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A Guided Tour of Madness

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Prince, The
    2. Madness
    3. Mistakes
    4. Bed & Breakfast Man
    5. One Step Beyond...
    6. Young and the Old, The
    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. Return of the los Palmas 7, The
    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
    0. 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. Sun and the Rain, The
    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
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Waiting For the Ghost Train
    2. Wizard, The
    3. Communicator, The
    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. Grand Pantalon, Le (Baggy Trousers) [#] - (previously unreleased)
    0. DISC 4: MADSTOCK 1992:
    1. One Step Beyond...
    2. Prince, The
    3. Embarrassment
    4. My Girl
    5. Sun and the Rain, The
    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. Harder They Come, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SALVOBX 408

  • Credits
    ProducerClive Langer; Alan Winstanley

    Liner Note Author: Paul Morley.
    Recording information: Finsbury Park (08/08/1992).
    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. ~ Jon O'Brien

  • Critic Reviews
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Keenly-observed character studies share space with articulate introspection, the chronological running order revealing not just a maturity in the band's lyrics but in the development of their musical ideas..."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Ska roots and comic novelty dominate early on, giving way to the introspective elaborate pop of 'One Better Day' and 'Yesterday's Men'..."
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