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The Very Best of The Pogues [Import, Original recording remastered]

The PoguesAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 11, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B00005A472
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,377 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dirty Old Town
2. The Irish Rovers
3. Sally MacLennane
4. Fiesta
5. A Pair Of Brown Eyes
6. Fairytale Of New York
7. The Body Of An American
8. Streams Of Whiskey
9. The 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. A Rainy Night In Soho
15. London Girl
16. Boys From The County Hell
17. The Sunnyside Of The Street
18. Summer In Siam
19. Hell's Ditch
20. The Old Main Drag
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Digitally Remastered Collection of 21 Songs that Encapsulate the Lyrical Genius of Shane Macgowan and the Musical Mayhem of the Pogues. Featured Songs Include 'irish Rover', a Raucous Collaboration with the Dubliners, Ewan Maccoll's 'dirty Old Town' and 'fairytale of New York' and More.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect mix of punk and Irish folk... November 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Pogues are one hell of a band. No other Irish folk band that I've heard can actually play as well as these guys. Shane's drunken voice makes you feel like you're in the old green country.

The punk elements on this cd are awesome too. I recommend it to anyone who likes who likes punk such as the Pistols...I've heard Rotten and MacGowan are friends and used to hang out together when they were in the 70's London punk scene.

This cd represents the Pogues very well- it has a great mixture of their music, my personal favs being "Body of an American," "Streams of Whiskey," and "The Old Main Drag," (a grim tale of a young man's early experience of first arriving in London from Ireland). Also worth noting is the fact that Joe Strummer from The Clash produced a bunch of tracks on here.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better July 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I think they could have done a better job of picking "Best Of" songs. As much as this costs, do yourself a favor, spend a little more and just buy "Rum Sodomy & the Lash", and "If I Should Fall From Grace with God". I think you'll be much happier, especially if you are new to the Pogues.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GLORIOUS DRUNKEN MESS August 1, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
We could all sing a sad lament for the tragic fact that the first two Pogues albums are no longer avaialable stateside. They are brilliant, angry, drunken, joyful and perfect works. This compilation (which is a more extensive collection than its predecessor "The Best of...") will console Pogue fans like a bottle of Bushmills whiskey. Along with some of the better cuts from the first two Pogue platters are some fine later selections "If I Should Fall...", "Fairytale of New York" and the startlingly beautiful "Rainy Night in Soho". "Rainy Night in Soho" was previously only available on an EP (remember those?) and then on "The Best of". It is arguably one of their greatest songs. I could lament several omissions like "Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go" like the ranting lout that I am, but I have only high praise for the songs included on the disc. The disc is a joy from start to finish full of the fury, chaos, tragedy and joy that made the Pogues such a brilliant band. The fact that this is only available as an import in the States is a further testament to the patheticly pedestrian mentality of American record companies. The American Pogues fans will be waiting for you out in the alley. This is music that needs to be more widely available. Enjoy it and revel in it.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close enough... May 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The Pogues. Can you clasify them? Classic. Always. Timeless: yes. 5 studio albums with Shane & 2 without. So far, 4 "best ofs." But none of them have hit the mark so far. This one comes close, but still misses out on a couple.
Any Pogues fan buying "The Very Best of..." will no doubt have the rest anyway & will argue "why is this one there, but that one not?" But the best bands of all time are all like that - everyone has their favourite.
But take The Pogues & I would argue that 21 songs isn't enough. Half of Red Roses... is missing, and you could include all of ...Fall from Grace with God - the best album of all time. Similarly, Boat Train, Night Train to Lorca & London You're a Lady are missing from Peace and Love and a couple from Hell's Ditch.
But that is the beauty of The Pogues - other Pogues fans will probably disagree with what I have said & recommend another 10 still.
In short, if you are a Pogues fan already, you will own all the albums. If not, and you buy this one - I strongly recommend that you buy If I Should Fall From Grace With God & follow it up with Red Roses For Me & Rum, Sodomy And The Lash. 15 - 20 years on, these songs haven't aged, and Shane's lyrics are timeless still.
I was in love with The Pogues' songs, then read Shane's lyrics & they blew me away. But it wasn't just him - and it's a pity that he's on the front cover of the album, as The Pogues were so much more than Shane. They were almost nothing without him, but The Popes are nothing compared to The Pogues, so Shane needed the Pogues as much as the other way around.
Whatever... Classic. Timeless. Lyrical genius & the fastest songs you will ever hear, mixed in with love songs that are unsurpassed. You'll not be disappointed by the 21 songs, but buy the albums & you'll see what I mean.
Roll on June 8 & the Finsbury Fleadh.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Uplifting January 11, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This cd is full to the brim of lovely folk sounds.
Traditonal, classic Irish instrumental backing withaccordion, banjo,mandolin and flute are a refreshing change from more conventional instruments.
With Shane MacGowan's strong vocal command, this cd really livens up.
Popular favorites 'The Irish Rover", "If I Should Fall From Grace With God" and great 'Dirty Old Town" are included in this cd,which was why I recommend this cd over the others.
You needn't have a drink to enjoy.
Highly recommended to anyone who likes something different and upbeat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Pogues Best Of... October 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
One of the classic groups of our time, the Pogues possessed that intangible, instantly memorable "something" that set them apart from all other bands of their era. As a result, their music has not dated a bit. As with Fairport Convention in the `60s, the Pogues deserve much credits for opening ears to Irish folk/Celtic music through their irreverent, high-energy, decidedly non-traditional approach. They started out basically as a bunch of young punks playing Irish drinking songs and gradually evolved into one of the most original and legendary groups of the 1980s. On a good night, they were the best live band on the planet.

