Guided Tour of Madness

A Guided Tour of Madness

by Madness
     
 
Widely regarded as one of the greatest singles bands of the '80s, the four-disc anthology A Guided Tour of Madness is a chance to hear the U.K.'s biggest-ever Two-Tone band in all their glory, with 70 tracks plucked from their roller coaster, 30-year career. With the exception of "Sweetest Girl," "Sorry," and "The Harder They Come," every one of their 34

Overview

Widely regarded as one of the greatest singles bands of the '80s, the four-disc anthology A Guided Tour of Madness is a chance to hear the U.K.'s biggest-ever Two-Tone band in all their glory, with 70 tracks plucked from their roller coaster, 30-year career. With the exception of "Sweetest Girl," "Sorry," and "The Harder They Come," every one of their 34 singles make the cut, from their 1979 homage to reggae legend Prince Buster, "The Prince," to 2009's "Forever Young" which, compiled in chronological order, allows fans to chart their journey from cheeky teenage "nutty boys" to elder statesmen of British ska-pop. Of course, their most familiar material, from their sole U.K. chart-topper "House of Fun" to their cover of Labi Siffre's "It Must Be Love," to their biggest U.S. hit, "Our House," is likely to inspire mass singalongs from casual fans. But as its lengthy track list suggests, this comprehensive collection also showcases what else they had to offer. Indeed, the band might not have looked as though they were taking themselves too seriously, but with songs which sensitively tackled issues such as the IRA ("Michael Caine"), the Falklands War ("Blue Skinned Beast"), and immigration ("Prospects"), they offered a lot more substance than they were given credit for, while 1999 comeback single "Lovestruck" (their first Top Ten hit in 16 years), their 2000s covers of the Kinks' "Lola" and the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On," and the four tracks from 2009's well-received The Liberty of Norton Folgate prove that the band haven't been resting on their laurels. While most Madness fans will already own the majority of tracks here, there are also a few obscurities thrown into the mix, from early B-sides such as "All I Knew" and "Mistakes" (apparently the first song the band ever wrote) to "Sarah's Song," a number from their Our House musical, and the previously unreleased "Le Grand Pantalon," and the playful, Gallic waltz-tinged rendition of their signature hit "Baggy Trousers," which shows their tongue-in-cheek humor remains firmly intact. A cut above most hastily assembled retrospectives, A Guided Tour of Madness is a cleverly selected affair which should satisfy anyone wishing to investigate more than their more ubiquitous commercial hits.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
Label:
Salvo
UPC:
0698458840820
catalogNumber:
5884082
Rank:
44481

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Prince
  2. Madness
  3. Mistakes
  4. Bed & Breakfast Man
  5. One Step Beyond...
  6. The Young and the Old
  7. Deceives the Eye
  8. My Girl
  9. Believe Me
  10. In the Middle of the Night
  11. Night Boat to Cairo
  12. On the Beat Pete
  13. Not Home Today
  14. Baggy Trousers
  15. Disappear
  16. You Said
  17. Embarrassment
  18. Take It or Leave It
  19. The Return of the los Palmas 7
  20. Grey Day
  21. Tomorrow’s Dream
  22. Mrs. Hutchinson
  23. Shut Up
  24. Sign of the Times
  25. It Must Be Love
  26. In the City
  27. Cardiac Arrest

Disc 2

  1. House of Fun
  2. Don't Look Back
  3. Primrose Hill
  4. Driving In My Car
  5. Calling Cards
  6. Blue Skinned Beast
  7. Our House
  8. Madness (Is All in the Mind)
  9. Tomorrow's (Just Another Day)
  10. Wings of a Dove
  11. March of the Gherkins
  12. Keep Moving
  13. The Sun and the Rain
  14. Samantha
  15. Prospects
  16. One Better Day
  17. Michael Caine
  18. Victoria Gardens
  19. Yesterday's Men
  20. All I Knew
  21. I'll Compete
  22. Uncle Sam

Disc 3

  1. Waiting For the Ghost Train
  2. The Wizard
  3. The Communicator
  4. Lovestruck
  5. Elysium
  6. Drip Fed Fred
  7. Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
  8. Johnny the Horse
  9. Sarah's Song
  10. Girl Why Don't You?
  11. Lola
  12. I Chase the Devil a.K.a. Ironshirt
  13. Shame & Scandal
  14. You Keep Me Hanging On
  15. NW5
  16. Forever Young
  17. That Close
  18. Dust Devil
  19. On the Town
  20. Sugar and Spice
  21. Le Grand Pantalon (Baggy Trousers)

Disc 4

  1. One Step Beyond...
  2. The Prince
  3. Embarrassment
  4. My Girl
  5. The Sun and the Rain
  6. Land of Hope & Glory
  7. Grey Day
  8. Razor Blade Alley
  9. It Must Be Love
  10. Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day)
  11. Take It or Leave It
  12. Shut Up
  13. Driving In My Car
  14. Bed and Breakfast Man
  15. Close Escape
  16. Wings of a Dove
  17. Our House
  18. Night Boat To Cairo
  19. Madness
  20. Swan Lake
  21. House of Fun
  22. Rockin’ In Ab
  23. Baggy Trousers
  24. The Harder They Come

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Madness   Primary Artist
Ian Dury   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Sarah Cracknell   Background Vocals
Lester Allen   Banjo
Louis Vause   Accordion
Natalie Holt   Strings
Stephanie Benedetti   Strings
Kirsty Mangan   Strings
Rachael Lander   Strings

Technical Credits

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Melody   Composer
Clive Langer   Producer
Gavin Taylor   Director
Alan Winstanley   Producer
Paul Morley   Liner Notes
Steve Dub   Producer
Paul Rider   Band Photo
Gavin Martin   Interviewer
Clare Muller   Band Photo
Charlie Andrew   Producer
Malcolm Gerrie   Executive Producer
Rocky Oldham   Producer
Wurlitzer   Composer
Pinard   Composer
Barson   Arranger,Composer
Foreman   Composer
McPherson   Composer
Crutchfield   Composer
Nik Rose   Advisor
Juliet Devalero-Wills   Executive Producer
Dione Orram   Producer
Eric Watson   Cover Photo

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