Hell's Ditch: Expanded & Remastered

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After the embattled recording of the Pogues' Peace and Love, with Shane MacGowan clearly at odds with his bandmates and their musical direction while contributing little in the way of new songs, Hell's Ditch seemed at once like a step forward and a step back for the group. While Peace and Love suggested the Pogues had grown weary of the hot-rodded Celtic sounds that had been their trademark, Hell's Ditch found the band back in more familiar territory and sounding much refreshed; if there wasn't anything as manic as the high points of Rum Sodomy & the Lash or If I Should Fall from Grace with God, these sessions reveal the Pogues had found their feet and were sounding ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After the embattled recording of the Pogues' Peace and Love, with Shane MacGowan clearly at odds with his bandmates and their musical direction while contributing little in the way of new songs, Hell's Ditch seemed at once like a step forward and a step back for the group. While Peace and Love suggested the Pogues had grown weary of the hot-rodded Celtic sounds that had been their trademark, Hell's Ditch found the band back in more familiar territory and sounding much refreshed; if there wasn't anything as manic as the high points of Rum Sodomy & the Lash or If I Should Fall from Grace with God, these sessions reveal the Pogues had found their feet and were sounding like a band again, and while a few of MacGowan's songs lead them through his fascination with Asian and Latin accents, the musicians were able to fuse them with their own trademark style rather than being subsumed by them; the Pogues rarely sounded as graceful or a comfortable as they do on Hell's Ditch. However, MacGowan's songwriting still hadn't regained the fire and acidity that made the group's first three albums so powerful, and Terry Woods and Jem Finer don't quite pick up the slack. More importantly, while Joe Strummer's production served the band well, he was seemingly too fond of MacGowan to tell him when his vocals were all but unintelligible, and many of the songs are all but sunk by Shane's sloppy, mush-mouthed, and booze-addled delivery, which is difficult to unravel even by his standards. While there are many pearly moments on Hell's Ditch that suggest the work of a happier and more unified band than on their previous albums, MacGowan's poorly focused performances are a handicap the Pogues couldn't overcome, and it seems appropriate this was the band's last studio album with their primary songwriter and frontman. [In 2006, Rhino Records reissued Hell's Ditch with remastered audio, new liner notes including a poetic appreciation of the band from Tom Waits, and seven bonus tracks. Of the bonus material, the most immediately impressive numbers are the jaunty instrumental "Squid Out of Water," a stripped-down early take of "Rainy Night in Soho," and a full-bodied cover of "Whiskey in the Jar"; however, only serious fans of both football and the Pogues will need to hear "Jack's Heroes," which was written in support of Ireland's team in the 1990 World Cup tournament and hasn't dated especially well.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227406721
  • Catalog Number: 74067
  • Sales rank: 150,943

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Sunnyside of the Street (2:44)
  2. 2 Sayonara (3:06)
  3. 3 The Ghost of a Smile (2:58)
  4. 4 Hell's Ditch (3:03)
  5. 5 Lorca's Novena (4:40)
  6. 6 Summer in Siam (4:07)
  7. 7 Rain Street (4:00)
  8. 8 Rainbow Man (2:45)
  9. 9 The Wake of the Medusa (3:04)
  10. 10 House of the Gods (3:46)
  11. 11 5 Green Queens & Jean (2:35)
  12. 12 Maidrin Rua (1:47)
  13. 13 Six to Go (3:00)
  14. 14 Whiskey in the Jar (2:41)
  15. 15 Bastard Landlord (3:09)
  16. 16 Infinity (2:48)
  17. 17 Curse of Love (2:43)
  18. 18 Squid Out of Water (3:47)
  19. 19 Jack's Heroes (3:06)
  20. 20 Rainy Night in Soho (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Pogues Primary Artist
Philip Chevron Guitar
James Fearnley Accordion
Jem Finer Banjo
Darryl Hunt Bass, Bass Guitar
Shane MacGowan Vocals
Andrew Ranken Drums
Spider Stacy Human Whistle
Terry Woods Mandolin
Technical Credits
Joe Strummer Producer, Audio Production
Tom Waits Liner Notes
Philip Chevron Reissue Assistant
Paul Cobbold Engineer
Jem Finer Composer
Darryl Hunt Reissue Assistant, Photo Courtesy
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Shane MacGowan Composer
Nick Robbins Remastering
Spider Stacy Composer, Reissue Assistant, Whistle
Terry Woods Composer, Producer
Josh Cheuse Original Cover Artwork
Gavin Martin Liner Notes
Rick Conrad Reissue Assistant
David Jordan Producer
Traditional Composer
Carlos Anaia Reissue Assistant
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