany for a few days in early November 1983 to perform live on a number of daytime TV shows, then they went on to Paris to record several radio interviews promoting the upcoming concerts and the forthcoming album planned for the following year. This adventure is fully documented in this rare magazine.

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  9. ☄ Promo Photo - The Waterboys - 1984 ☄

    A promo photo of the band in 1984. Thank you Dag.

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  11. ☄ Original Poster from the first Tour dates in 1984 ☄

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  13. The first-ever show by the band was in The Batschkapp Club in Frankfurt, Germany on the 19th February, with the second show in the Alabamahalle in Munich on February 20th.

    This an original poster (60 cm x 85 cm) made for these two landmark German shows.

    1984 also saw the band tour extensively around the UK and through Europe supporting The Pretenders. They finished the year with yet more solo dates in the UK and Europe, then supported U2 in the UK and Europe and also in the USA and Canada .

    The band played a total of 79 shows in 1984.

    ☄ The Waterboys - 1984 Poster ☄

    This original Waterboys poster with The Big Music imagery is from only the fourth-ever concert by the band in Strathclyde University, Glasgow on the 7th April 1984. Thank you Ali.

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  15. ☄ Original Tour Poster - The Escape Club Brighton 10th April 1984 ☄

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  17. An original and rare poster for The Waterboys in The Escape Club in Brighton on 10th April 1984.

    This was only the fifth concert by the band.

    Thank you Marc.

    ☄ Exclusive Pre-Pagan Release - Canada and USA ☄

    ☄ Promo Mini LP with Promo Photo and Press Release ☄

    A promo gold stamped mini LP with photo and press release. This album was only released in Canada and the USA.

    It contains five tracks from the eponymous debut album.

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  20. ☄ Canada / USA Mini LP Cassette ☄

    This Mini LP cassette was only released in the USA and Canada.

    It also contains five tracks from the self-titled debut album.

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  22. ☄ Album Review - June 1984 ☄

    A top-notch album review from Sounds Magazine June 2nd 1984. Thank you Dave.

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  24. ☄ Album Review and Interview - June 1984 ☄

    An album review and interview from Record Mirror - June 16th 1984. Thank you Andy.

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  26. ☄ Press Advert - 2nd June 1984 ☄

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  28. ☄ A Pagan Place Vinyl Albums and More ☄

    The original LP album which was released in 1984 and the 2002 vinyl remaster.

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  31. ☄ A Pagan Place - Irish Pressing ☄

    Original Irish pressing of A Pagan Place which was released in Ireland and the UK in June 1984.

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  34. ☄ White Label Promo LP - Japanese Pressing ☄

    An original Japanese white label promotional LP pressing of A Pagan Place with lyric sheet and OBI strip.

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  39. ☄ A Pagan Place - Canadian Pressing ☄

    Original Canadian pressing of A Pagan Place with distinctive red and yellow labels. The album was released in Canada and the USA in September 1984.

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  42. ☄ Original NME Music Magazine - August 1984 ☄

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  44. An original New Musical Express (NME) magazine from August 1984 which features photos and an extensive interview with Mike.

    ☄ A Pagan Place - USA Gold Stamped Promo LP ☄

    A USA promo gold stamped A Pagan Place LP with NME interview insert from September 1984.

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  46. ☄ USA Promo Photo and Press Release ☄

    A promo photo and band bio that came inserted with some copies of the USA promo vinyl album of A Pagan Place. Thank you Harry.

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  48. ☄ A Pagan Place Acetate ☄

    Abbey Road Acetate for A Pagan Place. Thank you Flattop.

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  50. ☄ A Pagan Place Australian White Label LP Test Press ☄

    A numbered white label test press LP from Australia housed in a full colour album sleeve.

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  53. ☄ A Pagan Place UK LP Test Pressing ☄

    A scarce UK test press for the A Pagan Place album with the 'CHEN 2' serial number visible in photo inset. Thank you Dag.

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  56. ☄ Anto and Mike Promo Photos 1984 ☄

    Thank you Andy.

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  59. ☄ First English Tour Dates - April 1984 ☄

    Press advert for the first-ever English tour with dates for April 1984.

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  61. ☄ 7-Inch Singles and More ☄

    ☄ A Pagan Place - South African 7-Inch Single ☄

    A South African 7-inch single of 'A Pagan Place' b/w 'The Thrill is Gone'. This was an exclusive single release for South Africa.

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  64. ☄ All The Things She Gave Me - Australian 7-Inch Single ☄

    An Australian 7-inch single of 'All The Things She Gave Me' b/w 'The Big Music'. This was an exclusive single release for Australia.

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  67. ☄ Standard 'The Big Music' 7-Inch Single ☄

    Standard UK release of The Big Music single in a picture sleeve.

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  70. ☄ 'The Big Music' 7-Inch Single in Alternative Sleeve ☄

    This rare sleeve for the forthcoming The Big Music 7-inch single was NEVER released to the public, instead they used a photo for the cover that was taken in the Lake District (see above). Thank you Harry.

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  73. ☄ The Big Music 7 inch Promo ☄

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    ☄ The Big Music Seven-inch Proof Sleeve ☄

    An extremely rare proof sleeve of the planned cover art for The Big Music seven-inch single. This sleeve was never actually issued and is highly sought after.

    Only about five fully assembled sleeves are known to be in the collections of some hardcore fans.

