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Total Madness Best of [Import]

Madness Audio CD
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Anybody who says they don’t like Madness is very probably lying. Madness are, quite simply, a bona fide national treasure; a band who inspire such goodwill and bonhomie that we are lucky to be graced with their continuing presence on Britain’s music scene. The archetypal pop group and ultimate singles band, Madness have been making records since 1979 and – during their 33 ... Read more in Amazon's Madness Store

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  • Audio CD (30 Aug 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000OWW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Our House
2. It Must Be Love
3. Tomorrow's Just Another Day
4. Shut Up
5. Grey Day
6. The Sun And The Rain
7. Wings Of A Dove (A Celebratory Song)
8. Michael Caine
9. One Better Day
10. Uncle Sam
11. Yesterday's Men
12. One Step Beyond

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Excuse us for caring, but there are a few things shamefully wrong about this long overdue salute to the immortal Nutty Boys. For starters, any self-respecting Madness package should open with "One Step Beyond", not end with it. And a meagre 12 tracks (43 minutes) from the hugely prolific ska/pop kings of the early 1980s is a tad miserly. To justify the title, Geffen could have made stronger efforts to license gems like "Baggy Trousers", "Night Train to Cairo" and "Embarrassment" from other labels. The liner note ode by Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones is small compensation. --Jeff Bateman

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An addictive compilation 19 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This cd contains 12 songs that are pure fun.It can lift your spirits.I love the way it starts out with the classic 80's song 'Our House' which always sounds great.'Tomorrow's Just Another Day'is perfection.'The Sun & the Rain' features excellent piano playing.'Wings of a Dove' is very cheerful(& it was also featured on the soundtrack to '10 Things I Hate About You'.)'Michael Caine' features Michael Caine (he says 'I am Michael Caine'.)This cd ends with THE ultimate Madness tune 'One Step Beyond'.
It would be impossible to be in a bad mood after listening to this cd because the songs are so sunny.The sound quality was excellent,very crisp & clear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 3 April 2013
By Emma
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
hubby loved this, a great birthday buy! Took ages to get to us but worth the wait! I can recommend.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you really want to get the best of Madness... 7 Oct 1999
By G. Sarafin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Get "Madness the business", a 3 CD box set of their singles. Not only do you get to hear the band mature from its Swiss Cottage "bad boy" beginnings to its sophisticated nutty pop sound of the early 90s, but you get to hear fun commentary about the mega-band between tracks. I hear the band has recently returned to the studio. We'll see...
If you're not British, you may only have a vague recollection of Madness. I consider myself to be among the music literati, and I assure you that you've missed one of the great bands of all time. Alas, like all things, the world moves on, and the "sound" that was so exciting and different back then is a bit thin and dated today. None-the-less, "Madness the business" is a must-have if you are a true collector of great music.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For the casual fan. 9 Oct 2001
By J. Carroll - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you are only familiar with Madness' few U.S. hits ("One Step Beyond" "Our House") this is probably the collection for you. The CD captures the basics of the sound this group put out and the influences they have had on many other bands, (Mighty Mighty Boaatones, No Doubt, Smashmouth) is evident even on this limited set. As you can read in the other reviews, this was a band that deserves a much more complete compilation. Hopefully, this CD will make you want more Madness. If not, this is a good addition for anyone who might want to broaden their musical taste to include one of the best ska bands ever.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best british bands ever 8 July 2000
By oliver kalkofe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Okay, let's be honest: it is not a great compilation. Lots of their best bits are definitely missing. You will have much more fun in buying DIVINE MADNESS (Digitally Remastered) where you really find nearly all of their fantastic hits in great quality. Or you get a copy of their latest album WONDERFUL which really shows the lads at their best. But buying TOTAL MADNESS is still better than not buying any Madness-record at all. A fair chance to get in first touch with a splendid band!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh... 11 Oct 1998
By GeoX - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love Madness. I've payed large sums of money for import CDs. And believe me, this is an absolutely TERRIBLE retrospective. First of all, you only have twelve tracks. Given the variety of the band's work, how is it possible to paint an adequate picture with that few songs!? Secondly, the actual song selection is stunningly terrible. The group's later period wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't good enough that you'd want to clutter HALF THE CD with songs from their last two albums! Then we have two songs from Seven and two from The Rise and Fall--decent enough selections; perhaps if ALL their albums were thus represented this would be better. Unfortunately, they're not--Absolutely is entirely ignored, and all we have from One Step Beyond is the title track. It also has the non-album single It Must be Love, but as that's found on the infinitely better self-titled compilation, that's no excuse to buy this. And, of course, the track order shows no rhyme and reason at all (One Step Beyond, LAST?). All in all, even though it includes some good songs, this is absolutely (not a pun) inexcusable. Buy Madness--it was released while the group was still around, so it's not entirely authoritative, but it includes work from their best period, INCLUDING the excellent House of Fun, which you won't find anywhere else this side of the Atlantic. Star FAR away from this mess.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Reasons to Buy This Album 7 May 2001
By Tom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
1. Madness is pop fun with loud horns 2. "Wings of a Dove" (A Celebratory Song) is a wonderful Caribbean-sounding blast 3. "One Step Beyond" is a ska materpiece 4. "Micheal Caine" is a twisted delight 5. Madness completely trancends its '80s roots 6. That said, "Our House" is a dance classic 7. Unlike a lot of 80's stuff (like most Time-Life collections) this is disc is nicely remastered 8. If you have only heard "Our House," you're in for a treat - Madness is so much more than a one-hit wonder 9. It's goofy 10. It's fun
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