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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 (5 Jun 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00004R63R
  • 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: 60,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Prince
2. One Step Beyond
3. My Girl
4. Night Boat To Cairo
5. Baggy Trousers
6. Embarrassment
7. Return Of The Los Palmas 7
8. Grey Day
9. Shut Up
10. It Must Be Love
11. Cardiac Arrest
12. House Of Fun
13. Driving In My Car
14. Our House
15. Tomorrow's Just Another Day
16. Wings Of A Dove
17. The Sun And The Rain
18. Michael Caine
19. One Better Day
20. Yesterday's Men
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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In the early 1980s, Madness were one of the most popular bands in Britain; their zany style and dedication to fun shined through in their music resulting in a number of hits. This excellent compilation contains 22 of their earlier singles: from the bouncy "One Step Beyond" to "Baggy Trousers", the jerky "House of Fun" and "It Must Be Love". These were all short, jaunty tunes with lyrics about real life--sometimes amusing, sometimes sombre in tone, but always grounded in the real world. This CD is an excellent introduction to a band that was very much a product of their time. --Carina Trimingham

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun ska-pop music with depth 16 Mar 2005
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Once upon a time there was music. And then there was Madness! Of all the events of the twentieth century the release of divine madness will go down in folklore as one of those moments beyond words. People will ask 'where were you when Divine Madness was released?'. The CD quite rightly, was praised by the institute of dieting horses due to its kilo-cutting powers. Who would forget those hazy nights dancing the nutty dance into the early hours of the morning? I alone have shed pounds in the last few minutes. I earge you, nay demand you, the people of the world to go out and purchase this disk. Heck, you could even buy three.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 5 days ago by avmisay
4.0 out of 5 stars madness at their best
all the old hits are here,i like it
Published 11 days 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 8 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.

Thanks
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 11 months ago by sarah
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