Very Best of the Pogues

Very Best of the Pogues

by The Pogues
     
 

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There's little question that the Pogues were a seminal band, blessed with great musicians, led by Shane MacGowan, a songwriter of major vision and talent. This was apparent on their initial Stiff singles but it truly blazed on their debut, Rum Sodomy & the Lash, an album that artfully walked the razor's edge between IrishSee more details below

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There's little question that the Pogues were a seminal band, blessed with great musicians, led by Shane MacGowan, a songwriter of major vision and talent. This was apparent on their initial Stiff singles but it truly blazed on their debut, Rum Sodomy & the Lash, an album that artfully walked the razor's edge between Irish traditionalism and venomous, working-class punk. Though they became more accomplished in later albums, they never strayed from this template. What did change, however, was the group's consistency, largely because their fortunes were tied too closely to those of MacGowan. His talent burned intensely, but like a supernova, it flamed out quickly as the singer sank into an abyss of liquor and drugs. He could still turn out some great moments, but his unpredictability became a major liability for the group's very sanity and they had to let him go. Ironically, without Shane aboard, the Pogues started to drift and they only lasted through one more album before calling it a day, leaving behind a body of work that is very well summarized on the European-only compilation, The Very Best of the Pogues. This concentrates heavily on the group's first three albums, where MacGowan's writing was its sharpest and the band sounded best, but it also picks up highlights from erratic albums like Peace and Love and Hell's Ditch. That's not to say this is a perfect collection; it has a tendency to play toward their traditional folk inclinations, which means it overlooks such wonderful moments as their stomping Motown salute "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah," one of the very best singles of the late '80s and early '90s. Even so, this collection is as good a single-disc retrospective as it could be, and it comes very close to capturing the Pogues at their very best.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Warner Spec. MKT. Uk
UPC:
0685738745951
catalogNumber:
387459

Tracks

  1. Dirty Old Town  -  Pogues
  2. The Irish Rover  -  Dubliners
  3. Sally Maclennane  -  Pogues
  4. Fiesta  -  Pogues
  5. A Pair of Brown Eyes  -  Pogues
  6. Fairytale of New York  -  Pogues
  7. The Body of an Amercian  -  Pogues
  8. Streams of Whiskey  -  Pogues
  9. The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn  -  Pogues
  10. If I Should Fall from Grace With God  -  Pogues
  11. Misty Morning, Albert Bridge  -  Pogues
  12. Rain Street  -  Pogues
  13. White City  -  Pogues
  14. A Rainy Nigyht in Soho  -  Pogues
  15. London Girl  -  Pogues
  16. Boys from the County Hell  -  Pogues
  17. The Sunnyside of the Street  -  Pogues
  18. Summer in Siam  -  Pogues
  19. Hell's Ditch  -  Pogues
  20. The Old Main Drag  -  Pogues
  21. The Band Played Waltzing Matilda  -  Pogues

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pogues   Primary Artist
Dubliners   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Producer
Joe Strummer   Producer
Stan Brennan   Producer
Harold Burgon   Engineer
Eamonn Campbell   Producer
Paul Cobbold   Engineer
Chris Dickie   Engineer
Colin Farley   Engineer
Jem Finer   Composer
Dave Jordan   Engineer
Nick Lacey   Engineer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Shane MacGowan   Composer
Nick Robbins   Engineer
Paul Scully   Engineer
Craig Thomson   Engineer
Fiachra Trench   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment,Bass Arrangement
Roy Spong   Engineer
Craig Thompson   Engineer
Gavin Martin   Liner Notes

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