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As this is a remastered version of the original release of LAV, it does NOT include Into The Groove, which is a shame. However, most people who want it will have that on The Immaculate Collection.
With 4 huge hits (Material Girl, Like a Virgin, Dress You Up and Angel) some classic Madonna album cuts, Over and Over (later to be remixed on You Can Dance), Stay and a cover of the Rose Royce classic ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ (which was remixed and released as a single many years later to support the ‘Something to Remember’ ballads collection), and the truly beautiful (and still one of Madonna fans most loved ballads) Shoo-Bee-Doo.
The remixes are good, essentially extended versions (as the 80’s did best!)
A classic and historical album!
No one can deny how huge this album was. It made Madonna a superstar, and it sunk its anchors into both the album and single bestseller charts. The title track was of course a huge hit and represents to me a cultural phenomenon. Material Girl had an even larger impact, and many would argue the song basically defined the decade of the 80s; it certainly helped shape the decade. Dress You Up was just a fun song with a great beat; as things turned out, it was to a certain extent prophetic because Madonna basically did dress up great multitudes of young admirers copying the Madonna look. Angel was another big hit, largely because it was so easy to relate to. Anyone who has ever had a crush on someone knows exactly what Madonna is singing about here. Over and Over also charted, I believe; it lacks the substance of the other songs on the album, but both the words and the energizing music do encourage you to keep going in the face of setbacks. Love Don't Live Here Anymore is the true gem on here, though. I kept expecting it to be released as a single because I really believed it would be a huge hit.Read more ›
1. Material Girl (10/10) - Released in March 1985, Material Girl got to No.3 in the UK charts. The video to this is based around the classic Marilyn Manroe film from 1953, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The scene of Madonna in the pink dress walking down a row of men is one of her most famous video scenes.
2. Angel (9/10) - This was the fifth single to be released from the Like A Virgin album in September 1985. It got to No.5 in the UK charts. The video to this is composed of clips from her earlier videos such as Lucky Star, Borderline, Like A Virgin and Material Girl. This has the same theme music to Like A Virgin...
3. Like A Virgin (10/10) - Released in November 1984, Like A Virgin charted at No.3 in the UK. This was the first single from the album. The video which features Madonna prancing around (aah...the days when Madonna was desperate for attention; "look at me!" crack me up everytime!) on a gondola in Venice, Italy is another one of her more famous videos. The one thing I don't understand about the video is when the video starts she's in Venice but the World Trade Center is in the background! I never knew it used to be in Venice!
4. Over & Over (10/10) - This is one of the album's best tracks.Read more ›
There were those who thought that Madonna was all about image, but this album made me realise that she had the talent as well. I am therefore not surprised that she has continued to make great music that sells in huge quantities.
My Like a virgin CD includes another major international hit, Into the groove, which has been omitted from this re-mastered version. A couple of re-mixes of other songs have been included instead. Even without Into the groove (which can be found elsewhere), this remains one of Madonna’s strongest albums – and that is saying something, given the consistently high quality of all her albums.