Artist: Madness
Label: Stiff Records
Year: 1979
Genre: Ska; Pop
URL: http://musicbrainz.org/release/9688fc48-fa5b-475f-948d-0b083eeca368.html##MusicBrainz


Title Artist Length
Baggy Trousers Madness 2:46::Madness
Embarrassment Madness 3:10::Madness
E.R.N.I.E. Madness 2:09::Madness
Close Escape Madness 3:32::Madness
Not Home Today Madness 2:43::Madness
On the Beat Pete Madness 3:04::Madness
Solid Gone Madness 2:19::Madness
Take It or Leave It Madness 3:27::Madness
Shadow of Fear Madness 1:59::Madness
Disappear Madness 2:58::Madness
Overdone Madness 3:45::Madness
In the Rain Madness 2:43::Madness
You Said Madness 2:34::Madness
Return of the Los Palmas 7 Madness 2:04::Madness


Rating: 3 stars
Purchase Date: 09/12/2017
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Absolutely is the 1980 second album from the British ska band Madness. The album reached number 2 in the UK album charts.[3] Absolutely spawned some of the band's biggest hits, most notably "Baggy Trousers", which peaked at number 3 in the UK singles chart.[3] "Embarrassment" reached number 4 in the charts, and the instrumental song "The Return of the Los Palmas 7" climbed to number 7.[3] Although the album reviews were generally less enthusiastic than those of One Step Beyond..., they were mostly positive. Robert Christgau gave the album a favourable B- grade,[4] but Rolling Stone awarded the album just one out of five stars.[5] Rolling Stone was particularly scathing of the ska revival in general, stating that "The Specials wasn't very good" and Madness were simply "the Blues Brothers with English accents".[5] In 2009 and 2010, Madness re-released their entire back catalogue of studio albums until 1999's Wonderful with a bonus CD and extra tracks. The re-release of Absolutely has seven bonus tracks plus an additional CD featuring a 1980 concert recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon. The front cover sees the band standing in front of Chalk Farm tube station in Camden. When the original vinyl was released the first, more sombre, cover photograph was changed to a more animated pose after around 10,000 albums were pressed. The two sleeves can be distinguished by Mike Barson's holding of the umbrella: in the earlier pressing he holds it up to his chin while in the later, and subsequently used, releases the umbrella is on the ground.[7] The inner sleeve features a London Underground-style roundel for a railway station called "Cairo East" on one side (this roundel later reappeared in the video for "(Waiting For) The Ghost Train" and a history of the group on the other.