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  • Audio CD (28 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Rise And Fall
2. Tomorrow s (Just Another Day)
3. Blue Skinned Beast
4. Primrose Hill
5. Mr. Speaker (Gets The Word)
6. Sunday Morning
7. Our House
8. Tiptoes
9. New Delhi
10. That Face
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Disc: 2
1. Rise And Fall
2. Tomorrow's (Just Another Day)
3. Calling Cards
4. Are You Coming (With Me)
5. House Of Fun (7 inch Single Bonus Track)
6. Don't Look Back (B-Side 'House Of Fun' Bonus Track)
7. Driving In My Car (7 inch Single Bonus Track)
8. Animal Farm (Tomorrow's Dream Warp Mix) (B-Side Driving In My Car Bonus Track)
9. Riding On My Bike (B-Side Driving In My Car 12 inch Bonus Track)
10. Our House (12 inch Extended Version Bonus Track)
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Product Description

Union Square Music s 30th Anniversary Madness reissue campaign continues with The Rise & Fall, the band s fourth album and, arguably, their magnum opus. Following the magnificent ska-pop of their debut, One Step Beyond, and the developmental pop majesty of Absolutely and 7, The Rise & Fall shows a band at the very height of their songwriting powers; their maturity and depth of subject matter second to none among their peers. Containing the brilliant smash hit single Our House - a fantastically poignant and uplifting anthem about Chas Smash s childhood home - and the simultaneously melancholic and upbeat Tomorrow s (Just Another Day) , this expanded version also features the non-album singles and promo videos for House Of Fun and Driving In My Car . Both of these classic Madness tracks prove that the boys even as fully fledged, grown-up superstars had lost none of the nuttiness that first captured the public s imagination and made them a national institution.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Rise and Fall is a remarkably brave album from band so commonly associated with happy-go-lucky commercial singles. They had shown signs of a more serious approach towards the end of their previous album, the excellent '7' but this was the full works. It had to be done, or else perhaps they may have turned into a cheap pop sensation that lasts 2 years max, and this album was the change of direction that some would have hoped for, but perhaps some were fearing.
It isn't all dark stuff, the massive hit single 'Our House' is as chirpy as they ever were, 'Madness (it's all in the mind)' although at a very slow tempo still extremely nutty. But overall this is a real surprise, 'New Delhi' and the title track would have confused many a listener, but there's something special about this album - there's nothing worse than hearing an artist being forced to do an album they don't want to make, you get the feeling Madness themselves did that later on, but this was the album they wanted to record and you can't doubt it's quality or imagination.
To listen to this album you can't approach it as a 'Madness fan', you have to listen to it as a 'Music fan', and then you too can discover their superior song writing. This is the last great Madness album.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Most great artists have a Sergent Pepper in them, that one album which seems to break away from their normal sound and propel them to a whole different level which then comes to re-define them.

A new bench-mark.
Blur did it with Parklife, Pink Floyd with Dark Side of the Moon, Bowie with Ziggy Stardust and Madness with The Rise and Fall.
The standard of musicianship, lyrical gymnastics and crystal clear observation on The Rise in Fall is the product of a band at full inspirational throttle. Every song overflows with technicolour imagery, from the comfortable boredom of a Sunday morning to the pompousness of those who overvalue their own opinions. Thatcher gets a kicking in the Blue Skinned Beast and we feel the sweat on our backs along with Suggs in the plastic seat of a New Delhi taxi.

That Madness were able to carry this off and still knock out a couple of great pop tunes in Our House and Tommorow's Just Another Day with such humour shows what a seriously under-rated talent Madness were.
Even the cover, more easily appreciated on the LP version, seems to reveal more in-jokes every time you look at it.
The album was, at the time, generally recieved poorly by an audience more in tune with Baggy Trousers and House of Fun and, unwilling to return to the Nutty Sound, keyboard player Mike Barson escaped to Switzerland. The band limped on and eventually split, leaving the down-sized The Madness to try to keep the sound alive before Suggs left to front a Karaoke TV show and Chas Smash got a desk job with Chrysalis.
This album made the band artistically and broke it apart at the same time.
Forget the annual reunions, listen to this and wonder at what might have been.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul Rodgers on 16 Jun. 2010
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In the critical history of Madness they are a singles band who happened to make three great albums: Their début One Step Beyond... , their 2010 `comeback' album The Liberty Of Norton Folgate and this, their fourth album Madness Presents The Rise And Fall.

As a fan who has been there since receiving the début album as a Christmas present, when aged 11 in 1979 I'd certainly agree with the first two, but I never really paid much attention to Rise And Fall, giving it a few listens when it came out and then moving on. You see by then I was a teenager and I had choices. In 1982 going into 1983 I was presented with three brilliant albums by bands spawned by the 2Tone craze that first really awakened my interest in music. Unfortunately for Madness this meant I was wrapped up with The Beat's final album Special Beat Service (a phenomenal album to this day), and The Fun Boy Three's Waiting. Both clicked more than The Rise And Fall did, and of course I was still listening to Complete Madness (which makes four!).

This is not to say I didn't like The Rise And Fall, just that it was competing at a very high level for my attentions.

Today I can consider the album again, with only the simultaneous release of Madness's next album Keep Moving for competition. In that respect I can now fully appreciate just how good an album this was and is.

The original 13 tracks have been packaged with videos for four of their singles (Our House and Tomorrow's (Just Another Day) from this album and House Of Fun and Driving In My Car, which preceded it) as well as a 17 track bonus disc containing the good and the bad and the downright brilliant radio sessions, remixes and b sides that those 4 singles generated.

I'll go with the bonus material first.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Jones on 28 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album came in for some unfair criticism on release: were they trying too hard to "grow" and produce stuff that was interesting rather than fun?

Well this album is a bit of both: there's the spooky obscure stuff like "Falling Again" as well as the more jovial "Our House".

Non-fans might prefer the more hit-orientated earlier albums, but I think The Rise and Fall is a bit of a neglected gem: slighlty experimental and definately mad.
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