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If I Should Fall From Grace With God [Expanded] (US Version)

5 Sept. 1988 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 5 Sept. 1988
  • Release Date: 5 Sept. 1988
  • Label: WM UK
  • Copyright: 2004 Warner Music UK Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:03:56
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,690 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Pogues third album grabs you by the scruff of the neck and forces you down the pub the second you put it on. MacGowan takes us on a journey from London to Ireland to New York to God knows where, stopping at every boozer on the way.
The Pogues really found their feet on this record without losing a drop of the alcohol-induced rawness that made them one of the few real live bands of the eighties. The opening (title)track has Shane singing of God and death in a way that makes you want to waste all your money and shout 'fuck you', with a tune that gets in your head and stays there. The 'Turkish Song of the Damned' is full of spectral imagery, a tale of dead sailors and a wailing old woman. The Pogues give it a taste of the East but end with a rousing, punk-injected Irish jig, All this, apparently inspired by a German fan mispronouncing 'The Turkey Song' by The Damned.
'Bottle of smoke' flies along with all the pace of a Cheltenham gold cup winner. A day at the races pissed up and pissed off until it romps home at twenty-fucking-five to one. Marvellous.
Next comes 'Fairy Tale of New York'; drugs, booze and broken hearts in an Irish-American Christmas card, guaranteed to make you laugh and cry at the same time, possibly the best Christmas song ever written.
Beautifully written by Phil Chevron, 'Thousands Are sailing' tells of the Irish leaving for America full of hope and fear. It's about leaving the place you love and the loneliness of a man far away from home. MacGowan's emotive rendition makes this the highlight of the album.
'Fiesta' is a shambolic extravaganza of a tune: MacGowan, 90mph in pidgin Spanish. To quote the man himself, "It's just about a bunch of wankers going to Spain in the Summer".
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J.R.Hartley VINE VOICE on 27 July 2006
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I've been a Pogues fan for 20 years now, listen to them pretty much every day and have lost count of the number of times I've seen them live. The Pogues do not conform and have a fierce rebellious streak that is tinged with cheeky mischief and outright drunken beligerance. What a refreshing change from the mechanical music product culture of today. This album became an instant classic when it was released in early 1988 and for good reason: the songs are crackers and are the usual blend of traditional songs revived and reinvigorated by thr Booze Brothers, original songs by the one and only Shane MacGowan and a few pearls from the other boys. The poetic lyrics coupled with the magnificent musicianship make it an experience to savour and each listen reveals the subtlety and delicacy of the arrangement. The only donkey on the whole album is Sit Down By The Fire as it seems rushed and Shane can't be bothered to sing it properly but even that has a certain charm. The stand-out songs for me are the joyful Broad Majestic Shannon, the embittered Thousands Are Sailing, the riotously sinister Turkish Song Of The Damned and the immortal Fairytale Of New York.

The remastered version (which I bought to replace the original CD, which I bought to replace the original LP!) featuring a few classic extras, including the magnificent collaborations with the Dubliners for The Irish Rover and Mountain Dew, just make it all the better and confirm this album as the key Pogues album to own. It catches the boys at their productive zenith where they are still creating great music and they haven't begun the decline that clearly showed on Peace & Love. More than anything, it sounds like they are having a ball.

Some sensitive listeners might not like a couple of the songs, especially Bottle Of Smoke, for the high expletive count, but that would be like criticising a great painting because a few of the brush strokes are a bit too heavy. Give yourself a treat and order a copy now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Derbyshire on 22 Nov. 2007
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In 1987, Shane MacGowan was a brilliant man in a hurry. The Pogues were his second group, and he was hoping not to repeat the mistakes of first combo the zesty but peripheral Nips. His big idea, to mix the Irish folk music with which he'd grown up with the punk energy that had fired his soul as a teenager, was a magnificent one. Record company wrangles, however, had stopped the group putting anything out for over a year and Shane's wholehearted commitment to the rock'n'roll lifestyle meant he was on a short fuse.

Happily, before his strength gave out he led the brilliant Pogues to produce their masterpiece If I Should Fall From Grace With God. The hiatus in the band's recording career just meant that they had amassed better songs, and constant touring to keep them in readies had made them tighter than a bluebottle's arse. Their third album benefited from an openness to other traditions (not to mention the songwriting talent of fellow Pogues Finer, Chevron and Woods) without losing the passion the Pogues had always channelled through the Irish music of MacGowan's forbears.

So - here we have blistering pop brilliance, defiant political belligerence, lurching hurdy-gurdy, sweeping romance, cosmopolitan swing, bilious nostalgia, frenetic foul-mouthed bombast, Mardi Gras mayhem and much, much more. Everyone knows the beautiful `Fairy Tale of New York', featuring the pitch-perfect Kirsty MacColl, but only arguably is it the best song on this album. You owe it to yourself to hear the rest and decide for yourself.

This expanded edition has extra tracks, including `The Irish Rover' and `The Rare Auld Mountain Dew' recorded with the Dubliners.
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