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Hells Ditch (Remastered)
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Album: Hells Ditch (Remastered)
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sunnyside of the Stre
2)    Sayonara
3)    Ghost of a Smile
4)    Hell's Ditch
5)    Lorca's Novena
6)    Summer in Siam
7)    Rain Street
8)    Rainbow Man
9)    Wake of the Medusa
10)    House of the Gods
11)    5 Green Queens and Jean
12)    Maidrin Rua
13)    Six to Go
14)    Whiskey in the Jar (Ft the Dubliners) (Bonus Track)
15)    Bastard Landlord (Bonus Track)
16)    Infinity (Bonus Track)
17)    Curse of Love (Bonus Track)
18)    Squid Out of Water (Bonus Track)
19)    Jack's Heroes (Ft the Dubliners) (Bonus Track)
20)    Rainy Night in Soho (1991 Version) (Bonus Track)
 

Album: Hells Ditch (Remastered)
# Song Title   Time
1)    Sunnyside of the Stre
2)    Sayonara
3)    Ghost of a Smile
4)    Hell's Ditch
5)    Lorca's Novena
6)    Summer in Siam
7)    Rain Street
8)    Rainbow Man
9)    Wake of the Medusa
10)    House of the Gods
11)    5 Green Queens and Jean
12)    Maidrin Rua
13)    Six to Go
14)    Whiskey in the Jar (Ft the Dubliners) (Bonus Track)
15)    Bastard Landlord (Bonus Track)
16)    Infinity (Bonus Track)
17)    Curse of Love (Bonus Track)
18)    Squid Out of Water (Bonus Track)
19)    Jack's Heroes (Ft the Dubliners) (Bonus Track)
20)    Rainy Night in Soho (1991 Version) (Bonus Track)
 
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Tracks

1. Tuesday Morning

2. Smell Of Petroleum

3. Haunting

4. Once Upon A Time

5. Sitting On Top Of The World

6. Drunken Boat

7. Big City

8. Girl From The Wadi Hammamat

9. Modern World

10. Pachinko

11. My Baby's Gone

12. Small Hours

13. First Day Of Forever [Bonus Track]

14. Train Kept Rolling On [Bonus Track]

15. Paris st. Germaine [Bonus Track]

Performer Notes
  • The Pogues' final album to feature original lead singer Shane McGowan, 1990's HELL'S DITCH was produced by Joe Strummer and includes an increased world music influence on songs like the first single "Summer In Siam."
  • U.K. remastered edition includes seven bonus tracks.
  • After the embattled recording of the Pogues' Peace and Love, with Shane MacGowan clearly at odds with his bandmates and their musical direction while contributing little in the way of new songs, Hell's Ditch seemed at once like a step forward and a step back for the group. While Peace and Love suggested the Pogues had grown weary of the hot-rodded Celtic sounds that had been their trademark, Hell's Ditch found the band back in more familiar territory and sounding much refreshed; if there wasn't anything as manic as the high points of Rum Sodomy & the Lash or If I Should Fall from Grace with God, these sessions reveal the Pogues had found their feet and were sounding like a band again, and while a few of MacGowan's songs lead them through his fascination with Asian and Latin accents, the musicians were able to fuse them with their own trademark style rather than being subsumed by them; the Pogues rarely sounded as graceful or a comfortable as they do on Hell's Ditch. However, MacGowan's songwriting still hadn't regained the fire and acidity that made the group's first three albums so powerful, and Terry Woods and Jem Finer don't quite pick up the slack. More importantly, while Joe Strummer's production served the band well, he was seemingly too fond of MacGowan to tell him when his vocals were all but unintelligible, and many of the songs are all but sunk by Shane's sloppy, mush-mouthed, and booze-addled delivery, which is difficult to unravel even by his standards. While there are many pearly moments on Hell's Ditch that suggest the work of a happier and more unified band than on their previous albums, MacGowan's poorly focused performances are a handicap the Pogues couldn't overcome, and it seems appropriate this was the band's last studio album with their primary songwriter and frontman. ~ Mark Deming
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