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Dirty Old Town - The Platinum Collection
Dirty Old Town - The Platinum Collection
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £3.98

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but other compilations are better, 23 Sept. 2005
The Pogues were one of the greatest bands of the '80 and definitely the finest example of how to blend together raw punk/rock music and traditional Irish folk songs. The leader of the band and main song writer was Shane Mac Gowan, an immensely gifted songwriter and lyricist of world renown. The c.d. offers a fairly decent selection from various stages of the band both with Shane Mac Gowan and without. Unfortunately, Fairytale of New York - surely one of the nicest Pogues songs and their only top ten single in the U.K.- has not been included. Moreover no previously unreleased song has been included.
Overall a quite good compilation, but not as good as the Ultimate Collection (worth getting for the fantastic live c.d.) and the Very Best of the Pogues. Both of them are more expensive than this one, but they are worth the money. Get them rather than this one.


Christmas Lullaby
Christmas Lullaby
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £27.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Christmas to all from Shane, 5 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Christmas Lullaby (Audio CD)
This 4-track E.P. was released for Christmas 1996 and in addition to the Christmassy title track features the good "Paddy Rolling Stone" (which later on will be the opener of the album "Crock of gold"), the reckless rock'n'roll sounding "Hippy Hippy Shake" and the slow traditional "Danny Boy". None of these songs is below average, but unfortunately none is really good, either. All in all a decent purchase, but nothing you couldn't live without. Only for the true fan.


Loch'd and Loaded
Loch'd and Loaded
Offered by marvelio-uk
Price: £6.29

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Punk music with lots of bagpipes, 5 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Loch'd and Loaded (Audio CD)
The Real McKenzies come from Canada and like Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly play punk music with a strong folk-traditional music influence. The peculiarity of the Real McKenzies is that their main influence is Scottish music and they have got double bagpipes integrated in every song. Needless to say bagpipes play a big part in the sound of the band... The best tracks are probably the opener "Nessie", the traditional "Flower of Scotland" and "Swords of a thousand men" (the latter also played by Skyclad on their album "Folkemon"). However, the album is really consistent and all tracks are more than average. A very good album ("only" four stars because it is just 30-minute long and there is still room for improvement).


Original Dubliners
Original Dubliners
Offered by Side Two
Price: £4.99

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of the story. An absolute must have., 2 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Original Dubliners (Audio CD)
The Dubliners formed in 1962 and this double cd-set features the first 4 albums that the band recorded for EMI between 1966 and 1969. All in all 56 essential tracks - digitally remastered - that brought Irish folk music to the masses and helped the band to establish themselves as THE Irish band. This is the original line-up - featuring Ronnie Drew and Luke Kelly - and the digital sound helps to appreciate the virtuosity of the playing and the charisma of the singing. "Whisky in the jar", "Nancy whiskey", "Roddy McCorley", "Galway races" and "The auld triangle" are only a few of the timeless classics featured here... timeless classics known to most people in their latest versions played by the Pogues, Thin Lizzy, Metallica, Shane MacGowan & the Popes... Well, that's how everything started. An absolute must have.


Fisherman's Blues
Fisherman's Blues
Price: £6.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An under-rated classic of folk-rock music, 1 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Fisherman's Blues (Audio CD)
Fisherman's blues is one of the finest recordings of the 80's and one of the most under-rated, as well. Bono Vox of U2 once said this was one of his favourite albums. Released in 1988, this timeless classic succeeds in mixing lots of different influences - such as folk, punk, rock, blues and Irish traditional music - in an extremely personal and cohesive way. In fact, although the different influences are easily detectable still the band sounds unique. Along with the music also the lyrics are worth of praise.
In particular the humourous - and witty - "And a bang of the ear" which is a really original love-song and one of the finest tracks of the album. An absolute must-have.


Zeitgeist
Zeitgeist
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £10.23

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy folk-rock music and beautiful ballads, 1 Oct. 2002
This review is from: Zeitgeist (Audio CD)
Zeitgeist is the Levellers' 4th album and the first one recorded by the band in their own recording studio. It consists of 13 tracks many of which absolutely fantastic. After the disappointment of "Levellers", Zeitgeist puts the band firmly back into their former glory (i.e. "Levelling the Land"). The sound is a bit harder than on previous releases, most notably on the single "Hope Street" and the fast-paced "Leave this town". However the catchy celtic-folk-rock tunes which were the trademark of the band are still there, and so are a few beautiful ballads such as "Maid of the river" and "Men-an-Tol". All in all this is definitevely one of the best records in the band's discography and an absolute must-have for all the fans of folk-rock music.


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