One Step Beyond… (Expanded Edition)

Compact Disc (2CD)

Union Square Music, BMG


United Kingdom


One Step Beyond…  was Madness’ seminal debut album, recorded in 3 weeks and originally released in October 1979. It peaked at number 2 in the UK and took up residency in the UK Album Chart, where it stayed for more than a year. The album – one of the most important in the 2Tone ska revival of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s – received much critical praise and includes the classic hit singles ‘One Step Beyond…‘, ‘My Girl‘, ‘Night Boat To Cairo‘ and ‘The Prince’.

The special 2CD reissue is housed in a 6-panel double Digifile with a 24-page booklet inside and includes 18 bonus tracks (including demos, B-sides and BBC John Peel Session tracks) alongside brand new liner notes, which include interviews with founder Madness members Chrissy Boy Foreman, Mike Barson, Mark Bedford and Daniel Woodgate.

This was the first album produced by the team of Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley, who would go on to produce more Madness albums and to work with artists including Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Morrissey, Dexys Midnight Runners, They Might Be Giants and David Bowie.

The “Nutty Train” photo on the sleeve, shot by Cameron McVey, was inspired by a photo of Kilburn and the High Roads roadie Paul Tonkin that appeared on the back cover of the band’s album Handsome.

The title track, released as a single, was originally written and recorded by the Jamaican ska musician Prince Buster, and its “Don’t watch that, watch this …” introduction is adapted from another Prince Buster song, “The Scorcher”. The track “The Prince” is a tribute to Buster and a re-recording of the band’s debut single, originally released on the 2 Tone Records label. Its B-side, “Madness“, another Prince Buster song, was also re-recorded for the album. “Madness” and “Bed and Breakfast Man” were released as singles in North America through Sire Records.


Territory: United Kingdom

Release Date: February 24, 2023
Format: Compact Disc (2CD)
Limited Edition: No

Label: Union Square Music, BMG

Catalogue Number: BMGCAT590CD
Barcode: 4 050538 829204

Manufactured: Germany

Disc Colour: Silver
Pressing: 7th Reissue
Official Release: Yes



The Prince 08/10/1979
One Step Beyond... 10/26/1979
My Girl 12/21/1979
Work Rest and Play 03/21/1980


1 1 One Step Beyond... 2:15
1 2 My Girl 2:42
1 3 Night Boat To Cairo 3:28
1 4 Believe Me 2:26
1 5 Land Of Hope & Glory 2:53
1 6 The Prince Album Version 3:16
1 7 Tarzan’s Nuts 2:21
1 8 In The Middle Of The Night 3:00
1 9 Bed And Breakfast Man 2:30
1 10 Razor Blade Alley 2:39
1 11 Swan Lake 2:34
1 12 Rockin' in A♭ 2:26
1 13 Mummy’s Boy 2:20
1 14 Madness Album Version 2:37
1 15 Chipmunks Are Go! 0:52
2 1 The Prince BBC John Peel Session, 27/8/79 2:31
2 2 Bed And Breakfast Man BBC John Peel Session, 27/8/79 3:24
2 3 Land Of Hope & Glory BBC John Peel Session, 27/8/79 2:42
2 4 Stepping Into Line BBC John Peel Session, 27/8/79 2:38
2 5 One Step Beyond... 7" Single Version 2:17
2 6 My Girl (Demo) 2:58
2 7 Mistakes 2:52
2 8 One Step Beyond... Un Paso Adelante (Spanish Version) 2:33
2 9 Nutty Theme 2:10
2 10 My Girl Ballad Version 2:28
2 11 Stepping Into Line 2:15
2 12 One Step Beyond... Un Passo Avanti (Italian Version) 2:22
2 13 Deceives the Eye from Work Rest & Play EP 2:00
2 14 The Young and the Old from Work Rest & Play EP 2:04
2 15 Don't Quote Me On That from Work Rest & Play EP 4:31
2 16 Razor Blade Alley Live (Dance Craze) 2:35
2 17 Night Boat To Cairo Live (Dance Craze) 3:12
2 18 One Step Beyond... Live (Dance Craze) 2:53


Mike Barson Vocals, Keyboards Band
Chris Foreman Vocals, Guitar Band
Lee Thompson Vocals, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone Band
Mark Bedford Bass Band
Daniel Woodgate Drums, Percussion Band
Graham McPherson Vocals Band
Cathal Smyth Backing Vocals, Vocals, Performer Co-Performer


Producer Clive Langer
Producer, Engineer Alan Winstanley
Recording Studio Eden Studios
Recording Studio T.W. Studios
Mixing Facility Rushent's Mansion (The Lucky Bleeder)
Producer Bob Sargeant John Peel Sessions (Disc 2, Tracks 1-4)
Engineer Mike Robinson John Peel Sessions (Disc 2, Tracks 1-4)
Recording Studio Maida Vale Studio 4 John Peel Sessions (Disc 2, Tracks 1-4)
Remastered By Turan Audio Ltd.
Writer Stevie Chick Liner Notes: As told to...
Band Daniel Woodgate Liner Notes
Band Chris Foreman Liner Notes
Band Mark Bedford Liner Notes
Band Mike Barson Liner Notes


Phonographic Copyright ℗ Union Square Music Ltd., a BMG Company.
Copyright © Union Square Music Ltd., a BMG Company.
Licensed From Stirling Holdings Limited
Licensed To Union Square Music Ltd., a BMG Company.
Licensed From BBC Studios Distribution Ltd. John Peel Sessions (Disc 2, Tracks 1-4)


Record Label BMG
Publisher EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Publisher Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd.
Publisher BMG VM Music Ltd.
Publisher Melodisc Records Ltd.
Publisher Warner Chappell Music Ltd.


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