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After stars reach a certain point, it's easy to forget what they became famous for and concentrate solely on their personas. Madonna is such a star. She rocketed to stardom so quickly in 1984 that it obscured most of her musical virtues. Appreciating her music became even more difficult as the decade wore on, as discussing her lifestyle became more common. However, one of Madonna's ... Read more in Amazon's Madonna Store

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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00005J6SZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,947 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Material Girl
2. Angel
3. Like A Virgin
4. Over And Over
5. Love Don't Live Here Anymore
6. Dress You Up
7. Shoo-Bee-Doo
8. Pretender
9. Stay

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MADONNA LIKE A VIRGIN (B. TRACKS) REMASTERIZADO

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Madonna's second album was her breakthrough, thanks principally to two gimmicky hits: the sinuous "Like a Virgin," with its taboo-busting metaphor for that fresh, clean new-love feeling, and the cutesy, Betty-Boopsy "Material Girl." Most of the rest of the album, although similarly frothy, is superior to those warhorses, notably the irresistible LP tracks "Over and Over," and "Pretender"--which adds a bit of gossamer delicacy to the mandatory bounciness. "Dress You Up" is a Madonna classic, an insubstantial dance-pop delight bedecked in synthesized bells and replete to the beat with kinky suggestions. And there's a sign of greater depth to come in her cover of Rose Royce's elegiac ballad "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," a heartfelt vocal supported by a subtle, gorgeous arrangement helmed by producer Nile Rodgers and his two key Chic instrumental compatriots, Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson. --Ken Barnes

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This is one of the album's best tracks.
Busy Body
In November of 1984, Madonna released her second album entitled, LIKE A VIRGIN.
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Pretender- It's a very good song, but extremely forgettable.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Peter Marinari on July 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Madonna has never exactly been a critical darling, and Like A Virgin often catches the most flack from the opinionated masses. Through its two biggest singles her second album introduced both the idea of Madonna as "Boy Toy" and originating her virgin/[...] image. However, discounting this effort as a simple paean to eighties culture or debating whether or not the popular music Reagan's first term in office was truly better than disco ignores Madonna's first fully realized piece of pop masterpiece, one of only two discs that were released free of the immense baggage that her image and reputation would soon provide.

Both "Material Girl" and "Like A Virgin" were written for Madonna by outside songwriters, a practice she would forever escape starting with her next full-length effort. Take these hits for what they are - a move just as calculated as Madonna's wardrobe. In fact, a team that was also writing for Cyndi Lauper, who was Madonna's prime competition at the time, penned one of the two.

It was "Like A Virgin" that launched Madonna into the stratosphere after she performed it as a slutty wedding-day centerpiece on the MTV Music Video Awards, wisely escaping before the cake was cut only to wind up writhing around on the stage in a wedding dress and famous "boy toy" belt. However, the massive single that it often obscures is the much-less squeaky "Dress You Up," whose delivery defuses accusations that Madonna wasn't much of a singer. Here she is desperate, insisting that she will dress you in her love at the top of her lungs. You are inclined to believe her.

Also, feel free to ignore the weird dancehall bounce and edgy synthesizers of "Material Girl," which don't have much of an effect on the rest of the proceedings.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Westley VINE VOICE on October 22, 2005
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Madonna's second release, "Like a Virgin," made her a superstar and moved her from pure dance to a more pop- and R&B-tinged sound. Released in 1984, everything about this CD is superb. Madonna's voice was much improved from her debut (although still a bit thin compared to her later vocals), and the production by Nile Rodgers is first-rate. The first single, "Like a Virgin," was a mega-smash, logging 6 weeks at #1; it would be 7 years before another song had that many weeks at #1 - Bryan Adam's "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You." The song even made the Top 10 on the R&B chart! At the time, the song was a bit scandalous but today it's pretty tame. However, anyway you look at it, "Like a Virgin" is a great pop song. The video was also her first high-budget effort; although her writhing in a Venice gondola and being seduced by a man in a lion's mask are more than a bit silly, it's also a gorgeous video.

Three subsequent singles were released and made the Top 5. "Material Girl" became an anthem of sort. The video may have featured an actress spurning the advances of a wealthy lothario in favor of a poor, truck-driving Keith Carradine, but the message of the song suggested the opposite - Madonna proudly proclaimed her love of fame and power. The song helped make Madonna the Marilyn Monroe of the 80s, and gave her the dreaded nickname she tried vainly to abandon for many years. The third single was a bit of a surprise to me - "Angel." It's a beautiful song, but not as catchy or immediate as a number of other songs on the CD. It peaked at #5. "Dress You Up" was the final release, making it to #5. Shockingly, the song was included in the "Filthy Fifteen" published by Tipper Gore's Parent Music Resource Center, presumably for the rather tame reference to "velvet kisses.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Prof SR Shabalala on April 16, 2009
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"Like a Virgin" honestly is not my favorite album from Madonna, but I do remember it vividly as a kid, it was the first time I noticed Madonna, this beautiful, playful, spunky young lady with the confidence to match. I remember how the title track rocked the world along with its video. Other songs on the album that I remember well are "Dress you up", "Over and Over", "Angel" "Material Girl" and "Pretender". This is the album that made Madonna into an MTV Pop Icon, a classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Da Man on December 21, 2003
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Madonna became a superstar with the November 1984 release of Like A Virgin
BEFORE:
Madonna was just coming off a very successful 5 times platinum debut. Her fashion and look was making it's way into malls across America, and she was the only female of the time to look at all a threat to Cyndi Lauper.
AFTER:
By the time it was said and done for this album, the unthinkable happened. Madonna wasn't just the biggest pop star of the moment, she was the only person to rival Michael Jackson. 1985 was owned by her. Like A Virgin went straight to #1 on both the single and album charts, and 3 other tracks went to the top 5 too. The album eventually selling 10 million in the US alone. And don't forget Madonna's big-screen debut in Desperately Seeking Susan, and her soundtrack hits Crazy For You and Into The Groove. With Like A Virgin, Madonna turned from more than a pop star into an icon.
19 years on. Like A Virgin is the most dated of Madonna's recordings, but that doesn't mean it's not without charms. Her voice hadn't yet grown into what we know today, but at her age (26) and the style of music, it doesn't matter. What can be said about the music that 100 people before me haven't said? All in all, for Madonna's 3 "big 80's pop albums" before she grew into a deeper artist, it isn't as dancy as her debut, and it's not as addictive as True Blue, but it has it's own charms.
However, I would argue that this is Madonna's worst studio album. It's not at all an insult considering she is my all time favorite recording artist. But while I can't put my finger on it, this album lacks something the others have.
I would still recommend it to anyone into mid-80's nostalgia because the album defined an era.
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Memories of Madonna's "Like A Virgin" when it came out :)
Cool story, we are almost exactly the same age. The song "Dress You Up" sounded familiar to me even the first time I heard it. I later realized it is very similar to the song "Words" by Missing Persons, which was played heavily on the radio a few years earlier.
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