Very Best of the Pogues, the Best of, Original recording remastered
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Digitally Remastered Collection of 21 Songs that Encapsulate the Lyrical Genius of Shane Macgowan and the Musical Mayhem of the Pogues. Featured Songs Include 'irish Rover', a Raucous Collaboration with the Dubliners, Ewan Maccoll's 'dirty Old Town' and 'fairytale of New York' and More.
Ireland's prodigal son, or whiskey-sodden tragedy case? As frontman for the Pogues, Shane MacGowan always managed to combine the two into one gloriously drunken whole. In the years between 1983 and 1991, the Pogues--their name derived from the Gaelic for "kiss my arse"--released five albums marrying the melodies of traditional Irish folk to the energy of punk-rock and rockabilly. It's the tracks on The Very Best Of, drawn from The Pogues' two most celebrated albums--Rum, Sodomy and the Lash and If I Should Fall from Grace with God--that find the band on top form; see the drunken Yuletime feud of "Fairytale of New York" featuring the late Kirsty MacColl, or the violent pint-downer of "The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn". A look beyond the drinking songs, however, and it may come as a surprise to many that MacGowan's lyrics touch on The Big Themes--romance, misery, pride and self-destruction--with a rare eloquence; the raw emotions played out in the likes of "The Old Main Drag"--a bare, honest tale of poverty and addiction, the young MacGowan "spat on and shat on and raped and abused"--are a reminder that the Pogues may have been seldom sober, but they were never anything less than utterly human. --Louis Pattison
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The punk elements on this cd are awesome too. I recommend it to anyone who likes who likes punk such as the Pistols...I've heard Rotten and MacGowan are friends and used to hang out together when they were in the 70's London punk scene.
This cd represents the Pogues very well- it has a great mixture of their music, my personal favs being "Body of an American," "Streams of Whiskey," and "The Old Main Drag," (a grim tale of a young man's early experience of first arriving in London from Ireland). Also worth noting is the fact that Joe Strummer from The Clash produced a bunch of tracks on here.
Any Pogues fan buying "The Very Best of..." will no doubt have the rest anyway & will argue "why is this one there, but that one not?" But the best bands of all time are all like that - everyone has their favourite.
But take The Pogues & I would argue that 21 songs isn't enough. Half of Red Roses... is missing, and you could include all of ...Fall from Grace with God - the best album of all time. Similarly, Boat Train, Night Train to Lorca & London You're a Lady are missing from Peace and Love and a couple from Hell's Ditch.
But that is the beauty of The Pogues - other Pogues fans will probably disagree with what I have said & recommend another 10 still.
In short, if you are a Pogues fan already, you will own all the albums. If not, and you buy this one - I strongly recommend that you buy If I Should Fall From Grace With God & follow it up with Red Roses For Me & Rum, Sodomy And The Lash. 15 - 20 years on, these songs haven't aged, and Shane's lyrics are timeless still.
I was in love with The Pogues' songs, then read Shane's lyrics & they blew me away. But it wasn't just him - and it's a pity that he's on the front cover of the album, as The Pogues were so much more than Shane. They were almost nothing without him, but The Popes are nothing compared to The Pogues, so Shane needed the Pogues as much as the other way around.
Whatever... Classic. Timeless. Lyrical genius & the fastest songs you will ever hear, mixed in with love songs that are unsurpassed. You'll not be disappointed by the 21 songs, but buy the albums & you'll see what I mean.
Roll on June 8 & the Finsbury Fleadh.
Traditonal, classic Irish instrumental backing withaccordion, banjo,mandolin and flute are a refreshing change from more conventional instruments.
With Shane MacGowan's strong vocal command, this cd really livens up.
Popular favorites 'The Irish Rover", "If I Should Fall From Grace With God" and great 'Dirty Old Town" are included in this cd,which was why I recommend this cd over the others.
You needn't have a drink to enjoy.
Highly recommended to anyone who likes something different and upbeat.