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Mad Not Mad - Discography and Reviews


Released: 1985

Personnel involved:

  • Suggs - lead vocals
  • Chris Foreman - guitar
  • Mark Bedford - bass guitar
  • Lee Thompson - saxophones
  • Daniel Woodgate - drums, drum programming, keyboards
  • Carl Smyth - backing vocals, lead vocals on "Tears You Can't Hide"
  • Steve Nieve - keyboards
  • Roy Davies - piano
  • Judd Lander - harmonica
  • Louis Jardim - percussion
  • Tom Morley - drums, computers
  • Gary Barnacle - horns
  • Rupert Bowden - strings
  • Bill Benham - strings
  • Belinda Blunt - strings
  • Trevor Ford - strings
  • Rusen Gunes - strings
  • Adrian Levine - strings
  • Basil Smart - strings
  • Afrodiziak - backing vocals
  • Jimmy Chambers - backing vocals
  • Jimmy Helms - backing vocals
  • Jimmy Thomas - backing vocals
  • Clive Langer - production
  • Alan Winstanley - production
  • Matt Howe - associate production
  • Mark Saunders - associate production
  • Richard Sullivan - associate production
  • Ian Wright - illustrations
  • Simon Halfon - design
  • Anton Corbijn - photography
  • John Stoddart - photography
  • Clare Muller - photography

Songs:

  1. I'll Compete
  2. Yesterday's Men
  3. Uncle Sam
  4. White Heat
  5. Mad Not Mad
  6. Sweetest Girl
  7. Burning the Boats
  8. Tears You Can't Hide
  9. Time
  10. Coldest Day

Remastered, double disc album (Released October 2009):

Disc 1:

  1. I'll Compete (1999 Digital Remaster)
  2. Yesterday's Men (1999 Digital Remaster)
  3. Uncle Sam (1999 Digital Remaster)
  4. White Heat (1999 Digital Remaster)
  5. Mad Not Mad (1999 Digital Remaster)
  6. Sweetest Girl (1999 Digital Remaster)
  7. Burning the Boats (1999 Digital Remaster)
  8. Tears You Can't Hide (1999 Digital Remaster)
  9. Time (1999 Digital Remaster)
  10. Coldest Day (1999 Digital Remaster)
  11. Yesterday's Men, Extended Version (2010 Digital Remaster)
  12. Uncle Sam, Ray Gun Mix (2010 Digital Remaster)
  13. Sweetest Girl, Extended Version (2010 Digital Remaster)
  14. (Waiting for the) Ghost Train (2010 Digital Remaster)

Disc 2:

  1. Yesterday's Men, Demo Version (2010 Digital Remaster)
  2. All I Knew (2010 Digital Remaster)
  3. Yesterday's Men, Harmonica Mix (2010 Digital Remaster)
  4. Uncle Sam, Demo Version (2010 Digital Remaster)
  5. Please Don't Go (2010 Digital Remaster)
  6. Inanity over Christmas (2010 Digital Remaster)
  7. Sweetest Girl, Dub Mix (2010 Digital Remaster)
  8. Jennie (A Portrait Of) (2010 Digital Remaster)
  9. Call Me (2010 Digital Remaster)
  10. Maybe in Another Life (2010 Digital Remaster)

Disc 3 (DVD):

  1. Yesterday's Men (2002 Digital Remaster)
  2. Uncle Sam (2002 Digital Remaster)
  3. Sweetest Girl (2002 Digital Remaster)
  4. (Waiting for the) Ghost Train (2002 Digital Remaster)
  5. Yesterday's Men (Wogan - 19/08/85)
  6. Uncle Sam (Top of the Pops - 21/11/85)
  7. Burning the Boats (Whistle Test - 26/11/85)
  8. Time (Whistle Test - 26/11/85)
  9. Time (Hammersmith Odeon - 31/12/85)
  10. I'll Compete (Hammersmith Odeon - 31/12/85)
  11. Uncle Sam (Hammersmith Odeon - 31/12/85)
  12. Yesterday's Men (Hammersmith Odeon - 31/12/85)
  13. (Waiting for the) Ghost Train (Top of the Pops - 13/11/86)

Music videos:

  1. Yesterday's Men
  2. Uncle Sam
  3. Sweetest Girl
  4. (Waiting for the) Ghost Train

Reviews:

In my opinion, this is the worst album of Madness' career. It isn't that this is a particularly bad album, it's just that Madness' other albums are so much better. Burning the Boats is excellent; as are Mad Not Mad, Uncle Sam and White Heat.
I don't like Sweetest Girl, but that's the only song on the album that I feel lets it down at all.

Mad Ems