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Divine Madness

Madness Audio CD
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Anybody who says they don’t like Madness is very probably lying. Madness are, quite simply, a bona fide national treasure; a band who inspire such goodwill and bonhomie that we are lucky to be graced with their continuing presence on Britain’s music scene. The archetypal pop group and ultimate singles band, Madness have been making records since 1979 and – during their 33 ... Read more in Amazon's Madness Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Feb 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000071RG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,553 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MADNESS Divine Madness (1995 UK 22-track compilation CD album featuring all the hits including One Step Beyond My Girl Night Boat To Cairo House Of Fun Our House and more picture sleeve CDV2692)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It'd only be Madness NOT to get this! 16 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album contains all of Madness' gratest hits, which makes it the best in the world! seriously, i love madness, and if you do, well, you'd already have this! There's also a DVD of all the re-mastered videos of these songs. check it out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun ska-pop music with depth 16 Mar 2005
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Superficially, Madness seemed to be a lightweight pop group who had a lot of fun, but some of their songs had a lot of depth. I've seen them compared to the Kinks - both groups having (in their different eras) offered interesting insights into London life. This is high praise indeed so although I wouldn't quite put Madness on the same level as the Kinks, their music has far more to offer than you might think.
Between 1979 and 1983, Madness had fifteen UK top ten hits and two UK top twenty hits. Taking their group name from a Prince Buster song, their first hit (The Prince) was a tribute to him and their second hit (One step beyond) was a cover of one of Prince Buster's songs. They later had another cover hit with It must be love (Labi Siffre) but wrote most of their own material.
Their biggest UK hits were House of fun (UK number one) and Wings of a dove (UK number two - an original song, not a cover of the old gospel standard), but they also made the UK top five with My girl, Baggy trousers, Embarrassment, Grey day, It must be love, Driving in my car, Our house and The sun and the rain.
After one of their members quit in 1983, the hits generally became smaller although Madness continued to make great music. They disbanded in 1986 but have re-formed intermittently since then. One such reunion (with the original line-up) recorded a new album in 1999, which yielded the UK top ten hit Lovestruck and another great song, Johnny the horse, both featured here.
Their first hits compilation was titled Complete Madness and their second was called Utter Madness. Between them, these two volumes (both available on CD) contain every UK hit of the eighties, however minor, but do not cover their 1999 comeback. This compilation covers their whole career and contains all the essentials and some of the minor hits. If you just want one Madness CD, make it this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
For a group in the mid-ninteen eighties, Madness gave a new zany and fun style to music. To this day, they are all still fun songs and the band remain great. They even made a small comeback last year with a brand new album but what can it show now? Divine Madness remains a brilliant collection of Madness songs. Highlights include the oh-so-famous Our House, the great Baggy Trousers and and other greats such as Waiting for the Train that Never Comes and Driving in My Car. If your a newcomer to Madness, I'm not sure if I suggest their new works bacause the old stuff shows what they're really made of. A great CD of mid-1980s songs by a brilliant group that still deserve to be going strong today. Fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll remember more than you think! 1 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The 80's. Not that long ago, was it? It's all coming back now..shoulder pads, big hair, silly make up. 70's parties? How last century! The 80's are the new novelty item we can laugh about and thank god we got through alive. And at your 80's party, what tunes will you have your guests shaking their Miami Vice-style behins to? Wham!, Spandeu Ballet, Dexy's Midnight Runners? How about something to get them all moving like it's 1982 again? Bang on Divine Madness and bring tears to their eyes as they remember dancing to "House of Fun", "Driving in my car" "Our House" and snogging to "It must be love"! Song after song is a encapsulated memory of those heady days 20 years ago. And now it's digitally remastered to bring the tunes into the new millenium (or something) and as a special treat, they've banged on "Lovestruck" and "Johnny the Horse" from their latest album "Wonderful". so you can keep well up to date. Go on! Dig out your puffball skirt or your Armarni Yuppie suit and braces and have your 80's party...and buy Divine Madness to complete the look. You'd be mad not to...ho ho.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine Madness 12 April 2010
By Owlman
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All the classics, it took me back to my youth. Great CD. If you are over 35 and under 50 get it on you Ipod.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Divine is Right 11 May 2001
This is one album that should be at the forefront of every Madness fans collection. Charting the bands progress through the years we hear one of the widest varieties of music ever produced by a single band. There's stomping rhythms (One Step Beyond), the familiar nutty sound (Baggy Trousers, House of Fun), pop (Our House), Lilting melodies (it must be Love, Yesterday's men), music to make you laugh (Shut Up), music to make you cry (One Better Day, yesterday's men) and then there's just plain weirdness (Waiting for the Ghost Train), and I haven't even covered it all. This album has something for everyone, but most importantly, it's got everything we've come to know and love from the nutty boys from Camden Town. This gem is perfect on any format and I can't say one word against it. In a word... DIVINE Love it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Stuff 8 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well what can I say! This is one of the best albums I have ever heard, and that's a fine achievement. A whole bunch of hits gathered together from various albums, all of similar quality. One which does stand out from the rest is the brilliant "Embarrassment", which depicts the bands "meathead" following which lowered their estimations from some people in the early 80's. And the inclusion of two songs from the new album "Wonderful" is a great idea, and both are of great quality. They should, however, included "The Communicator" from that album, as it is a real throwback to true Ska. This, and "Wonderful", are must buys for any real music fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by avmisay
4.0 out of 5 stars madness at their best
all the old hits are here,i like it
Published 1 month ago by bami
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Madness Classics
This is a excellent cd. great memorable tracks on this great cd. Madness were a great group that made many people happy with there music compared that most of these tracks were... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Love madness
Love madness already got on vinyl this had more songs and only one with the Michael Caine song, very happy
Published 6 months ago by fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
One of the best bands of all time - every track a great one and I never get tired of listening to Madness. Happy memories of the 80's, but this music is virtually timeless. Read more
Published 7 months ago by inisprime
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, perfect
Ordered as a 'oh, i dont have that one, but I really should'. Brought back a lot of happy memories of simpler times, thank you
Published 8 months ago by Phil Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine and Nutty
A wonderful trawl through the 1980s when the 'Nutty Boys' were one of the few consistently good chart acts. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars complete madness.
brilliant cd of this crazy band, good condition, no delay on delivery excellent quality.takes me back a good few years,still as good as ever.
Published 11 months ago by Lorraine Hopson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good tracks from the Nutty Boys....
It is a good CD with their hits during their time and it is good to have it in your collection.

Good tracks.

Published 11 months ago by Brian Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars welcome to the house of fun
bought this cd for kids to give to dad on fathers day and we sing along to all the songs, great choice for all the hits.welcome to the house of fun :)
Published 12 months ago by sarah
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