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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate!!!!! Pogues, 7 Mar. 2005
This review is from: The Ultimate Collection (2CD) (Audio CD)
This is a wonderful CD, yes there have been previous 'best of' releases in the past but this is the real thing, all the finest Pogues tracks that possess individual greatness from this unique band.
The second CD contains a full set of a (previously unreleased) live gig, this is a superbly mixed / presented example of the 'Pogues experience'.
It has been said that everyone should see (or witness) the Pogues play live at least once in their lifetime. I for one can endorse that, however if you haven't - listen to this, its an experience to behold.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Beatles???, 27 Mar. 2005
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This review is from: The Ultimate Collection (2CD) (Audio CD)
The Pogues, from the early raucos and raw punk folk/punk to the later heartfelt anthems of tragic desperation, never failed to disappoint. Undoubtedly Shane MacGowan is a better lyricist than Lennon and McCartney could ever to be. The homage to the life of Brendan Behan, Streams of Whiskey, was his first ever song and imcapsulates the pure riotness that the early Pogues had. The fact the album kicks off with A Rainy Night In Soho, perhaps MacGowan's finest tune, shows how his reputation for drunken self-destruction is a mere distraction for his sensitive brilliance.
The famous Fairytale Of New York and Irish Rover still sound as good as ever despite being nearly twenty years old. It is also worth noting the writing of the other Pogues, notably Thousands Are Sailing by Phil Chevron, which shows that all the genius in the band was not just down to MacGowan.
However it certainly is MacGowan that made the band what it was, and wrote all the greatest songs, dominating this album with his writing. With songs such as Sunnyside Of The Street we see the way the Pogues changed to a more Eastern style in later years.
Overall this album must rank as one of the greatest compilations of the last few decades, or even ever. The only disappointment is the alck of Sayonara, surely one the great Pogues songs.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money for the bonus disk alone., 9 April 2005
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Kevin Dunleavy (Walthamstow, London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Ultimate Collection (2CD) (Audio CD)
You can only pity the people in this world who will only know this band for their only top ten hit, "Fairytale of New York". And most of them probably don't realise that The Pogues are indeed a band, not a gap toothed ugly drunken singer with a rough voice.
This CD, like all the other Pogues compilations falls short of showing the Pogues as they were meant to be known, it just doesn't reveal their soul. To really know them buy "Rum, Sodomy & the Lash". The CD does offer a decent selection from various stages of the life of the band, both with Shane MacGowan and without.
Of course, purists will always argue over which tracks should be included and which should be left out. Overall it is as good as any compilation that could be made of this seminal band. There are songs that capture the dazzling musical talent of the musicians, and there are songs that haunt you with the power and pure emotional magic of Shane's lyrics (And when we got back labelled parts one to three, there was no pair of brown eyes waiting for me).... Oh God.
The bonus disk features songs recorded live over two nights at the now legendary reuninion concerts at Brixton Academy. And I was there. The fact that thousands of people sold out venues all over the country to see this bunch of over-the-hill old timers is testament to the power of the music they produced. The live CD captures the Pogues as they are meant to be heard, live and raw. The full spectrum of emotion is presented here, but why did they not include the heart stopping rendition of "A Man You Don't Meet Everyday"? I swear there were tears in my eyes as we sang along to this with all our passion.
Highlights are the pounding "Dirty Old Town", "A Pair of Brown Eyes" and "Thousands are Sailing". Buy this CD and enjoy the greates songwriter of the last century, along with possibly one of the greatest bands.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Beginner's Guide + Live Celebration, 10 Aug. 2006
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Lozarithm (Wilts, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Ultimate Collection (2CD) (Audio CD)
If there is little or no Pogues in your collection, and there most certainly should be, this could be a great place to start, as disc one gathers all their most influential material; the singles, key album tracks and even a B-side (The Repeal Of The Licensing Laws), while the soul of the band is laid bare on the second disc, the previously unreleased reunion concert that took place over two legendary nights at the Brixton Academy on the lead up to Christmas 2001, with Shane MacGowan back with the band for nearly all the lead vocals (so far as I can tell Spider Stacy takes the lead on Tuesday Morning, Terry Woods sings Young Ned of The Hill, Phil Chevron sings his own Thousands Are Sailing and Lila MacMahon guests with Shane on a rousing Fairytale Of New York), and the band themselves, augmented by the Fiesta Horns, on excellent, sometimes riotous form.

The only obvious omission that I can see is their first single, Dark Streets Of London; however as this is on Red Roses For Me, which you will doubtless be acquiring shortly after playing disc one, this is not a great problem. It would have been an idea, though, to have included the original single as this differed from the album version and is hard to find.

A few notes about which versions have been used where more than one exists: Rainy Night In Soho is the remix that first appeared on the CD release of the Poguetry In Motion EP (the original vinyl mix seems to be unavailable on CD). The Irish Rover, If I Should Fall From Grace With God and A Pair Of Brown Eyes are all the remixed single edits; The Boys From The County Hell is the cleaned-up single version. Only Rainy Night In Soho is duplicated on the expanded editions of the parent albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings it All Back, 7 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The Ultimate Collection (2CD) (Audio CD)
This is a fabulous offering. The compilation cd is a good place to start if you are new to their music but the real gem is the live cd contained in this package which brings all the atmosphere of their shows straight back across the arches of the years. I was at some of their gigs in the late eighties.If you remember them from then, this is an essential cd for you. The frenzied music,the heat coming off the crushed audience and the stench of sweat.Shane barely able to stand as he drinks and drinks and growls out his wonderful songs.Shane barely able to sit as he growls out a few more. Finally Shane lying down as the band plays on. The front rows of the audience 'Shane Shane - give us a drink !!'singing their hearts out to every tune.Most of the classics are on the live cd. 'Rainy night in Soho','Streams of Whiskey' and 'If..' stand out for me.Play it loud and have your spirits lifted every time you hear it.Absolutely brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great music, 14 Mar. 2013
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Love listening to the old irish songs of the Pogues.

Much better than a lot of the modern stuff.

Good to sing a long to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, 27 Nov. 2013
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The Pogues never disappoint.The album was good value for money and I am looking forward to playing it at Christmas when my family visit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pogues, 31 Dec. 2012
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great cd good sound quality great tracks on it and the live gig cd sounds like your their woul recommend to a freind
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5.0 out of 5 stars wife is happy, 14 Jan. 2013
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wife has wanted this for years. she is very happy. cheap compilation with all the tunes required etc etc etc
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5.0 out of 5 stars cd collection, 21 Feb. 2013
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i enjoy the type of music and play the cd at home and in the car while driving its very good
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