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The Complete Studio Albums [1983-2008] Box set, Limited Edition

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  • Audio CD (26 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 11
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0073ODRKG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,560 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MADONNA The Complete Studio Albums [1983 - 2008] (2012 UK 11-CD album boxset - As the worlds biggest selling female artist of all time Madonna is not just the Queen of Pop but one of the most influential artists on modern music. Sinceherdebut album released in 1983 she has worked tirelessly to reinvent herself and her music through three extremely successful decades and has built a huge and dedicated fan base worldwide. Housed in a clamshell box with albums in paper sleeves this is a brilliantly compact limited edition set is a perfect way to own Madonnas amazing catalogue and includes the remastered and expanded versions of Madonna Like A Virgin and True Blue - this copy is hype stickered and still sealed from new and is in as new condition)

BBC Review

Released to coincide with Madonna’s latest album MDNA, this set compiles the singer’s preceding 11 studio collections at a very affordable price (generally around the £25 mark). It’s a no-frills affair – CDs are housed in cardboard sleeves that won’t stand up to house-party punishment – but for the value it represents, The Complete Studio Albums is something of a no-brainer purchase for the Madonna newcomer.

If such a pop fan exists, that is; a more likely customer for this set is someone whose Madonna collection exists largely on vinyl and cassette, and who can now upgrade for a minimal outlay. Those wanting a greatest hits package are advised to stick to the tried-and-tested Immaculate Collection of 1990, with its pair of compilation-exclusive singles (Rescue Me and Justify My Love) and the Dick Tracy soundtrack cut Vogue – these three singles are absent here. Those searching for Into the Groove, from Desperately Seeking Susan, will come away disappointed too.

But to focus on what’s not here is to miss the point: this is pop history, a document of the most powerful female force in the music industry as she began her ascent, achieved superstar status, overcame a couple of hiccups, and ultimately landed in the 00s as every fledgling pop idol’s ultimate mother figure. Holiday (from her eponymous debut album, listed to the left) was her first track to break the UK charts, in 1983, and did so in style, stalling just a single slot shy of the top spot. Madonna’s bubblegum charm, balanced by an innate sexiness that’d become a little too brazen on a couple of LPs, continued from 1984’s Borderline to 1989’s Express Yourself, the latter from the Like a Prayer album. It’s this record which truly marks Madonna’s progression from bouncy pop pin-up to credible artist able to breach multiple demographics, as Oh Father presents a richer vocal and confessional, emotionally wrought lyricism.

Only 1998’s William Orbit-helmed Ray of Light, with its fantastic lead single Frozen, touches Like a Prayer for consistency; but there are great moments spread across her 00s albums. Music’s title-track is a radical reinvention piece of grinding future-funk – some achievement given Madonna has never slouched in adopting a chameleonic approach to her craft – and Hard Candy’s 4 Minutes proves that a then-50-year-old Madonna can more than hold her own against a younger, hipper star like Justin Timberlake. Evergreen and always evolving, this dynamic talent is likely to forever be essential.

--Mike Diver

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 July 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Please don't be put off by the rather mixed reviews this set has got - it is exactly what it says on the box! You get 11 studio albums - no compilations, no soundtrack albums or other miscellaneous releases; if you want those too they are easy to come by, and the Immaculate Collection of the classic early singles is really cheap these days!

This set offers a really inexpensive way of getting a large part of the soundtrack to our lives, and is an ideal way to get it in a no-frills package. Read Mike Diver's review in the Product Description for a good idea of what this set is all about. I already had quite a bit of the material featured but Amazon offered the set as a Lightning Deal and the price tempted me for the material I didn't already have. Having now seen it I would say that the set represents excellent value - and even at Amazons regular price it works out at less than two quid an album. I don't think you could expect much more!

Sure, the record company could have gone to town and added lots of extras for the die-hard fans, but then the set would have cost two or three times as much and would not have had the appeal to the more casual listener. Madonna has never been one to ignore her fans and many of her releases have been issued in a variety of packages for the collector - this isn't one of them! Buy it for what it is - not what it could have been. Anything less than five stars for what you get for the price is bizarre and illogical!!
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33 of 44 people found the following review helpful By SGR on 28 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I think the majority of Madonna fans already own her entire back catalogue so I think this item is not geared towards hardcore fans of the lady. I think it is aimed at someone who might be discovering her for the first time and what a great way of getting her albums all in one go.

