Rum Sodomy & the Lash [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
"I saw my task...was to capture them in their dilapidated glory before some more professional producer f*cked them up," Elvis Costello wrote of his role behind the controls for the Pogues' second album, Rum Sodomy & the Lash. One spin of the album proves that Costello accomplished his mission; this album captures all the sweat, fire, and angry joy that was lost in the thin, disembodied recording of the band's debut, and the Pogues sound stronger and tighter without losing a bit of their edge in the process. Rum Sodomy & the Lash also found Shane MacGowan growing steadily as a songwriter; while the debut had its moments, the blazing and bitter roar of the opening ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
"I saw my task...was to capture them in their dilapidated glory before some more professional producer f*cked them up," Elvis Costello wrote of his role behind the controls for the Pogues' second album, Rum Sodomy & the Lash. One spin of the album proves that Costello accomplished his mission; this album captures all the sweat, fire, and angry joy that was lost in the thin, disembodied recording of the band's debut, and the Pogues sound stronger and tighter without losing a bit of their edge in the process. Rum Sodomy & the Lash also found Shane MacGowan growing steadily as a songwriter; while the debut had its moments, the blazing and bitter roar of the opening track, "The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn," made it clear MacGowan had fused the intelligent anger of punk and the sly storytelling of Irish folk as no one had before, and the rent boys' serenade of "The Old Main Drag" and the dazzling, drunken character sketch of "A Pair of Brown Eyes" proved there were plenty of directions where he could take his gifts. And like any good folk group, the Pogues also had a great ear for other people's songs. Bassist Cait O'Riordan's haunting performance of "I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day" is simply superb it must have especially impressed Costello, who would later marry her, and while Shane MacGowan may not have written "Dirty Old Town" or "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda," his wrought, emotionally compelling vocals made them his from then on. Rum Sodomy & the Lash falls just a bit short of being the Pogues' best album, but was the first one to prove that they were a great band, and not just a great idea for a band. [WEA's long-overdue remastered reissue of Rum Sodomy & the Lash features six bonus tracks one of which, "A Pistol for Paddy Garcia," first appeared on the album's initial cassette release, while the others popped up on singles, as well as an appreciation from Tom Waits and informative liner notes from David Quantick; the audio is also a genuine improvement over the album's previous CD release.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227407223
  • Catalog Number: 74072
  • Sales rank: 26,654

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Pogues Primary Artist
Philip Chevron Group Member
Dick Cuthell Horn
James Fearnley Group Member
Jem Finer Group Member
Tommy Keane uillean pipes
Shane MacGowan Group Member
Cait O'Riordan Group Member
Spider Stacy Group Member
Henry Benagh Fiddle
Andrew Rankin Group Member
Technical Credits
Ewan MacColl Composer
Eric Bogle Composer
Elvis Costello Producer
The Pogues Arranger
Tom Waits Poetry, Liner Notes, Introduction
Philip Chevron Producer, Reissue Assistant
James Fearnley Arranger
Jem Finer Arranger, Composer
Darryl Hunt Reissue Assistant, Photo Courtesy
Shane MacGowan Arranger, Composer
Frank Murray Concept, Original Sleeve Design
Cait O'Riordan Arranger
Andrew Ranken Arranger
Nick Robbins Engineer, Remastering
Paul Scully Engineer
Spider Stacy Reissue Assistant
Gem Composer
Phil Smee CD Package Design
Eric James Reissue Assistant
Andrew Rankin Arranger
Rick Conrad Reissue Assistant
Traditional Composer
Carlos Anaia Reissue Assistant
Marcia Farquhar Concept, Original Sleeve Design
J. L. A. Gericault Cover Painting
Peter Mennim Cover Painting
David Quantick Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest of irish folk-punk

    This is dirty, grimy, and raw with emotion. It simply grabs you and won't let go. It's great listening to the whole CD, it's like having a novel read to you. This whole CD is great I would recomend it to anyone with a fondness for irish music and storytelling. Shane MacGowan is extremely talented. It's a shame that he let himself go. P.S. I like Sally MacLennane, it's amazing.

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