True Blue [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
True Blue is the album where Madonna truly became Madonna the Superstar -- the endlessly ambitious, fearlessly provocative entertainer who knew how to outrage, spark debates, get good reviews -- and make good music while she's at it. To complain that True Blue is calculated is to not get Madonna -- that's a large part of what she does, and she is exceptional at it, but she also makes fine music. What's brilliant about True Blue is that she does both here, using the music to hook in critics just as she's baiting a mass audience with such masterstrokes as "Papa Don't Preach," where she defiantly states she's keeping her baby. It's easy to position anti-abortionist...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
True Blue is the album where Madonna truly became Madonna the Superstar -- the endlessly ambitious, fearlessly provocative entertainer who knew how to outrage, spark debates, get good reviews -- and make good music while she's at it. To complain that True Blue is calculated is to not get Madonna -- that's a large part of what she does, and she is exceptional at it, but she also makes fine music. What's brilliant about True Blue is that she does both here, using the music to hook in critics just as she's baiting a mass audience with such masterstrokes as "Papa Don't Preach," where she defiantly states she's keeping her baby. It's easy to position anti-abortionist as feminism, but what's tricky is to transcend your status as a dance-pop diva by consciously recalling classic girl group pop ("True Blue," "Jimmy Jimmy") to snag the critics, while deepening the dance grooves ("Open Your Heart," "Where's the Party"), touching on Latin rhythms ("La Isla Bonita"), making a plea for world peace ("Love Makes the World Go Round"), and delivering a tremendous ballad that rewrites the rules of adult contemporary crossover ("Live to Tell"). It's even harder to have the entire album play as an organic, cohesive work. Certainly, there's some calculation behind the entire thing, but what matters is the end result, one of the great dance-pop albums, a record that demonstrates Madonna's true skills as a songwriter, record-maker, provocateur, and entertainer through its wide reach, accomplishment, and sheer sense of fun. [Warner Bros.' 2001 reissue included two bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2001
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624790228
  • Catalog Number: 47902
  • Sales rank: 1,116

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Papa Don't Preach (4:29)
  2. 2 Open Your Heart (4:13)
  3. 3 White Heat (4:40)
  4. 4 Live to Tell (5:52)
  5. 5 Where's the Party (4:21)
  6. 6 True Blue (4:18)
  7. 7 La Isla Bonita (4:02)
  8. 8 Jimmy, Jimmy (3:55)
  9. 9 Love Makes the World Go Round (4:35)
  10. 10 True Blue (6:39)
  11. 11 La Isla Bonita (5:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Madonna Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
Bill Meyers Strings
Jackie Jackson Background Vocals
Stephen Bray Drums, Keyboards
Keithen Carter Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Bruce Gaitsch Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Dann Huff Guitar
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Edie Lehmann Background Vocals
Patrick Leonard Drums, Keyboards
Richard Marx Background Vocals
Jonathan Moffett Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
John Putnam Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Williams Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Fred Zarr Keyboards
Dave Boroff Saxophone
Pat Leonard Keyboards
Technical Credits
Gardner Cole Composer
Brian Elliot Composer
Stephen Bray Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming
Madonna Composer, Producer
Bruce Gaitsch Composer
Michael Hutchinson Engineer
Patrick Leonard Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming
Peter Rafelson Composer
Michael Verdick Engineer
Billy Meyers String Arrangements
Pat Leonard Producer, drum programming
Jeri McManus Art Direction
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Paradigm for Lasting Pop

    First, let's examine the obvious basis for qualifying this album as an audience: the songs. The songs on this album are diverse in sound and message: some upbeat and fun, others slow and reflective, but all great examples of Madonna's unique brand of pop in the late 80s. Particularly, I love "Papa Don't Preach," "Open Your Heart," and "Live to Tell." To me, each of these pieces stands out as a landmark point in her career. Next, let's consider True Blue in context of Madonna's whole career. Not only do I believe it to be her best album (besides The Immaculate Collection, which is more of a compilation anyway), but also the most important move in ensuring her lasting power as an artist. Overall, I believe that True Blue is the first reason that Madonna is still producing music today. What she accomplished with this album was something that most pop artists never achieve: a lasting image marked by a balance between trendiness and individuality. While her first and second albums, Madonna and Like a Virgin, were trendy and typical of the pop scene surrounding them, True Blue was Madonna's successful sculpture of her own image, her way of convincing audiences why she deserved prominence and distinction in her music scene. While in the videos pertaining to Like a Virgin she showcased her respect for other artists (her "Material Girl" homage to Marilyn Monroe) and her Italian heritage (the Venice on-location set for "Like a Virgin"), these aspects of her artistry were still in their fetal stages until she released True Blue, sealing her image with a flare of maturity and feminine power. There was something indisputably fun and sexy, yet also focused and tailored, about the image of cropped blonde hair and a dancer's body clad in a stripper-style jumpsuit for "Open Your Heart." There was the voice of a girl struggling to become a woman through defiant measures in "Papa Don't Preach." And there was the tone of heavy tragedy and solemnity in "Live to Tell" which showed audiences that even in pop, Madonna could accomplish sincerity and social conscience (considering the cryptic alternate meaning of the lyrics). Overall, True Blue is not just a wonderful collection for Madonna fans, but also an important tutorial for other pop artists who wish to last in a music scene defined by transience and fickleness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Variety of Different Songs

    On her third album, Madonna is going toward a more pop sound than on her two previous releases; although there are other musical influences on this album as well. Like her last album, every song has a somewhat different sound and mood. As usual, her voice is very good, and the songwriting is pretty good too; but I think what really makes this whole album come together is the way that the songs work to create an overall mood. I think that some of the best songs are "White Heat", "La Isla Bonita", and "Love Makes the World Go Round".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD is AWSOME

    This CD is the best. Madonna is a great singer/songwriter/producer. Her song ''Open your heart'' is, in my opinion, the best! I love that song and this CD. You have to get it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Madonna Makes the World Go Round

    The best Madonna album ever! The first track 'Papa don't Preach' is a good rock song, showing that Madonna is rebellious and wanna fight for true love, so the next one 'Open Your Heart'. 'White Heat' is very sensual song, true Madonna style. 'Live to Tell' is the most beautiful ballad by Madonna. It is very relaxing. 'Where's the Party' and 'Jimmy Jimmy' are good rocks song. 'True Blue' is also very beautiful. The next one 'La Isla Bonita' is the best track in this album, very Spanish one. 'Love Makes the World Go Round' is a good for last track. It has good melody. This album is more than a sum of its tracks. Madonna signs very beautifully.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    True Blue

    This is a good CD. Typical 80s stuff, but its a lot of fun. It has a few hits, "Papa Don't Preach" and "La Isla Bonita," which, I have to say, are probably the worst of the songs on the CD. The other songs, which all should have been hit singles, are awesome! So much fun! Fun to sing along to! Fun to dance to! And a whole lot of fun to jam to in the car. Gotta love Madonna, she's awesome. This CD proves it! Buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Madonna is the GREATEST !!!

    If Jupiter is the God of Gods then Madonna is his Goddess. It is about the fact that she is able to entertain almost anyone. The sky is the limit. Experience the love of life for yourself. This is a great album.

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    Posted February 1, 2009

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