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Originally released in 1986 -2012 repressed on 180g Vinyl =True Blue is the album where Madonna truly became Madonna the Superstar -- the endlessly ambitious, fearlessly provocative entertainer that knew how to outrage, spark debates, get good review...
Release date 22-03-2012(Originally released in 1986)
2012 repressed on 180g Vinyl =True Blue is the album where Madonna truly became Madonna the Superstar -- the endlessly ambitious, fearlessly provocative entertainer that 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.
A1 Papa Dont Preach
A2 Open Your Heart
A3 White Heat
A4 Live To Tell
B1 Wheres The Party
B2 True Blue
B3 La Isla Bonita
B4 Jimmy Jimmy
B5 Love Makes The World Go Round
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-abortionism 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.
1986's True Blue was a mammoth worldwide success. The album reached #1 in the U.S. and an incredible 27 other countries (at the time unprecedented for a female artist) and spawned five smash singles.
The lead track, "Live To Tell," hit #1 in the U.S. and was followed by four more top five tracks: "Papa Don't Preach" (#1), "True Blue" (#3), "Open Your Heart" (#1) and "La Isla Bonita" (#4). The album also cemented her chart domination in the U.K., where "Papa Don't Preach," "True Blue" and "La Isla Bonita" all hit #1.
Produced by Madonna, Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard, True Blue garnered her second Grammy award nomination as "Papa Don't Preach" scored a nod for Female Pop Vocal Performance. The release stands as Madonna's biggest selling studio album worldwide to date, with an estimated sales of 19 million. 180g vinyl reissue with original artwork, inner sleeves and poster.
Originally released: 1986
This release: 2012