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If I Should Fall From Grace With God

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Shane was at a new level of songwriting brilliance when Steve Lillywhite produced this 1988 LP. Fairytale of New York; The Broad Majestic Shannon; Bottle of Smoke this is the Pogues' masterpiece, here with Mountain Dew; Shanne Bradley , and four more bonus rarities.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000H8SFMK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When they first appeared, people referred to the Pogues as an 'Irish punk' outfit. Since then I've heard them recategorized half a dozen times. But nomenclature aside, there's no disputing what the Pogues brought to music in the eighties and nineties.

Few artists communicate as effectively as Shane MacGowan, few voices in music are as immediately recognizeable as his. His lyrical gifts outpace even our most prolific songwriters. When MacGowan writes for himself, he ultimately writes for all of us.

I'm not one of those hyphenated Americans that need go back eight generations for an identity, but when I hear this music, it calls to something inside of me, something I suspect not even Ellis Island can fully erase.
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This was the first Pogues album I ever bought. I had listened to Peace and Love when it came out, but I had (I am embarrassed to admit) dismissed this band as creators of "pirate music". And indeed, they do have a bit of a sea-shanty feel to them at times on their romps. But for me to continue to hold the "pirate" opinion would have been to blindly ignore the tremendous musicality and brilliant poetry of this band.
Most everyone realizes that the drunken delivery of Shane McGowan of poetic lyrics are brilliant. But would the brilliance come through without the tight composition of rollicking Irish music that backs the words? The seven backing musicians, especially on the fast, punk-tinged romps such as "Sit Down By The Fire" and the title track, show of a virtuosity unknown within the realm of punk (the place where most people put the Pogues). Songs such as "Metropolis" are nothing short of amazing. Songs such as "The Broad Majestic Shannon" glisten with a Joycean sheen of Guinness in pubs on a Saturday morning before going off to watch the local rugby club combined with a feeling of a stone house in a heather lea in the mist. Old Ireland meets "London Calling".
I have a collection of almost 1000 cds, and this one is always in the rotation, along with "Rain Dogs" by Tom Waits, David Bowie's "Heroes", and "Workbook" by Bob Mould. While it may take a few listens to really discover what makes this disc tick, it is worth the effort. Nothing short of the most rewarding disc to come out of England in the mid-80s.
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If "Rum, Sodomy and the Lash" confirmed the Pogues as no mere novelty act, than "If I Should Fall From Grace With God," is the triumph that they deserved. Shane MacGowan's writing was now at mythical proportions, with such songs as the title track, "Lullaby of London, Bottle of Smoke, and The Broad Majestic Shannon." Phil Chevron's song "Thousands Are Sailing," about the Irish diaspora, proved that MacGowan wasn't the only talented songwriter in the band. This album also contains the best Christmas song ever, the MacGowan/Finer "Fairytale of New York, featuring the late Kristy MacColl. This release also showed the Pogues expanding their boundaries adding jazz ("Metropolis") Spanish flamenco ("Fiesta") and Middle Eastern tunes ("Turkish Song of the Damned") into their rollicking Irish set. "Streets of Sorrow/Birmingham Six" showed MacGowan tackling political issues for the first time, and if you want to see the Pogues tear through some numbers than "Sit Down By the Fire, and Medley" find them doing just that. Overall, "If I Should Fall From Grace With God," is a brilliant democratically written album from a band at their most creative peak.

The new remastered version contains the Terry Woods instrumental "The Battle March Medley, and the traditional "South Australia." The Pogues and Dubliners duets on the "Irish Rover and Rare Ol' Mountain Dew" are on here as well. Shanne Bradley, a beautiful instrumental by Shane MacGowan, and Jem Finer's "Sketches of Spain," round off the bonus tracks.
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By BMD on October 25, 2006
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A completely flawless album from the band that invented "Irish/rock/punk/folk," or whatever you want to call them. None of those labels really apply. The Pogues should really be called an Irish soul band. This album was the pinnacle of Shane MacGowan's lyrical power, which led Bono to say, "I don't think anyone writes better songs than Shane." From the snarling rage of the opening track, to the heartbreaking melody of Fairytale of New York, to the understated beauty of The Broad Majestic Shannon, this is an album that's hard to stop listening to.
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By A Customer on June 19, 2000
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As a longtime Pogues fan I can only say "WOW" when I put "If I Should Fall From Grace..." in the CD player. I had the good fortune to meet Liam Clancy of the Clancy Brothers once and while talking with him over a cup of tea I mentioned my affection for the Pogues to which he replied... "The Pogues are a cross between the Clancy Brothers and the Sex Pistols...with five teeth between them." If that isn't a ringing enough endorsement to buy this CD I don't know what is.
I've heard the album, no lie, over 1,000 times and every time I am struck with awe at the passion and musicianship and songwriting prowess of Shane, Spider (aka "three teeth") and the boys. Streets of Sorrow/Birmingham Six has enough raw power and emotion to transport the listener to the troubled streets of Belfast. And the two tracks on the CD which don't appear on the original album, the Broad Majestic Shannon and South Australia (I think that's the name of the song) are worth the $$$ alone. The music is fantastic as the band produces it's most mature and self-assured sound of any of their albums.
Grab a pint of Guiness, put the CD on, sit back and enjoy this talented band that kicks serious ass while playing traditional instruments of their forefathers.
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