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  • Audio CD (12 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B0033WDCRU
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Cardiac Arrest
2. Shut Up
3. Sign Of The Times
4. Missing You
5. Mrs. Hutchinson
6. Tomorrow's Dream
7. Grey Day
8. Pac-A-Mac
9. Promises Promises
10. Benny Bullfrog
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Disc: 2
1. Missing you
2. Sign Of The Times
3. Tiptoes
4. Memories (B-Side 'Grey Day') - Bonus Track
5. A Town With No Name (B- Side 'Shut Up') - Bonus Track
6. Never Ask Twice (B-Side 'Shut Up' 12") - Bonus Track
7. It Must Be Love (Single) - Bonus Track
8. Shadow On The House (B-Side 'It Must Be Love') - Bonus Track
9. In The City (B-Side 'Cardiac Arrest') Bonus Track
10. Cardiac Arrest (12" Extended Version) - Bonus Track
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Product Description

Union Square Music s 30th Anniversary Madness reissue campaign continues with 7, the band s third album, and the one which is generally considered to have cemented the band s position in the canon of truly great British pop acts. Containing singles Cardiac Arrest, Shut Up and the epic dub masterpiece, Grey Day, 7 showcases Madness s unique ability to fuse their inherent nuttiness with the sense of melancholy and foreboding that gives their music its edge and depth. Also included as a bonus track and promo video is the massive standalone single It Must Be Love .

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Top Pete on 10 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Between 1979 and 2009 Madness produced 10 studio albums, 1 live album and countless greatest hits packages. Of the 10 studio albums, 4 are almost universally accepted as being classics (One Step Beyond, Absolutely, Rise and Fall and 2009's modern day masterpiece Liberty of Norton Folgate). Their third album, Seven, just misses the classic status by a whisker. It is, however, a fantastic album and contains some of Madness's best songs.

The 3 singles taken from it (Grey Day, Shut Up and Cardiac Arrest) need no introduction. Madness always had a knack of wrapping up social commentary (sometimes serious, sometimes not) in great lyrics and melodies, and Grey Day, a song about depression, is one of the best examples, not just from Madness, but from any band. And a song about an over stressed businessman having a heart attack. Who else but Madness could pull that off?

As with all Madness albums there is the 'should have been a single' track. Here it is Sign of the Times, surely one of their best ever songs.

Other highlights include Mrs. Hutchinson (would have been great to see a Carry On style video to this one), Pac-A-Mac, Missing You, When Dawn Arrives and the magnificently dark (and a clear pointer to where their next album was heading) Tomorrow's Dream.

Even though 'Side 2' has a number of tracks that might be referred to as fillers (Benny Bullfrog [fun but throwaway], The Opium Eaters [a decent enough instrumental but not a classic] and Day on the Town [a half decent song trying to escape some lacklustre production]) it is still one of my favourite Madness albums, and one of the ones I have listened to the most.

There are some good extras on this reissue too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Craig Taylor VINE VOICE on 2 Mar 2010
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7 Has to be one of my favourite Madness albums. It marks a change in musical direction, having a more grown up contempory pop sound. The album still has plenty of that nutty sound we learned to love on their first two albums, especially on songs such as Benny Bull Frog. The whole album tackles serious issues in the classic Madness kind of way. Never has singing about heart attacks, doctors making mistakes, politics, animal cruelty, and riots been so much fun. The songs are mostly so up tempo it's hard to realise that the topics within them are sad.

The album features the three singles, Cardiac Arrest, Shut Up and Grey Day, all stand out tracks. My other favourites are Sign of the Times, Tomorrow's Dream, Pac A Mac, Benny Bull Frog, Day on the Town and finally Mrs Hutchinson which is a song about a women that was told she was alright by a Doctor, only later to find out her health was terminal.

In addition to these well crafted tracks you get all of the b-sides, a few session tracks and the three promo videos for the singles. Hard core fans may notice that the single edit of Cardiac Arrest is missing but it's not really needed.

This was the first Madness album I ever listened too, and since then I've been hooked. A great album for old and new fans alike with plenty of bonuses and for a great price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (HBMV) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Jun 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is the third in a series of excellently packaged re-releases of the early Madness albums. I recall this from my teenage years and it was great to hear the album again, complete with bonus tracks and b-sides etc in an elegant double CD, complete with great sleeve notes. The album itself is the point where Madness grew up, became less 'nutty' and produced more mature (but often no less fun) compositions. A great pruchase and value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erwin on 7 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
I'm not a wannabe journalist, so in just a few sentences: finally, one of the best 80's British pop groups have republished all their original albums. All sets have the original art work, something I find very important. (Don't like repackaged sets!). And what a set: all B-sides, remixes and even a few BBC recordings.
The remastered recordings sound great, as if they were recorded yesterday. But thats me, having played this album a zillion times on a crappy kids' stereo, haha.
'7' Was my favourite Madness album; some uptempo songs sound as nutty as the tracks on the first 2 albums, but with darker, more 'serious' subjects in most cases. A band that has 'grown up', blablabla (you can put here every pop journalist cliché you can think of). Not just fun, but better melodies, a more varied, mature sound, etc etc (here come those cliches again). I was surprised to realise just how good these songs have outlived the 80's. It is a timeless record, a real classic album. And all that for a super price, if you'd like to check out or rediscover one of the best British pop groups? Do buy '7'! And yes kids, no synthesizers or computerized voice tricks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Fry on 28 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
great value way to replace your vinyl,excellent bonus material. if you were a madness fan in the eighties it will bring back those great days, if you didnt buy this back then dont miss tracks you wouldnt have heard on air like "benny bullfrog" or the dark "mrs hutchinson". great album
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By Mr. J. Patel on 24 Mar 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
super fantastic,other half loves it as do I, shame i cant get vouchers as well, i di buy a lot of vinyl
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