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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: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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1. Dirty Old Town
2. The Irish Rover
3. Sally MacLennane
4. Fiesta
5. A Pair Of Brown Eyes
6. Fairytale Of New York
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. Boy's 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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The Pogues are one of the few all time great bands that cannot be defined through a mere best of set, from Miles Davis to the Beatles to the modern day Nirvana. But this is certainly the closest any will ever come, with 21 of the best (with the exception of Fiesta) that will certainly serve as a wonderful introduction for the casual fans. It's also particularly essential to any fans of the Irish pub-punk movement that as of recent years has produced many an heir to their thrones (Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys have been the closest, but lack that intangible Irish spirit that Shane McGowan so mastered, nor are they as adventurous) from one of the finest and most unique bands ever, and possibly the greatest band to emerge from the disaster that was the '80s. If you don't have anything by the Pogues, this is a great place to start. The band recieved raves from, and were even produced by such legends as Elvis Costello and Joe Strummer, frontman of the Clash (perhaps the only band to stretch punk further then the Pogues did). If this isn't reason enough, there'll be no convincing you.
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A classic , my 82 year old Dad loves this group!! Shipped fast and is A1 condition for buying it used!!
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An excellent collection from some of the Pogues greatest music.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a184aec) out of 5 stars 39 reviews
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HASH(0x9a310264) out of 5 stars Perfect mix of punk and Irish folk... Nov. 24 2004
By Paul Hiteshew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Pogues are one hell of a band. No other Irish folk band that I've heard can actually play as well as these guys. Shane's drunken voice makes you feel like you're in the old green country.

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.
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HASH(0x9a7279a8) out of 5 stars Could have been better July 9 2003
By Andrew E. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I think they could have done a better job of picking "Best Of" songs. As much as this costs, do yourself a favor, spend a little more and just buy "Rum Sodomy & the Lash", and "If I Should Fall From Grace with God". I think you'll be much happier, especially if you are new to the Pogues.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a0ba57c) out of 5 stars A GLORIOUS DRUNKEN MESS Aug. 1 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
We could all sing a sad lament for the tragic fact that the first two Pogues albums are no longer avaialable stateside. They are brilliant, angry, drunken, joyful and perfect works. This compilation (which is a more extensive collection than its predecessor "The Best of...") will console Pogue fans like a bottle of Bushmills whiskey. Along with some of the better cuts from the first two Pogue platters are some fine later selections "If I Should Fall...", "Fairytale of New York" and the startlingly beautiful "Rainy Night in Soho". "Rainy Night in Soho" was previously only available on an EP (remember those?) and then on "The Best of". It is arguably one of their greatest songs. I could lament several omissions like "Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go" like the ranting lout that I am, but I have only high praise for the songs included on the disc. The disc is a joy from start to finish full of the fury, chaos, tragedy and joy that made the Pogues such a brilliant band. The fact that this is only available as an import in the States is a further testament to the patheticly pedestrian mentality of American record companies. The American Pogues fans will be waiting for you out in the alley. This is music that needs to be more widely available. Enjoy it and revel in it.
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HASH(0x9a309b94) out of 5 stars Close enough... May 27 2002
By E J G Forsyth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Pogues. Can you clasify them? Classic. Always. Timeless: yes. 5 studio albums with Shane & 2 without. So far, 4 "best ofs." But none of them have hit the mark so far. This one comes close, but still misses out on a couple.
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a165690) out of 5 stars Brilliant and Uplifting Jan. 11 2008
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Format: Audio CD
This cd is full to the brim of lovely folk sounds.
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.