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Forever Young - The Ska Collection

2 April 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 2 April 2012
  • Label: Salvo
  • Copyright: 2012 Stirling Holdings Ltd
  • Total Length: 1:18:16
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  • ASIN: B007J0LYF4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,917 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Graham W. Yates on 2 April 2012
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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 By Craig Taylor VINE VOICE on 2 April 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Rodgers on 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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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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