Waterboys: This Is The Sea Alternate Format Discography

Alternate Format Discography

Original LP
This Is The Sea was released on September 16th, 1985. In the UK it came out on Ensign in a single sleeve, with the lyrics reproduced on the inner sleeve with a number of illustrations. It was licensed and distributed through Island [ENCL 5].


The European version arrived on Island Records with the light and dark blue Island label [207 095] while the US LP also came on Island Records, though this time with black labels [90457-1]. Both are credited with being published by Ensign Records and include the label's logo on the label.

The 1985 UK cassette [Ensign ZCHEN3] featured a fold-out inlay and white embossed cassette shells. Some versions had the Ensign catalogue number ENCC5 [pictured below]. The US cassette was released on Chrysalis in a transparent shell [F4 21543].


First CD
This Is The Sea's UK CD [pictured top right] was released in 1985 on Chrysalis/Ensign [CCD 1543] and came with a four-page foldout replicating the LP inner sleeve. A European version in the same year was issued by Island [610534-222].


Chrysalis released a 25th anniversary longbox in 1994, which included the four-page CD booklet and a 30-page booklet about the history of the label [CD25CR23].


Ten years later Chris Blair and Mike Scott remastered the album at Abbey Road for a double CD release including a 24-page booklet [Chrysalis, 7243 5 91451 2 9]. The 14-track bonus disc comprised outtakes, including 'Beverley Penn' and 'Sleek White Schooner'; a version of Van Morrison's 'Sweet Thing'; alternative, full-length and live versions; and some of Scott's demo sketches.

In A Special Place – The Piano Demos For This Is The Sea, a separate 15-track CD of Scott on piano and vocals was released by in 2011 [Chrysalis 5099909841024].


Audiophile Vinyl
To celebrate 100 years of EMI, a 180g LP with original packaging was issued in 1997 [Ensign 7243 8 21460 1 8]. In 2015 a 180g LP was released by Ensign/Chrysalis [ENCL 5] based on the 2004 remaster.