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Madness's first box set is a well-annotated three-CD gathering of every single A-side, B-side, and 12" bonus cut that the Nutty Boys unleashed throughout their original 1979-1986 lifespan, bolstered by a clutch of radio jingles and flexi-disc-only cuts that render this both the definitive portrait of Britain's most consistent hitmakers of their generation, and the ultimate Madness rarities collection. That much of the collection had never previously appeared on CD or even LP goes without saying -- the sheer quality of songs whose apparent obscurity might otherwise have written them off as mere throwaways will thrill anybody seeking a simple "best of" collection but still ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Madness's first box set is a well-annotated three-CD gathering of every single A-side, B-side, and 12" bonus cut that the Nutty Boys unleashed throughout their original 1979-1986 lifespan, bolstered by a clutch of radio jingles and flexi-disc-only cuts that render this both the definitive portrait of Britain's most consistent hitmakers of their generation, and the ultimate Madness rarities collection. That much of the collection had never previously appeared on CD or even LP goes without saying -- the sheer quality of songs whose apparent obscurity might otherwise have written them off as mere throwaways will thrill anybody seeking a simple "best of" collection but still wanting more than the regular hits collections provide. Even at their silliest a brief rampage through "Release Me," a ska-skipping rendition of "Swan Lake," the Halloween daftness of "Visit to Dracstein's Castle", Madness's fingers were firmly on the quality control button, and those are simply highlights, not exceptions. There's scarcely one duff moment on the entire package. Of course, Madness's greatest strengths come shrieking into view. "Driving in My Car" and its "Riding on My Bike" counterpart, "Behind the Eight Ball," and, of course, "House of Fun" and "Our House" are spot-on compositions that readily ally Madness with the likes of Ray Davies and Mark E. Smith in the realm of totally "English" songwriters whose underdog's eye view of English working-class life and lore sees them transform the most mundane preoccupations into moments of majestic accomplishment. An added attraction comes in the form of spoken interludes from a variety of bandmembers, friends, and associates -- lawyers, accountants, record company execs, and studio engineers included. None of them drop anything earth-shattering into the conversation, but they add immeasurably to the documentary feel of the collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/1998
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 724383928620
  • Catalog Number: 39286

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:44)
  2. 2 The Prince (2:27)
  3. 3 Madness (2:45)
  4. 4 One Step Beyond (2:44)
  5. 5 Mistakes (2:39)
  6. 6 Nutty Theme (2:48)
  7. 7 My Girl (2:57)
  8. 8 Stepping into Line (2:16)
  9. 9 In the Rain (3:06)
  10. 10 Night Boat to Cairo (3:42)
  11. 11 Deceives the Eye (1:58)
  12. 12 The Young and the Old (2:43)
  13. 13 Don't Quote Me on That (4:31)
  14. 14 Baggy Trousers (3:19)
  15. 15 The Business (6:19)
  16. 16 Embarrassment (3:02)
  17. 17 Crying Shame (2:38)
  18. 18 The Return of the Los Palmas 7 (2:50)
  19. 19 That's the Way to Do It (AKA Odd Job Man) (2:51)
  20. 20 My Girl (2:27)
  21. 21 Swan Lake (3:48)
  22. 22 Grey Day (4:35)
  23. 23 Memories (3:19)
  24. 24 Shut Up (4:05)
  25. 25 A Town With No Name (2:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Never Ask Twice (AKA Airplane) (3:52)
  2. 2 It Must Be Love (3:17)
  3. 3 Shadow on the House (4:50)
  4. 4 Cardiac Arrest (2:50)
  5. 5 In the City (3:25)
  6. 6 House of Fun (2:47)
  7. 7 Don't Look Back (4:51)
  8. 8 Driving in My Car (3:16)
  9. 9 Terry Wogan Jingle (0:25)
  10. 10 Animal Farm (4:02)
  11. 11 Riding on My Bike (5:37)
  12. 12 Our House (5:50)
  13. 13 Walking with Mr. Wheeze (3:31)
  14. 14 Tomorrow's Just Another Day (3:46)
  15. 15 Madness (Is All in the Mind) (3:07)
  16. 16 Wings of a Dove (A Celebratory Song) (2:58)
  17. 17 Behind the Eight Ball (3:35)
  18. 18 One's Second Thoughtlessness (3:24)
  19. 19 The Sun and the Rain (3:37)
  20. 20 Fireball XL-5 (1:44)
  21. 21 Visit to Dracstein Castle (1:55)
  22. 22 Michael Caine (3:44)
Disc 3
  1. 1 If You Think There's Something (3:08)
  2. 2 One Better Day (4:33)
  3. 3 Guns (3:14)
  4. 4 Victoria Gardens (4:06)
  5. 5 Sarah (3:43)
  6. 6 Yesterday's Men (4:30)
  7. 7 All I Knew (3:07)
  8. 8 It Must Be Love (3:32)
  9. 9 Uncle Sam (3:04)
  10. 10 David Hamilton Jingle (0:34)
  11. 11 Inanity over Christmas (3:50)
  12. 12 Please Don't Go (3:24)
  13. 13 Sweetest Girl (5:44)
  14. 14 Jennie (A Portrait Of) (3:24)
  15. 15 Tears You Can't Hide (3:08)
  16. 16 Call Me (3:56)
  17. 17 (Waiting for) the Ghost Train (3:41)
  18. 18 One Step Beyond (2:21)
  19. 19 Maybe in Another Life (3:00)
  20. 20 Seven Year Scratch (5:52)
  21. 21 Release Me (1:55)
  22. 22 Carols on 45 (1:12)
  23. 23 The National Anthem (1:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Madness Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Madness Arranger, Composer, Producer
Clive Langer Producer
Cecil Campbell Composer
Mike Barson Composer
Mark Bedford Composer
Chris Foreman Composer
Green Gartside Composer
Graham "Suggs" McPherson Composer
Lee Thompson Composer
Alan Winstanley Producer
Dan Woodgate Composer
Shanne Hasler Composer
Carl "Chas Smash" Smyth Composer
Dub Williams Composer
Robert Yount Composer
Traditional Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
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