    This sleeve was very kindly signed by Anthony and Mike and up until recently, neither had ever seen one before.

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  77. ☄ The Big Music 7-inch Proof Sheet of Sleeve ☄

    An extremely rare proof sheet for the planned (but unused) cover art for The Big Music seven-inch single. This is the only unassembled proof sheet known to have survived.

    Thank you Flattop.

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  79. ☄ Big Music 7" Proof Sheet-Back ☄

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  81. ☄ The Big Music - Canadian 7-Inch Single ☄

    A Canadian issue of the The Big Music 7-inch single, b/w The Earth Only Endures.

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  84. ☄ Church Not Made With Hands - Canadian 7-Inch single ☄

    Thank you Dag.

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  87. ☄ Church Not Made With Hands - Australia 7-Inch single ☄

    Thank you Harry.

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  90. ☄ Church Not Made With Hands German 7-Inch Promo ☄

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  95. ☄ The Big Music / The Earth Only Endures 1 Sided 7-Inch Test Press ☄

    Two very scarce one-sided 7-inch test pressings for The Big Music and The Earth Only Endures. Thank you Dag.

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  97. ☄ 'The Big Music' Press Advert 1984 ☄

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  99. A full page press advert from the NME for magazine for the self-titled debut The Waterboys and the A Pagan Place albums.

    ☄ 12-Inch Singles and More ☄

    ☄ The Big Music 12-inch in standard Sleeve ☄

    Standard UK 12-inch release of the Big Music single in a picture sleeve.

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  102. ☄ The Big Music 12-inch in a different Sleeve ☄

    The European 12-inch release of the Big Music single came housed in a different picture sleeve with a different track listing.

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  105. ☄ The Big Music 12-inch in Alternative Sleeve ☄

    This sleeve for the forthcoming The Big Music 12-inch single was NEVER released to the public, instead they used a photo for the cover that was taken in the Lake District (see photo inset). Thank you Dag.

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  108. ☄ Promo 12-Inch Singles ☄

    Canadian 12-inch promo single of 'Church Not Made With Hands'. Same song on both sides in a generic sleeve.

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  111. ☄ Canadian Three Track Promo 12-Inch Single ☄

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  113. A Canadian three track 12-inch promotional single for the 'A Pagan Place' LP with 'The Big Music', 'A Pagan Place' and 'Church Not Made With Hands' on the A-Side.

    The B-Side of this hard to find 12-inch single contains three more tracks by Rupert Hine.

    This single plays at 33 1/3.

    ☄ Two Track one-sided 12-inch Promo Test Press ☄

    A very rare one-sided two track test press 12-inch of Bury My Heart and The Earth Only Endures. Thank you Harry.

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  116. ☄ Promo Publicity Photos 1984 ☄

    Photos by: Sheila Rock.

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  119. ☄ CD Albums and More ☄

    ☄ A Pagan Place Standard and 2002 Remaster ☄

    Original standard issue and the 2002 remaster of A Pagan Place (with altered art work) which contains an additional five songs. These songs are The Late Train To Heaven (Rockfield Mix), Love That Kills (Instrumental), The Madness Is Here Again, Cathy and Down Through The Dark Streets.

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  122. ☄ A Pagan Place 2002 Remaster Promo CDr ☄

    A promo CDr 2002 remaster of A Pagan Place (with altered art work) which contains an additional five songs. Thank you Dag.

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  124. ☄ Promo Photo 1984 ☄

    Photo: Sheila Rock.

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  126. ☄ Cassette Albums ☄

    ☄ Standard Album Cassette ☄

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  128. ☄ A Pagan Place Various Cassettes ☄

    Australian and Polish issues of the A Pagan Place cassette tapes with slightly altered art work.

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  131. ☄ A Pagan Place Tour Dates - July 1984 ☄

    Press advert for A Pagan Place tour dates in July 1984.

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  133. ☄ A Pagan Place Memorabilia ☄

    ☄ A Pagan Place - Tee Shirt ☄

    A vintage A Pagan Place t-shirt from 1984.

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  135. ☄ A Pagan Place - Badges ☄

    A pair of vintage button badges for the A Pagan Place album.

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  137. ☄ Original A Pagan Place Postcard ☄

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  139. An original promo postcard for the A Pagan Place album.

    ☄ Original 'A Pagan Place' Shop Display Poster ☄

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  141. An original shop display poster for the A Pagan Place album.

    The poster size is 60 cm x 85 cm approx.

    ☄ A Pagan Place - Recycled Album Art ☄

    A much loved but worn out and unplayable vinyl album of A Pagan Place. The album sleeve has been turned into a coaster set and the vinyl record has been made into a bowl.

    This is a one of a kind piece.

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  143. ☄ Related Releases ☄

    ☄ The Secret Life of The Waterboys - Press Advert ☄

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  145. ☄ The Secret Life of The Waterboys 81-85 ☄

    This gem of an album was released in 1994 and it contains outtakes, demos, radio sessions and some b-sides from the 1981-1985 period. It is an essential album for any Waterboys fan to have.

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  147. ☄ Medicine Bow Promo CD ☄

    A one track promo disc from the 'Secret Life' album housed in a card sleeve.

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  149. ☄ The Secret Life of The Waterboys Vinyl ☄

    A scarce double vinyl release of the 'Secret Life' album in a gatefold sleeve.

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  152. ☄ The Secret Life of The Waterboys Cassette ☄

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