Rum, Sodomy, And The Lash: Expanded & Remastered

Rum, Sodomy, And The Lash: Expanded & Remastered

by The Pogues

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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"I saw my task...was to capture them in their dilapidated glory before some more professional producer f*cked them up," Elvis Costello wrote of his role behind the controls for the Pogues' second album, Rum Sodomy & the Lash. One spin of the album proves that Costello accomplished his mission; this album captures all the sweat, fire, and angry joy that was lost in the thin, disembodied recording of the band's debut, and the Pogues sound stronger and tighter without losing a bit of their edge in the process. Rum Sodomy & the Lash also found Shane MacGowan growing steadily as a songwriter; while the debut had its moments, the blazing and bitter roar of the opening track, "The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn," made it clear MacGowan had fused the intelligent anger of punk and the sly storytelling of Irish folk as no one had before, and the rent boys' serenade of "The Old Main Drag" and the dazzling, drunken character sketch of "A Pair of Brown Eyes" proved there were plenty of directions where he could take his gifts. And like any good folk group, the Pogues also had a great ear for other people's songs. Bassist Cait O'Riordan's haunting performance of "I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day" is simply superb (it must have especially impressed Costello, who would later marry her), and while Shane MacGowan may not have written "Dirty Old Town" or "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda," his wrought, emotionally compelling vocals made them his from then on. Rum Sodomy & the Lash falls just a bit short of being the Pogues' best album, but was the first one to prove that they were a great band, and not just a great idea for a band. [WEA's long-overdue remastered reissue of Rum Sodomy & the Lash features six bonus tracks (one of which, "A Pistol for Paddy Garcia," first appeared on the album's initial cassette release, while the others popped up on singles), as well as an appreciation from Tom Waits and informative liner notes from David Quantick; the audio is also a genuine improvement over the album's previous CD release.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2006
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227407223
catalogNumber: 74072
Rank: 35574

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pogues   Primary Artist
Philip Chevron   Group Member
Dick Cuthell   Horn
James Fearnley   Group Member
Jem Finer   Group Member
Tommy Keane   uillean pipes
Shane MacGowan   Group Member
Cait O'Riordan   Group Member
Spider Stacy   Group Member
Henry Benagh   Fiddle
Andrew Rankin   Group Member

Technical Credits

Ewan MacColl   Composer
Eric Bogle   Composer
Elvis Costello   Producer,Audio Production
Pogues   Arranger
Tom Waits   Poetry,Liner Notes,Introduction
Philip Chevron   Producer,Audio Production,Reissue Assistant
James Fearnley   Arranger
Jem Finer   Arranger,Composer
Darryl Hunt   Reissue Assistant,Photo Courtesy
Shane MacGowan   Arranger,Composer
Frank Murray   Concept,Original Sleeve Design
Cait O'Riordan   Arranger
Andrew Ranken   Arranger
Nick Robbins   Engineer
Paul Scully   Engineer
Spider Stacy   Reissue Assistant
Gem   Composer
Phil Smee   CD Package Design
Eric James   Reissue Assistant
Andrew Rankin   Arranger
Rick Conrad   Reissue Assistant
Traditional   Composer
Carlos Anaia   Reissue Assistant
Marcia Farquhar   Concept,Original Sleeve Design
J. L. A. Gericault   Cover Painting
Peter Mennim   Cover Painting
David Quantick   Liner Notes

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Rum Sodomy & the Lash 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is dirty, grimy, and raw with emotion. It simply grabs you and won't let go. It's great listening to the whole CD, it's like having a novel read to you. This whole CD is great I would recomend it to anyone with a fondness for irish music and storytelling. Shane MacGowan is extremely talented. It's a shame that he let himself go. P.S. I like Sally MacLennane, it's amazing.