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Just Look Them Straight in the Eye and Say...Pogue Mahone Box set, Import, Best of

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  • Audio CD (July 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Import, Best of
  • Label: WEA International
  • ASIN: B0017XFBMG
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. The Kerry Polka
2. The Rocky Road To Dublin
3. Boys From The County Hell
4. NW3
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Repeal Of The Licensing Laws
2. Dark Streets Of London
3. Greenland Whale Fisheries
4. Streams Of Whiskey
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Aria
2. "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly"
3. Haunted
4. Love Theme From Sid And Nancy
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Sally Maclennane
2. A Pair Of Brown Eyes
3. Kitty
4. Maggie May
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Johnny Was
2. Miss Otis Regrets / Just One Of Those Things
3. All The Tears That I Cried
4. The One And Only
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Remarkable 2008 five CD box by The Pogues, at least three quarters of which comprises previously unreleased material while the remainder is made up of decidedly hard-to-find Pogues' rarities. Compiled by The Pogues with track by track annotations from Phil Chevron, there are a bountiful 111 tracks from 1983 demos (pre-dating their first recordings for Stiff Records) through to live recordings from 2001 Just Look Them Straight In The Eye is an absolute treasure trove of unreleased recordings for all Pogues' fans, spanning their entire career and featuring rehearsal recordings, B-sides, out-takes, rare mixes, BBC sessions plus recordings with Steve Earle, Joe Strummer and, of course, Kirsty MacColl. Alongside these are unreleased soundtrack recordings from Sid and Nancy, Garbo and Straight To Hell, alternate versions of Pogues' classics like "Fairy Tale Of New York" and "Rainy Night In Soho" and a generous selection of live recordings. Rhino UK.

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Format: Audio CD
This five disc box set consists of studio outtakes, rehearsal recordings, live recordings, and hard to find B-sides. Of the set's 111 tracks, three-quarters consists of unreleased material. Like most "posthumous" collections culled from recordings that had been left on the shelf, there are no long lost masterpieces here. Still, there are many good tracks and several hidden gems. "NW3," (a precursor to "Mother Mo Chroi") "Something Wild," and "Driving Through the City" are all worthy additions to Shane's body of work. The set's most outstanding track, "Aisling," was recorded for Hell's Ditch but inexplicably failed to make the cut. Subsequently MacGowan rerecorded the song with the Popes and released it on The Snake, his first solo album. The Pogues' acoustic version is softer and considerably slower than the recording Shane did with the Popes. Another delight is a portion of a fantastic live set, six songs in all, recorded in Scotland's Barrowlands in 1987.
Any serious Pogues fans will want this album, but I'd recommend newcomers start with the first five Pogues albums. Rake at the Gates of Hell: Shane Macgowan in Context
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As a Pogues maniac I found this to be a trove of wonders. The various early demos of Fairytale Of New York, with producer Elvis Costello adding drums and bass, were alone worth the price of the set. Then there are over 100 more gems. The sound quality on early live recordings is less than stellar but is very good given the circumstances. The rawness is of course what we are looking for, as are the obscurities. The booklet is very well done and the package is beautifully put together with punky artwork.

Less fervent fans would be better served by one of the many "Best Of" collections.
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Being a fan of the Pogues since their inception, this gives a wonderful chronological musical history of one the ground breaking bands of the 20th century. BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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An excellent and different approach to some of your fav Pogues hits. Great for any fan!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1ae2a80) out of 5 stars 32 reviews
51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa20576e4) out of 5 stars The Mother Lode July 3 2008
By EdTheRed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My. God.

This is no "best of" box set, recycling the same stuff you've already got in your collection...I own just about every official and unofficial recording the Pogues have ever released, and this compilation is almost entirely new to me. Live tracks. Demos. Peel Sessions. Remixes.

More than just a box set, this is archival stuff - the recorded history of one of the best (and most influential) bands in the history or rock music.

The sound quality is almost as impressive as the content itself - really wonderful remastering work.

Just buy it...assuming amazon ever gets it back in stock.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2057aec) out of 5 stars Brilliant! July 8 2008
By C. Archuleta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm generally not one to gush on music except in rare cases like this when high expectations are met with an even grander result. This box is full of some of the best Pogues you will ever hear. How it wasn't released earlier on is beyond me, but it's here now and you must own it if you like the Pogues.

The remastering on many of the cuts is spectacular. You can tell this music isn't just enjoyed, it's loved.

Phil Chevron's notes are well worth the read and give many insights into the madness that is The Pogues.

This box set is well priced and worth twice as much.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2057b64) out of 5 stars Were there ever a doubt, The Pogues are among the great bands of rock history Aug. 16 2008
By W. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
OK, this is one of those projects that was built up by internet buzz for over three years. As such, the opportunity for disappointment and failure to meet expectations was high. I am a skeptic by nature and especially of the sort of buzz and hype that preceded this release.

