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Mad For Sadness Limited Edition


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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00000JB1O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. My Favourite Muse (Live) 7:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Packs Of Three (Live) 3:40£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. New Birds (Live) 6:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Toy Fights (Live) 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Here We Go (Live) 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Phone Me Tomorrow (Live) 4:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Girls Of Summer (Live) 8:21£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Piglet (Live) 6:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Blood (Live) 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Afterwards (Live) 6:18£0.79  Buy MP3 

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is quite possibly the best live album I have heard. It combines Malcolm's dramatic guitar work and Aidan's sleazy monologues with a stealth that isn't apparent on their studio recordings. I have known people that have felt sick by the prospect of seeing Arab Strap live but I am sure this will convert the stubbornest of the sceptics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry Marshall on 30 Mar 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Arab Strap were one of the UK's best live acts and this CD confirms it. The sound quality is astounding. It is only with the applause at the end of each song that you remember you are listening to a live CD. The renditions of the songs are endowed with more power and more emotional impact. The stand-out track on here is The Girls of Summer. The CD is worth it for that track alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bilefly on 27 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD
A superb recording of the set when Arab Strap were at their most powerful. Ecstacic melancholia and profound life-affirmation.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant post coital misery 10 Sep 2001
By el dangeroso - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Arab Strap have for years now been purveyors of a moping, desolate rock that differentiates itself from similar bands like Snow Patrol or Belle and Sebastian through it's pure authenticity and blackened heart. While Belle often sound like they spent most of their afternoons in the local library exchanging witty barbs with the chess club and filling in literary ad-libs, Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat sounds like he's misspent his young adulthood in the wrong pubs, bringing home the wrong girls, and often regretting it...before doing it again the next night. He's a character actor, a drunken Scottish chain smoker with an amnesiac conscience portraying the anti-romantic balladeer. They are certainly given to exploring consequences, giving them drama and weight and a noisy backbeat. Mad For Sadness is a brilliant exploration of this world of darkened corners,and along with Philophobia is the best place for a novice Strap fan to start. They strum and pound and moan and whisper and rock through ten perfect tracks, creating a satisfying soundtrack for rainy days and snowy nights. Check out the gorgeously volatile "New Birds," Girls Of Summer," and "Afterwards." You won't regret it, although you may start regretting everything else in your life.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Live Arab Strap Album 31 July 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Essential live recording of this band, recorded in London in 1998. Features amazing versions of "New Birds" and "Girls of Summer," which alone are worth the price of the CD. If you are an Arab Strap fan, you must own this. If you are new to this Scottish band, this is a brilliant introduction to their stark, introspective, and often acid mixture of folk and rock music. Fabulously good.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Arab Strap at its most intense 30 July 2001
By Matt R. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is, quite simply, the best live album I own or have ever heard. Arab Strap create a uniquely claustrophobic and intensely alive atmosphere with their sparse arrangments that oftentimes culminate in an orgasm of sound and fury. "Girls of Summer" positively explodes at the 5 minute mark, its dancefloor beat creating an overwhelming wall of sound (sorry about the cliche, but it's fitting in this case). "New Birds" is another highlight, the dark, mumbled, drunken story accompanied to perfection by the crashing cymbals and foreboding bass that builds throughout.
Play this record as loud as possible, drink a few beers, and listen to a live show as it was meant to be recorded and experienced.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If only live albums were all this good!! 29 Dec 2000
By Simone Oltolina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Arab strap are an excellent band and each of their records is a good one but Mad for Sadness is overall the best one and that's probably because the live-formula is the more suitable for the band. It also represents an excellent entry-point! I think that on this record the Arab manage to convey the feel that on their studio albums has always eluded them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Pathetically hilarious 24 July 2005
By filterite - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The tales that Aidan Moffat says here are so heart-breakingly pathetic yet hilarious at the same time you don't know whether to feel sorry for him or think if he's being a stand up comedian. Of course this wouldn't mean anything if the music weren't as good as it was. Beautiful, shimmering guitars abound this album and it's kinda lovely in it's own pathetic misery. Indeed this is probably the best introduction to Arab Strap around and also a good companion for those lonely nights in bed to cheer you up and quietly celebrate your own misery ( even when it does get a bit noisy.)
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