Madonna Like A Prayer
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- Released: October 25, 1990
- Originally Released: 1989
- Label: Sire / London/Rhino
Rolling Stone - 10/31/02, p.136Ranked # 16 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums"
Rolling Stone - p.1255 stars out of 5 - "[F]illed with nakedly emotional songs....LIKE A PRAYER was the sound of Madonna figuring out her life..."
NME (Magazine) - 9/25/93, p.19Ranked #44 in NME's list of the '50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s.'
NME (Magazine) - 10/2/93, p.29Ranked #91 in NME's list of the 'Greatest Albums Of All Time.'
- 1.Like A Prayer
- 2.Express Yourself
- 3.Love Song
- 4.Till Death Do Us Part
- 5.Promise To Try
- 7.Dear Jessie
- 8.Oh Father
- 9.Keep It Together
- 10.Spanish Eyes
- 11.Act Of Contrition
Personnel: Madonna (vocals, keyboards); Chester Kamen, David Williams, Dann Huff, Bruce Gaitsch, Marcos Loya (guitar); Larry Corbett (cello); Patrick Leonard, Jai Winding, Stephen Bray, Geary Lanier (keyboards); Joseph Mayer, Richard Todd (French horn); Guy Pratt, Randy Jackson (bass); Jonathan Moffett, Jeff Porcaro, John Robinson (drums); Luis Conte, Paulinho da Costa, Sandra Crouch (percussion); Niki Harris, Marilyn Martin, Donna Delory, Ali Nadirah, Lynne Fiddmont, Rose Banks, Marcos Loya, Andrae Crouch Choir (background vocals).
Producers: Madonna, Pat Leonard, Stephen Bray, Prince.
Recorded at Johnny Yuma Recording, Burbank, California; Saturn Sound, Sherman Oaks, California; Ocean Way Recording, Los Angeles, California; Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Composer: Suzie Kattayama.
Personnel: Madonna (vocals, synthesizer, background vocals); Marcos Loya (guitar, background vocals); Chester Kamen, Dann Huff, David Williams , Bruce Gairsch (guitar); Larry Corbett (cello); Joseph Mayer, Richard Todd (French horn); Chuck Findley, Dick Hyde, Rev. Dave Boruff, Steve Madaio (brass); Patrick Leonard (piano, Clavinet, synthesizer); Geary Lanier (Clavinet); Jai Winding, Stephen Bray (synthesizer); Jeff Porcaro (marimba, drums); John Roninson, Jonathan Muffett (drums); Sandra Crouch (tambourine); Luis Conte, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Donna De Lory, Nikki Harris, Lynne Fiddmont, Marilyn Martin, Nadirah Ali, Rose Banks (background vocals).
Recording information: Johnny Yuma Recording, Burbank, CA; Ocean Way Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN; Saturn Sound, Sherman Oaks, CA.
Arrangers: Chuck Findley; Bill Meyers.
Madonna's exquisite sense of the pop song, and suitably stylish aesthetic to match, was pushed to the hilt for 1989's LIKE A PRAYER. Sporting a bare midriff and a stylishly dark bob, she immediately set the Moral Majority up in arms with the title track's video, depicting, among other things, a black Christ and a hillside of burning crosses. The song, however, was as strong and as dazzling as the images. Before deciding on utilizing a constant barrage of public sexuality over songs, Madonna made great records. Highlights here include the sexy bubble-gum of "Cherish" and the delightful "Express Yourself." Great pop to go.
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