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  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metro Select
  • ASIN: B00I095JGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. One Step Beyond
  2. It Must Be Love
  3. Shame and Scandal
  4. House of Fun
  5. Baggy Trousers
  6. Death of a Rude Boy
  7. Our House
  8. Grey Day
  9. The Sun and the Rain
  10. Madness
  11. Michael Caine
  12. Bed and Breakfast Man
  13. Shut Up
  14. On the Beat Pete
  15. Take It Or Leave It
  16. Swan Lake

Disc: 2

  1. Night Boat to Cairo
  2. Embarrassment
  3. The Prince
  4. The Opium Eaters
  5. Lovestruck
  6. The Communicator
  7. Wings of a Dove
  8. Forever Young
  9. Cardiac Arrest
  10. In the Rain
  11. Calling Cards
  12. Sign of the Times
  13. Tomorrow's Dream
  14. Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
  15. Deceives the Eye
  16. In the City

Product Description

This gang of seven Nutty Boys emerged from North London at the end of the ‘70s; skanking, singing and making hit records. Here we present 32 of their best songs, from the very beginning to the present day. Includes detailed sleevenotes and a fold-out poster.

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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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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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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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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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Im a huge Madness fan, but did we really need another greatest hits package ? All good stuff granted, but if you are a fan or even just a casual fan Im sure you would have one of the numerous other greatest hits packages that are out there. Good music, but did we need it ? Three stars as its good stuff, but no more because its all been covered loads of times before.
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was bought as a gift but listened to the album,was gratefully accepted.
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greatest hits album from a great band well worth the money
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great cd thanks clive
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