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

5 Sep 1988

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Song Title Artist
If I Should Fall From Grace With God The Pogues
Turkish Song Of The Damned The Pogues
Bottle Of Smoke The Pogues
Fairytale Of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl) The Pogues
Metropolis The Pogues
Thousands Are Sailing The Pogues
Fiesta The Pogues
Medley: The Recruiting Sergeant / The Rocky Road To Dublin / Galway Races The Pogues
Streets Of Sorrow / Birmingham Six The Pogues
Lullaby Of London The Pogues
Sit Down By The Fire The Pogues
The Broad Majestic Shannon The Pogues
Worms The Pogues
The Battle March Medley The Pogues
The Irish Rover (feat. The Dubliners) The Pogues
Mountain Dew The Pogues with The Dubliners
Shanne Bradley The Pogues
Sketches Of Spain The Pogues
South Australia The Pogues

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  • Original Release Date: 5 Sep 1988
  • Release Date: 5 Sep 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 (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,702 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pinnacle of The Pogues 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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pogues' demented pop album. 5 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
So, the Pogues build on the sound of their first two albums - inviting producer Steve Lillywhite along for the ride - and producing their ultimate pop album in the process. This is the Pogues the way people like to remember them... drunken Irish caricatures who fused traditional Celtic elements with the sound of punk rock, poetic lyrics, and more blue language than a Tarantino monologue. It still sounds great, something I marvel at every time I go back to this record, safe in the knowledge that this music will sound just as great in another fifteen years. It's a testament to all concerned, with MacGowan writing some his best compositions alongside great musicians like Andrew Ranken, Spider Stacey, James Fearnley, Terry Woods, Jem Finer and Phillip Chevron, not to mention the influence of Lillywhite, who brings along the same production magic that worked so well for artists like U2, Morrissey and XTC.
This is the sound and style that the Pogues had been leading up to, already appearing on Top of the Pops with the Dubliners to perform the Irish Rover and getting some great notices for their previous album, the Costello produced classic Rum Sodomy & the Lash, but this seemed to go further, making the Pogues sound relevant to even mainstream radio stations, but without that nagging feeling of compromise. It's as if the band actually set out to make a more commercial record; so naturally the whole thing (melody, lyrics, instrumentation and production) have been lovingly put together and, as a result of this, the whole thing just flows perfectly to create a great listening experience that never feels laboured.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Macgowan at his best !!
Everything thats good about Celtic music. Rock, punk and traditional sounds plus Macgowan's unique vocal. a truely great album from a brilliant band.
Published 18 days ago by humpy grumpy
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes please
the Pogues were one of the best bands of the 80's and this & 'Hells Ditch' to my mind are classic's of the time. Good stuff
Published 1 month ago by Richard Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Bawdy & rebellious, the Pogues' best album defines the folk-punk sound...
Released early in 1988, `If I should fall from grace with God' was the third and best album from The Pogues. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Guardian
5.0 out of 5 stars Pogues album
I bought this album on the strength of the record Rum, Sodomy and the Lash which I bought back in the 80's or early 90's and loved. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bryan Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars good quality recording
excellent enjoyed listening to this, bought for me as a present. good quality sound and recording. would recommend to fans new or old.
Published 2 months ago by sweepingbrush
4.0 out of 5 stars That distinctive voice
Shane's voice is recognizable streets away. This re-issue is a great album, featuring some fantastic numbers, especially the iconic and timeless "Lullaby of New York". Read more
Published 3 months ago by I. A. Wright
1.0 out of 5 stars It didn't work
The CD didn't work - the music sounded like it was under water - clearly a defective copy.

Amazon replaced it - the second copy was exactly the same. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David G Eckett
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot...
...possibly expand on the great reviews below. A stunning album that should appeal to punks, folkies and all who love music. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hitch22
5.0 out of 5 stars Pogues album brilliant!
Looking for South Australia for my brother's birthday as born there - best version in my view is the Pogues plus rest of album brilliant.!
Published 10 months ago by Andrew Bulman
5.0 out of 5 stars Shane at his best
Bought this to replace a worn out tape i had of this album,hadn't listened to it for quite a long time and had forgoten how fantastic it is,this is without doubt my favourite... Read more
Published 14 months ago by GraemeR
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