Third re-release of the third full-length studio album by legendary American Pop queen.
"True Blue" is the album where Madonna truly became superstar - the endlessly ambitious, fearlessly provocative entertainer who knew how to outrage, spark debates, get good reviews, and make good music while she's at it.
What's brilliant about "True Blue" is that she does both here, using the music to hook in critics just as she's baiting a mass audience with such masterstrokes as "Papa Don't Preach", where she defiantly states she's keeping her baby. Her real trick here, however, is transcending her status as a Dance-Pop diva by consciously recalling classic girl group Pop ("True Blue", "Jimmy Jimmy") to snag the critics, while deepening the dance grooves ("Open Your Heart", "Where's the Party"), touching on Latin rhythms ("La Isla Bonita"), making a plea for world peace ("Love Makes the World Go Round"), and delivering a tremendous ballad that rewrites the rules of adult contemporary crossover ("Live to Tell").
It's even harder to have the entire album play as an organic, cohesive work. Certainly, there's some calculation behind the entire thing, but what matters is the end result, one of the great Dance-Pop albums, a record that demonstrates Madonna's true skills as a songwriter, record-maker, provocateur, and entertainer through its wide reach, accomplishment, and sheer sense of fun.
"True Blue" was an immediate global success, reaching number one in then record-breaking 28 countries across the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom and United States. It spent 34 consecutive weeks at the top of the European Top 100 Albums chart, longer than any other album in history. It became the world's top-selling album of 1986, as well as the best-selling album of the 1980s by a female artist. With estimated sales of over 25 million copies worldwide, "True Blue" remains one of the best-selling albums of all time. All five singles released from the album reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100, with "Live to Tell", "Papa Don't Preach", and "Open Your Heart" peaking at number one.
"True Blue" is credited as being the album which established Madonna's position as the biggest female artist of the 1980s, rivaling male musicians like Michael Jackson and Prince. The album's singles and their accompanying music videos have sparked debates among scholars and social groups. She became the first female artist to receive the Video Vanguard Award at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards in recognition of her impact on popular culture. The album also gave her first appearance on the Guinness Book of World Records.
180g vinyl includes poster with album cover picture.
Sire Records Company/Warner Bros. Records Inc., a Warner Music Group Company, 1986/2016 (7599-26681-1). Made in UK.
1. Papa Don't Preach 4:27
2. Open Your Heart 4:12
3. White Heat 4:38
4. Live To Tell 5:49
1. Where's The Party 4:20
2. True Blue 4:16
3. La Isla Bonita 4:01
4. Jimmy Jimmy 3:54
5. Love Makes The World Go Round 4:31
Total playing time: 35:49 min.