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Absolutely

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  • Madness - Absolutely 2 CD
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  • Ska

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Fantastic remaster!I've been a fan of Madness since the '80s and I have never heard the songs on "Absolutely" sound as good as they do here. If you're wondering if you should replace your old CDs with this new remaster, my response is an unqualified "yes"!In addition to some nice bonus tracks, the second disc is a complete BBC concert from 1980. It's fantastic. Getting to hear Madness play live during their early years is a treat. If you're a fan of Madness, this new remaster is a must.5!!! Yes !!!Buy it5GreatLove Madness, love the album, love the 2nd live recorded cd. What is not to love about Madness, absolutely brilliant5Not Quite "One Step Beyond," But Almost!I believe Madness started things powerfully with "One Step Beyond" and "Absolutely." Their vibrant spirit dwindled a bit with each release afterwards, until I hardly recognized their sound by the time "Our House" became a hit in 1983.While "One Step Beyond" is my personal favorite release by Madness, this album comes in a very close second. The opening song "Baggy Trousers" foretells the prankster essence of the entire CD--- where "One Step Beyond" had the soul of happy-go-lucky nutzy young men, "Absolutely" brings out a rowdier, slightly brattier crew, yet still shining that innocent funboy spirit.The songs on this CD were never hits here in the U.S.A., which means there are a lot of past & modern day ska fans missing out. The show stealer is "On the Beat Pete," the leader of the high-gear songs like "E.R.N.I.E" and "Not Home Today."I hate to spend to much time pointing out which song rules over another on "Absolutely," only because this is a fantastic and one of the most underrated albums within the 1970s-80s ska archive. This CD is just plain fun. Give it a go!5Five StarsCool5Good, good...Certainly, it doesn't radiate the same sort of classicism that made One Step Beyond so exceptional, but there's lots of nice stuff here nonetheless. Baggy Trousers and Embarassment are both classic singles, and songs like Close Escape, Solid Gone, and Shadow of Fear are the sort of fun ska-pop that make Madness so irresistable. Worthwhile.3Five StarsNice re-mastered album. Madness rules.5Absolutely... brilliantTwo more masterly remastered and expanded reissues from Madness, and once again, their new parent label Salvo does a fantastic job. Absolutely and 7 were the sophomore and junior (third) efforts from Camden Town's Nutty Boys, and instead of proving the rule that the second outing is usually nowhere near as good as the first, they disproved it by a landslide. (Quite possibly the worst mixed metaphor I've ever committed to paper... Oops, there I go again!)Absolutely, released in late 1980, featured the singles "Baggy Trousers," "Embarrassment" (one of my top Madness tunes) and "The Return of the Los Palmas 7," and continued the band's chart reign. Bubbly, fun melodies were still to the fore, but beginning to get noticed was the melancholy subject matter. Sure, they didn't say directly that the girl got knocked up and made her family look bad in "Embarrassment," but that's clearly the story. "In the Rain," a different recording than the one that appeared prior as a B-side (though both are here), also isn't exactly chipper. Whatever--Madness still had it goin' on.In 1981 they released 7, their third longplayer and another successful outing. More big singles here, including "Cardiac Arrest" and "Shut Up" (a lot like "Embarrassment" and another Marsh-certified goodie), kept Madness in the NME and other papers, and paved the way for eventual US success ("Our House" from the following album). They hadn't changed the formula yet, and since these two albums followed in such quick succession, nobody seemed to notice. Original label Stiff could barely keep up with these guys, nor could those of us over here who'd already discovered them despite little or no promotion from American label Sire.Salvo's treatment of the band's catalog so far has been great... all the videos are on the corresponding CDs, bonus tracks are in abundance (Absolutely features seven bonus cuts plus a 21-song live show from London), the notes and photos of ephemera are also plentiful, and the mastering is superb. No qualms here at all! Can't wait to hear and see what they do with The Rise and Fall. Review originally appeared on [...]4Absolutely Is Absolutely Stupendous And Truly A Great AlbumI know you guys remember the 80's as well as I do. Punk,alternative, reggae and of course ska. Ah! The fantastic 80's. Anyway, this 2 disc set by Madness titled "Absolutely" is absolutely stupendous and a truly great album. This, their second album, contains three singles Baggy Trousers, Take It Or Leave It and The Return of the Los Palmas 7. Then there are 7 bonus tracks and 3 promo videos to round out the first disc A particular standout bonus track is a tossup between In The Rain and the outstanding Swan Lake of which both were B-Sides. Disc Two contains an entire BBC Live Concert which features 21 tracks of Madness at their nuttiest and their best. Standout performances for me are One Step Beyond, Bed and Breakfast Man and of course Baggy Trousers. This set is fantastic, exciting, and most of all, Madness all the way.5Five StarsYep madness is the best. You will love this CD if you like the rest of their work5
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