2017 collection from the British merry music makers. Madness continue to cement their position as the UK's favorite band, with their House Of Common and House Of Fun events becoming annual fixtures in every fan's calendar. Madness are national treasures, with a huge following. Their shows consistently sell out and sales of their current album confirm that, after nearly 40 years, they are still as relevant as they ever were. The last Madness best-of, Total Madness, was released in 2012 and comprised 23 singles. Since then the band have released two more studio albums: Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da and their current record, Can't Touch Us Now, each spawning three or four singles. Full House is a best-of and then some, featuring 42 of the band's very best songs, including the hit singles from all of their records (including the above), plus a few of the band's favorite album tracks. It is a joy to listen to; in mostly chronological order, the set charts the highlights of their career, from 1979's 'The Prince' to 2017's 'Another Version Of Me', with smash hit singles like 'Our House' and 'It Must Be Love' nestling in between.
From Portugal comes this excellent production of melodic Crossover Prog from Esfera, "All the Colours of Madness". Awesome clarity in all instruments and yet so well mixed as to have a very tight blend of really wonderful prog. With the excellent lead singing (in English), I found myself thinking of both Tinyfish and Bruce Sood's Pineapple Thief and even a little The Mars Volta throughout this album. Excellent addition to any prog lover's music collection. (BrufordFreak)
Kingdom of Madness is the debut studio album by British melodic rock band Magnum. It was recorded in 1976, and was released in 1978 by Jet Records. The majority of the songs were completed and recorded in 1976, the album's release was delayed until 1978, which resulted in the album hitting the shelves just as Punk was becoming popular. Kingdom of Madness was awarded a 4 star review in Sounds, with writer Geoff Barton suggesting the band were capable of making a strong claim for a slice of the market occupied by the likes of Styx, Kansas and Yes. The album was described as "flute-laced progressive rock sound similar to that of Jethro Tull. The songwriting ranges from imaginative, mythical tales on "In the Beginning" and the title song, to deeply philosophical tracks like "Universe" and "All That Is Real"." The album was also noted for its imaginative lyrics, with influence from Hawkwind member, Blue Öyster Cult lyricist and science fiction author Michael Moorcock, the songs "Lord Of Chaos" and "Stormbringer" directly referencing Moorcock's Elric series.
The House Jumpers bring you authentic up-tempo blues from America’s Heartland. The band’s great vocal melodies, big guitars, and jumpabilly grooves are designed for dancing. This album is true American music, combining jump blues and rockabilly flavors, by a powerful new band from USA.
2014 has been an exceptional year for Blank & Jones and their so8os brand: they not only released the critically acclaimed artist edition for Alphaville to celebrate their 30th anniversary, they were also asked to put their hands on the ZTT catalogue an reconstruct some of the finest 80s productions by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Propaganda and Art Of Noise. 2015 now starts with a Bang! It s been 1,5 years since so8os Volume 8, but in February, the long awaited Volume 9 will hit the streets as a triple CD Deluxe Box! All three CDs will be filled with tracks from Original Master Tapes, no vinyl rips. All unedited, unmixed pure Extended Versions!