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  • Audio CD (January 11, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire
  • ASIN: B000002L9S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
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1. Papa Don't Preach
2. Open Your Heart
3. White Heat
4. Live To Tell
5. Where's The Party
6. True Blue
7. La Isla Bonita
8. Jimmy Jimmy
9. Love Makes The World Go Round

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Madonna True Blue German CD album

A quintessential '80s pop artifact, Madonna's third album was a huge musical leap forward and ranks with Like a Prayer and Ray of Light in the top echelon of her works. Only the title track (a bit too obviously a '60s girl-group homage) and the fine-but-nothing-special "Jimmy Jimmy" slightly lower the quality bar. Most of the songs share a jittery dance-pop sound, edgy, distracted, and nerve-jangling but simultaneously invigorating and exhilarating and almost dangerously giddy--a perfect soundtrack for the mid-'80s. Highlights include the hedonist's credo of "Where's the Party," the subtle and pretty Latin pastiche "La Isla Bonita," and, towering above all, three stunning mega-hits. "Papa Don't Preach," with its gorgeous pseudo-classical strings intro, is a sumptuous airwaves banquet, as Madonna wrestles with the have-the-baby-or-give-it-up dilemma (abortion's not in the picture) in newly gritty tones. "Open Your Heart"'s marriage of jitter-pop and wistful melody underscores the singer's yearning but forceful stance ("You better open your heart to me, buster"). And "Live to Tell" is a riveting ballad, lushly melodic yet spare and haunting--a place, as the song says, where beauty lives. --Ken Barnes

Customer Reviews

The other songs are very good.
From in love songs (True Blue, Open Your Heart, Jimmy Jimmy, Love Makes The World Go Round) to sad songs (Live To Tell) this is an awesome album.
In 1986, Madonna had released her third album entitled, TRUE BLUE.
Chad DeFeo

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Brad Wilson on August 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As I did with my review of Madonna's first album (remastered), I will start with comments on the actual track list, followed be comments on the digitally remastered version.
TRUE BLUE, in my mind, is probably Madonna at her most inspirational. Other flashes of excellence like RAY OF LIGHT and LIKE A PRAYER may indeed receive mention, but it is this album that will always peg Madonna as a serious and brilliantly gifted artist. Five songs were released to great success internationally, viz. "Live To Tell", "Papa Don't Preach", "Open Your Heart", "True Blue" and "La Isla Bonita". Moreover, "White Heat" was a fairly large hit in South Africa, and "Where's The Party" stormed the charts throughout the Far East. It is this latter song which begs to be remodelled and re-released in time for Madonna's upcoming Greatest Hits package (the 2nd "Immaculate Collection"). I personally fail to understand why this song was never released internationally in the first place.
The album opens with "Papa Don't Preach" - a superbly composed, poetic tune that sets a rather gloomy ambience. This is followed by "Open Your Heart", an upbeat, inspiring piece which is full of energy and aplomb. "White Heat" ensues, with a child-like theme akin to "cops `n robbers". We are then confronted by some hauntingly beautiful material in "Live to Tell", probably one of Madonna's strongest and most sincere ballads to date. This seriousness fails to last though, for "Where's The Party" lifts the spirits once again, as the lyrics ask us to "free our souls" and "lose control".
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dogville on May 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Madonna's third album is now DIGITALLY REMASTERED on CD. It sounds absolutely clear and loud, a far cry from the poor-quality first edition releases. Of course, who can forget the string of hits such as Papa Don't Prteach, Open Your Heart, Live To Tell, La Isla Bonita and True Blue. It shows a more mature & confident Madonna especially with the songs Preach and the chilling ballad Tell.

Another bonus is the inclusion of original LP artwork. The full LP artwork is gloriously restored and looks like a mini-version of the LP sleeve. Just like the LP, the cover contains no title or words, just the pic of Madonna. Inside it shows the longer pic of Madonna till her shoulders like the cassetees. However, the bonus track listing is not as well integrated into the original print as the other 2 re-issues. The original tracklisting was handwritten by Madonna and the two additional tracks are tagged on in normal print which makes them look odd. The other small flaw is probably the transparent tray which, beneath it, contains an ugly print Warner Remasters and the 3 remastered album covers.

The last treat is the 2 bonus tracks included here. There are the slightly remixed version of True Blue andthe longer version of La Isla Bonita. It would have been nicer if these were re-remixed in 2001 and put out.

Overall, a worthwhile CD to buy for the sound quality and cover art.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Whereas her self-titled debut album and Like a Virgin earned Madonna legions of fans, True Blue won her a much-deserved level of respect in the music industry. Madonna transformed herself both musically as well as physically during the creation of her third album. Her new look of short blonde locks did not go over well with me, but True Blue was an unqualified success. Like a Virgin could conceivably be labeled glitzy and lacking true substance, but the same cannot be said of this collection of songs. Papa Don't Preach was somewhat controversial, but its mature theme and sound announced the fact that Madonna had something to say and knew how to say it to great effect. Live to Tell is the true gem here, though; this hauntingly beautiful ballad really shows off Madonna's talented singing voice; the bridge in the middle of the song is amazing and truly maximizes the emotional effects of the song on the listener. This one song surely silenced many a Madonna critic in its day. True Blue is a nice little song seemingly performed in the spirit of the 50s or 60s. La Isla Bonita shows Madonna's willingness to experiment and innovate her sound; its Latin sound and feel give it a fresh and calming effect which proves quite conducive to winning over the listener. I like White Heat, with its uptempo pace and strong beat, but the insertion of Jimmy Cagney lines throughout the song itself takes away from my enjoyment to some degree. Love Makes the World Go Round is an effective closing track; it somehow seems to combine the new, more emotion-laced lyrics of several True Blue songs with Madonna's more familiar dance sound.
Two songs that never really won me over are Jimmy Jimmy and Where's the Party.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "johnny_belinda" on March 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Because I consider each of Madonna's efforts outstanding, I believe it is hard to proclaim one such effort her very best, but TRUE BLUE truly is her most spectacular album. While LIKE A PRAYER and RAY OF LIGHT have critics dueling over which is better, I consider TRUE BLUE seamless, while I find flaws (albeit few) in both LIKE A PRAYER and RAY OF LIGHT.
Most people single out "Jimmy Jimmy" as the most pedestrian song on the record, but, in keeping with the nostalgic ambience of the album, it stands out as an irresistible delight. Like "True Blue" and "Love Makes the World Go 'Round," it is an innocuous tribute to the girl-group splendor of the 1960s.
Of course, everyone knows the standouts: "Papa Don't Preach," "Open Your Heart," "Live To Tell," and "La Isla Bonita." These four songs answer for themselves; no Madonna album since has featured four songs as magnificent as these works of art. The production style is flawless. Madonna, Patrick Leonard and Steve Bray work extraordinarily well. Of course, the Leonard collaborations are always exceptional ("Oh Father," "Frozen," "The Power of Good-bye"), but "Live To Tell" is simply the greatest song ever written. No other work is as sensitive, beautiful or moving as this musical masterpiece.
While LIKE A PRAYER and RAY OF LIGHT are considered her more personal records, I consider TRUE BLUE her most musical affair. The album has something for everyone. Latin beats ("La Isla Bonita"), ballads ("Open Your Heart," "Live To Tell"), dance ("White Heat," "Where's The Party?
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