Like a Virgin [Remastered]

Like a Virgin [Remastered]

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Madonna had hits with her first album, even reaching the Top 10 twice with "Borderline" and "Lucky Star," but she didn't become a superstar, an icon until her second album, Like a Virgin. She saw the opening for this kind of explosion and seized it, bringing in former Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers in as a producer, to help her expand her sound, and then carefully constructed her image as an ironic, ferociously sexy Boy Toy; the Steven Meisel-shot cover, capturing her as a buxom bride with a Boy Toy belt buckle on the front, and dressing after a night of passion, was as key to her reinvention as the music itself. Yet, there's no discounting the best songs on the record, the moments when her grand concepts are married to music that transcends the mere classification of dance-pop. These, of course, are "Material Girl" and "Like a Virgin," the two songs that made her an icon, and the two songs that remain definitive statements. They overshadow the rest of the record, not just because they are a perfect match of theme and sound, but because the rest of the album vacillates wildly in terms of quality. The other two singles, "Angel" and "Dress You Up," are excellent standard-issue dance-pop, and there are other moments that work well ("Over and Over," "Stay," the earnest cover of Rose Royce's "Love Don't Live Here"), but overall, it adds up to less than the sum of its parts -- partially because the singles are so good, but also because on the first album, she stunned with style and a certain joy. Here, the calculation is apparent, and while that's part of Madonna's essence -- even something that makes her fun -- it throws the record's balance off a little too much for it to be consistent, even if it justifiably made her a star. [The 2001 reissue cuts "Into the Groove" (which was pasted onto the original CD release anyway) but adds remixes of the title track and "Material Girl"]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2001
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624790129
catalogNumber: 47901
Rank: 4603

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Madonna   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bernard Edwards   Bass
Nile Rodgers   Guitar,Conductor,Synclavier
Brenda King   Background Vocals
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Lenny Pickett   Saxophone
Robert Sabino   Synthesizer,Synthesizer Bass
Frank Simms   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jellybean   Remixing
Nile Rodgers   Arranger,Producer
Jimmy Bralower   drum programming
Stephen Bray   Composer,Producer
Madonna   Composer
Jason Corsaro   Engineer
Michael Hutchinson   Remixing
Tom Kelly   Composer
Karen Milne   String Conductor
Robert Rans   Composer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Jeri McManus   Art Direction
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff   Art Direction
Paula Greif   Art Direction
Andrea LaRusso   Composer
Peggy Stanziale   Composer
Miles Gregory   Composer
Peter Brown   Composer

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