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Pogue Mahone
     

Pogue Mahone

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by The Pogues
 

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Pogue Mahone (Gaelic for "kiss my arse") is the seventh and final studio album from lauded progressive Irish folk pioneers the Pogues. After the departure of Shane MacGowan, co-founder Spider Stacy found himself at the helm, singing and sharing songwriting duties with the rest of the group. If their post-MacGowan debut, Waiting for Herb, was a

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Pogue Mahone (Gaelic for "kiss my arse") is the seventh and final studio album from lauded progressive Irish folk pioneers the Pogues. After the departure of Shane MacGowan, co-founder Spider Stacy found himself at the helm, singing and sharing songwriting duties with the rest of the group. If their post-MacGowan debut, Waiting for Herb, was a respectable attempt at recapturing the shape-shifting, genre-splitting days of classic tracks like "Fiesta," "Lorelei," and "Night Train to Lorca," Pogue Mahone is a celebration of the band's inception. Panned by critics and fans who refused to take a "Shane-less" Pogues seriously, both records are a testament to the band's enormous vault of talent. Stacy, who spent most of his career in MacGowan's shadow, rose to the occasion on Herb, offering up what must have been years of oppressed material, most of it remarkable. This time around it's the rest of the group that gets a shot at emptying their catalogs. In fact, Mahone is actually multi-instrumentalist Jem Finer and drummer Andrew Ranken's baby. For the most part they succeed in re-installing the traditional spark that made the group so electrifying in the '80s. Pub rockers like Finer's "Bright Lights" and Ranken's French rave-up "Amadie," while suffering from murky production, are rousing, raucous, and delightful, making one wonder what the public's reaction would have been had Pogue Mahone been a debut from a band nobody had ever heard of. [In 2005, WEA International reissued a re-mastered and expanded version of Pogue Mahone with the the bonus tracks "'Eyes Of An Angel" and a previously unreleased mix of "Love You Till The End."]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Warner Bros Uk
UPC:
0706301121023
catalogNumber:
011210

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pogues   Primary Artist
David Coulter   Mandolin,Tambourine,Ukulele,Djembe,Shaker
Jem Finer   Banjo,Guitar,Hurdy-Gurdy
Stephen Hague   Background Vocals
Darryl Hunt   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Caroline LaVelle   Cello
James McNally   Accordion,Whistle (Instrument),uillean pipes,Low Whistle
Jocelyn Pook   Viola
Andrew Ranken   Drums,Vocals
Sonia Slany   Violin
Spider Stacy   Vocals
Jules Singleton   Violin
Electra Strings   Strings,Group
Anne Wood   Violin
Andrew McNally   Piano,Accordion,Whistle (Instrument)
Stephen Warbeck   Mandolin,Piano,Accordion
Debsey Wykes   Vocals
Steve Brown   Background Vocals
Jamie Clarke   Guitar
Jon Sevink   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Jem Finer   translation
Stephen Hague   Producer
Darryl Hunt   Cover Design,Cover Art
Paul Scully   Live Sound
Steve Brown   Producer,Engineer
Claudia Pöschl   Cover Design,Cover Art

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Pogue Mahone 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard some songs from the Pogues before, and was very impressed. The Pogues come highly recommended and I absolutely love Shane McGowan's drunken Irish singing. Shane McGowan is a legend. He's a brilliant songwriter. Shane McGowan is the Pogues. But McGowan is not with the Pogues for this album. And it severely suffers as a result. I was not aware of this when I purchased this album. I was sorely disappointed. The new singer is mediocre, and the music is rather uninspired. Without Shane McGowan, the Pogues simply don't exist. If you're looking for classic Pogues, don't buy this album. You'd be much better off picking up such classics as "Red Roses For Me" or "Rum, Sodomy, and The Lash". That's what I'll be doing. I only hope I can forgive myself for wasting money on "Pogue Mahone". Maybe it'll grow on me in time. But I doubt it.