A Guided Tour of Madness

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: Salvo
  • UPC: 698458840820
  • Catalog Number: 5884082
  • Sales rank: 49,584

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Prince (2:30)
  2. 2 Madness (2:23)
  3. 3 Mistakes (2:54)
  4. 4 Bed & Breakfast Man (2:33)
  5. 5 One Step Beyond... (2:18)
  6. 6 The Young and the Old (2:05)
  7. 7 Deceives the Eye (2:00)
  8. 8 My Girl (2:44)
  9. 9 Believe Me (2:29)
  10. 10 In the Middle of the Night (3:02)
  11. 11 Night Boat to Cairo (3:31)
  12. 12 On the Beat Pete (3:04)
  13. 13 Not Home Today (2:43)
  14. 14 Baggy Trousers (2:47)
  15. 15 Disappear (2:58)
  16. 16 You Said (2:34)
  17. 17 Embarrassment (3:11)
  18. 18 Take It or Leave It (3:28)
  19. 19 The Return of the los Palmas 7 (2:33)
  20. 20 Grey Day (3:39)
  21. 21 Tomorrow’s Dream (3:54)
  22. 22 Mrs. Hutchinson (2:17)
  23. 23 Shut Up (4:06)
  24. 24 Sign of the Times (2:42)
  25. 25 It Must Be Love (3:20)
  26. 26 In the City (2:59)
  27. 27 Cardiac Arrest (2:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 House of Fun (2:57)
  2. 2 Don't Look Back (3:33)
  3. 3 Primrose Hill (3:36)
  4. 4 Driving In My Car (3:18)
  5. 5 Calling Cards (2:20)
  6. 6 Blue Skinned Beast (3:23)
  7. 7 Our House (3:22)
  8. 8 Madness (Is All in the Mind) (2:52)
  9. 9 Tomorrow's (Just Another Day) (3:11)
  10. 10 Wings of a Dove (2:59)
  11. 11 March of the Gherkins (3:29)
  12. 12 Keep Moving (3:32)
  13. 13 The Sun and the Rain (3:28)
  14. 14 Samantha (3:14)
  15. 15 Prospects (4:13)
  16. 16 One Better Day (4:06)
  17. 17 Michael Caine (3:39)
  18. 18 Victoria Gardens (3:51)
  19. 19 Yesterday's Men (4:36)
  20. 20 All I Knew (3:08)
  21. 21 I'll Compete (3:21)
  22. 22 Uncle Sam (4:16)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Waiting For the Ghost Train (3:44)
  2. 2 The Wizard (3:26)
  3. 3 The Communicator (3:19)
  4. 4 Lovestruck (3:49)
  5. 5 Elysium (3:54)
  6. 6 Drip Fed Fred (4:29)
  7. 7 Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (4:14)
  8. 8 Johnny the Horse (3:20)
  9. 9 Sarah's Song (3:44)
  10. 10 Girl Why Don't You? (3:06)
  11. 11 Lola (3:22)
  12. 12 I Chase the Devil a.K.a. Ironshirt (3:21)
  13. 13 Shame & Scandal (2:54)
  14. 14 You Keep Me Hanging On (3:10)
  15. 15 NW5 (3:47)
  16. 16 Forever Young (4:35)
  17. 17 That Close (4:10)
  18. 18 Dust Devil (3:19)
  19. 19 On the Town (4:31)
  20. 20 Sugar and Spice (2:52)
  21. 21 Le Grand Pantalon (Baggy Trousers) (4:34)
Disc 4
  1. 1 One Step Beyond...
  2. 2 The Prince
  3. 3 Embarrassment
  4. 4 My Girl
  5. 5 The Sun and the Rain
  6. 6 Land of Hope & Glory
  7. 7 Grey Day
  8. 8 Razor Blade Alley
  9. 9 It Must Be Love
  10. 10 Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day)
  11. 11 Take It or Leave It
  12. 12 Shut Up
  13. 13 Driving In My Car
  14. 14 Bed and Breakfast Man
  15. 15 Close Escape
  16. 16 Wings of a Dove
  17. 17 Our House
  18. 18 Night Boat To Cairo
  19. 19 Madness
  20. 20 Swan Lake
  21. 21 House of Fun
  22. 22 Rockin’ In Ab
  23. 23 Baggy Trousers
  24. 24 The Harder They Come
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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
Lord 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
Tim Turan Mastering
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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