The Ultimate Collection

The Ultimate Collection

by The PoguesThe Pogues


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For those who only know the Pogues from their duet Christmas hit with Kirsty MacColl, "Fairytale of New York," or don't know anything about the Irish group at all, this album is an excellent place to start. Featuring 23 highlights from the group's catalog -- with three tracks from Red Roses for Me, eight from Rum Sodomy & the Lash, five from If I Should Fall from Grace with God, three each from Peace and Love and Hell's Ditch, and just one track from Waiting for Herb, recorded as Shane MacGowan sank deeper into alcoholism -- Ultimate Collection is a fair summary of the band's output over a period of nearly 20 years. They were never a singles band -- in fact, their only Top Ten hits were the aforementioned Christmas single and a duet with the Dubliners on the traditional Irish jig "The Irish Rover" -- but the Pogues nevertheless became one of the most successful traditional Irish folk bands, with their defining points consisting of Shane MacGowan's distinctive slurring vocals and working-class political lyrics. They had released hit collections previously, but both the 1991 albums The Best of the Pogues and The Essential Pogues were condensed 14-track albums, and 2001's The Very Best of the Pogues contained 21 tracks on a single CD. This double CD is a revamped version of the latter album, but also includes a bonus disc featuring a full show recorded at the Brixton Academy in 2001, featuring live versions of many of the tracks featured on disc one. As the years go by, the Christmas hit "Fairytale of New York" appears to get more and more popular, originally peaking at number two in 1987, number three in 2005, number six in 2006, and number four in 2007, as the tale of two sparring aging partners has consistently topped the U.K.'s polls of the nation's favorite Christmas records, and inclusion of this one track does The Ultimate Collection no harm at all.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2005
Label: Warner Classics Uk
UPC: 0825646225422
catalogNumber: 462254

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pogues   Primary Artist
Philip Chevron   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
James Fearnley   Mandolin,Accordion,Group Member
Jem Finer   Banjo,Saxophone,Vocals,Mandola,Group Member
Darryl Hunt   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Shane MacGowan   Vocals,Group Member
Laura Lee MacMahon   Vocals
Andrew Ranken   Harmonica,Drums,Group Member
Spider Stacy   Vocals,tin whistle,Group Member
Terry Woods   Mandolin,Vocals,Cittern,Group Member
James Knight   Saxophone
Tom Chant   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Ron Kavana   Composer
Ewan MacColl   Composer
Elvis Costello   Producer
Joe Strummer   Producer
Richard Evans   Engineer
Stan Brennan   Producer
Michael Brook   Producer,Engineer
Harold Burgon   Engineer
Eamonn Campbell   Producer
Philip Chevron   Composer
Paul Cobbold   Engineer
Chris Dickie   Engineer
Jem Finer   Composer
Dave Jordan   Engineer
Rob Keyloch   Producer
Nick Lacey   Engineer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Shane MacGowan   Composer
Nick Robbins   Producer,Engineer
Paul Scully   Engineer,Sound Crew
Spider Stacy   Composer
Tim Summerhayes   Engineer
Craig Thomson   Engineer
Fiachra Trench   Arranger
Terry Woods   Composer
Roy Spong   Engineer
Jos Grain   Instrument Technician
Murray Mitchell   Instrument Technician
Joseph Crofts   Composer
Lindt Kotscher   Composer
Simon Moran   Promoter

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