From ''Virgin to ''Vogue'': The Complete Collection


Madonna (1983, Sire) ”Lucky Star,” ”Borderline,” ”Burning Up,” ”I Know It,” ”Holiday,” ”Think of Me,” ”Physical Attraction,” ”Everybody”
A thin voice and even thinner arrangements: Madonna Lite. Only for dance fans. C-

Like a Virgin (1984, Sire) ”Material Girl,” ”Angel,” ”Like a Virgin,” ”Over and Over,” ”Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” ”Dress You Up,” ”Shoo-Bee-Doo,” ”Pretender,” ”Stay”
Is she learning how to sing, or are the backing tracks that much better? Still, only worth it for the hits. B-

True Blue (1986, Sire) ”Papa Don’t Preach,” ”Open Your Heart,” ”White Heat,” ”Live to Tell,” ”Where’s the Party,” ”True Blue,” ”La Isla Bonita,” ”Jimmy Jimmy,” ”Love Makes the World Go Round”
As much a pop record as a dance record. She’s thinking some serious thoughts and singing some serious songs. Good when it’s good and not that bad when it’s bad. B+

You Can Dance (1987, Sire) ”Spotlight,” ”Holiday,” ”Everybody,” ”Physical Attraction,” ”Spotlight (Dub Version),” ”Holiday (Dub Version),” ”Over and Over,” ”Into the Groove,” ”Where’s the Party,” ”Over and Over (Dub Version),” ”Into the Groove (Dub Version)”
One new song, ”Spotlight,” and dance remixes of her hits. Includes an extended version of ”Into the Groove,” released as the B-side of ”Angel” and not on any other album. Vocal tracks: A. Dub tracks (instrumental versions without Madonna’s vocals): D

Like a Prayer (1989, Sire) ”Like a Prayer,” ”Express Yourself,” ”Love Song,” ”Till Death Do Us Part,” ”Promise to Try,” ”Cherish,” ”Dear Jessie,” ”Oh Father,” ”Keep It Together,” ”Spanish Eyes,” ”Act of Contrition”
Her most personal album yet, with songs about an abusive husband, a lost mother, and a distant father. But she remains true to her core audience as well, with songs you can dance to. A mature and accomplished effort. A-

I’m Breathless: Music From and Inspired by the Film Dick Tracy (1990, Sire) ”He’s a Man,” ”Sooner or Later,” ”Hanky Panky,” ”I’m Going Bananas,” ”Cry Baby,” ”Something to Remember,” ”Back in Business,” ”More,” ”What Can You Lose,” ”Now I’m Following You (Part I),” ”Now I’m Following You (Part II),” ”Vogue”

Singles (not on Madonna albums)

”Crazy for You” (1985, Geffen) From the movie Vision Quest.

”Who’s That Girl” (1987, Sire) ”Causing a Commotion” (1987, Sire) Both from the movie Who’s That Girl.

Music Videos

Madonna (1984, WEA, $16.98) You’d think the Queen of Music Vid would have a major collection available, wouldn’t you? But all we have is this paltry sampler — ”Burning Up,” ”Borderline,” and ”Lucky Star” from the first album, and ”Like a Virgin” from the second. B

Madonna Live: The Virgin Tour (1985, WEA, $19.98) Live from Detroit, her hometown. A lot of flat notes. Not much dancing. Maybe you had to be there. C-

Madonna Ciao Italia: Live From Italy (1988, WEA, $19.98) She has lost weight. She’s hitting most of the notes. She’s showing some good moves in the dance routines. Hey, she’s back in the old country! B+


A Certain Sacrifice (1980, Commtron, $49.95, R) Is this rape-revenge film art or exploitation? You be the judge.

Vision Quest (1985, Warner, $19.98, R) A high-school-jock movie. Madonna is seen only briefly as a singer in a bar band.

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985, HBO, $19.99, PG-13) In this sly comedy of confused identities, a New Jersey housewife trades places with a shiftless Manhattan tart. Madonna plays the latter with a self-absorption that matches her own.

Shanghai Surprise (1986, Vestron, $79.98, PG-13) It’s just as bad as you’ve heard, and maybe even worse. Madonna is a missionary in ’30s China and Sean Penn is the ne’er-do-well who helps her out. This ”mystery-suspense-romance” succeeds on none of its many levels. Madonna’s performance is awkward and forced. Penn, then her husband, is equally bad.

Who’s That Girl (1987, Warner, $19.98, PG) A screw-up of a screwball comedy. Madonna is an ex-con with a score to settle. Griffin Dunne is the stuffed-shirt lawyer who’s mixed up in her shenanigans. Madonna isn’t the worst thing in it, but that’s not saying much.

Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989, RCA/Columbia, $89.95, PG) Did you miss this one about romance during the Roaring Twenties? So did everybody else.

Dick Tracy (1990, Walt Disney Pictures) The comic strip comes to life, costarring Madonna and Warren Beatty. Due June 15.


Speed-the-Plow (1988) Very respectable Broadway debut. Frank Rich of The New York Times praised her ”intelligent, scrupulously disciplined comic acting.”


Like a Prayer (Pepsi, 1989) A rich little valentine to childhood dreams. Seen only once, during The Cosby Show, before controversy over the music video for ”Like a Prayer” caused Pepsi to fizz over and pull the ad.