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  • Originally posted by menime123 View Post
    Agree also. I’m not a Madonna fan for perfect vocals - I prefer the honest imperfections. I love things like TVT where you watch and can see her open her mouth and just hoping for the best
    Yeah not only that but love how she's usually very playful and it shows she had tons of fun -sometimes she's pissed too lol

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    • Originally posted by menime123 View Post
      Today marks the 9 year anniversary of UK release of:



      The album release was staggered, but the CD/DVD was released mostly across the last week of March (1st week of April in the US).

      Unsurprisingly, according to Wikipedia, the only place the it went to #1 was in Argentina

      However it managed to hit the top 10 in the US - not bad all things considered.

      9 years later and I still hate the cover, but I think the actual CD isn’t bad and the DVD recording of the show is one of her better ones: it’s polished, but not too polished and the crowd is fantastic. I absolutely love Vogue 2008.

      Why she insists on giving us live recordings of her interludes on a LIVE ALBUM is beyond me though.
      We need to enjoy this cover 3 pages in a row.

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      • yuck and everything was going so well lol

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        • It really bugs me it took Madonna 5 live albums to get a decent cover. It also bugs me 3 of them are photographs of her in the screen, and that the first one you wouldn’t even know it was her
          Disco dancing with the lights down low…

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          • Madonna's debut album is currently in a Survivor: https://www.ukmix.org/showthread.php...90#post7016890

            Vote and stick around for future rounds!
            I have received many gifts from God,
            but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess
            .

            Don McLean on Madonna's version of American Pie

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            • Originally posted by spiritboy View Post
              I'm very disappointed that LIB from Sticky & Sweet and LTT from The Confessions Tour aren't included in live albums.
              but it is.

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              • Originally posted by luckyONE View Post
                but it is.
                Is it? Oh, it's not on Spotify i guess.
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                • Originally posted by spiritboy View Post
                  Is it? Oh, it's not on Spotify i guess.
                  It used to be, but it’s not now. If you edit your settings, you can have Spotify show you songs it’s not allowed to play that are on the album you’re playing.

                  LIB08 and Get Stupid are both blacked out on Spotify from S&S.
                  Disco dancing with the lights down low…

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                  • Originally posted by menime123 View Post
                    It used to be, but it’s not now. If you edit your settings, you can have Spotify show you songs it’s not allowed to play that are on the album you’re playing.

                    LIB08 and Get Stupid are both blacked out on Spotify from S&S.
                    Why?
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                    • Oh, sorry I thought we were talking about the physical version. I don't use Spotify to listen to Madonna, so I wasn't aware of that.

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                      • Originally posted by spiritboy View Post
                        Why?
                        Licensing issues. Which I'm not sure why. It happens with certain albums.
                        I have received many gifts from God,
                        but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess
                        .

                        Don McLean on Madonna's version of American Pie

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                        • Originally posted by beredy View Post
                          Licensing issues. Which I'm not sure why. It happens with certain albums.
                          What a stupid thing. It's already on CD.
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                          • Originally posted by spiritboy View Post
                            What a stupid thing. It's already on CD.
                            Well, licensing can be a nightmare in some cases.
                            I have received many gifts from God,
                            but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess
                            .

                            Don McLean on Madonna's version of American Pie

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                            • Originally posted by beredy View Post
                              Well, licensing can be a nightmare in some cases.
                              Their loss. They could get royalties each time the track is streamed.
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                              • I suspect LIB has something to do with sampling/mashing it up with an unreleased track. It’s no great loss though, the full show audio rips float around online and are much better.
                                Disco dancing with the lights down low…

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                                • That version of LIB would've been a big hit here. Every bar plays Live 8 version of LIB when they play the song.
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                                  • Originally posted by spiritboy View Post
                                    That version of LIB would've been a big hit here. Every bar plays Live 8 version of LIB when they play the song.
                                    Live Earth.

                                    Disco dancing with the lights down low…

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                                    • https://www.theguardian.com/culture/...X7Kxh5f3bEiP9E

                                      ‘We argued a lot’: Inside the making of Madonna’s ‘divorce album’

                                      To celebrate 30 years since Like a Prayer, producers Patrick Leonard and Stephen Bray discuss the creation of her controversial opus

                                      by Lucy O’Brien
                                      Sat 30 Mar 2019 07.54 EDT

                                      March 1989, I open a large record envelope and a waft of patchouli oil hits my nostrils. Inside is the new Madonna album. The cover art features hippy beads and her crotch in jeans. This image is a nod to her mother, a devout Catholic of French-Canadian stock, who covered up their Sacred Heart statue when a woman came round the house wearing zip-up jeans. “In Catholicism you are born a sinner … the sin is within you the whole time,” Madonna said at the time. Dedicated to the memory of her mother, Like a Prayer explores the impact of her Catholic girlhood, disappointment in love and transformation of self. Compared to the sugar-sweet True Blue, this is a startling reinvention.

