The Pogues - Streams Of Whiskey (2002)
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Genre: Alternative Rock / Folk Rock / Celtic Rock | Country: Ireland | Label: Castle/Sanctuary Records | CMRCD388
The Pogues are one of the great live acts of our time, but their concerts have been poorly documented on record. Streams of Whiskey is a re-release of a bootleg, Live on Rain Street, from a 1991 show in Switzerland. Typical for a bootleg, the sound is terrible and the performance is rough. The Pogues, who are planning an "official" live album from their reunion tour, are asking fans not to buy this: they weren't consulted on the release and aren't happy with the quality.
Streams of Whiskey takes the subtleties and peculiar genius of the Pogues and smashes them into a big loud mess. The concert took place after Hell's Ditch, the last album MacGowan made with the band, and the fourteen songs cover all of their records together. They start with exciting performances of "Streams of Whiskey," "If I Should Fall from Grace with God," and a tight reading of "Sally MacLennane." It's also interesting to hear Philip Chevron take the vocals on his song "Thousands Are Sailing" (MacGowan sings it on the original)-- his singing is more earnest and heartfelt. MacGowan's own vocals get progressively worse throughout the show; he hacks out "Dirty Old Town" like phlegm from his lungs, and the otherwise terrific lyrics to "The Sickbed of Cuchulainn" just slur together.
The poor quality of the album keeps even the best numbers from living up to the studio versions. Now that this is packaged as a real release instead of a bootleg, it comes off as a substandard product. The mix is incompetent, for starters: Terry Woods' vocals are cut off on "Young Ted of the Hill," and on songs like "The Sunny Side of the Street," MacGowan's singing and Spider Stacey's tin whistle come through loud and clear (with every bum note on display) while the rest of the band is stuck in a murk. To add insult to injury, MacGowan's name is even misspelled on the cover.
This would deserve a worse rating, except that ultimately, it's too damn much fun. This was obviously a great concert and everyone is having a blast. And no matter how sloppy MacGowan gets, he's still a hell of a frontman. His stuporous singing and the farting horn sounds on "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" don't stop the song from rocking. From the title track through "Fiesta," the band is unrelenting, and it sounds like you're listening from the second row, mashed in by hundreds of screaming fans. This may not be an essential album, but it's a great souvenir for the hardcore fans. Everyone else should wait for the real live album, just like the Pogues want you to.
01 - Streams Of Whiskey
02 - If I Should Fall From Grace With God
03 - Boys From The County Hell
04 - Young Ned Of The Hill
05 - Rain Street
06 - Sayonara
07 - Battle Of Brisbane
08 - The Body Of An American
09 - Summer In Siam
10 - Thousands Are Sailing
11 - Sunnyside Of The Street
12 - Dirty Old Town
13 - The Sickbed Of Cuchulainn
14 - Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
15 - Fiesta
16 - Sally MacLennane