19 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Pogues’ 1984 debut album, Red Roses for Me, wasn’t the band’s ultimate statement – that would come with the next year’s Elvis Costello-produced Rum, Sodomy and the Lash – but it resonates as more than a blueprint. Both a punk-fueled plunder of Irish music and culture and an assertion that Shane MacGowan and friends’ racket was very much in the tradition, Red Roses offered a rich understanding that surely opened many ears. Placing traditional numbers alongside MacGowan’s evocative lyrics (“Transmetropolitan,” “Boys From the County Hell”), it lives up to its implication that the Pogues had something to say to the world. Among this edition’s six bonus tracks is an early cover of Eric Bogle’s “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda,” which would take its place among Rum’s stirring moments.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Pogues’ 1984 debut album, Red Roses for Me, wasn’t the band’s ultimate statement – that would come with the next year’s Elvis Costello-produced Rum, Sodomy and the Lash – but it resonates as more than a blueprint. Both a punk-fueled plunder of Irish music and culture and an assertion that Shane MacGowan and friends’ racket was very much in the tradition, Red Roses offered a rich understanding that surely opened many ears. Placing traditional numbers alongside MacGowan’s evocative lyrics (“Transmetropolitan,” “Boys From the County Hell”), it lives up to its implication that the Pogues had something to say to the world. Among this edition’s six bonus tracks is an early cover of Eric Bogle’s “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda,” which would take its place among Rum’s stirring moments.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings
24 Ratings
Bottle of Smoke ,

The Pogues Best Album-Raw Punk!!!

As an avid pogues fan, i must say that this is my favorite album by Shane and the boys. Songs like "Greenland Whale Fisheries," "Transmetropolitan," "Dark Streets of London" and "Boys from the County Hell" are in my opinion the best songs Shane has ever written. This album has been my best friend on many a drunk night; I can't help but sing along and chug.

Ian Schultz ,

The birth of celtic punk

Easily the most raw, and arguably the best Pogues album. I think from the moment that Transmetropolitan starts--and with it an entire genre of music--you'll never be the same again. No weak tracks, no crap, just spectacular music.

ZizzerZazz ,

Listen to Traditional Irish Music -- Reinvented

I recommend the better-produced "If I Should Fall from Grace with God" as the first Pogues album one should get, but this album is outstanding. "Red Roses" is The Pogues album most loaded with traditional songs, so if you did not grow up with Irish music, it may take a listen or two to acquire a taste for it. What The Pogues did, starting with this album, was put a fast paced rock 'n roll backbeat behind the traditional instruments; this, coupled with Shane MacGowan's distintive growl and poetic sensibilities, reinvented traditional Irish music without comprimising the elements that make it timeless and beautiful.

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