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post May 26 2020, 05:18 PM
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A place to discuss Madonna's 1st greatest hits album 'The Immaculate Collection'. Released in 1990.

1. Holiday
2. Lucky Star - US ReMix Version
3. Borderline - Remix
4. Like a Virgin
5. Material Girl
6. Crazy for You - Edit
7. Into the Groove - Edit
8. Live to Tell
9. Papa Don't Preach
10. Open Your Heart
11. La Isla Bonita - Remix
12. Like a Prayer
13. Express Yourself
14. Cherish
15. Vogue
16. Justify My Love
17. Rescue Me

What are your thoughts on this album? Share any opinions, memories, favourite songs, or just discuss it anytime you're re-listening!
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post May 26 2020, 05:18 PM
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post May 26 2020, 06:42 PM
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Obviously one of the most perfect albums to ever exist, even with the Q versions. Although I do like the versions of Borderline and Into The Groove... in fact now I think about it I like pretty much everything aside from the version of Like a Prayer - but then that's still Like a Prayer so is great but just not as great.

Plus it has Rescue Me which is forever underrated wub.gif
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post May 27 2020, 07:51 AM
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they could have added Dress you up and True blue to make it more complete
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post Jun 27 2020, 04:06 PM
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I've been listening to this today - what a collection! heart.gif I love the edits of 'Into the Groove' and 'Express Yourself'. Like Dandy, I prefer the original of 'Like a Prayer' but this version is still good and I don't think it was necessary to add another three and half minutes to 'Lucky Star', but these are minor points (on the physical editions of the album, 'Lucky Star' is under 4 minutes anyway).

It's wall-to-wall of big pop hits, such a great party playlist (even with two ballads on there!). It really shows Madonna's growth as an artist and packages the first chapter of her career perfectly. It would have been nice if 'True Blue' and 'Who's That Girl' were on there too but there's so much on offer here that I don't feel like I miss them.

What's everyone's thoughts on the album cover?
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post Jun 27 2020, 04:15 PM
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I'm glad that True Blue and Who's That Girl aren't on it, they aren't as good as what has been included so it would have just lowered the overall quality.

The album cover is sooooo basic but I kinda love it. The pale blue and gold works!
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post Jun 27 2020, 05:01 PM
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I really like the cover too! I think it looks quite official looking and adds a sense of prestige, like it holds something of extreme value (oh wait, it does!).

I believe the image on the back cover was meant to be on the front (as it is on the music video collection of the same name). I don't think it really works as an album cover and, although I like a lot of the photoshoots for the album, I don't think anything beats the final version. I do quite like this fan-made version, it reminds me of one of the covers for David Bowie's 'nothing has changed.' compilation.

Reading up on the original ideas for this compilation, it was set to just be titled 'The Ultimate Collection' until someone came up with its actual title (a genius idea). Apparently a chain of stores already listed it under 'The Ultimate Collection' and it was too late to notify them, so die-hard fans had spent lots of time trying to hunt down this non-existent product! laugh.gif There was also a different order to the tracking list:

1) Like a Virgin
2) Material Girl
3) Crazy For You
4) Live to Tell
5) Papa Don't Preach
6) Open Your Heart
7) Like a Prayer
8) Cherish
9) Lucky Star
10) Borderline
11) Into the Groove
12) La Isla Bonita
13) Express Yourself
14) Holiday
15) Vogue
16) Untitled new song (presumably 'Justify My Love')

A song titled 'Get Over' was recorded for the collection but was scrapped and later recorded by Nick Scotti (you can hear Madonna's vocals in the background):

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post Jun 27 2020, 05:05 PM
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I'm glad they changed the tracklisting from that! It works really well in chronological order and demonstrates exactly how much she progressed during the 80s.
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post Jun 28 2020, 02:05 PM
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Madonna wanted the shot of her grabbing her crotch to be the front cover . The record company didn’t allow it so the design logo was made.
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post Jun 28 2020, 02:11 PM
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Quick rate...

09 Holiday (I like the edit more than the full version)
06 Lucky Star
10 Borderline
06 Like a Virgin
09 Material Girl
10 Crazy for You
10 Into the Groove
10 Live to Tell
10 Papa Don't Preach
10 Open Your Heart
10 La Isla Bonita
10 Like a Prayer
10 Express Yourself
10 Cherish
10 Vogue
10 Justify My Love
10 Rescue Me

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post Jun 28 2020, 02:18 PM
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Omg! laugh.gif I see no lies tbh.
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post Jun 28 2020, 05:47 PM
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Madonna must be the only artist ever to leave 2 number 1 hits off a GH album.

WTG also went to number 1 in the states .
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post Jun 28 2020, 09:30 PM
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Who’s That Girl to me is like her most forgotten #1 both UK and US.

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post Jun 29 2020, 12:15 AM
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What a collection, the only thing that bugs me is Lucky Star being on it while True Blue and Who's that girl are left off (WTG less so)... Lucky Star is one of the worse songs ever it's like a child's playground song, I truly don't understand why she felt that was worth being represented but True Blue which was a #1 wasn't? I also find WTG being left off a shame not because I really like the song but because she represents all her albums up to that point except the WTG one.

Clearly Madonna likes Lucky Star a lot for some reason, it's on Celebration too and she performs it on tour...
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post Jun 29 2020, 12:16 AM
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QUOTE(LJ JORD 7 @ Jun 28 2020, 10:30 PM) *
Who’s That Girl to me is like her most forgotten #1 both UK and US.



This used to be my playground I think is her most forgotten #1 (USA #1).

Madonna must be the only artists who actively leaves #1's off her Greatest Hits albums GHV2 also missed off 2 #1's laugh.gif (not a fan of TUTBMP so not really bothered lol)
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post Jun 29 2020, 09:57 AM
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Lucky Star live is amazing , the song totally gets inspired when done live. I agree about the album version not being one of her best.

I guess the video /image is to iconic to be left off.
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post Jun 29 2020, 12:25 PM
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'Lucky Star' and all the early hits were key moments to Madonna's journey into being a huge star. It was her first Top 5 hit in the US and the video makes the song very memorable and loved. 'True Blue' seemed to be a song Madonna wished to move on from and isn't representative of her sound or style; 'Who's That Girl' might have been too similar to 'La Isla Bonita', especially as it would follow it on the album, and maybe it being part of a separate project to her 'own' music releases could have been a factor. I love both songs but those are the reasons I can think of for leaving them out.
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post Jun 29 2020, 01:40 PM
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She prob left off WTG as it was from the film with the same name that flopped!! Even though it is her best film !!!
She still wanted to be an actress at this point.
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post Jun 29 2020, 04:41 PM
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Lucky Star at the Confessions Tour is a MAJOR highlight! On its own it's not one of her best, but it really shines live, I agree!
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