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Baggy Trousers (Remastered)
2:47  
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Embarrassment (Remastered)
3:11  
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E.R.N.I.E. (Remastered)
2:10  
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Close Escape (Remastered)
3:33  
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Not Home Today (Remastered)
2:44  
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On The Beat Pete (Remastered)
3:05  
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Solid Gone (Remastered)
2:19  
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Take It Or Leave It (Remastered)
3:27  
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Shadow Of Fear (Remastered)
1:59  
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Disappear (Remastered)
2:58  
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Overdone (Remastered)
3:45  
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In The Rain (Remastered)
2:44  
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You Said (Remastered)
2:35  
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The Return Of The Los Palmas 7 (Remastered)
2:04  
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In The Rain (Single Version) (Single Version - remastered)
2:48  
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The Business (Remastered)
3:27  
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Crying Shame (Remastered)
2:40  
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That's The Way To Do It (Remastered)
2:53  
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El Regresso De Los Palmas 7 (Remastered)
2:48  
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Swan Lake (Live) (Live - remastered)
2:37  
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Release Me / Close Escape / Solid Gone (Patches flexi) (Medley - Patches flexi - remastered)
7:38  
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One Step Beyond…(Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
2:51  
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E.R.N.I.E. (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
2:08  
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Mistakes (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
2:35  
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Disappear (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
2:15  
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Bed And Breakfast Man (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
2:29  
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The Return Of The Los Palmas 7 (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
2:20  
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Close Escape (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
2:44  
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Overdone (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
3:11  
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Not Home Today (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
2:15  
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Razor Blade Alley (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
3:16  
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My Girl (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
2:45  
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Take It Or Leave It (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
2:39  
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On The Beat Pete (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
2:54  
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Embarrassment (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
3:10  
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Shadow Of Fear (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
1:54  
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You Said (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
2:29  
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In The Middle Of The Night (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
2:28  
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The Prince (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
3:06  
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Baggy Trousers (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
2:25  
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Rockin' In A Flat (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
2:01  
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Madness (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon) (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon - 23.12.80)
3:33  
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Total Tracks: 42   Total Length: 119:40

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A classic example of a second album delivering more of the same, at least on the surface, Absolutely does benefit from the kinetic energy of being recorded quickly in the aftermath of Madness’ immediate success with One Step Beyond. Absolutely does motor ahead on breakneck ska rhythms, but it never quite feels as raw as its predecessor, and that hint of gloss serves the three big hit singles very well: the schoolyard nostalgia of “Baggy Trousers” has a bit of a sepia-toned lilt with this extra dose or production, the terrific “Embarrassment” slides by so smoothly it’s possible to not realize what an expertly crafted piece of pop it is, and “The Return of the Los Palmas 7” has a nice element of swinging ‘60s lounge cinema. As it happens, these hits are the moments that are a tangible progression from the nutty sound of One Step Beyond, with the rest of the record riding that rollicking beat — sometimes dipping into silly straight-ahead boogie (“Solid Gone”), sometimes slowing down (“Close Escape”) — but usually delivering more of the same in a highly appealing fashion. Madness perform with such high energy and such a big grin, it’s hard not to get swept up in the good times even if, after the party dies down, the memory of Absolutely just winds up seeming a shade familiar. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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