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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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Dirty Old Town
The Pogues
00:03:45

Philip Chevron, Guitar - The Pogues, Vocals, MainArtist - Ewan MacColl, Writer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Producer - Nick Robbins, Engineer - Paul Scully, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals - Jem Finer, Banjo - James Fearnley, Accordion - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Cait O'Riordan, Bass Guitar - Dick Cuthell, French Horn - Tommy Keane, Uillean Pipe - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle - Henry Benagh, Fiddle

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd.

2
The Irish Rover (feat. The Dubliners)
Various Interprets
00:04:08

Eamonn Campbell, Producer, Writer - Philip Chevron, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals - The Pogues, Arranger, MainArtist - Traditional, Writer - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Engineer - Chris Dickie, Engineer - Paul Scully, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Guitar, Vocals - Jem Finer, Banjo, Saxophone, Mandola - Joseph Crofts, Writer - Harold Burgon, Engineer - Nick Lacey, Engineer - ROY SPONG, Engineer - James Fearnley, Accordion, Cello, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Writer, Dulcimer - Terry Woods, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Cittern, Dulcimer, Concertina, Mandola, Tenor Banjo - Andrew Ranken, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica - Dave Jordan, Engineer - Darryl Hunt, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals - The Dubliners, Arranger, FeaturedArtist - John Sheahan, Writer - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle, Vocals, Writer - Sean Cannon, Writer

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Sally MacLennane
The Pogues
00:02:45

Philip Chevron, Guitar - The Pogues, MainArtist - ELVIS COSTELLO, Producer - Nick Robbins, Engineer - Paul Scully, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo - James Fearnley, Accordion - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Cait O'Riordan, Bass Guitar - Dick Cuthell, French Horn - Tommy Keane, Uillean Pipe - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle - Henry Benagh, Fiddle

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd.

4
Fiesta
The Pogues
00:04:12

Rudi Lindt, Writer - Philip Chevron, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals - The Pogues, MainArtist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Engineer, Production - Chris Dickie, Engineer - Paul Scully, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo, Saxophone, Writer, Mandola - Nick Lacey, Engineer - ROY SPONG, Engineer - James Fearnley, Accordion, Cello, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Dulcimer - Terry Woods, Guitar, Vocals, Cittern, Dulcimer, Concertina, Mandola, Tenor Banjo - Andrew Ranken, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica - Dave Jordan, Engineer - Darryl Hunt, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle, Vocals - Edmund Koetscher, Writer

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1988 Warner Music UK Ltd.

5
A Pair of Brown Eyes
The Pogues
00:05:01

Philip Chevron, Guitar - The Pogues, MainArtist - ELVIS COSTELLO, Producer - Nick Robbins, Engineer - Paul Scully, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo - James Fearnley, Accordion - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Cait O'Riordan, Bass Guitar - Dick Cuthell, French Horn - Tommy Keane, Uillean Pipe - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle - Henry Benagh, Fiddle

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd.

6
Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl)
Various Interprets
00:04:32

Philip Chevron, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals - The Pogues, Lead Vocals, Performance, MainArtist - Fiachra Trench, String Arranger, Strings - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Engineer - KIRSTY MACCOLL, FeaturedArtist - Chris Dickie, Engineer - Paul Scully, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo, Saxophone, Writer, Mandola - Nick Lacey, Engineer - ROY SPONG, Engineer - James Fearnley, Accordion, String Arranger, Cello, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Dulcimer - Terry Woods, Guitar, Vocals, Cittern, Dulcimer, Concertina, Mandola, Tenor Banjo - Andrew Ranken, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica - Dave Jordan, Engineer - Darryl Hunt, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle, Vocals

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd

7
The Body of an American
The Pogues
00:04:43

Philip Chevron, Guitar - The Pogues, MainArtist - ELVIS COSTELLO, Producer - Nick Robbins, Engineer - Paul Scully, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo - James Fearnley, Accordion - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Cait O'Riordan, Bass Guitar - Dick Cuthell, French Horn - Tommy Keane, Uillean Pipe - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle - Henry Benagh, Fiddle

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd.

8
Streams of Whiskey
The Pogues
00:02:32

The Pogues, MainArtist - Nick Robbins, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo - James Fearnley, Accordion - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Craig Thomson, Engineer - Stan Brennan, Producer - Cait O'Riordan, Bass Guitar - Bilbo, Mastering Engineer - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd.

9
The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn
The Pogues
00:03:00

Philip Chevron, Guitar - The Pogues, MainArtist - ELVIS COSTELLO, Producer - Nick Robbins, Engineer - Paul Scully, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo - James Fearnley, Accordion - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Cait O'Riordan, Bass Guitar - Dick Cuthell, French Horn - Tommy Keane, Uillean Pipe - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle - Henry Benagh, Fiddle

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd.

