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Celebration
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2012
Madonna's 3rd greatest hits CD is packed full of hit song after hit song. Its only when you play them back to back you realise what a fantastic back catalouge this ICON of pop has. Each song will transport you back to when you heard it first or saw the video. 80's classics like Into The Groove and Papa Dont Preach are still as fresh today as when first played. Love the remastered version of Like A Prayer, probably her best track to date. CD2 contains her 90's and 00's work with Ray of Light and Dont Tell me showing she was never going to slow down. Unlike other artists Madonna has remained fresh by trying to be different and not depending on her past hits to ensure her continued success. Lots of great songs have been left off this collection which is a shame but maybe someday we will get a definitive box set of all her material in one. Look forward to whats to come, am sure we will probably all still be dancing to the Queen of Pop in 20 years time. Often imitated but never duplicated - Madonna is the last great pop Icon of the 80's to still stand out
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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2009
Celebration is a pretty comprehensive collection of Madonna's singles over the past 25+ years. Sure, there are some songs missing, but to the casual fan this is a good launch pad for getting into Madonna's music.

DISC ONE

1 Hung Up ("Confessions" Album Version)
2 Music ("Music" Album Version)
3 Vogue ("Immaculate Collection" Version)
4 4 Minutes (Radio Edit)
5 Holiday ("Madonna" Album Version)
6 Everybody (7" Single Mix)
7 Like A Virgin ("Immaculate Collection" Version)
8 Into The Groove ("Like A Virgin" Album Version)
9 Like A Prayer ("Like A Prayer" Album Version)
10 Ray Of Light (Radio Edit)
11 Sorry (Radio Edit)
12 Express Yourself (Video Version Edit)
13 Open Your Heart ("Immaculate Collection" Version)
14 Borderline ("Immaculate Collection" Version)
15 Secret (Radio Edit)
16 Erotica (Radio Edit)
17 Justify My Love ("Immaculate Collection" Version)
18 Revolver (New Song)

DISC TWO

1 Dress You Up ("Like A Virgin" Album Version)
2 Material Girl ("Like A Virgin" Album Version)
3 La Isla Bonita ("True Blue" Album Version)
4 Papa Don't Preach ("True Blue" Album Version)
5 Lucky Star ("Immaculate Collection" Version)
6 Burning Up ("Madonna" Album Version)
7 Crazy For You ("Immaculate Collection" Version)
8 Who's That Girl ("Who's That Girl" Album Version)
9 Frozen ("Ray Of Light" Album Version)
10 Miles Away (Radio Edit)
11 Take A Bow ("Bedtime Stories" Album Version)
12 Live To Tell ("True Blue" Album Version)
13 Beautiful Stranger ("Austin Powers Soundtrack" Album Version)
14 Hollywood ("American Life" Album Version)
15 Die Another Day ("American Life" Album Version)
16 Don't Tell Me (Radio Edit)
17 Cherish ("Immaculate Collection" Version)
18 Celebration (New Song)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2010
It's hard to believe that it's over 25 years since Madonna burst onto our unflat TV screens and into our FM/AM radios. Back then CD's were beginning to get off the ground and MTV was in it's infancy.

In the 1980's Madonna was the only musician who could come anywhere near Michael Jackson's stature. Unlike Michael Jackson, she managed to continue her credibility through the following decades, by evolving her music and staying relevant without being hip and trendy.

Naturally the 1980's era is prominent with the likes of Vogue, Borderline, La Isla Bonita, Papa Don't Preach, Into The Groove, Holiday etc.

The early 1990's (perhaps Madonna's least appealing era) is skated over with some of it's better songs such as Take A Bow and Secret. In 1998 she reasserted herself with the lauded Ray Of Light album, containing the smash hits Ray Of Light and brilliant Frozen. The follow up album Music, although not as strong, still produced the noteworthy title track and Don't Tell Me.

I was pleased that the Madonna nugget, Hollywood is also included. We also get one of Madonna's best ever songs, Sorry, from Confessions On A Dance Floor, along with Hung Up with the brilliantly sampled, classic ABBA track.

It's no means perfect, I would have loved the likes of True Blue and American Life to have been included and Material Girl and Dress You Up to have been left off. However, all in all very worthy compilation and a good introduction for a new listener.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2009
Unfortunately, this album (although a greatest hits compilation) is abit of a 'hit-miss' because its not a true retrospecive of her career and its also not a complete discography either.

I don't understand why so many tracks, already included on her other two 'best of' albums, are included again here - surely it would have made more sense to include tracks not previously featured on The Immaculate College and GHV2, so that fans can have a definitive collection of her chart singles.

