on 12 June 2011
Across The Broad Atlantic - Two tracks stand out here a Hank Williams Cover "Angel of Death" and "Granuaile" the former a drunken baudelairian rasp of the great Macgowan's unmistakable lilt and the late great Tom MacAnimal on banjo there. If you can decipher the first stanza of Granuaile, and though you may wish for the haunting atmosphere of a Spider Stacy tin whistle its the most beautiful (traditional) track on the album. For a slightly different lyrical version of this track can be found by the O'Haloran Brothers I forget the name ofthe album but look out for it if this knid of music appeals to you. Of course you couldn't end a Pogues concern or even a Popes concert without the man going into it with "Fairtale of New York" a piece the establishment tried to censor a couple of years back. Here its with his mum Therese bless her Irish heart. Interesting if a little out of place, she has a beautiful concert hall voice to his drunken rasp which makes him sound older even than she. "Lonesome Highway" my favourite song from the "Crock of Gold" album is totally unlistenable here (and I'm a die hard fun) he ruins it though his sister Siobhan adds some credence with her backing vocals. Last words buy this live recording at your peril the first two songs I spoke of at the begining of this diatribe make it more than worth the money but don't expect perfection.
on 24 December 2003
Here goes, I missed the opportunity to see Shane in concert, so bought this cd instead. Here's a clue to it's potency, I played it through three times on the trot! I could picture the man himself stood there, pint and a fag in his hand, singing like a good un! There are the old classics, and the new stuff as well, a bit of everything for everyone. If anyone can decipher what Shane says at the beginning of 'Poor Paddy Works On The Railway', feel free to post it! Twenty tracks of romping,raging,heart string pulling,pint jiggling,smile producing,pride in Shane himself(good Man!) inducing, gorgeous live music! And to crown it all, he sings 'Fairytale of New York' with his mother,such beauty, such poetry. Sheer bliss! Like Shane? - Love This!
on 13 August 2004
Sorry to say this is terrible, the sound is duff, and instead of hearing rock and roll mixed with irish music.
It is totally twiddly diddly twee irish music,it has a lot of the hits but they just sound terrible, really half arsed.
Plus the fact that we all know that Shane's voice isn't wonderful, but dear oh dear it has virtually gone and is a shadow of his fomer self, half his teeth half gone and he just lisps rasps through every song, he should have given up after the Pogues, although that is harsh the first Popes album is good, the first song "that woman's got me drinking", a good rock and roll number, this is just dirge.