Salvo
Madness

7 (2CD / Download)

Format: CD
Cat. No.: SALVOMDCD07
Barcode: 698458990723
Playing Time: Over 80 Minutes

“Madness were the greatest British pop band of the 1980s, and this is their greatest pop album.” – David Quantick

Union Square Music’s 30th Anniversary Madness reissue campaign continues with 7, the band’s third album, and the one which is generally considered to have cemented the band’s position in the canon of truly great British pop acts.

Containing singles ‘Cardiac Arrest’, ‘Shut Up’ and the epic dub masterpiece, ’Grey Day’, ‘7’ showcases Madness’s unique ability to fuse their inherent nuttiness with the sense of melancholy and foreboding that gives their music its edge and depth. Also included as a bonus track and promo video is the massive standalone single ‘It Must Be Love’.

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews


It’s an anomaly that Madness can be considereda knees-up Slade-type British pop institution when their songs so regulalry touch on the grim things in life; in the case of 7, you get terminal illness, a heart attack, burglary, drug addicted rent boys and alienation in song form. But as in the case of Grey Day, a disconnected  doom-reggae skank of frightening intensity for a Number 4 hit, the hip-shaking pop sundtracks are ebullient enough to maintain balance, with abundant chemistry and writing talent in evidence - see sax manLee Thompson’s surreal Benny Bullfrog and Pac-A-Mac and Suggs’s lovelorn Missing You (all co-writes) for range. An apt mid-point  between teh Beano-like splendour of One Step Beyond and Absolutely and the more grown-up moves of their later albums, the extras include B-sides, a lively Richard Skinner radio session, some genius pop promo vids and bang-on sleevenotes by David Quantick.


Ian Harrison - Mojo

CD
CD1 - Original Album and Promo Videos
1.
Cardiac Arrest
2.
Shut Up
3.
Sign Of The Times
4.
Missing You
5.
Mrs. Hutchinson
6.
Tomorrow’s Dream
7.
Grey Day
8.
Pac-A-Mac
9.
Promises Promises
10.
Benny Bullfrog
11.
When Dawn Arrives
12.
The Opium Eaters
13.
Day On The Town
CD2 - The Richard Skinner Session and Bonus Tracks
1.
Missing you
2.
Sign Of The Times
3.
Tiptoes
4.
(BONUS TRACK) Memories (B-Side ’Grey Day’)
5.
(BONUS TRACK) A Town With No Name (B-Side ’Shut Up’)
6.
(BONUS TRACK) Never Ask Twice (B-Side ’Shut Up’ 12")
7.
(BONUS TRACK) It Must Be Love (Single)
8.
(BONUS TRACK) Shadow On The House (B-Side ’It Must Be Love’)
9.
(BONUS TRACK) In The City (B-Side ’Cardiac Arrest’)
10.
(BONUS TRACK) Cardiac Arrest (12" Extended Version)
11.
(BONUS TRACK) Grey Day (live) (From NME Racket Packet Cassette)
The Promo Videos
1.
Grey Day
2.
Shut Up
3.
It Must Be Love
4.
Cardiac Arrest