The Pogues – If I Should Fall From Grace With God (New Vinyl)
New sealed copy. 2015 remastered reissue on 180 gram vinyl.
If I Should Fall from Grace with God is the third studio album by Irish folk-punk band the Pogues, released on 18 January 1988. Released in the wake of their biggest hit single, "Fairytale of New York", If I Should Fall from Grace with God also became the band's best-selling album, peaking at number three on the UK Albums Chart and reaching the top ten in several other countries.
If I Should Fall from Grace with God saw the departure of original bassist Cait O'Riordan and the addition of her former bandmate Darryl Hunt, Phil Chevron and ex-Steeleye Span member Terry Woods to the line-up. Woods and Chevron (the only two members of The Pogues actually born in Ireland) contributed the first original songs to a Pogues album not written by singer Shane MacGowan or banjo player Jem Finer, and the album also saw the band begin to move away from their Irish folk/punk roots and start to incorporate musical styles from other parts of the world, most notably Turkey and Spain. Many of the songs' lyrics return to familiar themes in Pogues songs, such as emigration from Ireland or returning to the country and having to adapt to the changes that have taken place after a long absence, but other tracks dwell on Irish political history or protecting children from the issues encountered as adults.
Critically acclaimed, If I Should Fall from Grace with God marked the high point of the band's commercial success. Finer called the record "a very cohesive album that drew on a lot of styles. Everything came together and it was very focused. That [album is] really the creative peak for me, in terms of the whole band being on a wavelength."
A1 If I Should Fall From Grace With God
A2 Turkish Song Of The Damned
A3 Bottle Of Smoke
A4 Fairytale Of New York
A6 Thousands Are Sailing
B2 Medley (The Recruiting Sergeant/The Rocky Road To Dublin/Galway Races)
B3 Streets Of Sorrow / Birmingham Six
B4 Lullaby Of London
B5 Sit Down By The Fire
B6 The Broad Majestic Shannon