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Union Square Music s 30th Anniversary Madness reissue campaign continues with Absolutely, the band s second album, and the one which features the classic schooldays anthem Baggy Trousers . It also contains the lighthearted instrumental The Return Of The Los Palmas 7 and the band s first real foray in to the realms of social comment, with the excellent Embarrassment . This is classic early Madness, a snapshot of a band on the ascent from their beginnings as nutty ska boys to international pop superstars.
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However, for me, this has always been the better of the 2 albums. All songs here are Madness originals (One Step Beyond had some, admittedly very good, covers) and showcased over an entire album what brilliant songwriters they all were.
There were 3 singles taken from this album, 2 of which (Baggy Trousers and Embarrassment) rank amongst their very best (and they had a lot of singles!). The third (Return of the Los Palmas 7) was a great instrumental, the single version being (I think) a complete rerecording of the album version, which is shorter and has a more low key and laid back sound to it (you can almost feel the smoky atmosphere of the jazz club that they could be playing in).
Every Madness album has one track that positively screams at you 'Should Have Been a Single!'. On One Step Beyond it was Bed and Breakfast Man. Here it is E.R.N.I.E., a great music hall style song about the Premium Bond number generator machine (I kid you not). At the time, I actually thought this should have been chosen over Los Palmas 7 as the third single. It is such a little gem of a song, and is really worth hearing if you have never listened to this album before.
What I think sets Absolutely apart from other Madness albums is the sheer number of would-be singles. Almost every track could have been one. As well as E.R.N.I.E.Read more ›
'On The Beat Pete' is a stomping Ska/Pop tune to really get your teeth into; 'You Said' is another darker song for the fans and non-fans alike; 'Disappear' will lull and calm you with its bright tones and lucid rhythms; 'In The Rain' sings of the all-to-often bleak weather one experiences as a youth in Blighty.
Simply excellent, simply Madness at their greatest. Forget the Best Of's and the Greatest Hits, this is the album for those fans who want to leave the fake fans behind and explore that long-and-winding road to Madness themselves.
Many records of the time capture the feeling of the early 80s, but this one does that time period justice - truly a heavenly record.
This album is absolutely crammed with well-crafted tunes that reflect both the melancholy and more frivolous approach that really define the band.Highlights include Close Escape Not Home Today,Take It Or Leave It,the classic singles Baggy Trousers and (The peerless) Embarrassment,and Disappear,arguably the bands best ever track.
I've had the album since 1981 and now on CD and although Madness's time has been and gone,it still stands up today,and i can literally smell those school corridors it reminds me of !
In addition to the original album you get the b-sides to the singles which are equally just as strong, along with a live recording of them in concert featuring songs from the album.
All of this for such a low price, there's no excuse not to buy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even today this is as lively and singalong able as you would love it to bePublished 3 months ago by PETER DAVISON
Ah fantastic ! A blast from the past, almost as good as seeing them in The Hope & Anchor !Published 10 months ago by Duncan Read
Great songs and lyrics, being a Madness fan is in the genes xPublished 14 months ago by ALISON KEMP