                                      During recording, from September 1988 to January 1989 at Johnny Yuma studios in LA, Madonna was at the worst point in her marriage to Sean Penn. She had filed for divorce the previous year but was spending time with him trying to work things out. “I remember some days she wore sunglasses all day in the studio,” recalls her then co-songwriter and co-producer Patrick Leonard. “She was going through very hard times.” Making the record, however, was her salvation. After the bouncy grooves of 1984’s Like a Virgin and the upbeat celebration of her love for Penn in True Blue (1986), Madonna was in a more introspective mood. Penn had an explosive temper, and as their marriage foundered amid constant fighting, her career hit a stale patch with professional flops Shanghai Surprise, the film she starred in with Penn, and Who’s That Girl, a comedy heist movie with a patchy soundtrack. Madonna found a focus for her divorce madness in the new album.

                                      “We knew she was going through a lot of personal stuff,” recalls Donna De Lory, who, along with Niki Haris, sang backing vocals. “We were friends, and I knew that she was channelling all that emotion into the music. It was going to be a much more personal record for her.” Madonna had just turned 30 and approached the studio like a confessional. “She was writing songs that were very truthful,” says her other co-songwriter and co-producer, Stephen Bray. “She has an interesting relationship with fear in that she compartmentalises it and then it comes out in her ferocity of personality. True Blue was about feeling romantic and wanting to be unabashed about love. Then she changed chapters. ‘Things didn’t work out the way I thought.’ That’s how Madonna processes fear, in Freudian pop writing – free association turned into pop songs.”

                                      In the 1980s Bray and Leonard were Madonna’s main creative collaborators. Michigan natives like her, they had strong ideas and worked hard, which she respected. Leonard pushed Madonna to create songs that were intensely emotional experiences. “We were like yin and yang, polar opposites, and that can bring out your best, most committed work,” he says. “We built a chemistry.” They first met when he was her musical arranger on the Like a Virgin tour, and she chose him to produce True Blue and Like a Prayer. “We argued a lot during the recording sessions,” he recalls. “But one day she held up the True Blue album cover and said: ‘Whose picture is that?’ The more feisty conversations stopped there!”

                                      The title track marks a pivotal point in Madonna’s career. In dismantling old Catholic patriarchal messages she created a concept album, moving from pop stardom to artistry. The video – which depicts Madonna kissing a black saint and dancing in a field of burning crosses – fuses the sacred and the profane in a boldly provocative way. “I came in with the music, the gospel influence, and Madonna added the words,” says Leonard. “The protest against the church came later in the video. But it’s a testament to the weight of the song that this vessel could hold it. When we wrote it, it felt like being on fire.” “It’s a song that explores the word ‘prayer’,” says Andraé Crouch, leader of the Los Angeles Church of God choir singing on the track. “Madonna wanted something very churchy, so I tried to blow up what she did and make it as powerful as I could.” Madonna encouraged everyone in the studio to surrender themselves to passionate abandon. “It was an out-of-body experience,” says bassist Guy Pratt, whose improvisatory solo is a high point of the track. “As I was playing Madonna was going: ‘Guy, more! More!’ By the fade I had run out of licks and had to go back to the beginning again. It’s amazing having that bassline on that song.”

                                      Madonna moves from the declamatory Like a Prayer to the quiet, tender ballad Promise to Try, where she addresses her mother and the impact of her death. Leonard recalls: “I played the piano and she sang. She was right at my shoulder, next to the piano, with no headphones. The record button got pushed twice.” Much of the album was recorded as live, and Leonard says this is why it still resonates now: “The songs were built around chord progressions and melody, and it was a more personal process, not the product of big songwriting teams. What listeners are responding to is the energy of the performances in the room.” Oh Father, for instance, an emo-style ballad about her troubled relationship with her dad, was recorded with top-flight musicians including drummer Sugarfoot Moffett and brass arranger Chuck Findley. “I had nine people in the room,” remembers Leonard. “Madonna said: ‘Why all these people, does it make a difference? Do we have to do this?’ I said: ‘It’s not going to be painful, it’ll be fun.’” He admits now that the sessions weren’t always fun. “I had managers checking in, and the record company checking in, asking to hear stuff. I was sitting in the hot seat having to sell it to everybody.”

