The Pogues Peace and Love [Bonus Tracks]
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- Released: September 19, 2006
- Label: Rhino
- 2.White City
- 3.Young Ned Of The Hill
- 4.Misty Morning, Albert Bridge
- 5.Cotton Fields
- 6.Blue Heaven
- 7.Down All The Days
- 8.U. S. A.
- 10.Gartloney Rats
- 11.Boat Train
- 13.Night Train To Lorca
- 14.London You're A Lady
- 15.Star Of The County Down - (Bonus Track)
- 16.Limerick Rake, The - (Bonus Track)
- 17.Train Of Love - (Bonus Track)
- 18.Everyman Is A King - (Bonus Track)
- 19.Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah - (Bonus Track)
- 20.Honky Tonk Women - (Bonus Track)
The Pogues: James Fearnley, Jem Finer, Andrew Ranken, Philip Chevron, Shane MacGowan, Spider Stacy, Cait O'Riordan.
Personnel: Kirsty MacColl (vocals); Brian Clarke (alto saxophone); Rick Trevan, Joe Cashman (tenor saxophone); Eli Thompson (trumpet); Paul Taylor (trombone); Gaspar Lawal (percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Nick Robbins.
Liner Note Authors: David Quantick; Patrick McCabe.
Recording information: Ealing Studios, London, England; Rak Studios, London, England; The Hit Factory, New York, NY.
Photographers: Darryl Hunt; Steve Pyke; Big Tom Collins; Tom Collins .
Arrangers: Spider Stacy; James Fearnley; Andrew Ranken; Jem Finer; Philip Chevron; Shane MacGowan; Darryl Hunt; T. Woods; D. Hunt; The Pogues.
Shane MacGowan's potent appetite for alcohol was evident from the time the Pogues cut their first album, but by the time they got to work on Peace and Love in 1989, it was evident that he'd gone far past the point of enjoying a few pints (or many pints) and had sunk deep into drug and alcohol dependence. The Pogues were always far more than just MacGowan's backing band, but with the group's principal songwriter and lead singer frequently unable to rise to the occasion, the recording of Peace and Love became a trying experience, with the rest of the band often scrambling to take up the slack for their down-for-the-count frontman. Given the circumstances, the Pogues deliver with greater strength than one might expect on Peace and Love; while MacGowan's vocals are often mush-mouthed and his songwriting is markedly beneath his previous standards, Terry Woods contributes two terrific traditional-style numbers ("Young Ned of the Hill" and "Gartloney Rats"), Philip Chevron's "Lorelei" is a superb tale of lost love (he and Darryl Hunt also teamed up for a fine bit of Celtic-calypso fusion on "Blue Heaven"), and Jem Finer brought along a trio of strong originals. Musically, Peace and Love found the band stretching their boundaries, adding accents of film noir jazz on "Gridlock," rockabilly on "Cotton Fields," straight-ahead rock on "USA," and power pop on "Lorelei," though the group's highly recognizable Celtic-trad-on-steroids style is never far beneath the surface. Peace and Love isn't as good as the two Pogues albums that preceded it (which represent the finest work of their career), but it does make clear that MacGowan was hardly the only talented songwriter in the band -- though the fact that the set's most memorable songs were written by others did not bode well for the group's future. ~ Mark Deming
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