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Ray of Light [Extra tracks, Import]

MadonnaAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 26, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Wea International
  • ASIN: B000007WRN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Drowned World/Substitute For Love
2. Swim
3. Ray Of Light
4. The Power Of Goodbye
5. To Have And Not To Hold
6. Little Star
7. Mer Girl
8. Has To Be
9. Candy Perfume Girl
10. Skin
11. Nothing Really Matters
12. Sky Fits Heaven
13. Shanti/Ashtangi
14. Frozen

Editorial Reviews

1. ドラウンド ワールド / サブスティテュート フォー ラヴ 2. スウィム 3. レイ オブ ライト 4. キャンディ パヒューム ガール 5. スキン 6. ナッシング リアリー マターズ 7. スカイ フィッツ ヘヴン 8. シャンティ / アッシュタンギ 9. フローズン 10. パワー オブ グッバイ 11. トゥ ハヴ アンド ノット トゥ ホールド 12. リトル スター 13. マー ガール 14. ハズ トゥ ビー

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebirth July 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Madonna's 1998 album RAY OF LIGHT was a rebirth in many forms. It had been 4 years since we heard a real studio album from Madonna, 1994's BEDTIME STORIES, before was 1992's EROTICA, so as usual people didn't know what to expect from Madonna. She surprised us all, by returning with this album, RAY OF LIGHT, which is one of her best albums.
The album is totally electronica, working with William Orbit she created this sound, which works extremely well here. Since 1994, there had been lots of changes in Madonna. She released the ballads compilation SOMETHING TO REMEMBER in 1995, took the world by storm with her role in EVITA in 1996, and also had a child in 1996, which obviously changed her profusely. As well it appears she found religion in hinduism. All of these changes are brought to light here. She talks about the joys of motherhood on the poignantly beautiful "Little Star", she deals with the death of her mother on the hauntingly beautiful "Mer Girl", she tells it like it is on "Drowned World/Substitute For Love", about replenishing and renewal on "Swim", love and acceptance on "Nothing Really Matters", a sense of longing on "Has To Be".
Overall its a complete album start to finish, fans arent/wont be disapointed with this one. The import is worth it for the extra track "Has To Be", which was a bside, its a great track. Overall this is worth checking out, so give it a try.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent album, and exellent bonus track too!! November 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is madonna's best album to date, that's for sure.

i will not review this album track by track, but i have to say that listening to this albu is a truly amazing trip to madonna's soul, is a very personal work.

my favourite track is drowned world (substitute for love), that was a single outside the states.

the plus of this edition is the exellent song has to be.

a song that is truly a masterpiece, so beautiful, and so quite, but her voice is in her best!.

So, if you don't have this album, now you can get this edition, and i promise you that you won't regret.

And if you want more madonna, get also:

**MUSIC: really upbeat and is exellent to dancer to.

(fav songs: amazing, don't tell me, i deserve it)

**AMERICAN LIFE: a great album, no matter what people said about it. with the deep lyrics of ray of light and the exellent music from the music album

(fav songs: love profusion, mother & father, hollywood, intervention, xtatic process)


**REMIXED & REVISITED : great remix ep, including the rock mix of love profusion, wich is my favourite remix of the AL era

So, you can't go wrong with her, she is not only an icon, i really don't care about that, i love her music, tht's what really matters at the end

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has to Be Her Best!!! June 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This has to be her best CD! I orginally checked the USA version out of a local public library here & was quite impressed. Although I don't like Madonna for the way she acts & things she says, I thoroughly enjoy many of her tunes--especially "Frozen", which is the high point of this particular collection. Because the other songs are so likeable (except for "Mer Girl", which is the low point of the CD), I just had to get this import out of curiosity over the bonus track, "Has to Be". In my opinion it was a major mistake to include "Mer Girl" on the USA version rather than "Has to Be". If you like "Frozen", you'll definitely enjoy "Has to Be", so order this CD today! It's terrific!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From A big Elctronic fan August 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Wow for me a big Elctronic fan i just wanna say that it is a great cd . The deep Ambient sound and the beautiful voice of madona make this cd a great Tribue to Elctronic Pop Music its sound Like Depeche-Mode with the Specially vibe of William Orbit
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST CD EVER! May 28, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This has to be the BEST CD I've ever bought in my entire life! Not only has Madonna shown the world what she's made up of, but she has allowed herself to be transformed and subsequently, produce such emotional, yet distinctive style only she herslef can pull off! Definately the best album of the year! Buy it!
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