Dangermen Sessions, Vol. 1

The Dangermen Sessions, Vol. 1

by Madness
     
 

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Not all that long after announcing that they were back, these skank-happy Brits have served notice that they're going back -- to their roots, that is. This collection of covers (similar to the sets that UB40 have parceled out over the years) allows the second-wave ska kingpins to pay loving homage to the first wave, with a few digressions, such…  See more details below

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Not all that long after announcing that they were back, these skank-happy Brits have served notice that they're going back -- to their roots, that is. This collection of covers (similar to the sets that UB40 have parceled out over the years) allows the second-wave ska kingpins to pay loving homage to the first wave, with a few digressions, such as a thoroughly charming ska-ification of the Kinks' classic "Lola." The concept might seem a bit thin on paper, but the rude boys make the most of it, digging greedily into material like Desmond Dekker's "Israelites," which emerges with a fresh coat of good-natured giddiness thanks to the bouncy rhythms applied here. On occasion, the band overreach -- giving Bob Marley's "So Much Trouble in the World" an incongruous Monkees-like sheen -- but when they take care to stay within their limits, The Dangermen Sessions is thoroughly engaging. That's particularly true when boys go (so to speak) one step beyond the island canon, good-naturedly putting their imprint on tunes like the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On." By the time the disc draws to a close, it's hard to avoid shouting out to get 'em in there to get Volume Two underway.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
What does a veteran band do when it's some 25 years into its career and wants to record a new album but doesn't have any new original songs? Why, record a covers album of course! And that's exactly what Madness, the kings of British ska revival, have done for their ninth studio album, 2005's The Dangermen Sessions, Vol. 1. It's their first new album since 1999's Wonderful, but they've been active in the interim, playing gigs on a regular basis. This means that the group sounds supple and professional, even if the lack of new songs in six years does suggest that the band doesn't really have anything to say at this point, and would just rather play, relax, and have a good time while encouraging others to have a good time. And that's fine -- The Dangermen Sessions, Vol. 1 is pleasantly laid-back, a good soundtrack to a lazy summer afternoon. Madness demonstrate a stronger reggae bent than they ever have, which does mean that album can be reminiscent of UB40's similar venture, Labour of Love, but Dangermen never sounds too sleepy or refined, as UB40's sequels to their 1983 commercial breakthrough did. In other words, it still has that nutty Madness sound, only it's not nearly as frenetic as it was 25 years ago -- it's mellow and relaxed, and rather charming because of it. That doesn't mean that The Dangermen Sessions, Vol. 1 is something that even hardcore fans will play all that often, but anybody who has liked Madness in the past will find it hard not to enjoy this CD as it plays.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/2009
Label:
Ume Imports
UPC:
5033197332321
catalogNumber:
9733232

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Performance Credits

Madness   Primary Artist
David Bedford   Musical Direction
Dennis Bovell   Timbales
Mike Barson   Keyboards
Mark Bedford   Bass
Chris Foreman   Guitar
Janet Kay   Background Vocals
Graham "Suggs" McPherson   Vocals
Kix Thompson   Saxophone
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Jackie Shave   Violin
Steve Dub   Synthesizer,Drums,Background Vocals
Julian Leaper   Violin
Perry Mason   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Simon Wilcox   Trumpet
Joe Auckland   Brass
Ellie Hajee   Background Vocals
Christopher Tombling   Violin

Technical Credits

Desmond Dekker   Composer
Max Romeo   Composer
David Bedford   String Arrangements,Music Direction
Dennis Bovell   Producer,Engineer
Ray Davies   Composer
Mike Barson   Composer
Mark Bedford   Composer
Isobel Griffiths   String Contractor
Leslie Kong   Composer
Graham "Suggs" McPherson   Composer
Ingo Vauk   Programming
Steve Dub   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Hilda Feliciano   Composer
Steve Masters   Engineer
Ben Thackeray   Engineer
Joe Auckland   Engineer
Steve Turner   Engineer
Peter Rudge   Management

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