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  • Audio CD (1 Nov. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00002DE8C
  • Other Editions: Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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wonderful [import]madness # audio cd (december 14, 1999)# original release date: december 14, 1999# number of discs: 1# format: import# label: virgin----1. lovestruck2. johnny the horse3. communicator4. 4am5. wizard6. drip fed fred7. going to the top8. elysium9. saturday night sunday morning10. if i didn't care11. no money

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Despite regular concert reunions, Wonderful is Madness's first studio album for 13 years, reuniting the band with their original producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley. The material on the album is just as catchy and fun as anything that they released during their creative peak of the early 1980s, with that familiar pop-ska edge. Their stunning duet with Ian Dury, "Drip Fed Fred", is an anthem for a right ol' cockney knees-up, while "Johnny the Horse", "Lovestruck" and "If I Didn't Care" are all standout tracks. Overall, Wonderful proves that the boys haven't lost their ability to create the party music for everyone. --John Galilee

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. Williams on 11 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
They're back! Having not released an album since Mad not Bad way back when, the nutty boys reform and go straight to peak form with this stunning album, perhaps the best way to look at it is by individual songs.
1- Lovestruck - This song is Madness as we remember them. Chirpy and upbeat, lovestruck holds you with it's catchy lyrics and soaring chorus that epitomes what we've come to expect from Madness. It's a perfect opener, a great vehicle for all the talents of Madness with great lyrics, beautiful melodies blended effortlessly with the upbeat nutty sound (less present on this album) and a great vocal from Suggs, and so we're away - 5/5
2- Johnny the Horse- Another poppy song, Johnny the Horse is quite quirky with a good beat and works well after lovestruck, keeping the pace going but it does deviate in mood slightly with a somewhat darker undertone to the lyrics which are complimented by the nonsense of the chorus. again, classic madness is to be had here. if you didn't catch this on single (just about got into top 100), don't miss out here - 5/5
3- The Communicator- Ah, some old skool ska! This is really a track for people who enjoyed the early madness of one step beyond and the prince. This is a good fun track which replicates their early style perfectly. Not a classic, but certainly cheered me up - 3/5
4- 4am- The real fans amongst you will already know this one!! It's lifted from Suggs' earlier solo album 'The lone ranger'. This is more of a downbeat track in comparison to the first three, but it does have a very good love ballad style about it. This is better than the original because of the full madness septet being involved this time. Madness are showing real versatility here, no bad thing either... - 4/5
5- The Wizard- Hard to place this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec. 1999
Format: Audio CD
Wonderful is Madness' first studio album for 14 years, marking their 20th anniversary since they released their first single, "The Prince". The first track, "Lovestruck", was their comeback single earlier this year, and as a sign they're still popular, it went straight to number 10. Other songs on the album are "Drip Fed Fred", featuring Ian Dury ("our friend, our mentor" as Suggs said), along with "The Communicator" being in the typical Madness style of the early 80's. Then there's the tracks like "Elysium" and "Going to the top" which mark a new style for Madness, almost more "grown up". A great album, with a name that suits it well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr J G Lawrence on 1 Mar. 2003
Format: Audio CD
If ever you need a perking up a bit, then try listening to this album. I find it impossible to listen to this finely crafted album without breaking into a suggs-like jerking dance around the room with a huge smile on my face. Although some of the lyrics do have serious messages, the music is vibrant and joyous.
Only Madness could write a lyric like "lovestruck, I've fallen for a lampost," with such conviction. There are other great moments on this album not least on one of Ian Dury's final recordings, as a guest on the outrageous "Drip Fed Fred." This is every thing that one has come to expect from Madness; great tunes, humuor and energy. However, the album does fall a little by the wayside toward the end as the lyricism begins to dry up somewhat. Nevertheless this is still well worth investigating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan. 2000
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Madness only gain in credibility with an excellent comeback album that has hints of all the previous six studio albums they have produced.
Having had my appetite whetted by the medley album track called 'Maddley', on the single Lovestruck, I was very keen to buy Wonderful.
At first sight I'm surprised to see the album omits the title track called 'You're Wonderful', subsequently available on the Johnny The Horse single. Then on listening to it you soon see why.
Wonderful is infectious. As soon as those tingly piano, saxophone solos and ska beats kick in, you can't but help tap your feet and raise a smile.
There are no weak spots in the first eight tracks. It starts with Lovestruck and Johnny The Horse. They're both enjoyable singles that indicate the return to the sounds of One Step Beyond and Absolutely. The Communicator uplifts with its ska beat similar to The Specials. It's a kind of cross between Longshot Kick de Bucket and The Liquidator. 4am is the first downbeat track and superior to other less Nutty tracks that appear later on. It is also the fourth track on Suggs' solo album 'The Lone Ranger' but a far superior production.
Throughout listening you can't help but admire the arrangements, in particular the string orchestra that supports virtually every track.
After 4am come three exceptional numbers. Two of them are written by Mike Barson, who tends to have composed or part-composed most of Wonderful's better moments. Drip Fed Fred is a comic rap by Ian Dury. Barson's piano is excellent on this one. Then Going to the Top was probably my favourite on first listen. A very heavy stomping record with Suggs singing in a deeper mode, similar to that on some of the One Step Beyond tracks.
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