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True Blue [Original recording remastered]

Madonna Audio CD
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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
10. True Blue (The Color Mix)
11. La Isla Bonita (Extended Remix)

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A quintessential 1980s 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-1980s. 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

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MADONNA True Blue (2001 UK 11-track digitally remastered CD album including the classic hits Papa Dont Preach Open Your Heart True Blue La Isla Bonita plus True Blue [The Color Mix] & La Isla Bonita [Extended Remix] picture sleeve)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Much Different Jan. 17 2014
By Seeker
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
This reissue by Rhino is not much different from the original. I keep hoping for more but sometimes there isn't. The presentation to me is only changed by a slightly different tone. A shade warmer but not much. The CD original vinyl and this new version are all very similar. Still a very good album by Madonna.
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4.0 out of 5 stars True Pop July 22 2012
Format:Audio CD
If Madonna wasn't already a household name, this album would've made her one. It had five huge hits on it, all making the top-5, and they are also amongst her most memorable singles. They are of course, 'Live To Tell', 'Papa Don't Preach', the title cut, 'Open Your Heart', and 'La Isla Bonita". I think this is an example of an album where the singles outshine the album tracks, because while the album tracks are not bad ('Where's The Party', being my favorite of them), they just don't live up to the singles. But overall, a very fun poppy album. The bonus remixes of the title cut and 'La Isla Bonita' are also great!

1. PAPA DON'T PREACH (#1 US / #1 UK)
2. OPEN YOUR HEART (#1 US / #4 UK)
4. LIVE TO TELL (#1 US / #2 UK)
6. TRUE BLUE (#3 US / #1 UK)
7. LA ISLA BONITA (#4 US / #1 UK)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Madonna's Most Dated Album Has Weakest Filler April 15 2012
Format:Audio CD
1986's "True Blue" is the album that allowed Madonna to cross over to Adult Contemporary radio, which at the time got her a little more respect from critics, but unfortunately made a few of the hit singles (the '60s-sounding "True Blue" and Latin-tinged "La Isla Bonita") from this effort so overplayed that we're still hearing them in elevators today ad nauseum.

Patrick Leonard's production here is all drum machines and synth chimes and that makes this the most dated album of Madonna's career. It's not so noticeable on the well-written, perfectly-sung #1's like "Live to Tell", "Papa Don't Preach" and "Open Your Heart", but it's cringe-worthy on mouldy '80s cheese like the insipid girl-group wannabe number "Jimmy, Jimmy" and both "Where's the Party" and "Love Makes the World Go Round" which both try WAY too hard to be hedonistic and socially-aware, respectively. Only the nod to James Cagney, "White Heat" manages to transcend the dated production because of Madonna's gritty delivery. It alone makes "True Blue" worth getting because unless you're collecting Madonna's entire back catalog, you're better off skipping this one and picking up a Greatest Hits package to get the singles; the rest of the album is forgettable and dated.

Papa Don't Preach 5/5
Open Your Heart 5/5
White Heat 4/5
Live to Tell 5/5
Where's the Party 3/5
True Blue 4/5
La Isla Bonita 4/5
Jimmy, Jimmy 2/5
Love Makes the World Go Round 2/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna Is Truly Blue June 1 2008
Format:Audio CD
Despite of the fact that "Like A Virgin" made Madonna an international superstar, this was the album that convinced the general public that Madonna was here to stay:

Album Cover: 4.5/5
Despite of the fact that it is just a shot of Madonna's head, it is now one of the most recognizable images in the world. Her eyes are closed, in meditation or in sexual splendor, we'll never know.

1. Papa Don't Preach: 5/5
This is Madonna's first political song, and it deals with a teenage mother deciding to keep her baby instead of having an abortion. The strings, the beats, the lyrics and the melodies are catchy and haunting. A perfect song.

2. Open Your Heart: 5/5
This song oozes frustration and sexuality, and the chorus is definitely Madonna's catchiest. The verses are okay, and the bridge bridged the way for the astounding chorus. Another perfect song.

3. White Heat: 4/5
I have always been mystified by this song's title, but the song is extremely fitting and lives up to its name. The song talks about how Madonna's love in "dangerous", and it burns with a sensual sweetness that is mighty fine indeed.

4. Live To Tell: 5/5
This is Madonna's first haunting ballad, and while it is not as emotional as "Love Don't Live Here Anymore", it has a maturity and a agelessness to it that inspires many generations of musicians.

5. Where's The Party: 4/5
Definite crowd pleaser and a club favourite.

6. True Blue: 4.5/5
Madonna's love song to Sean Penn. Very cheesy, but also very sweet. It is inspired by early girl-groups and sounds like a classic the moment it was released.

7. La Isla Bonita: 5/5
This was Madonna crossover single in France.
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3.0 out of 5 stars love makes the world go 'round........ March 4 2006
By paula b
Format:Audio CD
i think this is perhaps my fave,
i like most of the songs, & think the production quality is really good,
the title track is a nice cheesy US pop song,
la isla bonita is one of madonna's best songs ever,
this is just i think a classic '80s album & stands for everything that they were about....
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True Blue (1986.) Madonna's third album.
By the time 1986 rolled around, Madonna had achieved a pretty high amount of popularity. Although her 1983, self-titled debut LP failed to sell well at its time of release, her sophomore effort Like A Virgin won over a massive audience. Not surprisingly, following the releases of those two albums, people waited patiently for the next Madonna album. And in 1986, her third LP, True Blue, was released. How does this one measure up? Read on and find out.
Madonna's third full-length LP consists of nine tracks total, and of these nine cuts, FIVE of them went onto become massive Madonna hits! That's over half the album! The title track is the kind of catchy pop tune that you've come to expect her to deliver, and it's not surprising that it has become a huge hit and remained such over the years. The opener, Papa Don't Preach, was yet another hit. There are some excellent lyrics in this song, and the instrumentation only adds to the experience. Perhaps the best instrumentation on the album comes from another one of the hits, Open Your Heart. This is another extremely catchy song, and one of Madonna's finest. Not surprisingly, eighties stations still play it on a regular basis. The slow-paced pop ballad Live To Tell is also excellent. And, of course, we have La Isla Bonita (that's Spanish for The Beautiful Island), Madonna's attempt to fuse her pop stylings with a Latin-flavored sound. This little experiment worked well for Madonna; the song became another massive hit. And then, of course, you have the four songs that were never hits. Not surprisingly, these songs are also excellent. White Heat and Where's The Party are excellent pop-oriented tunes that should have been bigger hits. The same can be said of Jimmy, Jimmy, and Love Makes The World Go 'Round.
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