The Very Best of the Pogues is the best currently available overview of the band. Although, it definitely is not perfect. Their opus If I Should Fall From Grace is under-represented in favor of too many tracks off the original lineup's weaker, last album Hell's Ditch. Terry Woods' excellent compositions ("Young Ned Of The Hill," "Gatlorey Rats") are ignored as are the band's punkier rebel tunes. And, perhaps most egregiously, the Pogues' most heartbreaking song, "Thousand Are Sailing," is missing. Other than those gripes, this is a decent compilation that provides a much needed crisp remastering of these songs.

There are real benefits to owning this for fans who already have most of the Pogues' records. Three out of four of the songs from the rare Elvis Costello-produced Poguetry In Motion EP (never made available on CD in the US) are here. They are on par in quality with the classic Rum, Sodomy & The Lash. The terrific collaboration with the Dubliners on the Irish pub standard "The Irish Rover" is included as well. This rendition is equivalent to a classic meeting of elder & youthful giants (i.e. "Duke & Coltrane")--that alone makes this worthwhile.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Is this album really remastered?
I already own The Best Of The Pogues album, but decided to purchase this compilation through Amazon because it is stated that the album has been remastered and it has a some extra... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
I really enjoyed my CD. I loved all the songs on it. The CD arrived without any problems and in excellent condition.
Published 11 months ago by Shelley Browne
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for celtic rooted fans...
This is their must have album, tons of classics, beautifully done. This is what set the stage for some many later celtic rock/punk bands.
Published 20 months ago by M. Purcell
5.0 out of 5 stars The ecxcellent Pogues
An excellent collection of the Pogues best stuff. Good for both long term fans and people who just want a taster
Published 21 months ago by John Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of songs
This album gives a nice overview of the Pogues. It has lots of great songs on it and many good ones. If you like Irish music with a touch of punk, i.e. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Scott Aday
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite bands of all time.
If you are a fan of the Pogues you will enjoy this album very much. They are as unique as they are talented. I still remember the first time I heard "Dirty Old Town". Read more
Published on October 6, 2012 by Juggernaut4671
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak Compilation
Some pretty poor choices on here. Mostly fast-paced festive songs and some slow cheesy ballads. "Summer in Siam" is probably the worst song from Hell's Ditch, and they included... Read more
Published on October 6, 2012 by Jingleballs
5.0 out of 5 stars Pogues-The Very Best of
The title says it all, it's the best of the Pogues and is my new favorite. The range of talent and styles in this group is amazing and I'm hooked!
Published on April 28, 2012 by ARackow
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very best of the Pogues
Received the CD VERY QUICKLY and loved it. Just bought a Subaru Forester so playing it in the car is really cool. Would recommend the seller.
Published on April 20, 2012 by Judith Kowalski
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Copy
I bought this as a new product from a company in NC. I have no idea what was wrong with it, however the quality of sound on the disc couldn't be worse. Read more
Published on March 1, 2012 by sccerb
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