I'm also amazed at how poorly her 1990's career release's are represented here, only a handful of tracks across three albums (Erotica, Bedtime Storey and Ray of Light) - why has so much track space been given to her early 80's and more recent hits?

Its a true mystery too why such wonderful Madge tune's such as 'Rain', 'Nothing Really Matters', 'This Used To Be My Playground' and 'True Blue' as well as a few others, have been consistently ignored both on this and previous Hits albums.

Who doesn't love Madonna though, and wouldn't appreciate a trek back through her wonderful career? Its just a shame that this collection, if encompassing songs from her previous two Greatest Hits collections, wasn't more developed and providing a fuller (if not complete!) history of her chart tracks up to her current release 'Celebration'.

3-stars - could've been better!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2011
Where The Immaculate Collection left off Celebration continues, ok so the album is missing a few Madonna hits but it's only a 2 CD compilation and to produce an ultimate greatest hits it would have taken 3 discs. Madonna's career has been long and varied and this album covers most musical genres and goes a long way to prove she isn't just an 80's artist of even a 90's artist. Madonna moves with the times, sometimes she creates new sounds and also trends. The definitive female artist and queen of pop owns and earns her place as an Icon and and the reason why so many female artist exist today. Celebration includes no.1 hits over 3 decades and an extensive top ten selections. My one issue is the track placement but then it's a digital age so you place them in any order you prefer. This CD is a must for anyone and the DVD to accompany is jaw dropping.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2014
This is a really great collection of hits encompassing all the various styles throughout her career, only after listening to this from start to finish did I remember what a great body of work she has.. Great pop music..
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
As many others who enjoy Madonna's music, I have pretty much grew up listening to many of Madonna's songs. One of the first songs that I can recall hearing of hers was "Like a Virgin". I admit that I was definitely under 10 years old before being exposed to her music, but I found her music good to listen to then and I still do now. With this said, I have to agree with others who say that more of her hits could have been included in this collection. Every Madonna fan has their favorite songs that could have been included. For me, I wish that the songs "Fever"(from her Erotica album), "Rain"(from her Erotica album) and "I'll Remember"(for the film "With Honors") would have been included in the "Celebration" collection. I would respectfully say that she has had enough hits to at least have warranted a three cd set collection, rather than just two. However, I still feel that this collection is worth owning because of the diversity of songs included in the "Celebration" collection. For instance, the music listener is treated to her daring 80's side with the catchy songs of "Dress You Up"(a song about wanting to express one's desire for who they are attracted to) and "Burning Up"(a musical track about having intense emotions for someone). There is also a diversity of good songs showcased from the 90's such as "Vogue" and "Ray of Light". Madonna then put out some more music in the 2000's, which gave some good songs such as "Music" and "Beautiful Stranger"(song provided for the film Austin Powers:The Spy Who Shagged Me). The best way to determine if you are going to feel good from owning the "Celebration" collection is if you enjoy any of her music from the 80's, 90's, and the 2000's (due to the fact that music from these time periods are organized throughout the two cds).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2015
According to my opinion this is the best Madonna's compilation album. I can't say I miss any song there. Thanks to this cd I could take another her cds which I had at home to the Cottage.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
There is no doubt Madonna is the Queen of pop. This album is perfect. contains all her best and most well known hits.

Only downside is that some of the ballads like Rain, Bad Girl, Power Of Goodbye all miss out on a place but given Madonna has spanned so many hits not everything was going to get a look in.

A must buy if you love pop music. No collection would be right unless this is in it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2009
I love Madonna's music and this is a fantastic double CD of highlights from her long career. Her previous compilations have been in broadly chronological order, but I enjoy the apparently haphazard order of songs on Celebration, as each song comes on unexpectedly and has the element of surprise. Of course, its not a haphazard order at all, Madonna has given the order alot of thought as she does with everything in her life and career. She is a true artist and goes with her gut instinct. I really enjoy her two new songs, Revolver and Celebration; they are fresh and unlike her other work; just as Justify My Love and Rescue Me were on The Immaculate Collection.

There are some complaints about the songs missed out on this collection, but Madonna has had too many hits to fit onto a double CD and commercial considerations might put a triple CD collection at a time of recession out of the pockets of many people. I think the choices here are good. I would personally have preferred True Blue, Give It To Me and This Used To Be My Playground to Everybody, Burning Up and Cherish but I can manage without them. I know that this compilation will be on my CD player at home and in my car for years to come. Thank you Madonna.
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