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One Step Beyond [Import, Original recording remastered]

MadnessAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: SALVO MID
  • ASIN: B002KH3AJY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. One Step Beyond
2. My Girl
3. Night Boat To Cairo
4. Believe Me
5. Land Of Hope & Glory
6. The Prince
7. Tarzan's Nuts
8. In The Middle Of The Night
9. Bed And Breakfast Man
10. Razor Blade Alley
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Prince (BBC John Peel Session)
2. Bed And Breakfast Man (BBC John Peel Session)
3. Land Of Hope & Glory (BBC John Peel Session)
4. Stepping Into Line (BBC John Peel Session)
5. One Step Beyond (7" Single Version)
6. My Girl (Mike Barson / Demo Version)
7. Mistakes (B-Side 'One Step Beyond)
8. Un Paso Adelante ('One Step Beyond' Spanish version)
9. Nutty Theme (B-Side 'One Step Beyond' 12")
10. My Girl (Ballad - From Flexipop)
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition of the 1979 debut album from the British Pop/Ska band containing the original album plus four enhanced videos on Disc One plus a 16 rare non-album tracks and Peel sessions on Disc Two. While One Step Beyond may have been one of the biggest selling albums released during the Ska/2-Tone craze of 1979-1980, the album still sounds fresh and exciting three decades after its original release. There are many Ska influences on the album, but the band dabbles in all sorts of musical genres on One Step Beyond, creating their own unique brand of Pop. 35 tracks. Salvo. 2009.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than this November 7, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a timeless album ! There are several 'Greatest Hits' CDs available from 'Madness' but this, their debut CD, is the real deal. There is not a dull moment, from the very first note of the title track to the final (goofy) track 'Chipmunks are go'. Their first single 'One Step Beyond' hit the music scene like a rocket back in 1979 and is still their concert opener. 'My Girl' shows the true musical skills of the band and is followed by 'Night Boat to Cairo', which is a fantastic, fun little SKA piece. But things are still getting better: 'Believe me' and 'Land of Hope and Glory' build up to my all time favorite Madness (and even SKA) song 'The Prince'. And 'Madness' are able to keep this high level all the way to the end of the album. This is a must have CD - whether you are a SKA fan or you just enjoy great music played by a truly great band.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE Madness to get! November 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Madness did it best the first time around. Their first album has, so far, outdone any "best of" collection. "One Step Beyond," simply put, will keep the lamest party awake and hopping. Starting with the instrumental title tune, even the slowest paced tunes (My Girl, Razor Blade Alley), is a Ska-Based jolt of pep.
What I enjoy about Madness above most other Ska bands is that their early music is sheer fun spirited song & dance, written in an era where it was becoming much cooler to throw a lot of social commentary into the lyrics. My favorite examples are a little 60s pop-culture with "Tarzan's Nuts" (one of the TV Tarzan theme songs), "Rockin' In A Flat" (if you have trouble waking up in the morning, spin this tune first thing after you creak out of bed); and "Night Boat To Cairo."
"One Step Beyond" is worth the extra money spent over their various compilations. A very good second place is their second album "Absolutely," but their debut CD rocks above them all!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, Nutty, Ska Greatness June 20, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is one of my five favorites since I first bought it in 1982. These guys can really play! (Imagine real musicians with real instruments in the 80'S)Every song is great in its own way--some for pure energy, others for off-the-wall lyrics. The album is all about having a good time, burning some energy, and again: TRUE MUSICIANSHIP. The clearly British and stylish vocals don't hurt it a bit either. This is one of the best-ever ska albums along with "I Just Can't Stop It" by the English Beat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely nutty! November 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you dig the second wave of ska and don't have this, or haven't even of heard of it, then it's time to introduce yourself to a milestone of the forementioned era! It has the classic pieces : One Step Beyond, Night Boat To Cairo...and one truely "classical piece" : Swan-Lake which is a great rendition of Tchaikowski's master piece. This is the record which shows the nutty-boys being more about ska than they get credited for. Some of the later records still rule, but the're a bit more about pop and a bit less about ska. This is THE article!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing June 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album (maybe my Dad paid for it as I was only 9!!!) soon after its release. I saw them do One Step Beyond on Top Of The Pops and immediately began contemplating starting my serious music collection. The only other records I had at the time were Gary Glitter (wahha hahahahah hahahaha hahahahahahaha) and Elvis Costello's Oliver's Army 7" single.
This band really started it off for me as far as following bands was concerned. I later graduated to The Police then U2 and REM and havent really followed a band so closely since.
This band made me get a crew cut!!!
The sad thing is, the only album I have ever bought on CD is Absolutely which was my all time favourite. The vinyls are gathering dust somewhere. I saw them play at the Manchester Apollo sometime in the early 80's and they were amazing.
Classic memories...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old music that does not age April 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I am 53 years old and just the past few months started listening to SKA. Maybe out of my love for Sublime and because my 19 year old son loved SKA so much before he was taken from me. Anyway, this CD is great. I plan to purchase another one or two. The beat is always uplifting, but not annoying like some. You can turn it up or down, it is just good.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very classy. October 21, 1999
By GeoX
Format:Audio CD
The Specials may have been a "better" band, but Madness was definitely funner. And not just the obvious, exuberant tracks that everybody knows (One Step Beyond, Night Boat to Cairo), but also the impassioned ska rendition of Swan Lake, the faux-Music Hall In the Middle of the Night, and the unusual Razor Blade Alley (which appears to be about soliciting a prostitute, in stark contrast to the band's g-rated image). A great album that anyone at all interested in the genre should own. Whether it's the band's best is questionable--The Rise and Fall is also pretty great--but it's certainly up there.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The nutty shot heard round the world January 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
What a record this is. What fun it generates. To be a young kid when this came out was to know pure, unadulterated, danceable bliss...

