I’ve been blabbering on about Madonna all week on Twitter. So without further ado…

Cherish (Extended Version)
Keep It Together (Shep Pettibone Mix)
Into The Groove (Shep Pettibone Remix)
Spotlight (Dub)
Where’s The Party (Dub)
Drowned World/Substitute For Love (BT and Sasha’s Bucklodge Ashram Remix)
Sky Fits Heaven (Shasha Remix Edit)
Live To Tell
If you see that list of tunes and think, “Oh God not more Madonna!” then you’re going to have a really rough month reading this blog. I recently bought about 12 or so Madonna singles, about five hours of remixes total, and over the next few weeks I’m going to be posting all of them. Because Madonna is awesome. That’s not a statement that can be debated here. I don’t have a lot to say about these songs though other than the fact that I really like most of them, so instead I’ll just break down where I got them all and some details about each mix.

The extended mix of “Cherish” and “Supernatural” are both from the “Cherish” single. The extended mix is about a minute longer than the original version of the song, and two minutes longer than most single edits. Such a great song, it could be twice as long and not get old. “Supernatural” is a weird little b-side, an odd upbeat romantic pop song that has a strange “spooky” sound to it, with plenty of ghostly metaphors for love.

Shep Pettibone’s mixes of “Keep It Together” and “Into The Groove” are both from the single of “Crazy For You” that was issued to promote the release of Madonna’s greatest hits collection The Immaculate Collection. Not a big fan of “Keep It Together,” but I like this mix more than some other remixes of the song that I’ve heard. The “Get Into The Groove” mix is excellent, with an awesome extended breakdown in the middle that stretches it out to over eight minutes.

The dub mixes for “Spotlight” and “Where’s The Party” are both from a promo only single that also has extended versions of those songs. However, those remixes are both on the 1987 remix album You Can Dance, so I’m not including them here. Dub mixes are a little boring, but I like to be through.

The Spanish version of “You’ll See” is from the 12″ single for that song. I assume that was an A-side in some Latin speaking markets. The live version of  “Live To Tell” is also taken from that single. “Live To Tell” is one of my favorite ballads by Madonna (I generally prefer her more upbeat stuff) and this live version is great. However, there’s some simbilance on the live recording that I couldn’t get rid of. Sorry about that.

Finally, there are the remixes of “Drowned World/Substitute For Love” and “Sky Fits Heaven,” both of which appeared in their original forms on Madonna’s Ray of Light album. They’re both great songs from a great record, and these remixes do them both justice. I especially love the nearly 10-minute version of “Drowned World/Substitute For Love.” Too often remixes take a song like that, a great pop tune with amazing lyrics, and strip out the vocals in favor of the beat. Here, BT and Sasha let the lyrics stay, while at the same time stretching out the instrumental parts of it to great effect. A best of both worlds scenario.



3 Responses to “Madonna-Rama”

  1. CM says:

    Thank you so much. I’m always itching for Madonna remixes and this will be a fantastic month to keep watch.

  2. Annie says:

    What CM said. Looking forward to the next installments.

  3. Andy says:

    I love Madonna. Thanks for posting these!

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