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Worth the money for the bonus disk alone.,
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.