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Isla Bonita / Gambler / Crazy for You Single, Import


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Audio CD, Single, Import, December 16, 1993
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Tracks: La Isla Bonita (Extended Mix), Open Your Heart, Gambler, Crazy for You, La Isla Bonita (Instrumental).

1. La Isla Bonita (Extended Remix)
2. Open Your Heart (Extended Version)
3. Gambler
4. Crazy For You
5. La Isla Bonita

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 16, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Import
  • Label: Wea Int'l
  • ASIN: B000005S5M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Steylter on July 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Flashback:1986. Madonna records a song entitled, "La Isla Bonita", a mid-tempo, care-free and somewhat meloncholic tune laced with latin sounds and instruments.
Fast-Forward:1999. Ricky Martin wins the Grammy for Best New Artist. His album was a cross-over smash brining the "latin" sound into the mainstream. Miss Martin becomes "THE ONE WHO BROUGHT LATIN MUSIC TO THE FOREFRONT OF POPULAR MUSIC"???!!!
Flashback:1989. Madonna records a track entitled, "Pray For Spanish Eyes". Yet another song with a strong Latin-sound and absolutely gorgeous.
Fast-Forward:1999-2001. Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and most of American Pop artists jump on the band-wagon "embracing" the latin sound and get praised for it!?
Why do people so often forget that Madonna was one of the pioneers in brining the latin flavour to the consciousness of the Western world? Many of her songs, including spanish versions of "You'll See" and "What It Feels Like For A Girl" has been released without any fanfare?
I guess that's what makes Madonna a pioneer in the TRUE sense:
Unselfishly bringing a style and/or idea to the forefront without any ego or gain.
An ICON of our time, ahead of her time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MaverickDGA on September 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This cd is Very good, except that all the songs, you can get on other collections/Cd's. It would have been nice if there was some songs that were not on other collections, here, but oh well it is still hot!!

1)La Isla Bonita (Extended Mix): A very good mix of this song, I love the song and an Extended mix is great, but it could have been longer, like 10 minutes.

2)Open Your Hear (Extended Mix): I really like this version, it is a good mix of the orginal. And it also sounds a little differnt than the orginal.

3)Gambler: I adore this song and it is wonderful that is song is on an easily to obtain EP. Truly a marvelous 80's classic.

4)Crazy For You: The classic ballad appears here to accompy the other Vison Quest, song. This is a Madonna classic. This version is a little bit longer than the one that appaers on the Immaculate collection.

5)La Isla Bonita (Instrumental): A nice ending to this EP. I love the song and the Music. This is not a real true instrumental, it has a few background vocals. This is the instrumental to the Extended Remix, not the album version, so that is a plus

This is a very good cd, to complete you collection and is priced better than the True Blue Ep @19.99.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Busy Body on May 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
La Isla Bonita was the fifth and final single to be released from Madonna's multi-million selling No.1 third album True Blue. The song went straight to No.1 in the UK in April 1987 where it spent 11 weeks on the chart. The song is a much-loved Madonna classic, is known throughout the world and was a massive global chart success, making Madonna a more credible artist with a more interesting and mature sound through lyrics and an overall more interesting texture to her work.

La Isla Bonita opens with the tapping of drums to a very Spanish beat. This then breaks out into a heavier, more striking beat complete with some interesting instruments that make the song what it is and give it that distinctive freshness and quality. Madonna begins singing her first verse with the lyrics, "Last night I dreamt of San Pedro. Just like I'd never gone, I knew the song. A young girl with eyes like the desert. It all seems like yesterday, not far away." These lyrics are perhaps the most descriptive and vivid of Madonna's 1980's period. They are very good lyrics as well, considering Madonna was singing songs about virgins and angels but two years ago. Madonna then moves into the excellent chorus. "Tropical the island breeze. All of nature, wild and free. This is where I long to be, la isla bonita. And when the samba played, the sun would set so high, ring through my ears and sting my eyes, your Spanish lullaby," sings Madonna in the chorus, her vocals strong and filled with feelings of a lost lover from way back. The second verse then kicks in, complete with the second chorus. Madonna then sings a great section of the song with the lyrics "I want to be where the sun warms the sky. When it's time for siesta you can watch them go by. Beautiful faces, no cares in this world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The tracks are great, but as a collector, it's frustrating when you're not sure where the items come from. This happens with European CD's sometimes when they say "Made In U.K." and "Made in Germany" on the same disc!! This is another instance of that. It is claimed to be from Australia. I got it today, and the disc itself and even the jewel case says "Made In Australia", but the back insert says "Made In Japan" and even has Japanese writing on the side! So, where is it from?!!? Anyway, aside from that, the mixes are decent. It also includes "Gambler" which is now scarce.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aislinn09 on September 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Ok, I already had every single song on this CD single on MP3 already, courtesy Amazon.com and a friend who owned a CD of the "Vision Quest" soundtrack, except one -- the remix of "Open Your Heart."

This song was released as a single waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 1986, fall. By that time, I'd been 13 for a whole 2 months. I also already owned the album True Blue, so I'd heard all the singles from the album long before their release. I liked most of them -- the whole thing was almost every single that Madonna released for a good 2 years afterward. Till "Like A Prayer" and then that awful Dick Tracy movie.

I love all the songs on this single because they're little buddies of mine that I met way back in the early 80's that make more sense than the drivel Madonna shoves at her fans today and that is played on the radio.

No thanks, I'll just keep burning CDs from my vast (10.6GB) 80's MP3 collection and playing those in the car when I drive and just not even turn on the radio. I like this stuff a lot better (well, this and a lot of metal). I'll be happier this way than without my 80's and my happy little Madonna MP3s that I made from this CD last night around 4AM US Central Time.

Thanks for the import/export. Us de Beaulieux/Bewleys couldn't have done it better. (Long, 1,000-year-old story involving a cousin of mine, known to the whole world as Richard I, "the Lion-Heart," the royal house of Normandy and quite a few twists and turns that take one from Norman France to Britain in the 14th century to Ireland during the Penal Times to the US during the Famine and made us Catholic-Protestant-Catholic and Irish. Suffice it to say that the Tudors weren't quite successful in their campaign to slaughter all the Plantaganets.
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