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Album Review

Salvo's 30th Anniversary edition of "One Step Beyond" is greatly expanded, with the first CD enhanced with five promo videos — "The Prince," "One Step Beyond...," "Bed and Breakfast Man," "My Girl," "Night Boat to Cairo," all available as Mpegs — and a whole second CD of rarities including a four-disc Peel Session, the Work Rest & Play EP, single versions, B-sides, demos, live cuts, and versions of "One Step Beyond" in both Spanish and Italian. It's an embarrassment of riches given an excellent introduction by Irvine Welsh, whose liner notes do a brilliant job of describing what Madness meant in 1979, and what they continue to mean in 2009. Welsh captures the excitement and joy of Madness, which would only be words if the accompanying music didn't deliver, and it resoundingly does: the original album remains exuberant and deceptively deep, balancing the group's love of ska with a thoroughly British sense of pop style, while the bonus tracks retain that high standard, sometimes emphasizing their raw energy (as on the Peel sessions and live cuts), sometimes their nutty sense of humor (Work Rest & Play), and always sounding infectious, irresistible, and timeless. [A bonus CD version was also released.]

Customer Reviews

nutty boys classic

madness greatest album now expanded with loads of extra's, my fav extra is the work,rest and play ep on disc 2(yes i actually bought the cd £8.99 from hmv) an excellent package and takes me right back to 1979 with all the two tone tunes,i hope they release absolutely in as good a package as this,33 songs and 5 video's makes this an essential purchase 5 stars

It's a classic

First record i ever bought. Sounds flippin brilliant. £6.99?...an absolute must buy!

Still my favourite Madness album

They may have released more mature or polished albums, but One Step Beyond remains my favourite Madness release. The immediacy of what it basically their early live set comes through from start to finish, capturing the Nutty Boys at their nuttiest. As a collection of songs, this one just can't be beaten.

Don't make the mistake of dismissing this album as just a bunch of throwaway pop songs and a load of filler tracks - there's tonnes of substance all the way through, and the whole is so much more than the sum of its parts. The bonus tracks on the Deluxe Edition only add to the great value.

It's hard to believe that something over 30 years old can still sound so fresh!

Biography

Formed: 1978 in Camden, London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Along with the Specials, Madness were one of the leading bands of the ska revival of the late '70s and early '80s. As their career progressed, Madness branched away from their trademark "nutty sound" and incorporated large elements of Motown, soul, and British pop. Although the band managed one crossover American hit in 1983, they remained a British phenomenon, influencing...
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