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Pre Madonna

by Madonna

80's Pop
Genre: Pop: 80's Pop
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1. Laugh to Keep from Crying
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2. Crimes of Passion
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3:44 $0.99
3. Ain't No Big Deal ('97 Edit)
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4:02 $0.99
4. Everybody ('97 Edit)
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4:51 $0.99
5. Burning Up
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4:06 $0.99
6. Ain't No Big Deal ('81)
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6:41 $0.99
7. Everybody ('81)
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4:51 $0.99
8. Stay ('81)
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4:22 $0.99
9. Don't You Know?
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10. Ain't No Big Deal ('97 Extended)
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Album Notes
Is Your Madonna Collection Complete? Not without Pre-Madonna! No Madonna Collection Is Complete Without These Early Recordings!

Listener reviews:

I recently got my Pre-Madonna disk in the mail, and I love it! I just can't believe that this is Madonna (even though I know it is really her). Well, okay, perhaps "can't believe" is exaggerating slightly, but comparing the pre-Madonna to Madonna now, one can certainly sense how her vocal ability has changed. It is funny how I received this CD around the time Evita is out, therefore all I can do is compare and contrast.

First of all, Pre-Madonna actually reminds me of Madonna's 1994 album, Bedtime Stories. The type of music sounds similar. I have to admit I don't know much about naming musical genres, but I would classify both albums as light dance music, kind of R&B (I think). The first song, Laugh to keep From Crying, reminded me instantly of Alanis Morissette! True! Madonna's voice take on Alanis' "just say the vocals kind of care-free like", in my opinion. I found this rather... Ironic! :-)

It's a little hard to pick a favorite, since many of the songs on this CD are similar in the type of music. I would have to choose Burning Up as my favorite, since it gives me a "high". I do remember hearing this song on Robin Leach's Madonna Exposed special , if I recall correctly. The general innocence of the lyrics (simple sweet love) is calming and relaxing to listen to, while still provoking a sense of "get up and dance". These tunes would be great in a dance club.

One does sense with Madonna's vocals is: Boy, she has come a long way since these tracks. She has evidently improved so much with respect to using her voice to project and emphasize. It is worth it to compare Pre-Madonna to Evita, and how time, age, and work have managed to create the enthralling beauty of Madonna's voice (in my opinion). In Pre-Madonna, her voice is quite low, and sometimes even sounds a little boyish. The producers of the album have done a marvelous job of digitally-remastering the melodies. In a way, it's hard to believe that the songs in this album were recorded 17 years ago!!! I have to admit that the music in this album sounds similar to the type of music that is generally popular today, and I find this, well, rather neat! (oops, there's that word that Madonna hates :-)

The song Ain't No big Deal, in the beginning, truly made me think of an exercise video! Madonna repeats the phrase (she more says it than sings it) : "Reach out, reach out!", and I have to admit I found this part rather funny to listen to.

Also, this CD is in conjunction with Steven Bray, the guy who worked on a lot of later madonna albums in the 80s that were VERY successful. Happy customer,

Angie Hung

Hey! I'm a radio announcer at Z95.3 in Vancouver, BC. I ordered Pre-Madonna just before Christmas and finally got it last week... WOW! I immediately brought the album to my music director and we're currently featuring tracks from the album on the air. As a matter of fact, Everyboby '97 is a 3 night BuzzCuts champ! BuzzCuts is a 'battle of the bands' type of program where we put 2 new songs against each other and the listeners vote. Madonna has beaten New Edition, Live and Crystal Waters so far. Tonight at 8p PST she'll be up against the Fugees. I've been talking up your album and announcing the URL a lot on the radio, so expect some more Canadian orders! If you'd like to hear if Madonna wins, check out tonight at 8p PST. Our station broadcasts in RealAudio 3.0, so check it out! catch the buzz... pass it on.




I love this album, any madonna fan needs to buy this, though this album could have used a few more rare tracks, it's quality it immaculate, songs are good, catchy, the best song was "Crimes of passion" i've heard all of the pre-madonna songs, such as "Get up" "get down" "drowning" "simon says" and most of them are good catchy, but i have to ask when the unreleased songs are gonna be released and also, i would like to know a list of unreleased madonna songs, is "Love attack" really a song? made up? OR

Hi there!

