- Audio CD (28 Jun. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
- Label: Union Square Music Limited
- ASIN: B003IODNJ0
- Other Editions: Hardcover | Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Union Square Music s 30th Anniversary Madness reissue campaign continues with Keep Moving, the band s fifth and possibly most mature album. Its release, in 1984, was tinged with sadness, as it would be the band s last offering with the original line-up until 1999 s Wonderful comeback. That said, the album and the songs on it did not suffer and some consider Keep Moving to be Madness s most sophisticated album, dealing with issues of homelessness, politics and spousal abuse in typically sensitive fashion. The original album features the hit singles Michael Caine (which few knew at the time to be about the plight of IRA informants) and the fantastically melancholy One Better Day . The bonus tracks include some of Madness s best-loved songs: Wings Of A Dove and The Sun And The Rain proving that Madness, at this point in their career, were just as life-affirming as they ever were.
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Madness are a great band, make no mistake about that.
Keep Moving was Madness's 1984 album. The cover photo was awful, although the fonts for the band name and album title are amongst my favourites. The reason I mention this? Madness were always a very visual band, to such an extent that when I'm listening to the music without a video I see shapes and patterns in the music. Perhaps this is something I shouldn't admit to on a public forum, but who cares? Keep Moving is Madness's most shapely album and I love it unashamedly.
This album gets 6 stars out of 5 from me.
Until The Liberty Of Norton Folgate album came along in 2009 it was, without any doubt, my favourite Madness album. Now it sits somewhere in my top two Madness albums.
There are so many reasons for this: Keep Moving includes my favourite Madness single in One Better Day, my long-time favourite album track in March Of The Gherkins, some of the best lyrics the band had written on Time For Tea and the utterly utterly sublime Prospects.Read more ›
Having now got all the Deluxe Editions I can say this with a balanced honesty. These are not the Madness albums as they were. Having worked with signed a Sony artist and had good feedback from recording engineers for my work I can say I have a good ear for music. All of the Madness albums, FGTH, Art of Noise and anything Union Square has issued has had Digital Range Compression done to them. All that does is make about 50% of the recorded music very loud, but no fidelity or dynamic range, some parts have hit the Digital Brick Wall and been clipped badly. (Google Digital Range Compression or Digital Brick Wall if you don't know what I mean)
An analogy for people that don't know what Digital Range Compression is. Imagining walking round a house you like looking at all 4 walls, liking all you see and seeing it all. Then imagine being pushed hard against the front wall so all you see is the front of the house, a small part very close up. That's what loudness does. When you look around the sides you notice it's been demolished and all that is left is the façade of the house. That's what Digital Range Compression does. It's some of the music very loud.
I did an audio analysis of The Sun and the Rain and the results were depressing. The vinyl had a great dynamic range. the strings have sustain as does Mike's piano. Woody's drums are crisp, the cymbals sizzle with excitement.Read more ›
The lead single from Keep Moving, Michael Caine, had been released before the album, and had entered the top 20 (but just failed to make the top 10). It was a strong single, but didn't really give away too much about what the forthcoming album would be like. It also had Carl Smyth on vocals, which may have thrown a few people (even though he had already taken lead vocal duties on Madness Is All In The Mind more than a year before).
On very first listen to Keep Moving it was clear that there were 3 absolutely brilliant stand-out tracks: One Better Day, Victoria Gardens and Prospects. As soon as the album came out I remember playing these to a friend of mine (who wasn't particularly into Madness) and he thought all 3 were superb. In particular he wanted to hear One Better Day again, and again, and again! It has become, of course, one of their strongest and best liked songs.
Other tracks worthy of note are Turning Blue (a great drum part on this one), March Of The Gherkins and Give Me a Reason, which was a great closer to the album, and to part 1 of the Madness story.
The arrangements for some of the tracks are boosted by strings and lively brass sections (Keep Moving, Victoria Gardens). The final track, Give Me A Reason, seems to have everything in it but the kitchen sink!
The extras on here are pretty good too.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was for my son's 45th. birthday and was quick to arrive. It recalls happy times when he was a young teenager and yes he had the hat.Published 13 months ago by Elizabeth from Glasgow
bought to recomplete my madness albums collection and to here songs that i had not heard for a long timePublished on 31 Dec. 2013 by michael tatham
Madness, what can you say that hasn't been said before. This album is the last of a line of magnificent triumphs that would only be eclipsed in 2009 by the Liberty.... Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2012 by London65
I love this LP and it brings back great memories and perhaps its the most underated Madness record. Even Mad not Mad appears in best albums lists of the 80s, but not this so its a... Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2010 by Simmo