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Pogues The Ultimate Collection [2 Discs]
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1. A Rainy Night In Soho

2. Sally Mclenane

3. The Irish Rover

4. Dirty Old Town

5. Fairytale Of New York

6. Streams Of Whiskey

7. If I Should Fall From Grace With God

8. Fiesta

9. Body Of An American

10. Misty Morning Albert Bridge

11. Repeal Of The Licencing Laws

12. Boys From The Country Hell

13. Sunnyside Of The Street

14. A Pair Of Brown Eyes

15. Summer In Siam

16. The Sickbed Of Cuchulainn

17. London Girl

18. Tuesday Morning

19. White City

20. Hells Ditch

21. Young Ned Of The Hill

22. I'm A Man You Don't Meet Everyday

23. Thousands Are Sailing

24. Streams Of Whiskey [Live At Brixton Academy]

25. If I Should Fall From Grace With God [Live At Brixton Academ

26. Boys From The County Hell [Live At Brixton Academy]

27. Broad Majestic Shannon

28. Ned Of The Hill [Live At Brixton Academy]

29. Turkish Song Of The Damned [Live At Brixton Academy]

30. Rainy Night In Soho [Live At Brixton Academy]

31. Tuesday Morning [Live At Brixton Academy]

32. Rain Street [Live At Brixton Academy]

33. Pair Of Brown Eyes [Live At Brixton Academy]

34. Repeal Of The Licensing Laws [Live At Brixton Academy]

35. Old Man Drag [Live At Brixton Academy]

36. Thousands Are Sailing [Live At Brixton Academy]

37. Body Of An American [Live At Brixton Academy]

38. Lullaby Of London [Live At Brixton Academy]

39. Dirty Old Town [Live At Brixton Academy]

40. Bottle Of Smoke [Live At Brixton Academy]

41. Sick Bed Of Cuchulainn [Live At Brixton Academy]

42. Sally Mclennane [Live At Brixton Academy]

43. Fairytale Of New York [Live At Brixton Academy]

44. Fiesta [Live At Brixton Academy]

45. Irish Rover [Live At Brixton Academy]

Performer Notes
  • THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION features 45 tracks by Irish rockers taken from both the studio and their fiery live performances and includes the tracks "Rainy Night In Soho," "Irish Rover," "Fiesta," and Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town."
  • Personnel: Philip Chevron (vocals, guitar); Jem Finer (vocals, banjo, mandola, saxophone); Terry Woods (vocals, cittern, mandolin); Spider Stacy (vocals, tin whistle); Darryl Hunt, Laura Lee MacMahon, Shane MacGowan (vocals); James Fearnley (mandolin, accordion); Andrew Ranken (harmonica, drums); James Knight, Tom Chant (saxophone).
  • Audio Mixers: Michael Brook; Nick Robbins; Rob Keyloch.
  • Recording information: Brixton Academy, London, England (12/22/2001/12/23/2001).
  • Photographer: Ian McKell.
  • Arranger: Fiachra Trench.
  • For those who only know the Pogues from their duet Christmas hit with Kirsty MacColl, "Fairytale of New York," or don't know anything about the Irish group at all, this album is an excellent place to start. Featuring 23 highlights from the group's catalog -- with three tracks from Red Roses for Me, eight from Rum Sodomy & the Lash, five from If I Should Fall from Grace with God, three each from Peace and Love and Hell's Ditch, and just one track from Waiting for Herb, recorded as Shane MacGowan sank deeper into alcoholism -- Ultimate Collection is a fair summary of the band's output over a period of nearly 20 years. They were never a singles band -- in fact, their only Top Ten hits were the aforementioned Christmas single and a duet with the Dubliners on the traditional Irish jig "The Irish Rover" -- but the Pogues nevertheless became one of the most successful traditional Irish folk bands, with their defining points consisting of Shane MacGowan's distinctive slurring vocals and working-class political lyrics. They had released hit collections previously, but both the 1991 albums The Best of the Pogues and The Essential Pogues were condensed 14-track albums, and 2001's The Very Best of the Pogues contained 21 tracks on a single CD. This double CD is a revamped version of the latter album, but also includes a bonus disc featuring a full show recorded at the Brixton Academy in 2001, featuring live versions of many of the tracks featured on disc one. As the years go by, the Christmas hit "Fairytale of New York" appears to get more and more popular, originally peaking at number two in 1987, number three in 2005, number six in 2006, and number four in 2007, as the tale of two sparring aging partners has consistently topped the U.K.'s polls of the nation's favorite Christmas records, and inclusion of this one track does The Ultimate Collection no harm at all. ~ Sharon Mawer
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