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Red Roses for Me
Red Roses for Me
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Pogues
Title: Red Roses for Me
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Warner Spec. Mkt. UK
Release Date: 1/11/2005
Album Type: Import, Original recording remastered
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Celtic, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 766481076476

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On The 1st Day of March
K. H. Orton | New York, NY USA | 01/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Oft overshadowed by the glories of Rum, Sodomy & Fall From Grace, the Pogues' debut captures the band at their most gritty and raucous. With originals like "Streams Of Whiskey" & "Dark Steets of London", frontman Shane MacGowan not only established himself as a formidable songwriter but a man with a mission: to bring Irish Music kicking & screaming into the 20th Century. As for traditionals, they didn't tip their hat & pay their respects so much as assault--whipping any sense of nostalgia into a pulp to get to the heart of the song.

I'd say their version of "The Auld Triangle" remains definitive, leaving the Clancy Brothers choking in the dust. The same goes for "Kitty". Its beauty offset even more by the reckless abandon that surrounds it.

Lyrically & musically, MacGowan was on the top of his game. And would remain so for 2 more albums. "Boys From Country Hell" remains one of my all time favorites. The same goes for "Down In The Ground". Instrumentals like "Repeal" go to show that the rest of the band were no joke.

To put it into perspective, this just about blew away everything else I was listening to in the 80's. It made my Smiths records cower in fear. They bee-yatch slapped REM. Justly gave the finger to Goth acts like Bauhaus & The Cure while being more death obsessed than either. If they had a showdown with post London Calling Clash, The Pogues would have outdrew them at the time of this release. It was a breath of fresh, foul air.

Far from a novelty act, they had a knack for making old songs sound new & new ones old. Listening to it again some 19 years later, Red Roses still doesn't sound dated. Truely the sound of a bunch of drunken pirates setting their ship on fire. Their pistol blarin' best next to RUM SODOMY & THE LASH. After that, they FELL FROM GRACE & PEACE & LOVE dumped them off into HELL'S DITCH. From which they never recovered."
The Pogues brilliant debut
Pogues Fan | 02/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The debut album by the Pogues sounded like nothing else of its time. This album was the Pogues at their most raw, with such songs as "Transmetropolitan, The Boys From the County Hell, Sea Shanty, The Dark Streets of London, Down In the Ground Where the Dead Man Goes and Streams of Whiskey." However, beneath the sheer raw power of this release was a songwriter of major vision and talent named Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan. It was Shane's poetic nature that was the driving force of the Pogues. This album contains seven of MacGowan's best penned tracks, plus the traditional reworkings of "Waxie's Dargle, Poor Paddy, Greenland Whale Fisheries, and Kitty." The Pogues haunting version of Brendan Behan's "The Auld Triangle," to the Jem Finer/traditional track "Dingle Regatta" are all standout tracks on this album. Overall, a sheer brilliant London-Irish album from the best band of the 1980's and Irish rock.
The new remastered version contains the traditional reworkings of "The Leaving of Liverpool, Whiskey You're the Devil, Muirshin Durkin, and the Wild Rover" The Spider Stacy penned instrumental "Repeal of the Licensing Laws, to the original single version of "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" round out the bonus tracks."
A brilliant explosion
Laurence Upton | Wilts, UK | 02/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sometimes things seem to connect with a past they don't actually belong to, but perhaps should have. Desiderata might seem to have been the work of a seventeenth century monk, but we now know it to have been written by a lawyer in 1927. The Ploughman's Lunch conjures visions of medieval farmworkers relaxing from their heavy toil over a wholesome refreshment, but was apparently conjured up by the English Country Cheese Council in 1960.

Red Roses For Me, with its organic marriage of Shane MacGowan's brilliant compositions and rowdy performances of traditional Irish drinking songs and rebel balladry, played on predominantly acoustic instruments, seems to embody hundreds of years of Ireland's musical history, but nobody has managed to come up with any recorded precedents.

The former Shane O'Hooligan is the first to acknowledge his debt to such as the poets Brendan Behan and James Clarence Mangan, and musically to the Dubliners. However great they were, however, no Dubliners record could be mistaken for one by the Pogues, unless the Pogues were playing on it.

This astounding debut appeared fully-formed and gloriously unique, preceded only by their single Dark Streets Of London (in a slightly different version to that on the album), its surface shambolics belying a solid musical and lyrical depth and maturity. Red Roses For Me was produced by Stan Brennan, who ran Rocks Off Records in West One, where Shane sometimes served behind the counter. It was his long term mission to get the band off the ground, and he managed to pour the Pogue magic, unspilled and distilled, into the flagon at Wapping's tiny Elephant Studios.

The Anglo Celtic sound of the Pogues, fermented in London's glamorous King's Cross, is a mixture of pub and punk, both Shane and Mancunian Maestro Jimmy Fearnley having been veterans of punk band the Nips (formerly the Nipple Erectors), but played with an exuberance and an excellence that proved impossible to resist, despite the dark rising tide of New Romanticism, except by an old guard who thought the Pogues represented the stereotype of the drunken Irish paddy they were trying to escape. To be fair, it is rumoured that Shane likes a drink.

The album is embellished with six vital bonus tracks. And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, Eric Bogle's chilling account of Gallipoli, was revisited on Rum, Sodomy And The Lash, but this is the original flipside of their debut single. You may know the song by Eric Bogle or June Tabor, but not like this. Repeal Of The Licensing Laws was the B-side of the (cleaned-up) Boys From The County Hell. The band returned to Elephant in 1985 to record the B-sides Whiskey You're The Devil and Muirshin Durkin, both for the single A Pair Of Brown Eyes, and The Wild Rover and The Leaving Of Liverpool backed up Sally MacLennane. Those last two A-sides are from Rum, Sodomy And The Lash, your next essential Pogues acquisition after this one.