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Crock of Gold

3.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 8, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Steamhammer Us
  • ASIN: B000040OLI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By James G. Mundie on May 30, 2000
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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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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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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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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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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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By A Customer on April 12, 2001
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Hey Canada, gosh you sure put me in my place. Thanks (I guess), for pointing out that Shaney Mac didn't write '...Matilda', touche. I don't claim to be an expert on the music, I've been a fan since the mid 80's, all I know about my man Shane is what I hear on the five Pogues discs I own and the 'Snake'. Compared to that body of work, I believe 'Crock of Gold' does not measure up. That goes for the songwriting and the singing, which is listless at best. Repeated listening hasn't changed my opinion, though that's not to say there aren't some decent songs on the album. But don't take my word for it, there are plenty of other reviews, both pro and con, that are both better written and more measured in tone than the one I wrote in July. So, while I'll admit my review lacked restraint, being written while the disappointment was still fresh, at the least I was reviewing a recording I'd actually listened too, nor did I contradict myself as you, in the way you in fact did give time and credence to what in retrospect is an emotional rant untempered by reflection, though more or less accurate for all that. Cheers yourself.
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Half the songs on this CD were great but the other half were a different genre altogether. It seems like they are experimenting with American country music, which just isn't my style. However, if you like country music, you may really like this CD. I think 'Across the Broad Atlantic' takes the best songs on this CD (as well as some great ones from the Pogues) and is an overall better purchase.
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