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  • Audio CD (February 29, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UZO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,641 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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She said it was the best birthday gift in years.
Birgit Laks
I really love this guy, hes really good,I love the song, Life Is A Highway,its one of my very favorites too.
John Nathe
This album will give you what you want, if you let it give you what you need.
The Footpath Cowboy

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brad on April 29, 2005
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 By The Footpath Cowboy VINE VOICE on 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 By IGotBlue on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Carroll VINE VOICE on 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 By A Customer on September 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The previous reviewer is correct about "Life is a Highway" being a "Killer". But there isn't a bad song on this CD. Dynamite stuff. Clear Dylan influence, plus Petty, Springstein, even Seeger. But which hasn't been influenced by Dylan? Cochrane takes it to his OWN level. After your adrenylin goes down from "Highway", you'll enjoy the rest of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Odd Magne Granli on 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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