• Madonna - I'm Breathless
    (Sire Records  1990  WX351)
    Matrix No's: A3/B2

    Vinyl in Nr MINT condition


    Sleeve in Nr MINT condition
     

    Madonna Louise Ciccone; born August 16, 1958) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, director, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Born in Bay City, Michigan, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in modern dance and performed in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy. In 1982, Madonna signed with Sire Records (an affiliate of Warner Bros. Records) and released her self-titled debut album the following year. She has since released a series of successful albums, including the Grammy Award winners Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). Many of her songs peaked atop record charts, including "Like a Virgin", "Into the Groove", "Papa Don't Preach", "Like a Prayer", "Vogue", "Frozen", "Music", "Hung Up", and "4 Minutes".

    Madonna is known for continuously reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry. She attained immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Critics have praised her diverse musical productions which have also been known to induce controversy. Her music and style has influenced numerous artists around the world. Madonna is considered by Forbes as a cultural icon and she is often referred to by the international media as the "Queen of Pop".

    Madonna received generally positive reviews for her role in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), though her later film appearances received mixed commentary. She received critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Evita (1996), but has received harsh feedback for other performances. She has been recognized as an acclaimed businesswoman, involving herself in fashion design, writing children's books, and film directing and producing. In 1992, she founded entertainment company Maverick as a joint venture with Time Warner, which also included the label Maverick Records. In 2007, she signed a US $120 million record, touring and merchandising 360° deal with Live Nation, resulting in her leaving Warner Bros., her label since 1982.

    Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. Time included her in its list of the "25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century" due to her major influence in contemporary music. Madonna is the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the second best selling female artist in the United States, with 64.5 million certified albums. In 2008, Billboard ranked her at number two, behind only The Beatles, on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of the chart. She was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the same year. In 2012, she was crowned the "Greatest Woman In Music" by VH1. As of 2013, some sources report that Madonna's net worth has crossed over one billion dollars. Forbes magazine named Madonna the fifth most powerful and the highest earning celebrity of 2013 with net earnings of $125 million between June 2012–13.

    I'm Breathless: Music from and Inspired by the Film Dick Tracy is the second soundtrack album and fifth studio album by American singer and songwriter Madonna. It was released on May 22, 1990, by Sire Records to promote and accompany the film Dick Tracy. In the film Madonna starred as Breathless Mahoney and her then-boyfriend Warren Beatty played the title role. After filming was complete, Madonna began work on the film's soundtrack, with songwriter Stephen Sondheim, producer Patrick Leonard and engineer Bill Bottrell. She also worked with producer Shep Pettibone on the album's first single, "Vogue". The album was recorded in three weeks, at Johnny Yuma Recording and Ocean Way Studios, in California.

    Musically, I'm Breathless consists predominantly of jazz, swing and pop songs. The tracks reflected Madonna's showgirl personality and were influenced by her relationship with Beatty. The singer wanted to create music that would fit the style and production of the film, set in the days of the Untouchables law enforcement, and sang the songs accordingly. In some areas she pitched her vocals and belted the notes when necessary. She even smoked cigarettes in order to portray the vocals of her character Breathless. Beatty and singer Mandy Patinkin were featured as duet partners on three of the songs.

    In support of both I'm Breathless and her previous album, Like a Prayer, Madonna embarked on the Blond Ambition World Tour where a section was dedicated to the songs from the album. It was critically acclaimed, winning an award at the 1990 Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. However, due to its use of Catholic imagery, Pope John Paul II called for a boycott of the show. After the tour was over, Madonna performed songs from the album at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards and the 1991 Academy Awards. "Vogue", the first single from I'm Breathless, became one of Madonna's most successful releases, reaching number one in over 30 countries. It was also critically acclaimed and was seen as an influential song, while the video helped to bring vogueing into mainstream popularity. The second and final single, "Hanky Panky", was a top-ten hit in the United States and the United Kingdom.

    Music critics applauded the Sondheim numbers, along with Madonna's vocals and versatility. However, some deemed the non-film songs to be of little value. "Sooner or Later", one of the Sondheim tracks, went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song. I'm Breathless was commercially successful, peaking at number one on the European Top 100 Albums, as well as the national charts of Australia, Germany, and Japan—in the latter it became the country's best-selling foreign album of the year. It also reached number two on the US Billboard 200 chart and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). I'm Breathless has sold more than seven million copies worldwide.

    Track listing

    No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
    1. "He's a Man"
    • Madonna
    • Patrick Leonard
    • Madonna
    • Leonard
    4:42
    2. "Sooner or Later" Stephen Sondheim
    • Madonna
    • Bill Bottrell
    3:18
    3. "Hanky Panky"
    • Madonna
    • Leonard
    • Madonna
    • Leonard
    3:57
    4. "I'm Going Bananas"
    • Michael Kernan
    • Andy Paley
    • Madonna
    • Leonard
    1:41
    5. "Cry Baby"
    • Madonna
    • Leonard
    • Madonna
    • Leonard
    4:04
    6. "Something to Remember"
    • Madonna
    • Leonard
    • Madonna
    • Leonard
    5:03
    7. "Back in Business"
    • Madonna
    • Leonard
    • Madonna
    • Leonard
    5:10
    8. "More" Sondheim
    • Madonna
    • Bottrell
    4:56
    9. "What Can You Lose" (duet with Mandy Patinkin) Sondheim
    • Madonna
    • Bottrell
    2:08
    10. "Now I'm Following You" (Part I) (duet with Warren Beatty)
    • A. Paley
    • Jeff Lass
    • Ned Claflin
    • Jonathan Paley
    • Madonna
    • Leonard
    1:35
    11. "Now I'm Following You" (Part II) (duet with Warren Beatty)
    • A. Paley
    • Lass
    • Claflin
    • J. Paley
    • Madonna
    • Leonard
    • Kevin Gilbert
    3:18
    12. "Vogue"
    • Madonna
    • Shep Pettibone
    • Madonna
    • Pettibone
    4:50

    Personnel

    • Madonna – vocals, songwriter, producer
    • Warren Beatty – vocals
    • Patrick Leonard – keyboards, producer
    • Shep Pettibone – producer
    • Niki Haris – backing vocals
    • Donna De Lory – backing vocals
    • Rev. Dave Boruff – saxophone
    • Bill Bottrell – producer, mixing engineer
    • Ned Claflin – songwriter
    • Mahlon Clark – clarinet
    • Jeff Clayton – saxophone
    • Luis Conte – percussion
    • Bob Cooper – baritone saxophone
    • Kevin Gilbert – producer
    • John Guerin – drums
    • Abraham Laboriel – bass
    • Charles Loper – trombone
    • Bob Magnusson – bass
    • Jennie Douglas McRae – backing vocals
    • Jonathan Moffett – drums, percussion
    • Abe Most – clarinet, alto saxophone
    • Mandy Patinkin – vocals
    • Tim Pierce – guitar
    • Jeff Porcaro – drums
    • Guy Pratt – bass
    • Bill Schneider – piano
    • Bill Meyers – piano
    • Tony Terran – trumpet
    • Carlos Vega – drums
    • Randy Waldman – piano

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    MADONNA - I'M BREATHLESS LP - Nr MINT DANCE POP VOGUE DICK TRACY

    • Product Code: WX351
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