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Mad Not Mad: 2 CD + 1 DVD (NTSC) [Original recording remastered, Box set, CD+DVD]

Madness Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Box set, CD+DVD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B003XOAJ92
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I'll Compete (1999 Digital Remaster)
2. Yesterday's Men (1999 Digital Remaster)
3. Uncle Sam (1999 Digital Remaster)
4. White Heat (1999 Digital Remaster)
5. Mad Not Mad (1999 Digital Remaster)
6. Sweetest Girl (1999 Digital Remaster)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Yesterday's Men (Demo Version) (2010 Digital Remaster)
2. All I Knew (2010 Digital Remaster)
3. Yesterday's Men (Harmonica Mix) (2010 Digital Remaster)
4. Uncle Sam (Demo Version) (2010 Digital Remaster)
5. Please Don't Go (2010 Digital Remaster)
6. Inanity Over Christmas (2010 Digital Remaster)
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Yesterday's Men (2002 Digital Remaster)
2. Uncle Sam (2002 Digital Remaster)
3. Sweetest Girl (2002 Digital Remaster)
4. (Waiting For The) Ghost Train (2002 Digital Remaster)
5. Yesterday's Men (Wogan - 19/08/85)
6. Uncle Sam (Top Of The Pops - 21/11/85)
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CD Description

Digitally remastered and expanded three disc (two CDs + NTSC Region 0 DVD) edition of the British Pop/Ska outfit's 1985 album including bonus tracks plus a bonus DVD containing video clips, TV performances and so much more. Virgin. 2010.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Maligned but not forgotten... 4 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Now re-issued as a 2 CD and 1 DVD set (all for a bargain price of under 10), this is probably Madness' most maligned (and forgotten) release and the one that has been pretty much ignored by the band when it comes to live shows since they re-formed back in 1992, however in lots of ways it has elements that are as good as it's predecessors. Yesterdays Men is a classic Madness single with Suggs trademark deadpan vocals, Lee Thompson's soulful sax solo and much more. The other singles from the album "Uncle Sam" and the very much maligned cover of Scritti Pollitti's "Sweetest Girl" are more lightweight and of all the bands singles, the ones that have dated the worst (despite being more recently recorded than some of the others), there are however some great album tracks in there "Burning The Boats" with it's criticism of the government of the time, has all the classic Madness hallmarks of getting across a serious message without preaching, title track "Mad Not Mad" is darkly brooding and yet upbeat, "I'll Complete" is a perfect album opener, "White Heat" (later to be adapted and renamed "Margate" for the "Our House" musical based on the band's songs) paints a picture in words and songs in the way that only a few (including Madness) can.

Coupled with the original album and completing CD1 with the rest making up CD2 you get an assortment of B-sides, 12" remixes and demo's as well as their "swansong" single (Waiting For The) Ghost Train, which of course proved not to be their last after all. Amongst these are some gems such as Beatles-esque "Please Don't Go", and the wistful "Maybe In Another Life" - although the repetition of the various mixes of the singles does get a little much when you're listening to the whole re-issue in one sitting!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite albums of all time... 23 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Yes, I know everyone will disagree! Anyway, I have all of the brilliant Madness albums in the box set, "The Lot". I play them all the time but I have to say the one I probably play the most is this one: "Mad Not Mad". I've been gradually buying the double disc reissues. I already have "One Step Beyond...", "Absolutely" and "7". So now I only need "Rise & Fall", "Keep Moving" and this fine collection to complete my set of the band's original albums. I am really pleased that with this disc they're giving us a bonus DVD of the original videos and a few rare TV and concert appearances. The band has since dismissed this album as being dated and overproduced with its '80s sound. However, when you're dealing with tracks such as "Yesterday's Men", "Time", "Burning the Boats", "Uncle Sam", etc you can't go wrong. Quite simply Madness are genius writers and musicians. In the '60s there was The Beatles. In the '70s there was Queen. In the '80s there was Madness. They were untouchable. And they still are. And thank God they're still around making music such as "The Liberty of Norton Folgate". Long may they continue.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mad Not Insane 11 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album represents the end of the 'Madness' that we all know and love.

Nevertheless, it features some excellent moments such as 'Yesterday's Men' and 'I'll Compete'.

In a radio interview at the time the band joked that the working title of the album was 'Lost In The Museum'. This was actually the comment of the record label boss upon hearing what they had to offer this time around.

It's a confused and unhappy album reflecting the mood of the members of a band who had experienced wonderful success, world tours and a hectic schedule that had left them totally drained.

They always produced good stuff and even under terrible pressure this album reveals moments of utter loveliness.

This lopsided and sometimes desperate CD is propped up by the folded beermat of life.

Some old coals refuse to turn to ashes.

For melancholy Madness lovers everywhere.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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this is probably the nutty boys finest studio album and captures them at their most political. ill compete is an upbeat never give up song that gets the toes tapping from the start whilst yesterdays men tackles the out of touch fogeys in the house of lords and yet somehow manages to remain bluesy and soulful showing a band at ease with their musical abillity. uncle sam is a catchy pop tune poking fun at gung ho america and shows that madness have a unique talent in tackling serious issues whilst churning out a catchy hook at the same time. burning the boats also has a go at conservative britain and here we hear suggs vocals reaching new heights to an uptempo tune that wades through time changes and in my book is the second standout track on the album the first being white heat which is classic madness conjuring up images and thoughts of social aspects and problems in a multi cultured british society. forget blur.forget britpop this is an album damon albarn could only maybe possibly dream about writing.mad not mad mad not bad.
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