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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Keep Moving: Remastered' (Salvo)
Artist - Madness

Its release, in 1984, was tinged with sadness, as it would be the band’s last offering with the original line-up until 1999’s ‘Wonderful’ comeback. That said, the album and the songs on it did not suffer and some consider Keep Moving to be Madness’s most sophisticated album.

'Keep Moving,' the fifth album from the British ska band Madness, has now been digitally remastered and expanded! Indeed, this two CD edition of the band's 1984 album, also features a bonus CD containing 13 non-album singles, b-sides and extended mixes!

Sadly, it was the last Madness album prior to their 1999 comeback album 'Wonderful' to feature Mike Barson. After this album, the magnificent 7 were now the magnificent 6!

The first disc begins with the title track, a trickle-along track if there ever was one, but the always-brilliant 'Michael Caine' starts the disc off proper. 'Turning Blue' is a filler, before the sax-infused 'One Better Day' comes along. 'March Of The Gherkins' is a fun ditty of a tune, before the trippy, psychedelic-inspired, 'Waltz Into Mischief'!

'Brand New Beat' is up next, before 'Victoria Gardens' (complete with backing vocals from The Beat's Dave Wakeling), which is then followed by 'Samantha.' The pedestrian two-fer, 'Time For Tea' and 'Prospects' are next, before 'Give Me A Reason' brings side one to an audio close.

I say audio close, as further inspection reveals the promo videos for 'Wings Of A Dove' (which is intro'd by one of Madness - undercover - conducting market research in Camden Town, and features a rare non-Suggs sung track and lots of open-mouthed shots!); 'The Sun And The Rain' (which starts with Carl, with a cane, and the boys going into A.H. Holt shop and asking the owner what makes Camden what it is - to which he replies, of course, the Sun and the Rain!) and features the song sung completely in pouring, lashing down rain - save for some comical inner ear footage!; 'Michael Caine' (where the band member gets out of a nice new - at the time - Jaguar and says to the camera, in his best Michael Caine voice, 'If there's one thing worse than a murderer it's a dirty, rotten, stinking grass. And that goes for litterbugs as well. Ta ra') is next and features a whodunit plot, with NO Michael Caine appearances!; and finally we have 'One Better Day' - which, filmed in black and white, initially gives us Suggs and co. down in the UK subway, busking! But turns out to be an episode on the UK homeless - including one very dangerous filmed moment where Suggs lays down under a blanket in the middle of two-way traffic!

Side two begins with the 7" single, 'Wings Of A Dove,' before heading into the instrumental 'Behind The 8 Ball' (the original B-side to 'Wings Of A Dove') and 'One Second's Thoughtlessness' - the original B-side to the 'Wings Of A Dove 12'! A 12" version of 'Wings Of A Dove' (Blue Train Mix) is next.

And then we're away from all Dove songs and into 'The Sun And The Rain,' with the 7" single first, the original B-side 'Fireball XL5,' a very lackluster 'My Girl (Live') the original 12" B-side next, before 'The Sun And The Rain' 12" extended version itself!

A 12" extended version of 'Michael Caine' is next; but sadly doesn't have the same punch as the original 7" version, before 'If You Think There's Something,' which was the original B-side of 'Michael Caine.' The wild west-tinged 'Guns' (original B-side of 'One Better Day') is next, with the instrumental 'Sarah' (one of the original B-side tracks from the 'One Better Day' 12") following, before the bouncy 'Victoria Gardens (Re-Mix)' - the other original B-side of the 'One Better Day 12" - rounds out the collection.

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