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Mad Mad World

Tom CochraneAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Life Is A Highway 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mad Mad World 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. No Regrets 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Sinking Like A Sunset 5:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Washed Away 5:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Everything Comes Around 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Secret Is To Know When To Stop 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Brave And Crazy 5:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Bigger Man 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Friendly Advice 4:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen12. Emotional Truth 5:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. All The King's Men 4:31$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (February 17, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UZO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This whole album is great April 29, 2005
By Brad
Format:Audio CD
Everyone remembers the fantastic hit "Life is a Highway". It is a catchy, upbeat "driving song" that still sounds great to this day. However, if you actually let the CD continue past that classic opening track, you are going to find some other true gems on here.

Take "Sinking Like a Sunset", where Tom showcases his lower vocal range to a cool beat. "Everything Comes Around" has a somewhat alternative vibe to it with its guitar chord structure, but in a good way....I loved the sound of this song before I ever really embraced anything that could be considered "alternative". I also love the somewhat slower vibe of such tracks as "The Secret is to Know When to Stop" and "Emotional Truth", while the title track and "Brave and Crazy" are good surefire rockers. "No Regrets" is another good pop-rocker that I remember briefly hearing on radio as a follow-up to the well-known monster hit.

A lot of good melodic pop/rock has come from Canada. Many of my generation are familiar with the Bryan Adams' and Loverboys of the world, and I also truly embrace certain obscure melodic rock acts from Canada such as Harem Scarem. This album from Tom Cochrane is another Canadian pop/rock gem...and for more reasons than the classic "Life is a Highway". Strong, enjoyable album from beginning to end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful Canadian Records Pop-Rock-Folk Song Cycle December 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
MAD MAD WORLD is a thoughtful song cycle by a singer-songwriter who is very similar to Bryan Adams, but he's really a lot more than that. His style owes something to artists as diverse as Tom Petty, the Allman Brothers Band, and Bruce Cockburn. Unlike Adams, whose songs are mostly about love, romance, and having a good time, Cochrane's have a lot of subtle messages about personal survival, triumph, and hard work, although it's sometimes hard to figure out just what he's saying in many cases. This album will give you what you want, if you let it give you what you need.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent solo debut! December 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Before 'Mad Mad World', Tom Cochrane was always credited with Red Rider. This was a truly excellent start to his career. Although I will admit to prefering 'Ragged Ass Road', this album contains many excellent songs. There are some fast songs on here, like the hit 'Life is a Highway' and 'Mad Mad World', as well as 'No Regrets', 'Brave and Crazy', and 'Bigger Man', but also some slow ballads like 'The Secret is to Know When to Stop' and 'All the King's Men', but my favorite on the album has always been the haunting and searing 'Get Back Up', a song about a man who has to watch the woman he loves become a victim of pills and alcohol.
Tom Cochrane is one of the best examples of a unique Canadian artist. Unfortunately, because of his Canadian status, Tom Cochrane never received the recognition he deserved in the States. Harder than Bryan Adams, Tom Cochrane was a unique Canadian alternative to many of the mainstream bands, combining rock with a taste of folk, country, and even alternative styles. He remains one of my favorite Canadian musicians, and one of my favorite musicians in general. (In regards to the case, which a few people have commented on, the one pictured is actually the original. I purchased the tape originally when it first came out, which featured the same cover as is pictured here. A later release featured the different cover.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than "Highway" September 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Sure, it was "Life is a Highway" that grabbed me. The immediately catchy hook, the joyous chorus and frenetic pacing all contribute to that "feel good" feeling that certain songs produce. But there is a lot more here.