                                      He knew they were creating something unique from their own “strange little aesthetic”. Rolling Stone magazine came into the studio one day, asking which radio stations Leonard and Madonna listened to. “We don’t listen to any,” they both said. “Really? How do you know what’s going on?” “We decide what’s going on,” said Madonna. Recording the track Love Song with Prince scored hip cred points but, ironically, the whimsical assemblage of guitar parts and overdubs is one of the album’s weaker moments. Bray says he was asked to work on the track but felt overawed. “I am the biggest Prince fan, but to be honest I was too shaken. This was before I discovered beta blockers – I wasn’t emotionally ready,” he says. “It’s one of my few regrets in life that I said: ‘Nah, you guys don’t need my help.’ I’d have made it prettier and brought some lushness to it.” Bray was excited to work with Prince’s guitar sounds on the funky Sly Stone homage Keep It Together. Although upbeat, there was real tension in this exploration of sibling rivalry. “Madonna was getting out some of the complications about family and her success,” recalls Bray.

                                      The album’s darker tracks are balanced by moments of childlike innocence, such as Cherish. It features Madonna, Haris and De Lory singing together with ebullient energy. “We worked on it until we were really tight,” says De Lory. “Madonna knew exactly what she wanted and how to break it down.” Haris remembers that they made a good team on the Who’s That Girl tour, and brought that vibe into the studio: “We tried to enrich rather than embellish her sound.” For De Lory, the Like a Prayer sessions were personally inspiring. “Madonna was like the big strong sister who doesn’t put up with stuff from the guys. As a producer she lay down boundaries. I loved seeing that – it gave me an example of how I could be strong too.”

                                      That strength is most evident on the Stephen Bray-produced track Express Yourself, which has since become a feminist anthem. “We didn’t invent feminism, but this was a call to action,” says Bray. “Madonna is an incredible example of a woman saying: ‘I’m doing this my way.’” He compares her to Daenerys in Game of Thrones, emerging from the fire. “This was an extremely cathartic song for her. In love you get burned, but it doesn’t destroy you. I’ve become even more proud of the song in recent years. What’s horrifying about A Handmaid’s Tale is how frighteningly current that feels. That’s not a dystopian fiction, it’s happening politically. To have co-written a song about telling one’s truth and demanding to be treated as an equal and as a partner – I couldn’t be more proud.”

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                                      • Thanks for sharing this, interesting read.
                                        I am not trying to seduce you... Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you're trying to tell me?

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                                        • Thanks [MENTION=5036]thebigham[/MENTION], loved reading it.
                                          My most streamed artists: 1. Mariah 2. Madonna 3. Debbie Gibson 4. Céline Dion 5. Lara Fabian 6. Kylie 7. Whitney 8. Meghan Trainor 9. Ariana Grande 10. Tina Arena 11. Sam Smith 12. Janet Jackson

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                                          • Originally posted by AndiIversen View Post
                                            I kinda loved that they crammed as many hits as possible onto it, I also liked the artwork at the time
                                            I didn't really like the cover sleeve to be honest. I also think they could have easily added at least two or three more songs. It's nowhere near as brilliant as The Immaculate Collection, but I am just grateful it has some great edits.
                                            My most streamed artists: 1. Mariah 2. Madonna 3. Debbie Gibson 4. Céline Dion 5. Lara Fabian 6. Kylie 7. Whitney 8. Meghan Trainor 9. Ariana Grande 10. Tina Arena 11. Sam Smith 12. Janet Jackson

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                                            • Just watching the Netflix movie "isn't It romantici" and I love the cover of express yourself

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                                              • Is there a particular song by Madonna that made you cry?

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                                                • Originally posted by upushme View Post
                                                  Is there a particular song by Madonna that made you cry?
                                                  Nope = 0 for me

                                                  But there's been several which have been very touching / poignant to me:

                                                  - Drowned World / Substitute For Love
                                                  - Mer Girl
                                                  - Don't Cry For Me Argentine (her vocal performance was very emotional)
                                                  - Intervention
                                                  - X-static process
                                                  - I'll Remember
                                                  - Take A Bow
                                                  - Gone
                                                  Rock lives forever: Led Zeppelin . Metallica . Pink Floyd . Nirvana . Radiohead . Pearl Jam . Oasis . Iron Maiden . Nine Inch Nails
                                                  Approved Popstars: Michael Jackson . Madonna . Britney Spears . Beyoncé . Rihanna

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                                                  • Originally posted by upushme View Post
                                                    Is there a particular song by Madonna that made you cry?
                                                    Oh Father
                                                    My most streamed artists: 1. Mariah 2. Madonna 3. Debbie Gibson 4. Céline Dion 5. Lara Fabian 6. Kylie 7. Whitney 8. Meghan Trainor 9. Ariana Grande 10. Tina Arena 11. Sam Smith 12. Janet Jackson

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