Peace and Love (The Pogues album)

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Peace and Love
Studio album by The Pogues
Released July 1989
Genre Folk rock
Length 44:54
Label Island
Producer Steve Lillywhite
The Pogues chronology
If I Should Fall from Grace with God
(1988)
Peace and Love
(1989)
Hell's Ditch
(1990)

Peace and Love is a 1989 album by The Pogues, their fourth full-length studio production.[1]

The album continued the band's gradual departure from traditional Irish music. It noticeably opens with a heavily jazz-influenced track. Also, several of the songs are inspired by the city in which the Pogues were founded, London ("White City", "Misty Morning, Albert Bridge", "London You're a Lady"), as opposed to Ireland, from which they had usually drawn inspiration. Nevertheless, several notable Irish personages are mentioned, including Ned of the Hill, Christy Brown, whose book Down All The Days appears as a song title, and Napper Tandy, mentioned in the first line of "Boat Train", and was adapted from a line in the Irish rebel song "The Wearing of the Green". Likewise the MacGowan song "Cotton Fields" draws on the Lead Belly song of the same name.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

Mark Deming of Allmusic said that Peace and Love "isn't as good as the two Pogues albums that preceded it", but felt that "it does make clear that MacGowan was hardly the only talented songwriter in the band".[1] Robert Christgau, on the other hand, believed that "Shane MacGowan will remain the only Pogue in the down-and-out hall of fame".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gridlock" (Jem Finer, Andrew Ranken) - 3:33
  2. "White City" (Shane MacGowan) - 2:31
  3. "Young Ned Of The Hill" (Terry Woods, Ron Kavana) - 2:45
  4. "Misty Morning, Albert Bridge" (Finer) - 3:01
  5. "Cotton Fields" (MacGowan) - 2:51
  6. "Blue Heaven" (Phil Chevron, Darryl Hunt) - 3:36
  7. "Down All The Days" (MacGowan) - 3:45
  8. "USA" (MacGowan) - 4:52
  9. "Lorelei" (Chevron) - 3:33
  10. "Gartloney Rats" (Woods) - 2:32
  11. "Boat Train" (MacGowan) - 2:40
  12. "Tombstone" (Finer) - 2:57
  13. "Night Train to Lorca" (Finer) - 3:29
  14. "London You're A Lady" (MacGowan) - 2:56[1]

Bonus tracks (2005 reissue)[edit]

  1. "Star of the County Down" (Traditional) - 2:33
  2. "The Limerick Rake" (Traditional) - 3:12
  3. "Train of Love" (Finer) - 3:08
  4. "Everyman Is a King" (Woods, Kavana) - 3:54
  5. "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah" (MacGowan) - 3:19
  6. "Honky Tonk Women" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) - 2:55

Personnel[edit]

Additional information[edit]

  • The album carried a dedication to "the memory of the 95 people who died at Hillsborough Football Ground". The reason for this apparent anomaly is that at the time of the album's release the disaster's eventual 96th victim Tony Bland was still being kept alive on life support at Airedale General Hospital in Keighley, West Yorkshire where he would eventually die on 3 March 1993.[3]
  • The boxer on the cover has six fingers on his right hand.
  • The song "Down All The Days" was later covered by noise rock band Steel Pole Bath Tub on their album The Miracle of Sound in Motion.
  • The song "Gridlock" is used as the introduction music on The Davey Mac Sports Program.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Mark Deming. "Peace and Love - The Pogues | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  2. ^ a b "CG: the pogues". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  3. ^ Andrew Gliniecki (1993-03-04). "Hillsborough disaster victim dies - UK - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-05-20.