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  • Audio CD (February 8, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Steamhammer Us
  • ASIN: B000040OLI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Paddy Rolling Stone
2. Rock 'N' Roll Paddy
3. Paddy Public Enemy No. 1
4. Back In The County Hell
5. Lonesome Highway
6. Come To The Bower
7. Ceilidh Cowboy
8. More Pricks Than Kicks
9. Truck Drivin' Man
10. Joey's In America
11. B&I Ferry
12. Mother Mo Chroi
13. Spanish Lady
14. St. John Of Gods
15. Skipping Rhymes
16. Maclennan
17. Wand'rin' Star

Editorial Reviews

Import reissue of 1997 solo album by the former leader of The Pogues, his second. Featuring the single 'Lonesome Highway', the album deepens & extends Shane's very personal themes & obsessions and confirms his reputation as one of the most ferociously poetic & powerfully impressionistic rock writers. 17 tracks total. Standard jewelcase.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James G. Mundie on May 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Shane MacGowan is one of those immortal whiskey-pickled individuals who -- God willing -- will long outlast his own teeth. Well, if not Shane personally, certainly his music will remain. There's a certain drunken playfulness about this album that grows on me each time I listen to it. The songs are stripped down to the point where there seems to be barely enough flesh to hold them together, yet they bring forth a surprising energy and whimsy. A sublime ridiculousness pervades the whole album, so that even a song such as "Paddy Public Enemy No.1" (about the violent exploits of a sociopath too violent for the IRA) seems jolly and playful, like the skipping rhymes one encounters later. Not for everyone, certainly, but wonderful.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By johkerr on May 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
at first listen, i instantly noticed shane's singing is much more slurred and partially incomprehensible. i quickly got past it and found the album absoltely addicting. the band is gearing more and more into a country/hillbilly sound. it may sound like a turn off to some ,but the hillbilly stuff is pure fun. the album still has it's rocking paddy songs as well as the customary irish instumentals. highly recommended to anyone who likes fun music. my favorites are "paddy rolling stone" and "st. john of gods". its excellent driving music. if you like this listen to the popes "holloway boulevard".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tommy O'Toole on March 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is an album that you'll return to again and again, and one with hidden depths. Shane's most consistent work since The Pogues' 'If I Should Fall from Grace with God', he mixes Irish folk with a country twang and washes of slide guitar, rock'n'roll and dub reggae. If not a concept album, this seems to progress in theme, from the brashness and bravado towards the start with 'Paddy Rolling Stone', 'Rock'n'Roll Paddy' and 'Back in the County Hell', through more sensitive numbers like 'Lonesome Highway' and 'Mother Mo Chroi' to a kind of wistful nihilism towards the end with 'St. John of Gods' and its world-weary refrain of "F yez all, f yez all". The lyrics are by turns cynical, caustic, gentle and funny (the reggae pastiche 'B & I Ferry' praises "Mighty, mighty Jar"), and a flavour of the hazy world of MacGowan is conveyed. Tragic beauty in the most unlikely of places.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Istvan on March 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The utter disregard for commercialty in lyrical content displayed in this work ensures its five-star rating. Shane should have left the Pogues much earlier! Some songs have radio "success" potential but will never get airplay. I'd rather hoard them for myself and my friends anyway. As for the production A++! I'll buy any & all repackaged recordings to get them all & I'll down as many cases of Kilkenny as necessary in the process.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Dolan on August 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
For decades, Irish music has twiddled away about the glories of the Tan war, and shied away from any attacks of the Brit-inspired horrors of the contemporary Six Counties. If anyone was going to take that on, it would have to be Shane McGowan; the rest are far too cowardly to try. It was there in his earlier songs, but muted. Now he's said it outright: "Send the stupid bastards home." And--surprise, surprise!--all the ignorant have made a chorus of howls against him. So shocked are they by his impudence that they've failed to notice songs like "St John of God," which are among the most beautiful he's ever written. The more you know about the history of Irish music, the more delightful this cd becomes. For example, McGowan's used the tune of "The Man from Mullingar"--a nice, safe song about the Tan War--to write "Paddy Public Enemy Number One," a song about Dominic McGlinchey. All the green-beer-drinking blowhards from Chicago to Rathmines spewed their Guinness when they heard that one. Oh, the wonder of it! The courage, and the sheer casual brilliance of it! Ah, but the fools don't like it--and they're the majority in any town.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sean Holland on June 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
FYI, Canada...you criticze Sean McCoy BUT I can't put much stock into YOUR review. Anyone who states: "Shane MacGowan wrote very little of the material he performed or recorded with the Pogues" is obviously NOT a fan.
Shane's original written material has been included in books of Modern Irish Poetry, books on the Irish in America, etc. He has had BBC specials dedicated to his songwriting genius. He is widely acclaimed as one of the finest songwriters in England. Where do you get off?
Songs like: "Body of An American," "A Pair of Brown Eyes," "A Rainy Night in Soho" "Fairytale of New York" (about which Christy Moore said was 'among his modern favorite songs of all-time) "The Broad, Majestic Shannon" "Lullaby of London" "Sally MacLennane" "Boys From County Hell" "White City" are all classics and all penned by MacGowan (some with help from other Pogues)...the list goes on and on and on, my friend.
Shane obviously was and is a fan/student of the Irish folk song and the Pogues DID do their share of covers, but to make the assinine, blanket statement you made was absurd.
"The Crock of Gold" is a good album and contains higlights such as "St. John of Gods", "More Pricks Than Kicks" and "Paddy Public Enemy No. 1" (which I know uses the music from "Man from Mullingar" but it's sentiment and guts along make it worthwhile.)
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