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Hell's Ditch [VINYL] Original recording remastered

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  • Vinyl (16 Mar. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. The Sunnyside Of The Street
2. Sayonara
3. The Ghost Of A Smile
4. Hell's Ditch
5. Lorca's Novena
6. Summer In Siam
Disc: 2
1. Rain Street
2. Rainbow Man
3. The Wake Of The Medusa
4. House Of The Gods
5. Five Green Queens And Jean
6. Maidrin Rua
7. Six To Go

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album was the last gasp of Shane MacGowan as singer with the Pogues and has been dismissed as rubbish by some, not least the man himself. However, I think this is a severely underrated album which has a lot to offer. It's not particularly Irish, its main tone being a sort of Spanish-influenced pop/rock, but, the Pogues being the Pogues, it sounds like no other pop or rock I know. There are three types of songs on the album - slightly duff (the out-of-place bluster of 'Rainbow Man'), very pleasant if fairly inconsequential (most of the others) and absolutely brilliant. In the latter category you have the claustrophobic hurdy-gurdy of the title track, the bittersweet urban satire of 'Rain Street', the Latin drama of 'Lorca's Novena' and the gorgeous, lazy, tranquil 'Summer in Siam'. Joe Strummer produces, lending the album a sun-kissed, laid back feeling far removed from the frantic clutter of the previous album, Shane is in comparatively fine voice and the playing is as deft and inventive as you'd expect from the Pogues. It's a great record to play in the early evening in summer, and a fitting end to a fine creative partnership.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
Wow! This is their last album together (Shane and The Pogues) and it is obvious why. Gone is the Punk / Folk that was always such fun and in come quiet melodies. Ok, some of these are quite good, I happen to like lorca's novena and the wake of the medusa, but this album is desperately missing those rollicking numbers that made the Pogues who they were. As for the last three tracks, well I listened to them once and instantly deleted them from my play list. Trust me, that really was a fair judgement of them. Once these tracks are removed then the album becomes Ok, not great, but Ok!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
End of the Pogues 20 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was the last Pogues album to feature the singing and songwriting talents of Shane MacGowan- and if you ask me that makes this the LAST Pogues album. As much I would like to say that the Pogues and MacGowan went out with a bang on their last album together, it just isn't true. "Hell's Ditch" is the weakest of the band's five studio albums.
There is no question that by 1990 MacGowan's alcohol and drug problems (the man's a junkie!) had taken their awful toll on his abilities. His voice on "Hell's Ditch" is no longer the boozy growl of previous efforts but an almost unintelligible mumble. I won't say that his songwriting talents had fully abandoned him- "On Sunnyside on the Street" and "Summer in Siam" are very, very good. However, this album continues the trend started with "Peace & Love"- a good part of the CD features songs written and sung by other members of the band with mixed results. "Hell's Ditch" has a lot of weak filler songs in comparison to previous Pogues albums.
This was the end of the road for the Pogues. "Hell's Ditch" was released in 1990 and the next year MacGowan would be fired by the band on the eve of its U.S. tour. (In September 1991, I would see the Shane-less Pogues perform at NYC's Beacon Theater with Joe Strummer (who produced "Hell's Ditch") filling in as lead singer.) Without question the Pogues were one of the most exciting and unique groups to emerge during the 80's- a raucous blend of Irish folk and British punk. So in comparison to the vast majority of the music being produced in 1990 (Milli Vanilli and Vanilla Ice were chart toppers at the time) Hell's Ditch is a fantastic CD, but when compared to previous Pogues' efforts it doesn't entirely measure up.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The church bell rings, an old drunk sings 20 Dec. 2006
By Jason Michael Crannell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the fifth and final album that the Pogues and Shane MacGowan collaborated on, and it's a nice swan song. While it doesn't quite live up to the stature of the band's first three albums, it's a marked improvement on their fourth record (Peace & Love). It's a surprisingly upbeat album, considering the nature of some of the lyrics, and the outside influences that would soon cause the band to move forward without it's driving force. Songs like "The Sunnyside of the Street", "Sayonara", "Summer in Siam", and "Rain Street" are among the Pogues all time best works. Unfortunately, the album loses it's momentum after a strong first half, and the bonus tracks that are included on the remastered edition, aren't particularly memorable for the most part. Still, for those that love the Pogues, this album is definitely worth purchasing, and enjoying time and time again.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Through the haze, Shane still shines 30 May 2000
By James G. Mundie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While it was clear by the time this album was released that all was not well with the Pogues, there are moments of pure crystaline brilliance on this album that continue to speak to me. "Lorca's Novena" is right up there among the best songs Shane MacGowan ever wrote, and is simply beatiful -- and also horrifying. The patient listener is amply rewarded on this album. There are hardly any of those tedious non-MacGowan moments one finds on "Peace & Love", as "Hell's Ditch" feels more like a harmonious whole than a patchwork of unrelated 'showcase' material for various bandmates.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Parting Glass... 24 Nov. 2006
By Fizzle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
after "If I Should Fall From Grace Of God" you can tell something is happening to Shane MacGowan. On "Red Roses For Me" he sounds sharp intense and clear. When you get to "Hell's Ditch" he sounds muttled confused worn out and his voice has more of a gutteral sound. This is a way better album than "Peace and Love" the music is different than the rest of the albums. The songs on this album have more of a variety from Spanish guitar and Asian influenced music to pop with Shane's great songwriting (But not as great as it was). Many of the songs subjects are based off of Shane's trips to Thailand to dry out. The songs are mostly great but the vocals are harder to listen to since his voice has gone downhill. It is sad all of that talent got stifled by his addictions, I guess this is selfish since if he wasn't so talented I wouldn't care.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Pogues broadening horizons? 17 Nov. 2001
By yinan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Hell's Ditch seems like an effort to blend many different styles of music and to sound more "international." Perhaps it was the influence of Joe Strummer, who produced this album and, as we all know, was in that marvelous British escapade known as The Clash. If you know the Clash, then you probably know the direction Joe Strummer has been heading since the first Clash album. Similar to Peace and Love, some of the songs here are really exceptional and some are just...blah. Unlike Peace and Love, the bad songs here don't go so far as to make me want to flush it down the toilet, but the good songs aren't quite as good as the ones on Peace and Love, either. Of course, there can be no comparison between Hell's Ditch and any of the Pogues' first three albums. They were the work of a higher power. The Sunnyside of the Street is a nice beginning, Sayonara is probably the best song on here, Lorca's Novena is hauntingly beautiful, and House of the Gods is very cute. On the other hand, the song Hell's Ditch is simply disgusting ("I can hear the screams from up above, if it ain't a fist it isn't love") and I am at a loss as to the meanings of songs like Rainbow Man and 5 Green Queens and Jean. Overall, this is a skippy album with the highlights sporadically placed throughout. I would only recommend it to you if you're really insistent on getting all the Pogues albums.
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