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The Immaculate Collection

Madonna

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Madonna released The Immaculate Collection in 1990 not just to sum up her ever-morphing multi-faceted video-radio-dancefloor career -- that virtually redefined the role of the pop star in the 1980s -- but to rewrite her history to date. Madonna would not be content with the usual “Greatest Hits” package, but determined that her retrospective would be anything but a re-release of old hits. So, two brand new tracks were added (the Pettibone produced “Rescue Me” and the Lenny Kravitz composition “Justify My Love”), while the remaining 15 tracks were edited and/or remixed by producer Pettibone (who would figure greatly on Madonna’s next release Erotica) and engineers Goh Hotoda and Michael Hutchinson for a “Q Sound” innovation that through technical algorithms provided stereo sound with an expanded third dimension. In other words, the hits are here (“Holiday,” “Lucky Star,” “Like A Virgin,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Like a Prayer”) but they aren’t always exactly as you remember. This isn’t a career synopsis so much as an artistic statement of its own, meant to keep listeners on their toes and to prove her music wasn’t a nostalgia trip but a living, breathing form ripe for the new decade.

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Essential Album! (What is this revised tracklist??)

Madonna's Immaculate Collection is the only early Madonna album most people will need. It rounds up all the major hits from her first four albums. Yes, many of the songs are slightly (and that is VERY SLIGHTLY) remixed from their original single versions, but 15 years after its original release, this is an irrelevant complaint. The tracks here are so similar to the originals that the casual fan will not know the difference -- and in fact, several of the versions have replaced the old masters in the mainstream of pop culture ("Into the Groove", "Holiday" are improvements over the flat sound of the original versions). Yes, this collection omits true Top 10 hits like Like a Prayer's incredible R&B jam "Keep It Together", the title cut from"True Blue" and Like a Virgin's "Angel" and "Dress You Up", but in truth, the songs that are included here the ones that are the most familiar to casual fans and '80's nostalgia geeks (like myself). If you were a child or teenager in the '80's, there is no way this music will not take you back to a simpler time. Despite being mastered 15 years ago, the sound quality of this recording is pretty phenomenal. My only question is this: what is up with this particular version of the Collection? "Lucky Star", "Borderline", and "Like a Prayer" are not the versions included on the original pressing in 1990. Is this a new re-release? Does that mean that the tracks are remastered? I can't seem to find any word about it anywhere. It's a bit confusing. Perhaps it's just that now filling a CD up close to its 80-minute limit is the standard with monumental retrospectives like this, and there's more room for these extended versions to spread out. At any rate, T.I.C. is an essential purchase for any fan of strong pop music from the 1980's no matter which version you purchase. I'm going with this one, because I already have the original and it will be nice to get these different mixes. (For those who don't know, "Like a Prayer" from the original Immaculate Collection was not the album version and neither is this one. The former was based on a popular dance remix from 1989 and this one seems to be the 12" Extended Version from that same year.)

Into The Groove: Badly Altered From Original Version

It's a shame that Madonna's break out song, Into the Groove, is unavailable on iTunes in its original format. The one on this album is essentially a remix, done in the 80's, with lame sound effects added in. While some people call the changes subtle, the changes ruin the song for me. Even the beginning is different.

Great but....

The physical, cd version of the Immaculate Collection comes with an edited version of Like a Prayer based on the Shep Pettibone 12" dance mix (also used for the Blond Ambition Tour). Why does the I-tunes version of this album come with the extended mix? It's an okay mix, but it shouldn't be on the Immaculate collection. I think there was a mistake when this was uploaded. Besides that, this is a great album. Of course it's missing a lot of good singles from her earlier career, but this is probably more of a Madonna sampler than anything. The best part of this hits-album is that many of the songs are in a different version than they appear on the albums, so you don't have to feel like you are buying the same things twice. Holiday is shorter and more "shep pettiboney". Material girl has a slightly differnt ending. Into the groove is based on the shep pettibone remix that appears on You Can Dance. Like a prayer should be the Pettibone 12" Dance mix edit, but for some reason here it is an extended version of the original Like A Prayer album version. Express yourself here is dancier version that drops the organic feeling of the horns and real drums of the original version. Cherish got edited down a whole lot (which is the only disappointment here for me). And vogue is extended ever so slightly with a longer string intro and a longer piano breakdown in the middle. I really wish her GHV2 would have been like this. I never bought that one because, for the most part, all of those version were the same or simply edited versions of their original forms. She could have just listed the songs you should download from the original albums for that one and not released a separate disc. I remember listening to the Immaculate Collection for the first time in 1990 when I was in the 7th grade. It was kind of exciting to be able to have all of these songs slightly altered in subtle ways. It was fun to notice the little differences. The casual fans and people who only know her for her hits will never notice the differences, and the fans can have something slightly new and surprising. I hope her next greatest hits album does the same.

Biography

Born: August 16, 1958 in Bay City, MI

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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