Madness

Peel Sessions

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This EP consists of four songs from Madness' August 27, 1979, appearance on John Peel's BBC radio show. The first three songs -- "The Prince," "Bed and Breakfast Man," and "Land of Hope and Glory" -- are available on One Step Beyond, and these performances vary little from the album cuts. The arrangements here are a bit more straightforward, the sound not quite as full. The fourth track, "Stepping into Line," was the B-side for "My Girl." It's a catchy ska tune -- pretty typical fare for the band in that era. But the song can also be found (in a slightly different version) on the compilations It's Madness and The Business, either of which would be a wiser choice than The Peel Sessions.

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