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  • Audio CD (12 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B0033WDCRU
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cardiac Arrest
  2. Shut Up
  3. Sign Of The Times
  4. Missing You
  5. Mrs. Hutchinson
  6. Tomorrow's Dream
  7. Grey Day
  8. Pac-A-Mac
  9. Promises Promises
  10. Benny Bullfrog
  11. When Dawn Arrives
  12. The Opium Eaters
  13. Day On The Town
  14. Grey Day - Promo Video
  15. Shut Up - Promo Video
  16. It Must Be Love - Promo Video
  17. Cardiac Arrest - Promo Video

Disc: 2

  1. Missing you
  2. Sign Of The Times
  3. Tiptoes
  4. Memories (B-Side 'Grey Day') - Bonus Track
  5. A Town With No Name (B- Side 'Shut Up') - Bonus Track
  6. Never Ask Twice (B-Side 'Shut Up' 12") - Bonus Track
  7. It Must Be Love (Single) - Bonus Track
  8. Shadow On The House (B-Side 'It Must Be Love') - Bonus Track
  9. In The City (B-Side 'Cardiac Arrest') Bonus Track
  10. Cardiac Arrest (12" Extended Version) - Bonus Track
  11. Grey Day (live) (From NME Racket Packet Cassette) - Bonus Track

Product Description

Product Description

Union Square Music s 30th Anniversary Madness reissue campaign continues with 7, the band s third album, and the one which is generally considered to have cemented the band s position in the canon of truly great British pop acts. Containing singles Cardiac Arrest, Shut Up and the epic dub masterpiece, Grey Day, 7 showcases Madness s unique ability to fuse their inherent nuttiness with the sense of melancholy and foreboding that gives their music its edge and depth. Also included as a bonus track and promo video is the massive standalone single It Must Be Love .

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Between 1979 and 2009 Madness produced 10 studio albums, 1 live album and countless greatest hits packages. Of the 10 studio albums, 4 are almost universally accepted as being classics (One Step Beyond, Absolutely, Rise and Fall and 2009's modern day masterpiece Liberty of Norton Folgate). Their third album, Seven, just misses the classic status by a whisker. It is, however, a fantastic album and contains some of Madness's best songs.

The 3 singles taken from it (Grey Day, Shut Up and Cardiac Arrest) need no introduction. Madness always had a knack of wrapping up social commentary (sometimes serious, sometimes not) in great lyrics and melodies, and Grey Day, a song about depression, is one of the best examples, not just from Madness, but from any band. And a song about an over stressed businessman having a heart attack. Who else but Madness could pull that off?

As with all Madness albums there is the 'should have been a single' track. Here it is Sign of the Times, surely one of their best ever songs.

Other highlights include Mrs. Hutchinson (would have been great to see a Carry On style video to this one), Pac-A-Mac, Missing You, When Dawn Arrives and the magnificently dark (and a clear pointer to where their next album was heading) Tomorrow's Dream.

Even though 'Side 2' has a number of tracks that might be referred to as fillers (Benny Bullfrog [fun but throwaway], The Opium Eaters [a decent enough instrumental but not a classic] and Day on the Town [a half decent song trying to escape some lacklustre production]) it is still one of my favourite Madness albums, and one of the ones I have listened to the most.

There are some good extras on this reissue too.
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7 Has to be one of my favourite Madness albums. It marks a change in musical direction, having a more grown up contempory pop sound. The album still has plenty of that nutty sound we learned to love on their first two albums, especially on songs such as Benny Bull Frog. The whole album tackles serious issues in the classic Madness kind of way. Never has singing about heart attacks, doctors making mistakes, politics, animal cruelty, and riots been so much fun. The songs are mostly so up tempo it's hard to realise that the topics within them are sad.

The album features the three singles, Cardiac Arrest, Shut Up and Grey Day, all stand out tracks. My other favourites are Sign of the Times, Tomorrow's Dream, Pac A Mac, Benny Bull Frog, Day on the Town and finally Mrs Hutchinson which is a song about a women that was told she was alright by a Doctor, only later to find out her health was terminal.

In addition to these well crafted tracks you get all of the b-sides, a few session tracks and the three promo videos for the singles. Hard core fans may notice that the single edit of Cardiac Arrest is missing but it's not really needed.

This was the first Madness album I ever listened too, and since then I've been hooked. A great album for old and new fans alike with plenty of bonuses and for a great price.
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I'm not a wannabe journalist, so in just a few sentences: finally, one of the best 80's British pop groups have republished all their original albums. All sets have the original art work, something I find very important. (Don't like repackaged sets!). And what a set: all B-sides, remixes and even a few BBC recordings.
The remastered recordings sound great, as if they were recorded yesterday. But thats me, having played this album a zillion times on a crappy kids' stereo, haha.
'7' Was my favourite Madness album; some uptempo songs sound as nutty as the tracks on the first 2 albums, but with darker, more 'serious' subjects in most cases. A band that has 'grown up', blablabla (you can put here every pop journalist cliché you can think of). Not just fun, but better melodies, a more varied, mature sound, etc etc (here come those cliches again). I was surprised to realise just how good these songs have outlived the 80's. It is a timeless record, a real classic album. And all that for a super price, if you'd like to check out or rediscover one of the best British pop groups? Do buy '7'! And yes kids, no synthesizers or computerized voice tricks!
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By WOOLLY MAMMOTH TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Jun. 2010
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This is the third in a series of excellently packaged re-releases of the early Madness albums. I recall this from my teenage years and it was great to hear the album again, complete with bonus tracks and b-sides etc in an elegant double CD, complete with great sleeve notes. The album itself is the point where Madness grew up, became less 'nutty' and produced more mature (but often no less fun) compositions. A great pruchase and value for money.
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A five star recording reduced to three due to the unfortunate remastering. The sound has been compressed and limited into a loud, flat, booming mess. All are affected but the song that really clinched it was the fantastic b-side 'In the City'. The original has the trademark Madness bounce and the unique "oompa loompa loompa loompa" backing vocals that come in significantly louder than the rest of the track. The new version has been compressed so severely that everything in the song now sits at the same loud, flat volume level, destroying the original feel of it.

The proof of this was when I first received the new discs and immediately (without listening to it myself) put on 'In the City' for a friend who is familiar with Madness but had never heard this song before. He listened but seemed puzzled at my original enthusiasm. I then found an older copy and played it for contrast. He immediately heard the difference and noticed how lifeless the new version sounded by comparison.

It's the same for all of the newest Union Square Madness remasters.

Why, Madness, have you gone down the uber-loudness road? It's not as if these old songs are still competing for radio play. The last remastering campaign was only a scant 8-9 years earlier and those versions already had the loudness increased slightly. The biggest shame is that the repackaging is very nice and the selection of extras is great. When the sound is sub-par, however, all of this means nothing.
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