Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Madness - The Dangermen Sessions, Vol. 1 (2005)

I chase the devil....


Released August 2005

Now, I love Madness, and have done since I first saw them in 1979, but I have to say that, pleasant though this album of classic reggae covers is, I feel they are a bit wasted on this. Madness use ska and early seventies-style reggae wonderfully in their own sound, better than anyone, in fact. However, when they try to apply it here to classic songs of the genre, it surprisingly doesn't really work, for me.


1. This Is Where
2. Girl Why Don't You?
3. Shame & Scandal
4. I Chase The Devil
5. Taller Than You Are
6. You Keep Me Hanging On
7. Dangerman
8. Israelites
9. John Jones
10. Lola
11. You'll Lose A Good Thing
12. Rain
13. So Much Trouble in The World                  

Their versions of an iconic song such as "Israelites" is a fine example. You can't really better Desmond Dekker's original. If I want to listen to "Israelites", I will listen to Desmond Dekker. If I want to listen to Madness, I will listen too their great early material, or 2010's remarkable "The Liberty Of Norton Folgate" album. Similarly Rudy Mills' "John Jones", although I find their version irresistibly catchy, I have to admit. Bob Marley's "So Much Trouble In The World" suffers in comparison with the original, although Bruce Ruffin's "Rain" is ok.

"Shame And Scandal" is amusing and wryly delivered and Prince Buster's "Girl Why Don't You?" is appealing too. However, their covers of Diana Ross & The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On" and The Kinks' "Lola" just don't cut the mustard for me. Sorry lads.

Despite my reservations about this album, I still play it every now and again, so there you go.


There is no Deezer stream available for this album.

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