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  • Audio CD (7 Mar. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B0007U8XHU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. A Rainy Night In SohoThe Pogues 4:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sally MacLennaneThe Pogues 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Irish RoverThe Pogues Featuring The Dubliners 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dirty Old TownThe Pogues 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Fairytale Of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl)The Pogues 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Streams Of WhiskeyThe Pogues 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. If I Should Fall From Grace With GodThe Pogues 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. FiestaThe Pogues 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Body Of An AmericanThe Pogues 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Misty Morning, Albert BridgeThe Pogues 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Repeal Of The Licensing LawsThe Pogues 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Boys From The County HellThe Pogues 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Sunnyside Of The StreetThe Pogues 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. A Pair Of Brown Eyes (Edit)The Pogues 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Summer In SiamThe Pogues 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Sick Bed Of CuchulainnThe Pogues 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. London GirlThe Pogues 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Tuesday MorningThe Pogues 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. White CityThe Pogues 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Hell's DitchThe Pogues 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Young Ned Of The HillThe Pogues 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Thousands Are SailingThe Pogues 5:26£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Streams of Whiskey (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. If I Should Fall From Grace With God (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 2:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Boys From The County Hell (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Broad Majestic Shannon (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Young Ned Of The Hill (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Turkish Song Of The Damned (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rainy Night in Soho (Live At The Brixton Academy 2004)The Pogues 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Tuesday Morning (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Rain Street (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Pair Of Brown Eyes (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Repeal of the Licensing Laws (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Old Main Drag (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Thousands Are Sailing (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Body Of An American (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sally MacLennane (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Lullaby Of London (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Dirty Old Town (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Bottle Of Smoke (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. The Sickbed of Cuchulainn (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Fairytale Of New York (Live At The Brixton Academy, London 2001)The Pogues 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Fiesta (Live At The Brixton Academy 2004)The Pogues 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. The Irish Rover (Live At The Brixton Academy 2001)The Pogues 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

Ireland's prodigal son, or whiskey-sodden tragedy case? As frontman for the Pogues, Shane MacGowan always managed to combine the two into one gloriously drunken whole. In the years between 1983 and 1991, the Pogues released five albums marrying the melodies of traditional Irish folk to the energy of punk-rock and rockabilly. The Ultimate Collection comprises a complete compilation of all their essential tunes over 2 CDs. On CD One contains all the chart hits, and CD 2 contains the audio of their legendary concert a Brixton Academy. Standout tracks include "Dirty Old Town", "The Irish Rover" and "Fairytale of New York".

BBC Review

Following on from the remastered editions of all seven of their studio albums, The Pogues release The Ultimate Collection, a celebration of that body of work with a second CD of live material recorded at the Brixton Academy in 2001.

It's difficult not to put the words 'MacGowan' and 'genius' together in the same sentence. For those of you that wonder why, disc one opens with "A Rainy Night In Soho", in which MacGowan exhibits his rare way with words and ability to take something horrible and make it sound beautiful, delicate and, of course, intoxicating.

But it's a shame that he alone is hailed as such a talent, because there were other geniuses in the band. "Fairytale Of New York" was co-written by Jem Finer - the Flann O'Brien de Selby-esque character behind "Longplayer", a piece of music set to run for 1,000 years. Also present were Terry Woods, who formed Steeleye Span, and Philip Chevron, who penned the Christy Moore favourite "Faithful Departed". And then, of course, there were another four amazing musicians at any one time. Phew!

It is a further shame that The Pogues are legends only in Irish folk music, for they brought so much more to the music world than the 'deedle-idly-dum' stuff. Don't get me wrong, their deedly-idles were far from dum, it's just that they ploughed other musical lands and far-away plains: "Fiesta" is a journey through a festival-filled Spanish village with bulls and all; "Summer In Siam" is one verse repeated three and a half times in a heavenly eastern dream; "London Girl" is MacGowan's hat-tip to northern soul (speaking of which, where is "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!"?).

