Band/Artist: Madonna Album Name: Like A Virgin
Track Listing:
1) Material Girl (4:00) 2) Angel (3:56) 3) Like a Virgin (3:38) 4) Over and Over (4:12) 5) Love Don't Live Here Anymore (4:47) 6) Dress You Up (4:01) 7) Shoo-Bee-Doo (5:16) 8) Pretender (4:30) 9) Stay (4:07)
Year: 1984 Label:
Sire / Warner Brothers
Line-up: Madonna (vocals, background vocals), Bernard Edwards (bass), Brenda King (background vocals), Curtis King (background vocals), Lenny Pickett (saxophone), Nile Rodgers (guitar, synclavier), Robert Sabino (synthesizer), Nathaniel S. Hardy, Jr. (synthesizer), Lucas Simms (background vocals), George Simms (background vocals), Dave Weckl (drums), Tony Thompson (drums) Rating: 8 /10 Website: Official Website
Review/Comments/Thoughts:
This would be Madonna's second album but this would be the one that puts her on the map, the one that would dub her "The Material Girl" a monkier that she appears to loathe, Can't say I blame her. This album caused alot of contraversery, with the title of the album, the suggestiveness in her lyrics. However one thing I dont think people give her enough credit for is that if John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the soundtrack to the 1960s, then Madonna was one of the writers of the soundtrack for the 1980s. There is no denying that. All in all I like some of the songs on her album. Favorites include Like a Virgin, Dress You Up, Material Girl, and Angel Though if you are into getting milestone albums of the 1980s then dont forget to add this to your collection. This album would spawn 4 top singles Not bad for an album that only has 9 tracks on it.




Band/Artist: Madonna Album Name: True Blue
Track Listing:
1) Papa Don't Preach (4:29) 2) Open Your Heart (4:13) 3) White Heat (4:39) 4) Live to Tell (5:51) 5) Where's the Party (4:21) 6) True Blue (4:17) 7) La Isla Bonita (4:02) 8) Jimmy Jimmy (3:55) 9) Love Makes the World Go Round (4:33)
Year: 1986 Label:
Sire / Warner Brothers
Line-up: Madonna (vocals, background vocals), Dave Boroff (saxophone), Stephen Bray (drums, keyboard), Keithen Carter (background vocals), Paulinho da Costa (percussion), Bruce Gaitsch (guitar, electric guitar, rhythm guitar), Siedah Garrett (background vocals), Dann Huff (guitar), Jackie Jackson (background vocals), Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar), Edie Lehmann (background vocals), Patrick Leonard (drums, keyboard), Richard Marx (background vocals), Bill Meyers (strings), Jonathan Moffett (percussion, drums, background vocals), John Putnam (acoustic guitar, guitar, electric guitar), David Williams (guitar, rhythm guitar, background vocals),Fred Zarr (keyboard) Rating: 8.5/10 Website: Official Website
Review/Comments/Thoughts:
A very strong follow-up to 1984's Like a Virgin, this album would have 5 Top 5 singles 3 of them being #1 not bad for a follow up I'd say. I perfer this album a little bit more than the others I have in my collection (talking Studio albums here) only because there's more songs that I like. My Favorites are those 5 singles which are True Blue, Open Your Heart, Live To Tell, Papa Don't Preach, and La Isla Bonita Papa Don't Preach is about a young unwed woman who is pregnant out of wedlock and decides to keep her baby. In the 1980s alot of morality and decency were focused on music. I should say the standards and Madonna would always push the envelope. Contraversy sells albums I guess.




Band/Artist: Madonna Album Name: The Immaculate Collection
Track Listing:
1) Holiday (4:04) 2) Lucky Star (3:39) 3) Borderline (4:00) 4) Like a Virgin (3:11) 5) Material Girl (3:53) 6) Crazy for You (4:02) 7) Into the Groove (4:10) 8) Live to Tell (5:19) 9) Papa Don't Preach (4:11) 10) Open Your Heart (3:51) 11) La Isla Bonita (3:48) 12) Like a Prayer (5:51) 13) Express Yourself (4:04) 14) Cherish (3:52) 15) Vogue (5:19) 16) Justify My Love (5:00) 17) Rescue Me (5:31)
Year: 1990 Label:
Sire / Warner Brothers
Line-up: Madonna (vocals, background vocals), Rest NA Rating: 10/10 Website: Official Website
Review/Comments/Thoughts:
I had actually owned this on cassette, and realized I did not have this on CD yet. So I started shopping around the local music stores looking for the best price, FYE had this for almost 20 bucks back in 1998 which to me was unacceptable. I was in the Mystic Village and was browsing a store called Carolyn's Music. Wasn't part of the chain it dealt alot with musical instruments accessories and little knick knacks for tourists. I had found the CD i was looking for which was this one. And it was almost 16 bucks better than FYEs prices that was 18.98. So I got it for like 15.97. I had bumped into somebody I knew, one of my cousins' exs, and we were chit chatting for a bit and when I went to pay for it just so happens the Manager overheard me talking that I worked at FYE. So as I am paying for the album the Manager asks me If I'b be looking for a job and that they were hireing. I was only working part time at FYE and at FYE I was working to get on the management ladder as my boss there wanted to make me a Senior Sales Associate (which then was the bottom step of the management totem poll) I had an interview with the district manager and he felt I needed more experience. I was not happy with the outcome. My boss had apologized to me saying he felt like he did not properly prepare me for the interview. Anyways I was working there part time and I asked about the hours and she told me a few days a week she knew I had a job already working in another music store. I told her I was interested and that she would pass my information to the owner. Now this is a Saturday and I want to say that maybe 2 hours later I got a call from the manager at Carolyn's Music asking if I could come back at about 3-4 to talk to the owner. I said "Sure" So when I got there It was more like details and not an interview. I was given 50 cents more an hour than I was at FYE and more hours. So my plan was to work both jobs. I thought I was in heaven working in 2 music stores. Turns out my boss at FYE caught on that I was working for Competition and it violated a policy that should have costed me my job right then and there. I honestly was ignorant to it. So since my boss liked me and I was one of his go to guys he gave me till the end of that week to make a choice. It was a hard decision but in the end I went with the new job. I had been at FYE for a total of 9 months but I couldnt get more hours or money and I was almost 25 I didnt want to be stuck working part time. So that was my last day at FYE I explained that it was more money and hours than I could get at FYE. He understood but told me if i do this that I would not be re-hireable. This was Summertime of 1998 and 13 years later I still can't get hired there. All of that for buying the Immaculate collection. Amazing how things happen.... Now on to the CD If you are a casual fan of Madonna's 80s stuff this is the perfect album for you to get. It's got all her singles and 2 unreleased tracks Justify My Love, and Release Me Co written by Lenny Kravitz. Which also means contraversy for the video of Justify My Love MTV would not show it. It was banned! However I do like the song, maybe not what the song is about but the beat and overall sound is captivating. I wont list favorites as pretty much this whole CD has a load of good songs and thats why I gave it a 10/10