I was introduced to this years ago, and was doubtful I'd like it. Loved it! It's impossible not to get swept up in the high energy of some of the tracks. You might not always be sure what they are lamenting, celebrating or protesting against, but dagnabbit, you're with them every step of the way! I went back to this after loving Bellowhead's recent "Broadside" tour/album. Give both a try.
What more to say that hasn't been said ? Pogues classic. No. 437 in Rolling Stone Top 500 albums of all time. One of the 1001 albums you must hear etc. A pair of brown eyes, Sally Maclennane, Dirty old town plus 9 others. Great songwriting, singing and playing. Not a weak track. Lovely Rhino 180 g vinyl, flat, no noise. Well done all.
A really great album. Not much more to be said that hasn't been said about this classic. Just wish when Amazon is sending out vinyl copies of this that it was handled with more care so the sleeve has fewer creases than an origami swan.
This album captures the Pogues at their most lyrical and their most musically potent. It is an album that sticks two fingers up at the Irish folk traditionalists and stakes a claim for Folk music in the modern era. It contains Pogues classics, Sally Macleanne and A Pair of Brown Eyes and also more thoughtful numbers such as Waltzing Matilda, which hinted at Shane Magowan's untapped genius for a killer lyric. Subsequent Pogues albums suffered from a polished maturity that didn't sit well with the music, but this is the sound of The Pogues as they should be, rough and ready.
Probably worth the purchase price for the epic "The Band Played Maltzing Matilda" alone, this is a awesome recording and was maybe the highest height the Pogues ever reached. Classic folk mixed with no-nonsense punk, the band show a youth and vigour that was never quite recaptured and McGowan is on top form with penned tracks like the sweet romantic "Pair of Brown Eyes" or the drunken riot of "Sick Bed of Cuchulainn". Add to this some traditional songs given the Pogues treatment (Navigator and Jesse James both stand out for attention) and you have the ingredients for a wonderful album. Top Marks!
The very best of the Pogues, it was all down hill from here. If you want to saviour a foot tapping sing along album then this is it. As good as the previous album (Red Roses for Me) and a whole lot better than anything the Pogues produced after. A must buy for an introduction to the Pogues.