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Forever Young - The Ska Collection [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Madness Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B006M6GIRA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Forever Young 4:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Victoria Gardens 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Prince 3:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Back in the day, as a vital part of the 2Tone Ska Revival, Madness were responsible for some of the biggest hits the genre has ever seen. In the early ‘80s, along with The Specials, The Beat and The Selecter, they were at the forefront of the movement and many people still consider them a Ska band today.

While it’s true that they branched out of that genre to become a massive mainstream pop act and the most successful singles band of the ‘80s, they have always kept Ska close to their hearts, echoes of which can be heard on every single one of their studio albums including their most recent, The Liberty Of Norton Folgate.

It’s from a track on this album that we take our title, ‘Forever Young’. There couldn’t, however, be a Madness Ska Collection without the classic Nutty Boy anthems ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘One Step Beyond...’, ‘Night Boat To Cairo’, ‘The Prince’, ‘Swan Lake’ and many more. To make it even more special the band has contributed two previously unreleased tracks; a cover of Jimmy Cliff s ‘Vietnam’ and a rollicking version of Edvard Grieg’s ‘In The Hall Of The Mountain King’.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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As the subject line suggests this album is only really worth buying if you're a total Madness novice, without a great deal of their music in your collection already, or a completist who has to buy everything they have done to go in your collection.

If you're the former then this is a good starting point on your journey into Madness - you get most of the hits, plus a good sampling of album tracks besides and all at a very good price - although personally, and if you're willing to spend a little more money, I'd recommend the "A Guided Tour Of Madness" boxset released in 2011 that is very similar to this offering but comes with 3 CD's containing all the hits and plenty of album tracks besides, as well as a DVD of the band's triumphant 1992 reunion gig "Madstock" that spawned a thousand re-union gigs....and an earthquake!!

As a fan of many years standing who has all of their non-greatest hits albums, as well as many of the greatest hits that have been released down the years (Total Madness, Divine Madness, and Ultimate Madness to name a few) I already have everything on this album at least once, and in some cases numerous times, so I shan't be buying this latest compilation in it's entirety - although I have of course downloaded the two "previously unreleased" tracks, which is what I suspect a lot of other die hard fans will be doing.

The two previously unreleased tracks are a cover of Jimmy Cliff's "Vietnam" and a ska'd up version of classical piece "Hall Of The Mountain King" by Grieg. The former is a good cover of a little known song with all the usual Madness hallmarks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another Madness Compilation 2 April 2012
By Craig Taylor VINE VOICE
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It very rare for a year to go by without a Madness compilation being released, so why should you buy this you may ask? Firstly Madness Forever Young The Ska Collection is a completely different type of collection and consists of a variety of Madness songs including a few of the big singles, several album tracks and a few b-sides. The big selling point of course is the fact that you get two previously unreleased tracks which were originally intended for the 2005 album The Dangermen Sessions. Both of these tracks are well worth a listen.
Another highlight is the fold out sleeve notes consisting of a short biography of the band, including new interviews with Chrissy Boy and Lee Thompson, a poster and plenty of photos.
My only grumble is the sub-title 'The Ska Collection' as it is quite misleading as although some of Madness's ska style tracks such as 'The Prince', 'The Communicator' and 'One Step Beyond' are included other classic Madness ska tunes are missing and instead you get the albeit brilliant Victoria Gardens' which is hardly ska.
Other than that this is a good compilation, its nice to hear some of Madness's lesser known tracks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One Step Beyond...? 8 April 2012
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Forever Young The Ska Collection

Or the compilation that went one step beyond being absolutely Mad Not Mad. But hey, baby needs shoes and the record company has to keep moving. And so the madness continues...

The result is that for only the second time in their long career a Madness compilation is themed. Last time it was the songs used in the Our House musical. This time it's their ska songs. Or to be more precise it's songs which contain even the smallest trace of nuts sorry I mean ska. At a time when small fortunes are being made with compilation titles such as Ska Madness it makes sense for Madness to stick out an album of their more ska songs.

This then is an album which brings together seven of their hit singles (all from their 1979-1983 chart peak years) and a whole host of album and/or b side tracks. This is supplemented by two of the singles from latest hit album The Liberty Of Norton Folgate, which had no chance of being hits in this modern era of massive single sales.

Probably of most interest to the casual punter who might have seen Madness live is Tarzan's Nuts which is now roughly 3 years into a live revival. For the more dogged Madness fan there are two previously unheard songs from their Dangermen Sessions sessions. Jimmy Cliff's Vietnam is pointlessly covered. Whether is it used a metaphor for more recent wars the fact is that governments do not care and do not listen. More lives will be wasted in pursuit of nothing much at all. Personally I'd have represented The Rise And Fall album by including Blue Skinned Beast here if a war song was needed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr.Suggs(Graham Mcpherson the best!) 21 Mar 2013
By Ky Hay
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What can you say after listening to the man sing "The liberty of norton 360!?" kidding "The liberty of norton folgate" still fun after death & resurrection! with the immortal words ...."A needle & thread ,the hand stitches of time,the battling lavinski versus jackie burke,bobbing and weaving invisible line..".Thankyou Graham for all them acute angles. .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Standout sounds
A return to energetic and fun music. An album to get you singing in the car or dancing around the house...happy days!
Published 19 months ago by NH
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Young - The Ska Collection
Madness, one to to have for car, its not what I would call Ska, but then I would be showing my age, still excellent Madness
Published 19 months ago by Mr. I. D. Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!
Madness in full flow brilliant album! Some repeats as expected but good mix and well presented. Sing along in the car stuff
Published 20 months ago by Scunnybunny
3.0 out of 5 stars Skanky
OK, first up, this is a great collection of songs by the greatest band in the world, and as many other reviewers suggest, is a great introduction to the band, so why only three... Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2012 by dotdotdotcomma
5.0 out of 5 stars madness still nutty!!
superb cd music is still fresh....and two new bonus tracks excellent!!madness to this day are still vibrant....go see them live!!!!!!!!!
Published on 26 Jun 2012 by mark07
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Madness
As a Madness fan from long ago & owner of other Madness compilations, this one has been in my CD player since I received it. Love it completely! Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2012 by Dorothy J. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it
i already have the madness greated hits + dvd and the box set with the live dvd.
quite a few more albums which are all 'absolutely' great. Read more
Published on 26 May 2012 by Victor Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
AS always a fantastic CD from Madness. Good mixture of old and new tracks with a few new ones thrown in.
Published on 16 May 2012 by scooby
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Young SUPERB
Madness Forever Young, mixes all the classics with a few added tunes to make this a superb Ska filled Nutty Sound Album, been Ska'd 4 Life since i first seen Madness on TOTP in... Read more
Published on 16 May 2012 by RobSkaman
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