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Madness

Tony MacAlpine Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Nov 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shrapnel
  • ASIN: B00000107U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Naked Nancy
2. Peruvian Power Layback
3. Albert's Fat Sister
4. Restaraunt At The End Of The Universe
5. Realm of the Flying Monkeys
6. Prelude #8 Opus 28
7. Confrontation With The Electric Bees
8. Dr. Garlic Breath
9. Houses In Motion
10. Muffin Bandits
11. Rats with Wings

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Format:Audio CD
Madness is quite unique among Macalpine's albums in style and displays virtuosity in a range of musical styles, especially with high speed energetic compositions incorporating more blues/jazz/fusion styles of play. The compositions are impeccably created as always and with creative and energetic soloing. The general tone of the album is uplifting and upbeat and gives a positive feeling. Perfect examples of this are 'Naked Nancy', 'Confrontation with the Electric Bees', the unique song 'Dr Garlic Breath', and a personal favourite of mine 'Realm of the Flying Monkeys'.

'Restaurant at the End of the Universe' is a ballad paced song with powerful emotive playing, and 'House in Motion' is a memorable and pretty composition with awesome playing throughout, and as another basis of comparison is similar in some ways to 'Champion' from 'Freedom to Fly'. 'Peruvian Power Layback' is a really nice piece and is one of the highlights of the album in my opinion, and also is reminiscent in style to the album 'Freedom to Fly'.

The two songs at the end of the album are of a darker nature and are both awesome powerful shred compositions: 'Muffin Bandits' is a short but sweet neo-classical style song with strong soloing and is reminiscent of songs such as 'The Time and the Test' from 'Maximum Security' as a comparison, and Rats with Wings is a brilliant neo-classical composition with fast and powerful shredding and awesome solos. Also noteworthy is the excellent rendition of one of Chopin's etudes on the piano by Tony.

All in all this is a wonderful selection of instrumental compositions from a range of general styles, but all showcasing Macalpine's virtuoso playing style, and each song on the album is memorable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GUITAR PLAYER 27 Aug 2011
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Tony is great on guitar. If you like great guitar playing, check this out! I would highly recommend the purchase of this disc.
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than What I Usually Hear On the Radio Waves 12 Aug 2012
By Craig Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is much in the style of Joe Satriani. However, it is better. MacAlpine's skills are nothing short of astonishing. It is difficult to describe why, except that the musicians seem to be more in synch. I would definitely say that though the drums on Madness are reminiscent of whoever drums for Satch, but they are generally more complex and also boldly unafraid to be assertive than what Satch allows his drummers to play. I wouldn't be surprised if MacAlpine counted Satch as one of his favorite musicians when he crafted this album.
4.0 out of 5 stars Versatility anyone?! 11 July 2011
By Fernando L. Figueroa-gordián - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Madness was, (same as Freedom to Fly), a departure of sorts from Tony's early neoclassical metal style. After debuting to much critical acclaim, with both Edge of Insanity and Maximum Security, T-Mac went into a phase where he experimented with a more "normal" heavy metal sound. i.e. (Eyes of the World and his Instructional Video). On Madness, Macalpine explores many genres, and being the consummate professional musician that he is, he produced an outstanding, entertaining record, worth listening to over and over again.
I have owned this album since it came out in 1993, and 18 years later, still stands the test of time. If you're looking for his neoclassical flare and prowess, look past this record, but if you respect the fact that he plays blues, jazz, heavy metal, hard rock, and a little neoclassical metal, all within their own identity and particular characteristics, this is the cd to buy.
The rhythm section on this record is very good, especially on those songs that really benefitted from what both, bassist Larry "Bones" Dennison and drummer Glen Sobel brought to the table. Take a close listen to the astonishing "Peruvian Power Layback", or the amazing blues "Restaurant at the End of the Universe". For a huge surprise, look no further than "Albert's Fat Sister", where Tony trades solos with the great Branford Marsalis, with The Tonight Show's Band's horns section on the background.

A song by song: (5 stars being the best)

1. Naked Nancy: Opens up and sets the tone for the whole record 4/5.
2. Peruvian Power Layback: Incredible songwriting. Glen Sobel's work on this one is exceptional. Great solo, one of my favorites!!! 5/5.
3. Albert's Fat Sister: Great jazz tune with the mighty Branford Marsalis on saxophone. Entertaining song!!! 5/5.
4. Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Great blues with an incredible baroque between Gina Demos and Tony. Huge soloing between 'em!!! 5/5.
5. Realm of the Flying Monkeys: I just love it, don't ask me why :) 5/5.
6. Prelude #8 Opus 28: A beautiful Prelude by Chopin, T-Mac's own tribute to the master from the Romantic Era. 5/5.
7. Confrontation with the Electric Bees: An average song at best. 3/5.
8. Dr. Garlic Breath: It kind of stinks, just like garlic. I guess this is an attempt at being comical. 2/5.
9. Houses in Motion: Great song, this is kind of a hidden gem on this record. 5/5.
10. Muffin Bandits: Hard, Heavy and Powerful. 4/5.
11. Rats with Wings: Only rather neoclassical cut on this record, safe perhaps Muffin Bandits. Fast and entertaining! 4/5.

Go ahead, give it a try, it really is worth owning!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Even a guitar god has bad days 7 Feb 2010
By Kevin Nazario Bartolomei - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
well, I love Tony's unique sound, and I like the fact that he experiments and tries to stay far from and standarized formula, always evolving. But Madness is a good example of what happens when you go to far from your roots, is sounds anything BUT Macalpine. Like a fusion of blues, funk, jazz art rock and I do not know what else, its sound like a mess to me. Thank God he left this style and returned to his real sound with jewels like Chromaticity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neo-classical music with a twist. 29 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
An album full of fretboard fury and emotion but adds a jazz/bluesy flavour.
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