Like a Virgin [Remastered]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Madonna had hits with her first album, even reaching the Top 10 twice with "Borderline" and "Lucky Star," but she didn't become a superstar, an icon until her second album, Like a Virgin. She saw the opening for this kind of explosion and seized it, bringing in former Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers in as a producer, to help her expand her sound, and then carefully constructed her image as an ironic, ferociously sexy Boy Toy; the Steven Meisel-shot cover, capturing her as a buxom bride with a Boy Toy belt buckle on the front, and dressing after a night of passion, was as key to her reinvention as the music itself. Yet, there's no discounting the best songs on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Madonna had hits with her first album, even reaching the Top 10 twice with "Borderline" and "Lucky Star," but she didn't become a superstar, an icon until her second album, Like a Virgin. She saw the opening for this kind of explosion and seized it, bringing in former Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers in as a producer, to help her expand her sound, and then carefully constructed her image as an ironic, ferociously sexy Boy Toy; the Steven Meisel-shot cover, capturing her as a buxom bride with a Boy Toy belt buckle on the front, and dressing after a night of passion, was as key to her reinvention as the music itself. Yet, there's no discounting the best songs on the record, the moments when her grand concepts are married to music that transcends the mere classification of dance-pop. These, of course, are "Material Girl" and "Like a Virgin," the two songs that made her an icon, and the two songs that remain definitive statements. They overshadow the rest of the record, not just because they are a perfect match of theme and sound, but because the rest of the album vacillates wildly in terms of quality. The other two singles, "Angel" and "Dress You Up," are excellent standard-issue dance-pop, and there are other moments that work well ("Over and Over," "Stay," the earnest cover of Rose Royce's "Love Don't Live Here"), but overall, it adds up to less than the sum of its parts -- partially because the singles are so good, but also because on the first album, she stunned with style and a certain joy. Here, the calculation is apparent, and while that's part of Madonna's essence -- even something that makes her fun -- it throws the record's balance off a little too much for it to be consistent, even if it justifiably made her a star. [The 2001 reissue cuts "Into the Groove" (which was pasted onto the original CD release anyway) but adds remixes of the title track and "Material Girl"]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2001
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624790129
  • Catalog Number: 47901
  • Sales rank: 1,056

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Material Girl (4:01)
  2. 2 Angel (3:56)
  3. 3 Like a Virgin (3:38)
  4. 4 Over and Over (4:12)
  5. 5 Love Don't Live Here Anymore (4:49)
  6. 6 Dress You Up (4:01)
  7. 7 Shoo-Bee-Doo (5:17)
  8. 8 Pretender (4:30)
  9. 9 Stay (4:09)
  10. 10 Like a Virgin (6:09)
  11. 11 Material Girl (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Madonna Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bernard Edwards Bass
Nile Rodgers Guitar, Conductor, Synclavier
Brenda King Background Vocals
Curtis King Background Vocals
Lenny Pickett Saxophone
Robert Sabino Synthesizer, Synthesizer Bass
Frank Simms Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jellybean Remixing
Nile Rodgers Arranger, Producer
Jimmy Bralower drum programming
Stephen Bray Composer, Producer
Madonna Composer
Jason Corsaro Engineer
Michael Hutchinson Remixing
Tom Kelly Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Karen Milne String Conductor
Robert Rans Composer
Billy Steinberg Composer
Gus Skinas Digital Editing
Jeri McManus Art Direction
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Art Direction
Paula Greif Art Direction
Andrea LaRusso Composer
Peggy Stanziale Composer
Miles Gregory Composer
Peter Brown Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty good cd

    i have this cd and its good i like the song angel and dress you up and all the other madonna songs pretty cool cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Excellent Second Album

    This album has more of an r&b sound and is somewhat of a departure from her first album which was more dance oriented. All in all, I think the music here is more varied; with dance, r&b, rock and a pop ballad. Material Girl is playful and kind of silly, Over and Over is about perseverence in life, and most of the songs on the second side are relationship type songs. It is kind of a shame that her public persona rather overshadowed her music; because these songs are quite good. Most of the attention was given to the title track and Material Girl, but I really think that everthing on this album was just as good.

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    Posted February 1, 2009

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