CD Red Roses for Me [Bonus Tracks] [Remaster] [081227407124] (CD 531271),
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Red Roses for Me [Bonus Tracks] [Remaster] [081227407124]

  • 1. Transmetropolitan
    2. Battle of Brisbane, The
    3. Auld Triangle, The
    4. Waxie's Dargle
    5. Boys from the County Hell
    6. Sea Shanty
    7. Dark Streets of London
    8. Streams of Whiskey
    9. Poor Paddy
    10. Dingle Regatta
    11. Greenland Whale Fisheries
    12. Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go
    13. Kitty
    14. Leaving of Liverpool, The - (bonus track)
    15. Muirshin Durkin - (bonus track)
    16. Repeal of the Licensing Laws - (bonus tracks)
    17. And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda - (bonus track)
    18. Whiskey You're the Devil - (bonus track)
    19. Wild Rover, The - (bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 74071

  • Credits
    ProducerStan Brennan; Philip Chevron; Elvis Costello; Stan Brennan
    EngineerCraig Thompson; Nick Robbins

    The Pogues: Shane MacGowan (vocals); Jem Finer (guitar, banjo); James Fearnley (guitar); Spider Stacy (tin whistle); Cait O'Riordan (bass instrument); Andrew Ranken (drums).
    Audio Remasterer: Nick Robbins.
    Liner Note Authors: Gavin Martin; Jim Jarmusch.
    Recording information: Elephant Studios; Elephant Studios, London, England.
    Photographers: Nick Gilks; Robin Martin; Barry Marsden; Tom Sheehan.
    Arrangers: Shane MacGowan; Spider Stacy; Jem Finer; Andy The Clobberer Ranken; Maestro Jimmy Fearnley; Rocky ORiordan; The Pogues.
    What set the Pogues apart from any number of other energetic Irish traditional bands was the sheer physical force of their performances, the punky swagger of their personalities, and Shane MacGowan's considerable gifts as a songwriter. Unfortunately, none of these qualities comes through very clearly on their first album, Red Roses for Me. While the Pogues are in good form here, the production (by Stan Brennan) is thin and lacks the body or nuance to capture the finer details of the performances, robbing this recording of the fire the group would display on their later albums. And it's clear that MacGowan had not yet fully matured as a songwriter; there are a handful of superb songs here, such as "Transmetropolitan," "Streams of Whiskey," and "Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go," but some of the others suggest MacGowan was still learning how to fit all his ideas into his songs. Red Roses for Me is good and rowdy fun, but on Rum Sodomy & the Lash and If I Should Fall from Grace with God, the Pogues would prove they were capable of a lot more than that. ~ Mark Deming

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.158) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[I]t ranks right up there with the most supernaturally confident of debut albums. A roaring mix of rollicking tavern brawls, gutter balladry and pie-eyed prayers to the bottom of the glass."
    Magnet (p.88) - "[A] mix of originals and traditional Irish tunes, most performed at top speed and volume, with the nationalist zeal of an IRA rally."
    No Depression (p.94) - "[With] punk influences goosing up traditional Irish forms, while those same traditional setups provide a structure to contain the chaotic wildness of punk."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.123) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[M]arvellous....Testament to The Pogues' often underrated musicianship and intuitive gift for timeless folk arrangements..."
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