10
If I Should Fall from Grace with God
The Pogues
00:02:20

Philip Chevron, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals - The Pogues, MainArtist - Steve Lillywhite, Producer, Engineer - Chris Dickie, Engineer - Paul Scully, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo, Saxophone, Mandola - Nick Lacey, Engineer - ROY SPONG, Engineer - James Fearnley, Accordion, Cello, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Dulcimer - Terry Woods, Guitar, Vocals, Cittern, Dulcimer, Concertina, Mandola, Tenor Banjo - Andrew Ranken, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Harmonica - Dave Jordan, Engineer - Darryl Hunt, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle, Vocals

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1988 Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Misty Morning, Albert Bridge
The Pogues
00:03:01

Philip Chevron, Guitar - The Pogues, MainArtist - Fiachra Trench, Brass Arranger, String Arranger - Paul Taylor, Trombone - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Chris Dickie, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals - Jem Finer, Banjo, Writer - Nick Lacey, Engineer, Assistant Engineer - James Fearnley, Accordion - Terry Woods, Mandolin, Cittern - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Darryl Hunt, Bass Guitar - Eli Thompson, Trumpet - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle - Brian Clarke, Alto Saxophone - Joey Cashman, Tenor Saxophone

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd.

12
Rain Street
The Pogues
00:04:01

Philip Chevron, Guitar - The Pogues, MainArtist - JOE STRUMMER, Producer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo, Guitar, Saxophone, Hurdy-gurdy, Mandola - James Fearnley, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Sitar, Kalimba Percussion - Terry Woods, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Cittern, Autoharp, Concertina - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Darryl Hunt, Bass Guitar - Paul Cobbold, Engineer - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle, Vocals, Harmonica

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1990 Warner Music UK Ltd

13
White City
The Pogues
00:02:31

Philip Chevron, Guitar - The Pogues, MainArtist - Paul Taylor, Trombone - Steve Lillywhite, Producer - Chris Dickie, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo - Nick Lacey, Engineer, Assistant Engineer - James Fearnley, Accordion - Terry Woods, Mandolin, Cittern - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Darryl Hunt, Bass Guitar - Eli Thompson, Trumpet - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle - Brian Clarke, Alto Saxophone - Joey Cashman, Tenor Saxophone

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1989 Warner Music UK Ltd.

14
A Rainy Night in Soho
The Pogues
00:04:43

Philip Chevron, Guitar - The Pogues, MainArtist - Steve Lillywhite, Mixing Engineer, Produced by - Chris Dickie, Additional Engineer - ELVIS COSTELLO, Producer - Nick Robbins, Engineer - Paul Scully, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo - James Fearnley, Accordion - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Cait O'Riordan, Bass Guitar - Dick Cuthell, French Horn - Tommy Keane, Uillean Pipe - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle - Henry Benagh, Fiddle

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1991 Warner Music UK Ltd.

15
London Girl
The Pogues
00:03:05

Philip Chevron, Guitar - The Pogues, MainArtist - ELVIS COSTELLO, Producer - Nick Robbins, Engineer - Paul Scully, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo - James Fearnley, Accordion - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Cait O'Riordan, Bass Guitar - Dick Cuthell, French Horn - Tommy Keane, Uillean Pipe - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle - Henry Benagh, Fiddle

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd.

16
Boys from the County Hell
The Pogues
00:02:56

The Pogues, MainArtist - Nick Robbins, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo - James Fearnley, Accordion - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Craig Thomson, Engineer - Stan Brennan, Producer - Cait O'Riordan, Bass Guitar - Bilbo, Mastering Engineer - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd.

17
The Sunnyside of the Street
The Pogues
00:02:44

The Pogues, Performed by, MainArtist - JOE STRUMMER, Producer - Shane Macgowan, Writer - Jem Finer, Writer - Paul Cobbold, Engineer

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1990 Warner Music UK Ltd.

18
Summer in Siam
The Pogues
00:04:07

Philip Chevron, Guitar - The Pogues, MainArtist - JOE STRUMMER, Producer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo, Guitar, Saxophone, Hurdy-gurdy, Mandola - James Fearnley, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Sitar, Kalimba Percussion - Terry Woods, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Cittern, Autoharp, Concertina - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Darryl Hunt, Bass Guitar - Paul Cobbold, Engineer - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle, Vocals, Harmonica

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1990 Warner Music UK Ltd.

19
Hell's Ditch
The Pogues
00:03:04

Philip Chevron, Guitar - The Pogues, MainArtist - JOE STRUMMER, Producer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo, Guitar, Saxophone, Writer, Hurdy-gurdy, Mandola - James Fearnley, Accordion, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Sitar, Kalimba Percussion - Terry Woods, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Cittern, Autoharp, Concertina - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Darryl Hunt, Bass Guitar - Paul Cobbold, Engineer - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle, Vocals, Harmonica

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1990 Warner Music UK Ltd.

20
The Old Main Drag
The Pogues
00:03:19

Philip Chevron, Guitar - The Pogues, MainArtist - ELVIS COSTELLO, Producer - Nick Robbins, Engineer - Paul Scully, Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals, Writer - Jem Finer, Banjo - James Fearnley, Accordion - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Cait O'Riordan, Bass Guitar - Dick Cuthell, French Horn - Tommy Keane, Uillean Pipe - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle - Henry Benagh, Fiddle

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd.

21
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
The Pogues
00:04:52

The Pogues, MainArtist - Nick Robbins, Mixer, Mixing Engineer - Shane Macgowan, Vocals - Jem Finer, Banjo - Eric Bogle, Writer - James Fearnley, Accordion - Andrew Ranken, Drums - Craig Thomson, Engineer - Stan Brennan, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Cait O'Riordan, Bass Guitar - Bilbo, Mastering Engineer - Spider Stacy, Tin Whistle

© 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd.

Album Description

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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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