This set collects the seven studio albums from 1984′s Red Roses For Me to Pogue Mahone from 1996 and adds a previously unreleased live album The Pogues with Joe Strummer Live In London (recorded in December 1991). There have been Pogues reissues before of course, notably in 2004 when the albums were re-released on CD with bonus tracks. Rhino also issued an Original Album Series collection in 2009 that brought together the five Shane MacGowan albums in the usual card slipcase packaging. So while in some ways 30 Years treads familiar ground, there is still much to recommend it. First off the band were involved in the project, and were keen to have their say. The decision to revert back to ‘just’ the albums and lose the 2004 bonus tracks was theirs, for instance. Another example of the band’s input was the cover design of the box. The literary types amongst you might notice that the typesetting and design is ‘inspired by’ an edition of James Joyce’s landmark work Ulysses.
The most comprehensive collection of Pogues material to date, 30:30 - The Essential Collection arrived on the heels of the band's 30th anniversary. Comprised of material culled from 1984 to 1996 and representing each of the group's seven studio albums, the two-disc set offers up a winning mix of bona fide classics ("If I Should Fall from Grace with God," "A Pair of Brown Eyes," the contemporary Christmas standard "Fairytale of New York," and its less yuletide-centric kissing cousin "A Rainy Night in Soho") and fan favorites ("Rain Street," "Boys from the County Hell," "Misty Morning, Albert Bridge") that dutifully encapsulates the best of the band's "lost decade."
Psychedelic free folk/jazz/rock merchants formed in Bristol 2002, featuring the lysergic sounds of double bass, sax n' flute, sitar, electric noise, super-fuzz, northumbrian bagpipes and vocals straight out of 1969 era Fairport. The work of Fuzz Against Junk has included the techniques of collective improvisation. The tapestry of their music can at first be confusing, for it is the aural equivalent of a constantly agitated kaleidoscope be each instrument freaking-out in ever new ways.