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Madness Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Metro Select
  • ASIN: B00I095JGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

2CD set. Huge 32-track compilation spanning 1979 to 2012! Includes "It Must Be Love", "House Of Fun", "Baggy Trousers", "Our House", "One Step Beyond", "Night Boat To Cairo" and more.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
Over the years there have been numerous Madness compilations, but most have been single disc releases which haven't had the time to go beyond the obvious hit singles. So one good thing about this budget release from Metro is that it has the space to include less obvious album cuts alongside the more familiar hits. This is what the two CDs contain -

Disc 1:

One Step Beyond, It Must Be Love, Shame And Scandal, House Of Fun, Baggy Trousers, Death Of A Rude Boy, Our House, Grey Day, The Sun & The Rain, Madness, Michael Caine, Bed & Breakfast Man, Shut Up, On The Beat Pete, Take It Or Leave It, Swan Lake

Disc 2:

Night Boat To Cairo, Embarrassment, The Prince, The Opium Eaters, Lovestruck, The Communicator, Wings Of A Dove, Forever Young, Cardiac Arrest, In The Rain, Calling Cards, Sign Of The Times,Tomorrows Dream, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, Deceives The Eye, In The City

So there's something from most parts of Madness' career, with the notable exception of the Mad Not Mad album. Presumably the cost of licencing tracks from Virgin/EMI was too high - a shame, since any compilation would have been enhanced with the likes of "I'll Compete", "Yesterday's Men", "Mad Not Mad" or "Burning The Boats".

Some of the songs chosen are a bit left-field. "Calling Cards" from The Rise and Fall, instead of the title track for example? The choice of "Forever Young" from The Liberty of Norton Folgate, ahead of "NW5" is another strange pick. And no room for "Victoria Gardens"? Pity.

For anybody looking for an introduction to the group, this does at least have the virtue of going beyond the obvious choices - even if some, as I've said, seem to have been selected at random.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yet More Madness 21 May 2014
OK, so I've got Complete Madness, Utter Madness, It's Madness, It's Madness Too, Divine Madness, The Business, The Heavy Heavy Hits, The Lot, Total Madness, Ultimate Madness, A Guided Tour and the ska album (Forever Young) and collections put together for the Our House musical and the Take it or Leave it movie. So please tell me why is there the need to release this...? It's not even definitive (the Mad Not Mad album and related singles are ignored).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic madness 25 April 2014
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A great cd, some classic Madness tracks ,this is a double cd containing 32 tracks containing a mix of Madness hits taken from various albums and compiled onto this great complication for the price of this cd,this is a must for any Madness fan,another cd to add to your collection
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Its a very good album and yes id recomend it to friends it has both old and new Madness tracks on it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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Out of this world
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5.0 out of 5 stars great cd thanks clive 9 July 2014
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great cd thanks clive
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 18 Oct 2014
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was bought as a gift but listened to the album,was gratefully accepted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Oct 2014
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greatest hits album from a great band well worth the money
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