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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000091ZRL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Nov. 1999
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This is the Pogues best album. Shamefully overlooked in favour of the more polished (but still great) 'Rum...', this captures the anarchic energy of a band bursting to be heard. With coarser, more confrontational lyrics and mad energy this is alive and kicking. Pogue Mahone indeed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Aug. 2000
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My Dad had a Clancy Brothers (the 4 jersey's)album which I loved as a boy; when I first heard the Pogues it was the Clancy Bros for nutters. It was the sight of Spider Stacy smahing a beer tray off his head on the Tube that first got me interested. Bought RRFM. My mum thought I'd joined the orange lodge the first time I put it on. What can I say, ultimately my favourite album ever. Not one bad song and each one a varying combination of passion and beauty and energy and roots and authenticity and roughness and total mentalness as well as cracking music. The genuine article. Got Shane McGowan's autograph once, it said ACAB,Shane. Thats what RRFM was all about, that attitude in music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Wood, Author of 'Here's 2 Absent Fathers' on 14 Jan. 2008
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`Red Roses for Me' is the blistering debut of London Irish band The Pogues signalling the start of their world wide campaign to not only reconcile their love of Punk Rock and traditional Irish folk music but to ensure everyone else did.

The campaign rips off like a siege with `Transmetrpolitan' outlining their agenda with a machine gun pace, this gives way to a lively tin whistle lead march `The Battle of Brisbane'. Behan's poem `The Auld Triangle' is set to ghost like music to give us a breather before `Waxie's Dargle' assaults us with it's violent fish wife duet with tin stray accompaniment. The pace then never slips on the first side of the original l.p. with the `lend us ten pound and I'll buy you a drink' sloganing of `Boys from the County Hell' to a chase through the `Dark Streets of London'.

Side Two sets the pace as we career headlong though one of Shane MacGowan's many masterpieces `Streams of Whiskey'. At this point again the listener is allowed to catch his breath as we move away from MacGowan's writing to update a trilogy of Traditional Irish Fare before MacGowan brings us full circle `Down in the Ground Where the Dead Man Go'. The album finishes with the haunting `Kitty' showing just what a deft touch The Pogues could use at this early stage of their career.

A fantastic rollercoaster of a debut album and an indication of what height would later be achieved. If you don't like this album then all I can say is `Pogue Mahone'.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2006
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Sometimes things seem to connect with a past they don't actually belong to, but perhaps should have. Desiderata might seem to have been the work of a seventeenth century monk, but we now know it to have been written by a lawyer in 1927. The Ploughman's Lunch conjures visions of medieval farmworkers relaxing from their heavy toil over a wholesome refreshment, but was apparently conjured up by the English Country Cheese Council in 1960.
Red Roses For Me, with its organic marriage of Shane MacGowan's brilliant compositions and rowdy performances of traditional Irish drinking songs and rebel balladry, played on predominantly acoustic instruments, seems to embody hundreds of years of Ireland's musical history, but nobody has managed to come up any recorded precedents.

The former Shane O'Hooligan is the first to acknowledge his debt to such as the poets Brendan Behan and James Clarence Mangan, and musically to the Dubliners. However great they were, however, no Dubliners record could be mistaken for one by the Pogues, unless the Pogues were playing on it.

This astounding debut appeared fully-formed and gloriously unique, preceded only by their single Dark Streets Of London (in a slightly different version to that on the album), its surface shambolics belying a solid musical and lyrical depth and maturity. Red Roses For Me was produced by Stan Brennan, who ran Rocks Off Records in West One, where Shane sometimes served behind the counter. It was his long term mission to get the band off the ground, and he managed to pour the Pogue magic, unspilled and distilled, into the flagon at Wapping's tiny Elephant Studios.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Mamrak on 25 Feb. 2012
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This first Pogues album is not their best, but MacGowan's take on "Kitty," (the obscure Irish Republican lament he learned from his mother)alone is worth the price. "Streams of Whiskey," MacGowan's homage to Brendan Behan, was the first hint of the songwriter Macgowan would become. MacGowan's vocal on Behan's "Auld Triangle" is outstanding as well. The remaining cuts, both the MacGowan originals and the covers, are all barnburners that made up the Pogues' early live sets. Rake at the Gates of Hell: Shane MacGowan in Context
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 29 Feb. 2008
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Like most people, my initial introduction to the Pogues came via that perennial yuletide favourite, Fairytale of New York - a great song that would act as the creative yard-stick to which all future Pogue-related releases (and Christmas singles) would be measured, due in part to the excellent production of Steve Lilywhite - which managed to perfectly capture the instrumental prowess of the band at their most polished, whilst simultaneously making the evocative gutter-poetry of Shane MacGowan relevant to even the most bourgeoisie of middle-class musical aficionados. As great as that song is (and the album from which it came), The Pogues were always better when producing work that captured the same wild, rambling and often shambolic spirit and feeling that would make their legendary early live performances just so legendary to begin with.

So, here we have a record that delivers just that, with the sound of Red Roses for Me illustrating the band at the height of their energetic prowess, as they move seamlessly from a collection of traditional Irish folk standards (bolstered by that punk rock energy and that trademark Pogues sound) to wild and raucous MacGowan penned originals, which really helps set the scene for their follow up album, Rum Sodomy & the Lash. For me, it's probably a better album than the more celebrated (Elvis Costello produced) follow up, with the loud sound and wild, freewheeling performances here, managing to capture the true spirit of The Pogues in all their untamed glory.

Opening track Transmetropolitan is great stuff, perfectly introducing the sound of The Pogues with that clambering instrumentation and dissonant chorus of screaming voices, with Shane intoning that great sing-along chorus "going transmetropolitan -- yip-eye-ay!
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