Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Album Covers of Madonna

With the upcoming release of Madonna's Celebration, an all-career encompassing career greatest hits package, on the horizon I thought it was time to give Madonna the treatment I have given Dolly Parton, Diana Ross and Grace Jones before. I would also like to direct you to Adem with an E, a fabulous site in its own right, but which is reviewing each of Madge's albums in anticipation for the Celebration release. It has totally gotten me into a Madonna splurge lately.

I have included single releases in here too. In fact, the majority of images are singles since Madonna doesn't have as many albums as Dolly or Diana and they generally have uninspiring album art (with a few key exceptions).

"Everybody" (1982)

"Burning Up/Physical Attraction" (1983)

Madonna (1983)

"Holiday" (1983)

"Lucky Star" (1984)

"Like a Virgin" (1984)

Like a Virgin (1984)

"Material Girl" (1985)

"Crazy For You" (1985)

"Angel" (1985)

"Into the Groove" (1985)

"Dress You Up" (1985)

"Live to Tell" (1986)

"Papa Don't Preach" (1986)

True Blue (1986)

"True Blue" (1986)

"Open Your Heart" (1986)

"La Isla Bonita" (1987)

"Who's That Girl?" (1987)

"Causing a Commotion" (1987)

"The Look of Love" (1987)

"Spotlight" (1988)

"Like a Prayer" (1989)

"Express Yourself" (1989)

"Dear Jessie" (1989)

"Keep it Together" (1990)

"Vogue" (1990)

I'm Breathless: Music from and inspired by the film "Dick Tracy" (1990)

"Hanky Panky" (1990)

"Justify My Love" (1990)

The Immaculate Collection (1990)

"Rescue Me" (1991)

"This Used to be My Playground" (1992)

"Erotica" (1992)

Erotica (1992)

"Bad Girl" (1993)

"Rain" (1993)

"I'll Remember" (1994)

"Secret" (1994)

Bedtime Stories (1994)

"Take a Bow" (1994)

"Human Nature" (1995)

"Love Don't Live Here Anymore" (1996)

"You Must Love Me" (1996)

"Ray of Light" (1998)

Ray of Light (1998)

"Don't Tell Me" (2000)

"What it Feels Like for a Girl" (2001)

"Die Another Day" (2002)

"American Life" (2003)

American Life (2003)

"Hung Up" (2005)

Confessions on a Dancefloor (2005)

"Sorry" (2006)

Celebration (2009)

As you can tell, I didn't think much of the Hard Candy artwork. But just look at all of those images up there. So many iconic - btw, I prefered the original Iconography title of Madonna's new greatest hits package - images and photographs in there. And there are plenty I don't care for that many probably love (the Like a Prayer artwork for one).

In terms of albums I think the American Life work is by far the best. So many things going on with it - and the music from it - that went so far over people's heads it's astonishing! My favourite single artwork world have to be between her two first singles, "Everybody" and "Burning Up/Physical Attraction". Those are from the time when Warner were not trying to let people in on the fact that Madonna was white (crazy, I know!) and so they either didn't put her on or mearly disguised her. I do find it interesting that so many of the single covers have nothing to do with the videos that accompanied the songs. "Express Yourself" being the biggest example. The video is dripping with references to Fritz Lang's Metropolis and yet the cover of the single is an oddly placed image of a Madonna dancing surrounded by dots with cutesy writing. Hmmm...

Love her, love all of these.


Adem With An E said...

SO MANY incredible covers. Love it when you've done these before so naturally, I'm going to love it even moreso when Madonna's involved.

Thanks for the link love :)

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