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Apparently random selection of tracks
on 5 March 2002
This compilation's title (which comes from 'The Rare Old Mountain Dew') would seem to imply it contains Shane MacGowan's hard-to-find recordings, while a sticker on the case announces it contains 'the hits'. In fact, of the thirteen or so tracks Shane recorded for ZTT that you can't find on his albums 'The Snake' and 'The Crock of Gold', this has only five, while of his nine singles, this has only three. The rest is just his album tracks put out again in a different order, and it's not even a particularly well-sequenced or enjoyable selection. True, it has some of his best songs like 'Aisling' and 'St John of Gods', but it also has some of his least distinguished efforts like 'Ceildh Cowboy' and 'Spanish Lady'. So what the point of it might be is unclear - if you haven't got those five rare tracks you might well want this, but it's a bit of a rip all in all.