Keep Moving

Keep Moving is the fifth studio album by the English ska/pop band Madness. It was originally released in February 1984 and was their final album on the Stiff label. It’s notably the band’s last studio album to feature their keyboardist and founding member Mike Barson before the band split in 1986.

Keep Moving peaked at No. 6 in the UK Albums Chart, and two singles from the album reached the Top 20 in the UK Singles Chart. The album received some good reviews, with Rolling Stone magazine giving the album four out of five stars, applauding the band’s changing sound, and NME ranking it number 13 among the “Albums of the Year” for 1984. This was an improvement, as the last album reviewed by the magazine, Absolutely, was heavily criticised.

The album was re-released in the United Kingdom in June 2010 on the Salvo/Union Square label, featuring bonus material. The reissue is a 2-CD set with the original album digitally remastered; the bonus content consists of associated singles, 12″ mixes and B-sides. It also features liner notes written by comedian and Madness fan Phill Jupitus.


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