True Blue Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, December 15, 2007
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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".Read more ›
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.
Two songs that never really won me over are Jimmy Jimmy and Where's the Party.Read more ›
Released back in 1986, this album made Madonna an even bigger superstar then she had become with "Like a Virgin". It peaked at #1, and has gone on to sell more than 7 million copies in the US alone. The album contains 5 huge Top 5 singles, 3 of which made it to #1. "Live to Tell" for 1 week, "Papa Don't Preach" for 2 weeks, and "Open Your Heart" for 1 week. "True Blue" made it to #3, while "La Isla Bonita" made it to #4. I often regard "Live to Tell", "Papa Don't Preach", and "La Isla Bonita" as three of Madonna's absolute best 80s songs. "Open Your Heart" and "True Blue" are both also very good.
1. Papa Don't Preach (10/10)
2. Open Your Heart (10/10)
3. White Heat (8/10)
4. Live to Tell (10/10)
5. Where's the Party (10/10)
6. True Blue (10/10)
7. La Isla Bonita (10/10)
8. Jimmy, Jimmy (8/10)
9. Love Makes the World Go Round (10/10)
10. True Blue [The Color Mix] (8/10)
11. La Isla Bonita [Extended Remix] (9/10)
While quite a few of the unreleased songs on this album are pretty weak, when the songs are good, they're great! The best unreleased song is definitely "Where's the Party", which is one of Madonna's absolute best dance songs. "Love Makes the World Go Round" is also very good, with a very good message. "White Heat" is one of the rockiest songs Madonna has made, and is pretty good, but I really don't like the spoken parts. "Jimmy, Jimmy" is just pure pop, and is definitely my least favorite song on the album. Like I've said before, the remixes are good, but I prefer the originals. I do happen to like the "La Isla Bonita" remix more than I like some remixes though. All in all, another classic 80s album from the Queen of Pop.
My Top 5 off of the album are...
5) Open Your Heart
4) Where's the Party
3) La Isla Bonita
2) Papa Don't Preach
1) Live to Tell
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this album ! It makes me feel like I'm on a tropical island. This record is a must for any music fan. I also love the poster that comes inside.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a must buy! This is truly one of Madonnas classic albums that I remember back in the day and, I got the chance to get this cd back by ordering it and relive the 80's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jesse Lee
Madonna's third studio outing stands as one of the greatest pop albums of all time. Taking a different direction from her first records, addressing a variety of issues, and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scarlet Jupiter
when your hot your hot-a three peat for Madonna-True Blue is a great album-very upbeat-La isla Bonita and Papa Don't Preach are fantastic songs.Published 3 months ago by beatle5