The second cut "Mad, Mad, World" immediately takes you to bit of a darker place, a bit reminiscent of Henley's "Dirty Laundry," but holds its own well. The music keeps driving forward, Cochrane knows a hook when he here's one and each song has a fairly strong beat to hang his words on. Lyrically he covers the basic points; relationships and life's choices, but he stays more towards the positive side which is a nice switch from the self-pity you often find in the singer-songwriter genre. While not entirely original sounding (When "Sinking like a Sunset" opens you immediately think Bruce Hornsby and there are other examples. There is a definite Bryan Adams feel here as well) his own vocal style and the infectious melodies support a continued listen. I'm glad "Life is Highway" led me to this and I found it was very much worth a purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Cochrane - Mad Mad World August 17, 2005
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One of the finest albums this musician has put out. Its a shame his band Red Rider has not received the recognition from the the US music industry; he gives Bruce Springsteen and John Couger Mellancamp a run for their money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King is back in Town March 28, 2003
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Continuing his catchy, tender rock style that fans have come to love, Tom goes Solo on Mad Mad World for the first time. And what a bang it was. It starts off with this huge, huge hit called Life is a Highway, one of his best songs EVER. A Catchy light hearted rock song that blasted its way into fan`s heart and became the evidence that the king was alive. Even better, the record is top notch from the beginning to the End.
Winnersongs on this album is:
-Life is a Highway. I admit that even though Tom hasnt gotten ANY worse later on, he has NEVER written a song this catchy and stunning.
-Sinking Like a Sunset. A Beautiful song, with a perfectly clear and sharp sound, catchy drums, a piano and guitar driven melody and a sweet text about dreams. This one is a winner.
-The Secret is to know when to stop. Ahh this song is just lovely. A slow and beautiful song built upon lots of instruments played carefully. Probably the most beautiful song on the record, with a memorable chorus.
-Bigger man. A Catchy rock song, hard to not like.
-Friendly Advice. Simply great. Crank up the volume for the Drums and the bass, and enjoy. A Superb melody, a wonderful text, it all comes down to a song you wont forget.
-Emotional Truth. Unforgettable. It sounds different from all the other songs, but manages to be one of the best. The Chorus is great.
-All the Kings Men. It starts off carefully, acoustic with a piano jamming in the background, and turns out to be a perfect finish to a fantastic album.
Tom Cochrane sounds great as usualy, the melodies are dead on, great texts filled with a meaning, not this mumbo jumbo text of today. This is serious quality, and the man knows exactly what he`s doing.
If there is ONE artist that should look back at what he gave the world and be proud, Tom Cochrane is the one.
A funny note on the Side. Anyone notice how "Everything comes Around" Sounds like a Tom Petty song?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great album!
This is one of my all time favorite albums. Great beat, great blend, great energy.good good good good good one
Published 2 months ago by David W. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars More TOM!
Another CD with some of Tom Cochrane's greatest stuff. Life is a highway, lets ride it to the very end!!!
Published 10 months ago by Diana L. Thatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Room mate loves it
I got this for my room mate's birthday. There were 2 songs by Cochrane that she couldn't get out of her head. Both are on this CD. She said it was the best birthday gift in years.
Published 14 months ago by Birgit Laks
5.0 out of 5 stars Another solid album from TC
As an TC fan knows, once acclimated to his work, his songs really touch you. Well TC did not disappoint on this work. Read more
Published on December 2, 2011 by Matt Twain
2.0 out of 5 stars Only one good song here
"Life is a highway" is killer! The rest is not even close to the quality or festive context. Just download the mp3
Published on June 24, 2011 by Scott B. Saul
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalga
Some of the songs are memories from another time. I wanted them in my library to enjoy at my leisure. And I have been doing just that!
Published on January 19, 2011 by David L. Crandall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Album hidden all these years
Most everyone has heard 'Life is a Highway', which is the popular hit off this solo album by the front man for Red Rider (known for the hit 'Lunatic Fringe'). Read more
Published on August 21, 2010 by Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars tom cockrane, mad mad world
The cd was in very good condition and sounds great. I would buy from seller again.
Published on August 17, 2010 by James E. Hedrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Cochrane
I really love this guy, hes really good,I love the song, Life Is A Highway,its one of my very favorites too.
Published on February 16, 2009 by John Nathe
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom ochrane Mad Mad World
This is a very good CD. Like most music you like some songs better than others.
Published on February 16, 2008 by W. Hovseth
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