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  • Audio CD (6 Feb. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ztt
  • ASIN: B00000I5MG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. Nancy Whiskey [Explicit]The Popes 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. The Song With No Name [Explicit]The Popes 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Aisling [Explicit]The Popes 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Roddy McCorley [Explicit]The Popes 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Victoria [Explicit]The Popes 4:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. That Woman's Got Me Drinking [Explicit]The Popes 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. You're The One [Explicit]The Popes 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. A Mexican Funderal in Paris [Explicit]The Popes 4:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. The Rising Of The Moon [Explicit]The Popes 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
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14. Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway [Explicit]The Popes 4:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
15. Bring Down The Lamp [Explicit]The Popes 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
16. Donegal Express [Explicit]The Popes 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian Wood, Author of 'Here's 2 Absent Fathers' on 14 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
The album no one expected Shane MacGowan to make, written off by his original band, his manager, the music press, everyone in fact except his own audience.

The album sets off like a chain saw attacking the listener with an unexpected electric guitar and a head of steam fuelled by MacGowan own past with `The Church of the Holy Spook' and `That Woman's Got Me Drinking' (the guitar on the later been supplied by MacGowan drinking buddy Johnny Depp). Things calm down with the more Pogue like `The Song with No Name', the haunting `Aisling' and `I'll Be Your Handbag'. The first side of the original disc concludes with Gerry Rafferty's `Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway' which MacGowan makes his own with his wonderful inflection and fantastic twist.

Side two kicks off with `A Mexican Funeral in Paris' which sounds like an outtake from The Pogues `Hell's Ditch' l.p. After that MacGowan really raises the bar with `The Snake with Eyes of Garnet' a contender for his best song despite great completion, not least from `Donegal Express' which follows on like a, err, steam train. `Victoria', MacGowan's song to his long suffering partner continues the more `rock' element to this album before finishing with the traditional `The Rising of the Moon' and the instrumental `Bring Down the Lamp'.

A fantastic album and so much better for exceeding our wildest expectations; if only all comebacks could be so good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Mamrak on 25 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
THE SNAKE is Shane MacGowan's 1st solo album. Post Pogues MacGowan was older, perhaps mellowed, and in charge of the recording studio. The eight years spent touring with the Pogues had taken some toll on MacGowan's voice, but the wear and tear accents the spirit of the songs. Co-producer Dave Jordan, a long time Pogues technician and friend, knew first hand what the early Pogues, Irish dance music, and Shane MacGowan were all about. Not only does it sound the way MacGowan wanted it to sound, it sounds very good. Significantly, Irish rebel songs are back. It's true there is country, rock, and punk in the mix, but the spirit and overall sound is Irish dance music as only Shane MacGowan can deliver it. Two of the Dubliners, John Sheahan (fiddle and whistles) and Barney McKenna (banjo), played on the record. Siobahn Sheahan contributed Irish harp and Tomas Lynch added uillean pipes. Apart from a few traditional numbers, MacGowan wrote all but one of the songs. The themes are Irish to the core. There are drinking songs, songs steeped in Irish history, songs touched by Catholicism, an Irish instrumental dance number, and above all love songs.
MacGowan reached deep into the bag of Irish tradition for the album's two rebel songs, "Roddy McCorley" and "The Rising of the Moon." On the latter, Shane's retelling of Irish farmers optimistically gathering by the river in the moonlight, primitive weapons called pikes in hand, is as stirring as any I've heard. MacGowan's pursuit of Irish history continues in what comes closest to the album's title song, "The Snake with Eyes of Garnet." It deals with James Mangan, a Dublin born Republican Catholic who some critics consider the first modern Irish poet. THE SNAKE also contains what may be the most Irish of all MacGowan's songs, "Aisling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimi Jac on 1 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Or as I like to call it, "The fourth great Pogues album". This is such a strong record, it defiantly deserves to rank alongside Pogue albums such as "Rum, Sodomy.." & "If I should Fall..".
The album continues the Irish-folk flavour, but wish a hard rock feel on some of the tracks.
Unfortunately this was the last great MacGowan work (at the time of writing), he did release a follow up "Crock of Gold" several years later, but it made for pretty depressing listening.
So I suggest you stick to this mini-masterpiece & enjoy Shane at his creative peak.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
Shane MacGowan is arguably one of the finest Irish song writers of modern times so it shouldn't have come as a suprise (although it did to some prehaps more because of his life style choices than a fair assement of his ability)that he should have produced a post pogues album of such startling quality. His contribution to Irish music (especially in its now new found accepted status as a world music - how many people had heard irish music before Fairytale of New York?) has been hugh although greatly under rated and this album adds to his catolog of work without in anyway dilluting its quality. The album opens with "Church of..." which is a sort of reworking of "That Old Time Religion" and works well as a good attention grabber for the tracks that follow. Incidently this track was realeased as a limited edition single and the accompanying poster promotion material (a close up of which you see on the album cover) quite shockingly featured a martyr'd like crucified Shane causing no end of conterversy when they were plastered up around Dublin, something which the artist was later to regret. Track two features Johnny Depp (he of scissorhand fame no less)on guitar which has to amount to the bizarest musical coupling in pop history (This was performed live on Top of the Pops complete with teenage girls screaming at a somewhat bemused MacGowan and his "heart throb" pope)in a energy drivin punk tune on woman and drinking (You can also check it out on the much underated Buscemi film Trees Lounge). Tracks Three and Four are vintage MacGowan returning him back to his familar lyricaly powerful irish turf. The first "The song with ....Read more ›
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