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The Parting Glass
on 14 January 2008
`The Best of the Pogues' was the sixth album released by The Pogues and marked a watershed for the band. They had sacked founder, principal songwriter and lead singer Shane MacGowan and the album was intended as a end of an era before their projected renascence.
With no lead singer they promoted the album by touring with Joe Strummer and showcased a hybrid of both Clash and Pogues classics. It made a surprisingly pleasant cocktail but failed to promote an album driven by Shane MacGowan.
As a compilation album released whilst vinyl was still the primary media it has many omissions due to length and anyone locking for a full compliment of Pogues classics would be advised to purchase either the later `The Very Best of the Pogues' or `The Ultimate Collection' or buy this along with `The Rest of the Best' released the following year to re-start The Pogues crusade.
That said is does contain fourteen of not only the best The Pogues had to offer but also the best the late eighties had to offer.