Anthrax: Joey Belladonna (vocals); Dan Spitz, Scott Ian (guitar); Frank Bello (bass); Charlie Benante (drums).
Additional personnel includes: Public Enemy.
Producers: Mark Dodson, Candy Canedy, Eddie Kramer, Paul Hamingson, Anthrax.
Compilation producer: Mike Ragogna.
Includes liner notes by Gerry Miller.
Personnel: Joey Belladonna (vocals); Dan Spitz, Scott Ian (guitar); Charlie Benante (drums).
Liner Note Author: Geri Miller.
Photographers: Ilpo Musto; B.C. Kagan; Ken Collins.
MADHOUSE: THE VERY BEST OF ANTHRAX chronicles the groups work from 1985 through 1991. The influential New York-based thrash metal band was one of the first rock outfits to experiment with rap (predating the whole "rap metal" craze of the late '90s by a decade). This is borne out by such tracks as "Bring the Noise," a Public Enemy cover featuring cameos by Chuck D and Flavor Flav. But Anthrax is best remembered as a true heavy metal band, and such standouts as "Madhouse," "Indians," "Belly of the Beast," and a metallic re-working of Joe Jackson's "Got the Time" prove it. Although the group would go on to issue more material throughout the '90s and beyond, MADHOUSE: THE VERY BEST OF collects nearly all of Anthrax's definitive cuts.