Wonderful (Madness album)

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Wonderful
Studio album by Madness
Released November 1, 1999 (UK)
Recorded 1999
Genre Ska/Pop
Length 41:54
Label Virgin Records
Producer Clive Langer
Alan Winstanley
Madness chronology
Universal Madness
(1999)
Wonderful
(1999)
Our House: the Original Songs
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC News favourable[2]

Wonderful is an album by the British ska band Madness. It was released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). It's the first studio album since 1984's Keep Moving to feature the original line-up.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lovestruck" (Thompson / Barson)
  2. "Johnny the Horse" (Smyth)
  3. "The Communicator" (McPherson / Smyth)
  4. "4 am" (McPherson / Barson)
  5. "The Wizard" (Smyth)
  6. "Drip Fed Fred" (Thompson / Barson)
  7. "Going to the Top" (Barson)
  8. "Elysium" (Thompson / D Woodgate)
  9. "Saturday Night Sunday Morning" (McPherson)
  10. "If I Didn't Care" (Jack Lawrence)
  11. "No Money" (Thompson / D Woodgate / N Woodgate)

2010 reissue[edit]

Disc 1 contains the full album plus three "promo" videos:

  1. "Lovestruck" [promo video]
  2. "Johnny the Horse" [promo video]
  3. "Drip Fed Fred" [promo video]

Disc 2 contains the "bonus tracks":

  1. "You're Wonderful" [remix][bonus track]
  2. "Round and Round" [b-side "Lovestruck"]
  3. "We Are Love" [b-side "Lovestruck"]
  4. "Johnny the Horse" [radio edit]
  5. "I Was the One" [b-side "Johnny the Horse"]
  6. "Dreaming Man" [b-side "Johnny the Horse"]
  7. "Light of the Way" [b-side "Drip Fed Fred"]
  8. "We Want Freddie" [b-side "Drip Fed Fred"]
  9. "Maddley" [b-side "Lovestruck" album sampler]
  10. "Simple Equation" ["Our House" musical]
  11. "Sarah's Song" ["Our House" musical]
  12. "It Must Be Love" [2002 mix]["Our House" musical]
  13. "My Old Man" ["Brand New Boots and Panties" Ian Dury tribute album]

Reception[edit]

The BBC's Chris Charles' review was very favourable. He said "... Wonderful finds the boys in their best form since 1981's Madness 7."[2]

Allmusic's Evan Cater gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and said "On the whole, it's a pretty successful return."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Total
weeks
UK Albums Chart[3] 17 1

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Ian Dury – Guest Vocals on track 6
  • Michael Kearsey – Trombone
  • Jason McDermid – Trumpet
  • Jason Bruer – Saxophone
  • Terry Edwards – Saxophone
  • Pablo Cook – Percussion
  • Clive Langer – Production
  • Alan Winstanley – Production
  • Mark Bishop – Engineer

Notes[edit]

  • "4 am" is a re-recorded version of the song that appeared on Suggs' solo album The Lone Ranger.
  • "If I Didn't Care" is a cover of a song originally recorded by The Ink Spots.
  • Providing the vocals to "Drip Fed Fred" would be Ian Dury's last chart single release and final appearance on Top of the Pops before his death in March 2000.
  • Despite being the title of the album, "Wonderful" only made it as a b-side on one of the editions of the "Johnny the Horse" single. However, it is included on the Japanese version of the album, along with another song which was a b-side in the UK - "Round And Round".

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