When you look at who produced The Pogues' albums - Elvis Costello, Joe Strummer and U2's Steve Lilywhite amongst others - you'd be forgiven for thinking that they might not be able to pull it off live, especially with MacGowan's notorious alcohol and drug intake. Thankfully, the 2001 recording included here stands as a testament that they could, and much more brilliantly than you might think. --Cormac Heron

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "tobysam3" on 7 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful CD, yes there have been previous 'best of' releases in the past but this is the real thing, all the finest Pogues tracks that possess individual greatness from this unique band.
The second CD contains a full set of a (previously unreleased) live gig, this is a superbly mixed / presented example of the 'Pogues experience'.
It has been said that everyone should see (or witness) the Pogues play live at least once in their lifetime. I for one can endorse that, however if you haven't - listen to this, its an experience to behold.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Pogues, from the early raucos and raw punk folk/punk to the later heartfelt anthems of tragic desperation, never failed to disappoint. Undoubtedly Shane MacGowan is a better lyricist than Lennon and McCartney could ever to be. The homage to the life of Brendan Behan, Streams of Whiskey, was his first ever song and imcapsulates the pure riotness that the early Pogues had. The fact the album kicks off with A Rainy Night In Soho, perhaps MacGowan's finest tune, shows how his reputation for drunken self-destruction is a mere distraction for his sensitive brilliance.
The famous Fairytale Of New York and Irish Rover still sound as good as ever despite being nearly twenty years old. It is also worth noting the writing of the other Pogues, notably Thousands Are Sailing by Phil Chevron, which shows that all the genius in the band was not just down to MacGowan.
However it certainly is MacGowan that made the band what it was, and wrote all the greatest songs, dominating this album with his writing. With songs such as Sunnyside Of The Street we see the way the Pogues changed to a more Eastern style in later years.
Overall this album must rank as one of the greatest compilations of the last few decades, or even ever. The only disappointment is the alck of Sayonara, surely one the great Pogues songs.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Dunleavy on 9 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
You can only pity the people in this world who will only know this band for their only top ten hit, "Fairytale of New York". And most of them probably don't realise that The Pogues are indeed a band, not a gap toothed ugly drunken singer with a rough voice.
This CD, like all the other Pogues compilations falls short of showing the Pogues as they were meant to be known, it just doesn't reveal their soul. To really know them buy "Rum, Sodomy & the Lash". The CD does offer a decent selection from various stages of the life of the band, both with Shane MacGowan and without.
Of course, purists will always argue over which tracks should be included and which should be left out. Overall it is as good as any compilation that could be made of this seminal band. There are songs that capture the dazzling musical talent of the musicians, and there are songs that haunt you with the power and pure emotional magic of Shane's lyrics (And when we got back labelled parts one to three, there was no pair of brown eyes waiting for me).... Oh God.
The bonus disk features songs recorded live over two nights at the now legendary reuninion concerts at Brixton Academy. And I was there. The fact that thousands of people sold out venues all over the country to see this bunch of over-the-hill old timers is testament to the power of the music they produced. The live CD captures the Pogues as they are meant to be heard, live and raw. The full spectrum of emotion is presented here, but why did they not include the heart stopping rendition of "A Man You Don't Meet Everyday"? I swear there were tears in my eyes as we sang along to this with all our passion.
Highlights are the pounding "Dirty Old Town", "A Pair of Brown Eyes" and "Thousands are Sailing". Buy this CD and enjoy the greates songwriter of the last century, along with possibly one of the greatest bands.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 10 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
If there is little or no Pogues in your collection, and there most certainly should be, this could be a great place to start, as disc one gathers all their most influential material; the singles, key album tracks and even a B-side (The Repeal Of The Licensing Laws), while the soul of the band is laid bare on the second disc, the previously unreleased reunion concert that took place over two legendary nights at the Brixton Academy on the lead up to Christmas 2001, with Shane MacGowan back with the band for nearly all the lead vocals (so far as I can tell Spider Stacy takes the lead on Tuesday Morning, Terry Woods sings Young Ned of The Hill, Phil Chevron sings his own Thousands Are Sailing and Lila MacMahon guests with Shane on a rousing Fairytale Of New York), and the band themselves, augmented by the Fiesta Horns, on excellent, sometimes riotous form.

The only obvious omission that I can see is their first single, Dark Streets Of London; however as this is on Red Roses For Me, which you will doubtless be acquiring shortly after playing disc one, this is not a great problem. It would have been an idea, though, to have included the original single as this differed from the album version and is hard to find.

A few notes about which versions have been used where more than one exists: Rainy Night In Soho is the remix that first appeared on the CD release of the Poguetry In Motion EP (the original vinyl mix seems to be unavailable on CD). The Irish Rover, If I Should Fall From Grace With God and A Pair Of Brown Eyes are all the remixed single edits; The Boys From The County Hell is the cleaned-up single version. Only Rainy Night In Soho is duplicated on the expanded editions of the parent albums.
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