Madness – Complete Madness (The ’59) #148

The ’59 2018 #148: 180528

Madness – Complete Madness (1982)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 24 – 1982.

Complete Madness is the first greatest hits album by ska/pop group Madness. It was released in 1982 and included Madness’ biggest hits from their first three studio albums and the stand-alone singles. Complete Madness spent 99 weeks on the UK charts peaking at number 1.

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Neil Young – After the Goldrush (Epic #359)

The Epic 2017 Project #359: 171225

Neil Young – After the Goldrush (1970)

After the Gold Rush was the third studio album from Neil Young. Released in September 1970 on Reprise Records, it is one of four high-profile albums released by each member of folk rock collective Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the wake of their chart-topping 1970 album Déjà Vu. Gold Rush consists mainly of country folk music, along with the rocking “Southern Man”,[4] inspired by the Dean Stockwell-Herb Bermann screenplay After the Gold Rush.

The album peaked at No.8 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; the two singles taken from the album, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” and “When You Dance I Can Really Love”, made it to number 33 and number 93 respectively. Despite a mixed initial reaction, it has since appeared on a number of “greatest albums” lists (including mine)

The Beat

Part #17 in the Jemtunes 2015 Rock A-Z

“I just can’t stop it” was the debut album from the 2 Tone band, the Beat. It was released on Go Feet Records in the UK and on IRS Records in the US under the band name ‘The English Beat’.

Track 4, side 1 is the wonderful “Twist and Crawl”; the best track on the album and, in my opinion, the best thing the band ever wrote.