Salvo
Madness

A Guided Tour Of Madness
(3CD+1DVD / Download)

Format: CD
Cat. No.: SALVOBX408
Barcode: 698458840820
Playing Time: 5.5 Hours

’A Guided Tour Of Madness’ is a 3CD+1DVD anthology of Madness’s career featuring 70 hit singles and favourite tracks from all of their albums, from One Step Beyond… (1979) to The Liberty Of Norton Folgate (2009). Plus, for the first time on DVD, their legendary comeback concert performance from Madstock in 1992.

Includes the latest fantastic Madness single – ‘Le Grand Pantalon’ – previously unreleased on CD. The track is a slowed-down Gallic-flavoured version of their smash hit ‘Baggy Trousers’ and very much reflects the Madness of today.

72-page full colour booklet includes written and verbatim liner notes from band members and key personnel, plus previously unseen photos, a reproduction of the first issue of the Nutty Boys Comic (1981), discography and a Treasure Hunt Map of the nuttiest parts of London – Camden and Kentish Town. 

For a limited time only, each box set contains a business card featuring a unique serial number, allowing access to the Madness Treasure Hunt and an online game. The winner will receive a signed and framed customised copy of the box set sleeve, plus a video message from the band.

Fancy playing our Madness online game? Click here to see how you do!


REVIEWS

"Steeped in the ways of a bygone London that now seems positively quaint, silly yet far from stupid, and usually accompanied by a wacky video, Madness’s early-’80s mastery of the three-minute pop single has earned them a special place in the nation’s affections. Though there’s no The Sweetest Girl, this 70 track retrospective gets just about everything else right, including a sprinkling from 2009’s well-judged comeback, The Liberty Of Norton Folgate. With a bonus DVD of their hectic 1992 Madstock reunion in London’s Finsbury Park, plus an extensive booklet and sundry memorabilia, an excellent little package."

**** Peter Kane, Q Magazine, October 2011.


Three CDs and a DVD: a true Camden Town compendium.

Having completed their reissue programme of original albums with bonus discs over the last couple of years, Salvo must surely be bringing down the curtain on their Nutty Boys campaign with this anthology; 70 tracks plus a DVD of the 1992 Madstock gig in London’s Finsbury Park. Ska roots and comic novelty dominate early on, giving way to the introspective elaborate pop of ’One Better Day’ and ’Yesterday’s Men’, while a healthy chunk of 2009’s better-than-we-might-have-expected The Liberty Of Norton Folgate brings the story up to date. There’s also the added bonus of ’Le Grand Pantalon’, the slowed down version of ’Baggy Trousers’ from the Kronenbourg TV ad.

**** Terry Staunton, Uncut


"No strangers to having their songs used to hawk products on telly, the recent Kronenbourg beer ad featuring Madness and a leisurely reading of Baggy Trousers also serves as a portrait of the band themselves. They they sit in a bar; middle-aged men musing on their energetic youth, the eventually airborne sax player Lee Thompson a sneaky nod to their early videos.

The fresh version of a bygone hit, renamed Le Grand Pantalon, is the only track of the 70 here not to have already surfaced on CD as part of Salvo’s impressive double-disc reissue campaign of the original albums.

Presumably aimed at punters who want more than a standard singles collection but are in two minds about where to go next, the anthology paints a fuller picture of a group rightly lauded for their chart record, but who are also capable of less obviously commercial material of intriguing depth.

Keenly observed character studies (Mrs. Hutchinson, Victoria Gardens) share space with articulate introsepction (I’ll Compete, Prospects), the chronological running order revealing not just a maturity in the band’s lyrics but in the personal development of their music ideas; it’s fascinating to listen to them grow up through our speakers. The DVD features their entire 1992 Madstock show from London’s Finsbury Park, the scene of one of pop’s most triumphant reunions that kick-started a whole new chapter in the band’s story.

**** Dan Tweedy, Record Collector


CD
Disc 1
1.
The Prince
2.
Madness
3.
Mistakes
4.
Bed & Breakfast Man
5.
One Step Beyond
6.
The Young & The Old
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.
The Return Of The Los Palmas 7
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
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.
The Sun & The Rain
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
Disc 3
1.
Waiting For The Ghost Train
2.
The Wizard
3.
The Communicator
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 Aka 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.
Le Grand Pantalon (Baggy Trousers)
Disc 4 - DVD Madstock 1992
1.
One Step Beyond…
2.
The Prince
3.
Embarrassment
4.
My Girl
5.
The Sun And The Rain
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.
The Harder They Come