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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Good, The Very Bad and The Very Ugly.
Their is a time in the career of most bands whom started playing over twenty five years ago when a desire for product means that the archive is dusted down for a set of demos and outtakes which generally detract from rather than add to the majesty of the band. Not so here, this is no Curates Egg but rather a Treasure Trove of material.

Neither `Red Roses for...
Published on 13 Jun 2008 by Ian Wood, Author of 'Here's 2 ...

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2.0 out of 5 stars For Fans Only
I love the Pogues but there's a reason most of this stuff was never released. There's a few great tracks on here but I doubt I'll listen to most of it ever again. This is certainly for fans only.
Published on 1 Aug 2008 by ozcanuck


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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Good, The Very Bad and The Very Ugly., 13 Jun 2008
Their is a time in the career of most bands whom started playing over twenty five years ago when a desire for product means that the archive is dusted down for a set of demos and outtakes which generally detract from rather than add to the majesty of the band. Not so here, this is no Curates Egg but rather a Treasure Trove of material.

Neither `Red Roses for Me' nor `Rum, Sodomy and the Lash' yielded any outtakes but most of the vocal tracks are represented here with either demo, radio session or live versions. The `Pogetry in Motion' e.p. had had a further song, `Do you Believe in Magic?' which although you can see why it wouldn't displace any of the songs that made the final cut is still a great addition to any Pogues album. Also from these early sessions are three demos for `Fairytale of New York' which shows us it in various stages of its ragged glory before the final classic was to emerge.

The full Pogues contribution to the `Sid and Nancy' soundtrack is contained here and although most of it is score both the single and demo versions of `Haunted' and songs, `Glued Up and Speeding' and `Hot Dogs', neither of which made the soundtrack album, make this collection a must have for all Pogues fans. The `Straight to Hell' soundtrack is left to the recent expanded re-issue (except for the un-used version of `The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' which is marred by what appears to be a drum machine and some samples from the Sergio Leone classic) but other soundtrack contributions `Garbo', the un-used `Something Wild' and the Pogues backing Joe Strummer on `Afro-Cuban Be-Bop' are again must have recordings.

That the Pogues recording of `Maggie May' is included here justifies the price of admission alone and the other outtakes from `If I should Fall from Grace with God', `The Kerry Polka', `NW3', `Driving Through the City', `The Balinalee' and `Nicaragua Libre' although not good enough to grace that album could have replaced the bulk of `Peace and Love' which never made the grade.

The return to form album `Hell's Ditch' had so many great outtakes it beggars belief that the band sacked Shane when they could have made him a Dennis Wilson figure whom didn't tour with them. The original demos for `The Donegal Express', `Victoria' and `Aisling' which eventually appeared on Shane's solo LP `The Snake' are here but also other gems such as `Eve of Destruction', `The Travelling People', `The Last of McGee', `The Black Dogs Ditch', `Murder' and `Pinned Down' are so good you can't believe anyone would want to change this set up.

Other pieces of note are the band backing Steve Earle and Kirsty MacColl on their records and the band touring with Joe Strummer and playing The Clash classics `London Calling' and `I Fought the Law' as well as their own `Turkish Song of the Damned'. The demo's for the two albums and a projected third they made after the departure of Shane MacGowan are as bad as you probably imagine but at least 4/5th's of this collection is fantastic.

So should anyone tell you this collection isn't worth listening to just look them in the eye and say ... Pogue Mahone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Their Best, But Worthwhile, 19 Feb 2012
This five disc box set consists of studio outtakes, rehearsal recordings, live recordings, and hard to find B-sides. Of the set's 111 tracks, three-quarters consists of unreleased material. Like most "posthumous" collections culled from recordings that had been left on the shelf, there are no long lost masterpieces here. Still, there are many good tracks and several hidden gems. "NW3," (a precursor to "Mother Mo Chroi") "Something Wild," and "Driving Through the City" are all worthy additions to Shane's body of work. The set's most outstanding track, "Aisling," was recorded for Hell's Ditch but inexplicably failed to make the cut. Subsequently MacGowan rerecorded the song with the Popes and released it on The Snake, his first solo album. The Pogues' acoustic version is softer and considerably slower than the recording Shane did with the Popes. Another delight is a portion of a fantastic live set, six songs in all, recorded in Scotland's Barrowlands in 1987.
Any serious Pogues fans will want this album, but I'd recommend newcomers start with the first five Pogues albums. Rake at the Gates of Hell: Shane MacGowan in Context
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New packaging, 5 Nov 2013
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This is great set for the price if you are interested in Pogues ephemera, but do be aware that this 16 quid version is in basic jewelbox packaging. It is nothing like the orginal lush box.
I am happy enough with it but I was a *little* disappointed (if not surprised) when it plopped through my letterbox.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rounding off the recorded works of the Pogues, 24 April 2013
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apart from a couple of b side tracks this collects everything that didn't make the Pogues albums. with some of the stuff here it's clear to see why but there are more than a few gems over the course of the 5cds and it's a lovely package at the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music at a bargain., 2 July 2013
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A terrific package for Pogues fans, this box has lots of rarities, live stuff and out takes so the popular stuff is here but much if it is in a different version than you might be familiar with. If you have any desire to go deeper into the Pogues than a best of, this is well worth your time and money, particularly at this price. Get it.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous, 25 Dec 2008
This box set is a treasure trove of old demos, rareties, radio sessions and alternative mixes etc. The sound is outstanding, guessing its remixed/remastered. Really well presented, a must have for the enthusiast or the new listener.
First time I've heard some of the radio sessions for 20 years, absolutely superb stuff. Credit to Philip Chevron for putting this collection together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Listen, 25 Nov 2013
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Nothing to be said really - one of the greatest set of musicians ever providing a memorable insight to their musical lives
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 21 Oct 2014
This review is from: Just Look Them Straight In The Eye And Say... Poguemahone!! (Audio CD)
Some excellent tracks some average and some terrible from one of the greatest rock n roll bands ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Sep 2014
This review is from: Just Look Them Straight In The Eye And Say... Poguemahone!! (Audio CD)
Love the Pogues. Realy enjoyed my new CD.
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must!, 21 Jun 2008
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This was orginally concieved as a teasure chest by Phil Chevon! And thats exactly what it is!
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