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The Very Best Of The Pogues Original recording remastered, Best of

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  • Audio CD (March 13 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Best of
  • Label: Wea U.K.
  • ASIN: B00005A472
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Dirty Old Town
2. The Irish Rover (feat. The Dubliners)
3. Sally MacLennane
4. Fiesta
5. A Pair Of Brown Eyes
6. Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl)
7. The Body of An American
8. Streams of Whiskey
9. The Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn
10. If I Should Fall From Grace With God
11. Misty Morning, Albert Bridge
12. Rain Street
13. White City
14. A Rainy Night in Soho
15. London Girl
16. Boys From The County Hell
17. The Sunnyside Of The Street
18. Summer In Siam
19. Hell's Ditch
20. The Old Main Drag
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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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