Pogues' latest compilation is the 'very best'
Best-of albums are a guilty pleasure of mine. I own more than I'd ever admit. Some of the worst offenders: Best of Missing Persons, Best of U2 (Seriously?), Best of The Partridge Family, The Best of Weird Al Yankovic. The list goes on and on.
But one disc I've never ashamed to slide into the CD player is The Essential Pogues, their 1991 collection that features many of the songs we know the lads best for: Sunnyside of the Street, If I Should Fall From Grace with God, Fairytale of New York.
But I think I can officially retire Essential Pogues because a better compilation has finally arrived: The Very Best of the Pogues, released late January from Shout! Factory. The album features 18 tracks from the band's entire collection, along with a nice booklet penned by founding member Spider Stacey.
The hits I loved from Essential are still here, but are supplemented with other tunes spanning their career including The Irish Rover, Body of an American and Streams of Whiskey, which belongs on any greatest-hits compilation.
Stacey's recollections throughout the liner notes provides a soothing commentary as you listen along. "All these songs have something special and have the Pogues," he writes. "I've always known it."
Here's the full list of tracks. Proof enough that The Very Best of the Pogues earns a prominent spot in any music fan's collection.
The Very Best of the Pogues
1. Dirty Old Town
2. The Sunnyside Of The Street
3. If I Should Fall From Grace With God
4. The Irish Rover
5. Rain Street
6. A Pair Of Brown Eyes
7. Boys From The County Hell
8. Fairytale Of New York
9. Body Of An American
10. Thousands Are Sailing
11. Sally MacLennane
12. Misty Morning, Albert Bridge
13. Tuesday Morning
14. Rainy Night In Soho
15. Streams of Whiskey
16. The Sickbed of Cuchulainn
17. Young Ned Of The Hill
18. Love You ’Till The End