Absolutely (Expanded Edition)

Compact Disc (2CD)

Union Square Music, BMG


United Kingdom


Absolutely is the second studio album from Madness. originally released in September 1980, the album reached number 2 on the UK album chart and produced some of the band’s biggest hits, including ‘Baggy Trousers’, which reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart, ‘Embarrassment’ and ‘The Return of the Los Palmas 7’.

Housed in a 6-panel double Digifile with a 24-page booklet inside. This special 2 CD reissue includes seven bonus tracks plus the live recording of the 1980 Hammersmith Odeon concert, alongside liner notes by Stevie Chick, which include interviews with band members Chris Foreman and Lee Thompson.

The front cover sees the band standing in front of Chalk Farm tube station in Camden. When the original vinyl was released, the first, more sombre cover photograph was changed to a more animated pose after around 10,000 albums were pressed. The two sleeves can be distinguished by keyboardist Mike Barson‘s holding of the umbrella: in the earlier pressing, he holds it up to his chin while in the later, and subsequently used, releases the umbrella is on the ground.

The inner sleeve features a London Underground-style roundel for a railway station called “Cairo East” on one side and a group history on the other. The “Cairo East” roundel was illustrated by Painter and former bass player with Kilburn and the High Roads Humphrey Ocean.


Territory: United Kingdom

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

Label: Union Square Music, BMG

Catalogue Number: BMGCAT591CD
Barcode: 4 050538 829228

Manufactured: Germany

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



Baggy Trousers 09/05/1980
Embarrassment 11/14/1980
Return Of The Los Palmas 7 01/16/1981
Return Of The Los Palmas 7 01/16/1981


1 1 Baggy Trousers 2:46
1 2 Embarrassment 3:11
1 3 E.R.N.I.E. 2:10
1 4 Close Escape 3:33
1 5 Not Home Today 2:44
1 6 On the Beat Pete 3:05
1 7 Solid Gone 2:19
1 8 Take It or Leave It 3:28
1 9 Shadow of Fear 1:59
1 10 Disappear 2:58
1 11 Overdone 3:44
1 12 In the Rain 2:45
1 13 You Said 2:35
1 14 The Return of the Los Palmas 7 3:31
1 15 In the Rain Single Version 2:46
1 16 The Business 3:26
1 17 Crying Shame 2:39
1 18 That's The Way To Do It 2:51
1 19 The Return of the Los Palmas 7 El Regresso De Los Palmas 7 2:47
1 20 Swan Lake (Live) 2:36
1 21 Release Me / Close Escape / Solid Gone Medley 5:04
2 1 One Step Beyond... Hammersmith Odeon, 23rd Dec 80 2:51
2 2 E.R.N.I.E. Hammersmith Odeon, 23rd Dec 80 2:08
2 3 Mistakes Hammersmith Odeon, 23rd Dec 80 2:35
2 4 Disappear Hammersmith Odeon, 23rd Dec 80 2:15
2 5 Bed And Breakfast Man Hammersmith Odeon, 23rd Dec 80 2:29
2 6 The Return of the Los Palmas 7 Hammersmith Odeon, 23rd Dec 80 2:20
2 7 Close Escape Hammersmith Odeon, 23rd Dec 80 2:44
2 8 Overdone Hammersmith Odeon, 23rd Dec 80 3:11
2 9 Not Home Today Hammersmith Odeon, 23rd Dec 80 2:15
2 10 Razor Blade Alley Hammersmith Odeon, 23rd Dec 80 3:16


Mike Barson Piano, Organ, Vibraphone, Marimba, Harmonica Array
Chris Foreman Guitar, Sitar, Slide Guitar Array
Lee Thompson Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone Array
Mark Bedford Bass Array
Daniel Woodgate Drums, Fire Extinguisher Array
Graham McPherson Vocals, Percussion Array
Cathal Smyth Vocals, Trumpet Array


Producer Clive Langer
Producer Alan Winstanley
Recording Studio Eden Studios
Recording Studio Basing Street Studios
Illustrator Humphrey Ocean Cairo East (Inner Sleeve)
Writer Robbi Millar Sleeve Notes (Sounds Magazine Sept. 1979)
Remastered By Turan Audio Ltd.
Writer Stevie Chick Liner Notes: As told to...
Band Chris Foreman Liner Notes
Band Lee Thompson 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. Live at the Hammersmith Odeon (Disc 2)


Record Label BMG
Publisher EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Publisher Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd.
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