I recieved my "Pre-Madonna" CD today off you guys and I must say it brought a smile to my face!

Definitely a seminal collection of tracks. Hearing the original version of "Burning Up" reminded me of why that track off her first album has so much meaning to me. Who can forget the first time they saw the video for "Burning Up" on television? Not me! When you're a 14 year old boy with hormones racing everywhere, seeing the embodiment of adolescent carnal desire right in front of you can be quite startling. Ever since that moment in 1983 I've been smitten! The electro/synth sound of the late 70s/early 80s is such a gas! I love "Don't You Know" for that reason alone! In all, a worthy addition to any serious Madonna collector! Thanks, Steve!

Terry Hoffmann Australia.


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Loved it!!
I would definitely recommend this cd to any Madonna fan/collector. It is extremely hard to find so don't hesitate to purchase this one. To be honest there are some songs that I would consider raw in quality BUT considering when they were recorded and the environment they were recorded they did the best they could restoring these songs from a tape cassette. The songs are a precursor to Madonna's first album. Some of the songs I've never heard before like Crimes of Passion, Laugh To Keep From Crying, Don't You Know & Ain't No Big Deal so they were a special treat. I wish Madonna had added these to her first couple albums. Actually, Stay & Don't You Know were combined & completely overhauled for the song Stay on her Like A Virgin album. Stay from LAV doesn't sound anything like the version on PM. I think if you are a Madonna fan then you will appreciate this CD & will want it for your collection!!


this album is very cool! i suggest you get it.its better than any of her cds

jason vorhees

killer music!!!
i am from the back woods of north carolina and this album is original material.madonna sounds so young on this cd.i reckon madonna will perform these songs on one of her concerts one day.perhaps some music videos on mtv. a sort of disco-style music video would be cool.

chris from merced california

totally bad-ass cd and madonna sounds awesome on this pre-madonna cd!!! this is valley-music totally for sure!!!


Where Did This Come From?
Pre-Madonna. Crazy...I wish other artists release pre releases like this. Yes, Madonna's voice has progress tremedously. Good Stuff. Visit me at . Peace....SI

bo bo

bo bo
totally totally totally groovy, to the freakin' max,yo!like,this album is soooooo 70's and disco.i hope madonna makes music videos for these cool tracks.this is some south central,los angeles music.very gangsta for reals!like
totally funk and totally fresh to the max.this is soooo ghetto and raw.madonna i thank ya totally from your old pal bo bo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

C-Low from cravelous,california

wow! i am from the valley of cravelous,california.i think this album is super. two thumbs-up all the way.and a high-five is what this album is. i love madonna and all her cool tunes.madonna is my every-thang! i love her song "HOLIDAY"and"SIMON SAYS" and also "WHO'S THAT GIRL?"i very much recommend you get this cd.indeedy it is very sweet. madonna has a lot of awesome songs on this album.this album is super-duper cool!!!


Interesting content, but fair sound quality.
Interesting content for the die hard Madonna fan. The sound quality of the CD is fair. You will not hear that true stereo sound and deep bass that I find a signature of Madonnas CD's. To be fair, the sound quality is addressed in the liner notes. Pick this one up if you are hardcore Madonna fan.


I fell in love with Madonna the first time i saw her (Lucky Star video,1984 watching Mtv)i was 7. After all this time (i'm 31 now) I feel like she's a member of my family! i.v bin listening to Confessions Tour alot lately but i'v always been a diehard fan for her old NY club scene music...then i ordered this CD and it stole my HEART! i feel like i'm sitting in the studio with her (and Stephen) in her rubber bracelets and ripped up sewn together clothes. Everybody 81' IS LIKE NO OTHER!!!!!!!! Stay and Don't You Know practically give me tears. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU STEPHEN!!!!! WE WANT MORE!!!!!!!!


what a revelation
As a true Madonna fan I loved listening to this. As the listener, you can hear raw talent. She was still developing her own style and its just great to hear what was to set the precedent for her superstardom. This is a rare treat:)
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