Special coupling of the great Madness anthologies–both audio and video versions so you get the complete picture of the classic ska-pop band. This U.K.-only collection attempts to condense the band's career onto a single disc – from the early singles to 1985's Mad Not Mad. Though the two distinct periods lead to a somewhat disjointed listen, the chronological sequencing works as an adequate career survey, and the offering of the non-LP tracks "Driving in My Car" and "(Waiting) For the Ghost Train" are a nice touch. Complete Madness is still the best collection, but this one isn't bad either, despite a few omissions.
Utter Madness is a greatest hits album by the British pop band Madness, released in 1986 at the time of their original split. It is a sequel of sorts to their earlier compilation Complete Madness (meaning the completed title is interpreted by some fans as "Complete and Utter Madness") and comprises songs from the latter half of their career. The new single "(Waiting For) The Ghost Train," which would become the band's final single of the 1980's, is featured here.