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Soaring, Smashing, Dance Sensation!
on 9 October 2012
Madonna's first remix album definitely brings much dance to the spotlight! At a time in the 80s when remixing was basically foreign, Madonna decided to embark on a new adventure and concept for her dance hits! The result: A mega success!
Along with the previously released songs remixed, a new unreleased track was introduced named SPOTLIGHT [released April 25, 1988]. It was an added bonus track and features fast tempos, highly energetic dance beats and much enthusiastic sounds definitely uplifting and cheerful. Some words are, "No one knows you better than you know yourself do the thing you want/Don't wait for someone else life is just a party/That's all you need to know/It's your turn to shine." Madonna's vocals are very high pitched and reminiscent of her earlier songs like INTO THE GROOVE and HOLIDAY. The song was originally recorded for True Blue but was rejected. John "Jellybean" Benitez and Shep Pettibone were involved in remixing, and it was written by Madonna, Stephen Bray and Curtis Hudson. It was inspired by the song Everybody Is a Star which is sung on her Girlie Show as that. The single was not officially released as a single in the U.S so it was not eligible to enter the Billboard. However, it reached #32 on the Hot 100 Airplay Chart and reached #15 on the Hot Crossover Singles Chart.
As you hear the music on this album, the songs flow nicely as there are no long pauses or stops in between the tracks. The entire listening is like a party experience with many excellent effects. The deejays worked hard to create an illusion of being at the club or just being at a high tech dance party. The songs get a mix treatment very upbeat, more phenomenal in funk, and excellent in enhanced effects. The drums: slightly altered, the chorus: maybe echoed more, the length: slightly longer, and the overall experience: sure-fire dance-friendly!
The album cover designed by Herb Ritts has the Spanish ambiance embracing the Hispanic culture which Madonna has shown to admire. The Japan release includes the lyrical booklet while the US does not. Critics of the album state that the remixes grab at you and lure you in. The Washington Post stated the album as "an energetic collection of remixes, that will surely be the highlight of the party..."
The album contains remixes of tracks from Madonna's first three albums titled, MADONNA, LIKE A VIRGIN, and TRUE BLUE. This release was after TRUE BLUE and the Who's That Girl Tour. With the help of Jellybean Benitez, Patrick Leonard, and others the remixes were a sensation in highlighting the dance effect. From the first album, Madonna the songs chosen were: "Holiday", "Everybody" and "Physical Attraction. From the second album Like a Virgin the songs chosen for the CD were: "Into The Groove", and "Over and Over". From the third album True Blue the songs chosen for the CD were: "Where's The Party". Once again, "Spotlight" was an unreleased bonus track for the U.S. It was released in Japan as a vinyl.
The highlights of this album would be that it reached a peak of #14 on the Billboard 200, later topping to the #1 spot in the Dance Charts after a LP cuts were released to the radio stations. It was Madonna's seventh #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA and it reached #6 in the European Top 100 Albums. It was named second best-selling remix album of all time, according to Madonna's Official Website.
This CD album features 3 Dub Versions: HOLIDAY, INTO THE GROOVE, and WHERE'S THE PARTY. (According to DJ Franco a dub is a remix with more instrumentals and less vocals.) There is a Limited Edition Release titled, You Can Dance: Single Edits that is also a great Collector's Item. As the popularity has increased through the years numerous deejays have added a promo in their catalog of this album. One in particular is called "You Can Dance Platinum Edition" definitely dance hot!
The remix + dub musical enhancements done along Madonna's vocals are excellent and reminiscent of being at the party or club. This is an excellent production definitely standing the test of time and as being classic and relevant! Madonna took a chance as one of the first music artists to go for a remix album back in the 80s and more than 20 years later it has shown that the answer lies in believing in yourself; most notably YOUR DREAMS!