I danced to it in '80 when my little brother first brought it home.

I danced to it non-stop with Lynne in the summer of '87.

My daughter and I danced our hearts out to it last night.

This record is joyous. It's nutty. It's Madness.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ska ska
this simple and silly piece of music made many many people get out of the house put on their grand father's pork pie hat and dance their way across the street.
Published 3 months ago by will crow
5.0 out of 5 stars Madness: Music Hall Renaissance Men!
This album is a classic!
I've been waiting for this remastered CD, and it was worth it. It sounds great.
The extras are an added bonus. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Steven Timothy Pederson
5.0 out of 5 stars One Step Closer to an AWESOME album!
I LOVE this CD!! its the new 2009 edition, 2 CDs included. Popped it into my car and drove around until i finished all the songs! I would recommend this album! It's a MUST!!
Published 10 months ago by M.Charley
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Friend Gets Spiffy!
Always loved Madness, and this was my introduction back in the '80s. Played it to death, then lost sight of it for 30 years until the stunning The Liberty Of Norton Folgate renewed... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Uncle E
5.0 out of 5 stars "Fun" Step Beyond
I couldn't help but notice how often the words "fun" and "happy" appear in the reviews for these songs. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rocco Dormarunno
5.0 out of 5 stars One Step Beyond....
When I first heard this album, I was mostly interested in music that was unforgivingly caustic just for the sake of throwing two fingers to the world. Read more
Published on January 4, 2011 by Timothy K. Schwader
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Madness
Simply a great album from start to finish. I would describe it as infectively happy and boisterous.
Published on April 6, 2010 by T. J. Thew
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Madness
Every MADNESS LP/CD is worth the price you pay, but this is simply their finest hour.
Why the Madness collection is now limited/so expensive due to the recent outrageous... Read more
Published on July 10, 2009 by Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best.
I first bought this album in high school back in the early 80's. I loved this album then, and I still love it. Read more
Published on April 6, 2009 by Michael A. Bender
5.0 out of 5 stars Stone Cold Ska Classic
One of the holy trinity of British ska albums (along with The Specials debut and Just Can't Stop It by the English Beat). Still sounds vital today. Read more
Published on November 23, 2008 by Mr Yapples
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