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Hey you don't read that....read this!!,
This review is from: Madness' One Step Beyond . . . (33 1/3) (Paperback)
I can't recommend this book highly enough and suggest you immediately scroll up and click the "Add To Shopping Basket" button. It really is a warts'n'all "behind the scenes" view of Madness' debut album One Step Beyond, that looks at the album not just through rose tinted glasses in a nostalgic way but also from the perspective of it's relevance today.
There are individual chapters dedicated to each song - as well as others giving an overview of the artwork, a brief background to the band etc. There's also a review of relevant B-sides and tracks that didn't quite make the album. Mr Edwards has written it from the perspective of a fan, a collaborator, a musician and much more, with input from all the key players involved, and all credit to him for getting under the skin of the album to the extent that he has.
It's an easy read that you can knock off easily in one or two sittings (took me two commutes!!) but that's not to suggest it brushes over anything or simplifies it - it truly is an in depth analysis of a much beloved album. It does at times get a little technical with it's mentions of the musical structure of different songs but then you'd expect nothing less from a musician as competent as the author. There are plenty of little bits of trivia and anecdotal stories to teach even the most ardent fan something new and it definitely doesn't gloss over any of the facts, even the contentious ones.
The biggest compliment I can pay it is that it left me wishing that Mr Edwards would now embark on a similar project for each of Madness' other albums, such was the quality of this, his first ever book.
I'll close as I started by urging you to buy it and read it if you haven't done so already.
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Initial post: 7 Jan 2010 12:38:03 GMT
Mr. J. R. Ashbee says:
Couldn't agree more with you - exellent book! All the albums are being digitally re-done and re-released with extras etc. I believe and I though the same as you - a book to accompany each by Terry Edwards would definitely be a fantastic idea!
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