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Madness - The Business: The Definitive Singles Collection (1993)

Posted By: Rtax
Madness - The Business: The Definitive Singles Collection (1993)

Madness - The Business: The Definitive Singles Collection (1993)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 1.4 GB | MP3 CBR 320kbps - 527 MB
3:50:32 | Ska, Pop, Pop Rock, New Wave | Label: Virgin

Madness's first box set is a well-annotated three-CD gathering of every single A-side, B-side, and 12" bonus cut that the Nutty Boys unleashed throughout their original 1979-1986 lifespan, bolstered by a clutch of radio jingles and flexi-disc-only cuts that render this both the definitive portrait of Britain's most consistent hitmakers of their generation, and the ultimate Madness rarities collection.

VA - The Compact 2 Tone Story (1993) 4 CD Box Set

Posted By: Designol
VA - The Compact 2 Tone Story (1993) 4 CD Box Set

Various Artists - The Compact 2 Tone Story (1993) 4 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.44 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 560 Mb | Scans ~ 120 Mb
Genre: Ska, Punk, New Wave | Label: Chrysalis | # 7243 8 27721 25 | Time: 04:03:26

Rare 1993 UK 68-track 4-CD collection including The Specials, Madness, The Selecter, The Beat, The Bodysnatchers, Rico, Elvis Costello and many more. This 4 CD box set collects the A-side and B-side of every single released on the label. Both sides of the Dutch Concrete Jungle single plus both tracks from the free single which accompanied initial copies of More Specials are also included. The Bodysnatchers live version of 007 is the only unreleased track in the set, however it did previously appear in the film Dance Craze but failed to make it on to the films soundtrack album. Jerry Dammers was less than impressed with its release and had this to say about it: "It's real train spotters stuff with every B-side from every free single and I wasn't even consulted about it. In some ways that (The Compact 2 Tone Story) is the worst." (Uncut Magazine interview 1998).

Madness ‎– Forever Young - The Ska Collection (2012)

Posted By: El Misha
Madness ‎– Forever Young - The Ska Collection (2012)

Madness ‎– Forever Young - The Ska Collection (2012)
Ska | FLAC (tracks) | Cover | 01:18:37 | 580 MB + 5% Recovery
Label: Salvo | Tracks: 24 | Rls.date: 2012

While they were never strictly a ska band, Madness had more than their share of skanky moments, many of which can be found on this 24-track compilation from Salvo. Forever Young: The Ska Collection spans the beloved English outfit's entire career, from the manic thump of early hits like "One Step Beyond" and "Baggy Trousers" to "Dust Devil" from 2009's Liberty of Norton Folgate.

Madness - Absolutely (1980)

Posted By: popsakov
Madness - Absolutely (1980)

Madness - Absolutely (1980)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 318 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 131 Mb
Агдд Scans | 00:39:23 | RAR 5% Recovery
Ska, Pop Rock, New Wave, Post Punk | Virgin Records #CDOVD 134 / 0777 7 86917 23

A classic example of a second album delivering more of the same, at least on the surface, Absolutely does benefit from the kinetic energy of being recorded quickly in the aftermath of Madness’ immediate success with One Step Beyond. Absolutely does motor ahead on breakneck ska rhythms, but it never quite feels as raw as its predecessor, and that hint of gloss serves the three big hit singles very well: the schoolyard nostalgia of “Baggy Trousers” has a bit of a sepia-toned lilt with this extra dose or production, the terrific “Embarrassment” slides by so smoothly it’s possible to not realize what an expertly crafted piece of pop it is, and “The Return of the Los Palmas 7” has a nice element of swinging ‘60s lounge cinema.