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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.
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on 10 January 2002
This recording is a must for any MacGowan fan. The five or six b-sides that appear on it are reason enough to purchase this release, because many of the singles are hard to find. A new favourite of mine is the cover of Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie."
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on 18 February 2005
Alot of people either love him or hate him.Well I'm the first and this collection is very good.I think he finds thePopes a much more relaxing band to play with and this shows in this collection.The only track I find abit disappointing is the first,totally over produced...That's why it gets a 4.If you want one Shane & Popes cd,buy this.Also look at buying the book A Drink With...
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on 19 February 2012
While MacGowan fans waited for his much rumored third solo album this compilation arrived. It's hardly a substitute for new material, but old MacGowan is better than no MacGowan. About half of the album consists of tracks from THE SNAKE and CROCK OF GOLD. The other half are B-sides from singles and other rarities. Of those, "Rake at the Gates of Hell" is worth the price of the CD if you can't find the track elsewhere. Apart from that track, you'd be better off with MacGowan's two solo studio albums. Unless of course you can get all three. Rake at the Gates of Hell: Shane MacGowan in Context
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on 30 June 2010
All i can say is if you are a fan of Shane , buy it! I love this cd and have played it so many times and my fave track is "your the one", it has me singing every time, that voice is just amazing!
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on 28 December 2014
AS DESCRIBED, FAST DELIVERY
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