Peace and Love [Bonus Tracks]

Peace and Love [Bonus Tracks]

by The Pogues


Shane MacGowan's potent appetite for alcohol was evident from the time the Pogues cut their first album, but by the time they got to work on Peace and Love in 1989, it was evident that he'd gone far past the point of enjoying a few pints (or many pints) and had sunk deep into drug and alcohol dependence. The Pogues were always far more than just MacGowan's backing band, but with the group's principal songwriter and lead singer frequently unable to rise to the occasion, the recording of Peace and Love became a trying experience, with the rest of the band often scrambling to take up the slack for their down-for-the-count frontman. Given the circumstances, the Pogues deliver with greater strength than one might expect on Peace and Love; while MacGowan's vocals are often mush-mouthed and his songwriting is markedly beneath his previous standards, Terry Woods contributes two terrific traditional-style numbers ("Young Ned of the Hill" and "Gartloney Rats"), Philip Chevron's "Lorelei" is a superb tale of lost love (he and Darryl Hunt also teamed up for a fine bit of Celtic-calypso fusion on "Blue Heaven"), and Jem Finer brought along a trio of strong originals. Musically, Peace and Love found the band stretching their boundaries, adding accents of film noir jazz on "Gridlock," rockabilly on "Cotton Fields," straight-ahead rock on "USA," and power pop on "Lorelei," though the group's highly recognizable Celtic-trad-on-steroids style is never far beneath the surface. Peace and Love isn't as good as the two Pogues albums that preceded it (which represent the finest work of their career), but it does make clear that MacGowan was hardly the only talented songwriter in the band -- though the fact that the set's most memorable songs were written by others did not bode well for the group's future. [In 2006, Rhino Records released a remastered and expanded edition of Peace and Love that included new liner notes (a witty and appropriately eccentric tribute to the band from Patrick McCabe and an account of the album's troubled production by David Quantick) as well as six bonus tracks. The charging R&B tribute "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah," a major single in the U.K. that never appeared on a U.S. album, is included, along with its B-side, a ragged-but-right cover of "Honky Tonk Women" sung (well, joyously bellowed) by Spider Stacy. Also worth noting is the country-accented "Train of Love" and Terry Woods's moving "Everyman Is a King," but how come MacGowan's much talked-about acid house track, "You've Got to Connect with Yourself" (recorded for the album but never released), doesn't make the cut?]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2005
Label: Warner Spec. MKT. Uk
UPC: 5050467596122
catalogNumber: 675961

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pogues   Primary Artist
Kirsty MacColl   Vocals
Joe Cashman   Tenor Saxophone
Brian Clarke   Alto Saxophone
Gaspar Lawal   Percussion
Eli Thompson   Trumpet
Rick Trevan   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Taylor   Trombone

Technical Credits

Ron Kavana   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Pogues   Arranger
Philip Chevron   Arranger,Composer,Reissue
Chris Dickie   Engineer
James Fearnley   Arranger
Jem Finer   Arranger,Composer
Darryl Hunt   Arranger,Composer,Reissue
Steve Lillywhite   Producer,Audio Production
Shane MacGowan   Arranger,Composer
Peadar Ó Riada   String Arrangements
Andrew Ranken   Arranger,Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Paul Scully   Producer
Spider Stacy   Arranger,Reissue
Fiachra Trench   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
Terry Woods   Composer
Patrick McCabe   Liner Notes
Ryan Art   Cover Design
Rick Conrad   Reissue
D. Hunt   Arranger
David Jordan   Producer
Traditional   Composer
T. Woods   Arranger,Composer
Philip Hardaker   Montage
Paul Taylor   Brass Arrangment
Carlos Anaia   Reissue
David Quantick   Liner Notes

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