Holy ****ing &%$#!!! If you've never been to a Pogues show, but know the material, listen to the live cuts of Sally MacLennane, Dirty Old Town, and The Sickbed of Cuchulainn first. These will confirm what Macgowan has always said, says on the rambling docu-bio "If I Should Fall From Grace. . .", that the Pogues should be recorded live. The energy on those tracks, from the band and the audience is truly extraordinary, and takes me back to New York in the late 80's when I first heard some of this music (at McSorley's Pub on E. 6th St; a night on which I was almost beaten for something unkind a companion said about the Irish). It's raw, it's warm, it's grrrreat fun, and it's a lasting beauty that attends little in popular music, say maybe Bob Dylan and a very few others.

Everything has been said in the other reviews about this set. I can only echo: "when will the other five discs be released"? And: "how about a tour of the US (not just the Northeast)?!" The fact that Shane MacGowan is still alive (look for a prediction of his imminent death to appear in print at least twice a year) is a marvel, and though I do actually say a prayer now and then that he will get sober (at 51 how much longer can he last?), his persistence in breathing the air is a testament to the energy and vitality of the music that flows through him and the band. I enjoy all of this, including the slurred singing from Shane-O (which, incidentally, has as much to do with his very poor dental health as the drinking). The variety, the new stuff, the old stuff in new versions, even the cinematic instrumentals are all a joy. Buy this if you like the Pogues, The Popes, and the genre they spawned, even a little bit. A keeper, a joy, a marvel. Thank you Phil Chevron for this great labor of love. May the Pogues (and Shane) be around and playing another 25 years!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2057ef4) out of 5 stars A Must Have (for any Pogues fan) April 15 2011
By Sean E. King - Published on Amazon.com
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I know what your thinking. Is is worth the money? If you are a true Pogues fan the answer is definitely YES! If you are just a casual fan of The Pogues there are plenty of "Best Of" compilations for you to choose from out there. The Pogues Box Set IS NOT a best of compilation, but it is an incredibly wonderful collection of the most rarest of Pogues tracks. Well produced and well worth the extra cash.

I have all of The Pogues albums (except for Red Roses and the last two without Shane McGowan). Buy this box set. You won't be disappointed! I had no idea there were so many great Pogues gems that never made it on their albums. The production value is also a HUGE PLUS! There are at least 3 Pogues albums worth of stuff you've probably never heard of before.

Reasons to buy this box set:

1. "NW3" Arguably one of the BEST Pogues songs I've ever heard!
2. All the different demo's of "Fairytale Of New York" simply fabulous! I love Demo #2 BETTER THAN the one with Kristy MacColl! (and I love Kristy MacColl's voice)
3. Unreleased songs of The Pogues with Kristy MacColl (all 3 of them) are terrific, especially "Miss Otis Regrets" and "Tears That I've Cried"
4. The 12 inch version of "If I Should Fall From Grace With God" is AWESOME!
5. There are countless demos and outtakes from "Hells Ditch" and "Red Roses..." which are fabulous. (Just check out: "The Black Dogs Ditch" and "The Last Of McGee" that were cut from Hells Ditch).
6. The demos from "Red Roses" and "Peace and Love" are in my opinion better than what you get on the actual albums, especially the demos from "Red Roses.."
7. I Love the covers: "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" "Do You Believe In Magic" and "Maggie May" and I never cared for Rod Steward's music but when Shane sings it, it's so much better!
8. Demo of "Haunted" from The Sid and Nancy soundtrack is terrific!
9. Awesome production value on the 3 live songs with Joe Strummer. In the past they were only available on bootleg and didn't have decent production value.
10. Liner notes, packaging, and booklet are fabulous with many great stories of The Pogues!

All you Pogues fans will be happy with this Pogues box set. Trust me there's no buyers remorse with this set of treasures!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2057f24) out of 5 stars This is just for the Pogues fan but not worth the money for anybody else June 24 2009
By Surly Malkin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was excited to hear this even though a two thirds of it is bad I'm a huge Pogues fan and if I wasn't such a fanatic about their stuff this would of been a total waste of money.
Hearing "NW3", the different versions of "Fairytale of New York", the live stuff and the Pogues version of Shane's solo songs like "Aisling", "Victoria" and "Dunigal Express" was worth the money. On the other hand most of the songs are duds, I mean come on who wants to hear Shane sing "Do you believe in magic" and "Eve of Destruction" all of the time!? I did want to hear them once or twice to see their creative motivation at the time but that is good enough for me. What's really sad was to hear Shane go downhill in the songs especially in "Aisling" he mumbled half of the time because he couldn't keep up with the song, his solo version from "The Snake" album is way better. And as a good little Pogues fan I have the songs from Sid and Nancy and from Straight to Hell so that's another disk I won't listen to.
I just picked out about an CD's worth of studio stuff and a CD worth of live stuff to listen to all of the time and the rest I'll enjoy maybe once a year.