As a fan who, as I already said, owns her albums this collection is disappointing because it lacks so many things. It lacks remastering. It lacks bonus material and strangely it lacks key songs from her amazing career.

Crazy For You, Into The Groove, Who's That Girl, Justify My Love and This Used To Be My Playground are missing. These songs were #1 hits in the UK and UK. They are key Madonna songs. Other missing tracks include You'll See, I'll Remember, Causing A Commotion, Rescue Me, The Look Of Love, Spotlight, Gambler...

A causal listener will find the various degrees of mastering off putting if they create their own playlists on their MP3 players. As a die hard fan I find it odd that Warner Bros. didn't remaster these albums. Even if they decided not to include b-sides they could have easily included the above songs.

for example True Blue could have included Who's That Girl, Causing A Commotion, The Look Of Love, Can't Stop and Spotlight.

Like A Virgin could have included Crazy For You, Gambler and Into The Groove.

Or they could have included a bonus disc:
Crazy For You
Into The Groove
Who's That Girl
Causing A Commotion
The Look Of Love
Can't Stop
Justify My Love
Rescue Me
This Used To Be My Playground
I'll Remember
You'll See
I Want You
One More Chance
Beautiful Stranger

I think it's a very lovely item, the sleeves are really nice but overall it's not something for the diehards it's for the casual listener.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gone on 9 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a Limited Edition European UK with extra tracks 11-disc box set of Madonna's studio albums spanning from 1983-2008. It does not include the other amazing album releases like Immaculate Collection, Who's That Girl: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, I'm Breathless: Music From and Inspired by the film Dick Tracy, Madonna: GHV2 (Greatest Hits Volume 2) or Celebration to name a few. Will they release the motion pictures and greatest hits separately? No one knows, but one thing is certain the greatest hits deserve a packaging of their own because they are, spectacular! Perhaps a Christmas idea for Madonna's former label, Maverick, Warner Bros., Sire Warner who she no longer does business with (as she is now with Interscope). You decide and make the call. Make no mistake, this set is an excellent addition to the new fan who has never heard any of Madonna's albums or is uncertain. The extra die-hard fan such as myself will find this to be a sure fire dream come true!

When this arrived in the mail I was expecting a set like Britney Spears: The Singles Collection (Deluxe) or LADY GAGA The SINGLES box set (9 CD set) since most box sets are usually quite large. To my surprise this was a very small box the size of the American Life Special Edition but with much more depth and open to the side. The booklets are not included. As you remove each disc they have the same style as the originals. No they are not like the Britney set that has all of them in just plain solid colors. They are all card sleeves as displayed on Amazon and the remastered versions with bonus tracks are gold in tone like the originals. I have added photos. When I was shopping for Lady Gaga as a newcomer I remember shaking my head thinking I'm not sure if I will like her.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam. L on 28 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is a collection of Madonna's first 11 studio albums, from her debut up until Hard Candy.
This collection really highlights the sheer amount of success Madonna has had throughout her career, from her disco pop beginnings to her folksy, trippy Ray of Light album to her disco/diva dance hits on Confessions.
There is something for everyone here, each album is a whole new style for Madonna, she literally reinvents her style with each album, making for a truly iconic, dynamic and versatile back catalogue.
Lot's of people are pointing out that specific hits such as Vogue are missing, well it isn't rocket science, this is a collection of STUDIO ALBUMS, if you had bothered to do your research you'll see that songs such as Vogue were never included in a studio album, therefore they are missing.
My only con is the packaging, it's compact and easy to store, but I really do not like the cardboard sleeves each album is housed in, no lyric booklets or photo's are included, it's literally the box, with the 11 studio albums in cardboard sleeves.
I realise if it were a box of all the jewel cased albums with original booklets the price would be far more expensive.
But for the music you get here, I rate this an easy five stars.
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