The Immaculate Collection
is the first of Madonna's greatest hits albums, covering all of her classics released between 1982 and 1990, and also featuring two new tracks for the time, which were "Justify My Love" and "Rescue Me". The title follows the religious theme that characterised many of Madonna's songs and live shows during the 1980s.
This is the perfect way to hear Madonna: no album filler, just one hit after another. As a singles artist, she works wonders: quick, danceable tunes that are occasionally "controversial" but never set out to change the world (and don't). The Immaculate Collection
begins with her earliest work ("Holiday", "Borderline") and matures from there ("Papa Don't Preach", "Like A Prayer"), ending in 1990. The highlight is the inclusion of "Justify My Love", a track recorded specifically for this compilation. One caveat: since Madonna is a true video artist, it'd be even nicer to "see" these songs. --Rob O'Connor