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Album: Very Best Of (Aus)
# Song Title   Time
1)    Dirty Old Town
2)    Irish Rover
3)    Sally Maclennane
4)    Fiesta
5)    Pair of Brown Eyes
6)    Fairytale of New York
7)    Body of an American
8)    Streams of Whiskey
9)    Sick Bed of Cuchulainn
10)    If I Should Fall From Grace With God
11)    Misty Morning Albert Bridge
12)    Rain Street
13)    White City
14)    Rainy Night in Soho
15)    London Girl
16)    Boys From the County Hell
17)    Sunnyside of the Street
18)    Summer in Siam
19)    Hell's Ditch
20)    Old Main Drag
21)    Band Played Waltzing Matilda
 

Album: Very Best Of (Aus)
# Song Title   Time
1)    Dirty Old Town
2)    Irish Rover
3)    Sally Maclennane
4)    Fiesta
5)    Pair of Brown Eyes
6)    Fairytale of New York
7)    Body of an American
8)    Streams of Whiskey
9)    Sick Bed of Cuchulainn
10)    If I Should Fall From Grace With God
11)    Misty Morning Albert Bridge
12)    Rain Street
13)    White City
14)    Rainy Night in Soho
15)    London Girl
16)    Boys From the County Hell
17)    Sunnyside of the Street
18)    Summer in Siam
19)    Hell's Ditch
20)    Old Main Drag
21)    Band Played Waltzing Matilda
 
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  • This Australian import edition of THE VERY BEST OF THE POGUES features 21 tracks including "Pair of Brown Eyes" and "White City."
  • 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
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