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In August 1988.

In August 1988, “Fine Art” label released “Interior Design”, the fifteen Sparks album. It was recorded in 1988, at “The Pentagon Studio” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

Personnel:

  • Russell Mael – vocals, production
  • Ron Mael- keyboards, production
  • Spencer Sircombe – guitar
  • Pamela Stonebrooke – background vocals
  • John Thomas – keyboards, engineering

Track listing:

All tracks by Ron Mael and Russell Mael.

  1. So Important
  2. Just Got Back From Heaven
  3. Lots of Reasons
  4. You’ve Got a Hold of My Heart
  5. Love-O-Rama
  6. The Toughest Girl in Town
  7. Let’s Make Love
  8. Stop Me if You’ve Heard this Before
  9. A Walk Down Memory Lane
  10. Madonna
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On June 30, 1986.

True_Blue

On June 30, 1986, “Sire” label released “True Blue”, the third Madonna studio album. It was recorded December 1985–April 1986, at “Channel Recording Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Madonna, Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard. “True Blue” was global commercial success, reaching number one in record-breaking 28 countries worldwide, spending 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,and the best-selling album of the 1980s by a female artist. In 1986, as recognition of her impact on the popular culture, Madonna became the first female artist to receive the “Video Vanguard Award” at the 1986 “MTV Video Music Awards”.

Personnel:

  • Madonna – lead and background vocals
  • Paulinho da Costa– percussion
  • Bruce Gaitsch – guitars
  • Siedah Garrett– background vocals
  • Dann Huff– guitar
  • Jackie Jackson– background vocals
  • Paul Jackson, Jr.– guitar
  • Dave Boroff – saxophone
  • Stephen Bray– music programming, drums, keyboards, drum programming
  • Keithen Carter – background vocals
  • Edie Lehmann – background vocals
  • John Putnam – guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • David Williams – background vocals, guitar, rhythm guitar
  • Fred Zarr – keyboards
  • Patrick Leonard– drum programming, drums, keyboards, programming
  • Richard Marx– background vocals
  • Jeri McManus – art direction, design
  • Billy Meyers – string arrangements
  • Jonathan Moffett – background vocals, drums, percussion
  • Dan Nebenzal – mixing, mixing assistant
  • Michael Hutchinson – engineering
  • Herb Ritts– photography
  • Michael Verdick – engineering, mixing
  • Ted Jensenat Sterling Sound, NYC – mastering
  • Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff – art direction

Track listing:

  1. Papa Don’t Preach – Brain Elliot, Madonna
  2. Open Your Heart – Madonna, Gardner Cole, Peter Rafelson
  3. White Heat – Patrick Leonard, Madonna
  4. Live to Tell – Patrick Leonard, Madonna
  5. Where’s the Party – Madonna, Stephen Bray, Patrick Leonard
  6. True Blue – Madonna, Stephen Bray
  7. La Isla Bonita – Madonna, Patrick Leonard, Bruce Gaitsch
  8. Jimmy Jimmy – Madonna, Stephen Bray
  9. Love Makes the World Go Round – Madonna, Patrick Leonard

 

 

On March 21, 1989.

Like_a_Prayer

On March 21, 1989, “Sire” label released “Like a Prayer”, the fourth Madonna studio album. It was recorded September 1988 – January 1989, at “D&D Recording” in New York City, “Ocean Way Recording” in Hollywood, and was produced by Madonna, Patrick Leonard, Stephen Bray and Prince. In 2003, magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked the album at number 239 of its list of “500 greatest album of all time”. In 2006, magazine “Q” ranked the album at number 14 in its list of “40 Best Albums of the ’80s”. In 2012, “Slant Magazine” ranked the album at number 20 on its list of “Best Albums of the 1980s”. “Like a Prayer” was certified quadruple platinum by “RIAA”.

Personnel:

  • Madonna, Niki Haris, Marilyn Martin, Donna DeLory, Ali Nadirah, Lynne Fiddmont, Rose Banks, Marcos Loya, The Andrae Crouch Choir – vocals
  • Jonathan Moffett, Jeff Porcaro, John Robinson – drums
  • Luis Conte, Paulinho da Costa – percussion
  • Guy Pratt, Randy Jackson – bass
  • Chester Kamen, David Williams, Dann Huff, Bruce Gaitsch – guitar
  • Marcos Loya – requinto
  • Patrick Leonard, Jai Winding, Stephen Bray, Madonna – synthesizer
  • Patrick Leonard – acoustic piano, B3 organ, clavinet
  • Joe Porcaro – marimba
  • Sandra Crouch – tambourine
  • Chuck Findley, David Boruff, Steven Madaio, Dick Hyde – brass section
  • Joseph Mayer, Richard Todd – French horns
  • Larry Corbett – solo cello
  • Chuck Findley – horn arrangements
  • Bill Meyers – strings arranged and conducted
  • Suzie Katayama – concertmaster
  • Bill Bottrell, Eddie Miller, Stephen Shelton, Heidi Hanschu – engineers
  • Michael Vail Blum, Robert Salcedo, Stacy Baird, Joe Schiff – additional engineers
  • Bill Bottrell – mixing
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Herb Ritts – photography
  • Jeri Heiden – art design

Track listing:

All tracks by Madonna, except where noted.

  1. Like a Prayer – Madonna and Patrick Leonard
  2. Express Yourself – Madonna and Stephen Bray
  3. Love Song – Madonna, Prince and Roger Nelson
  4. Till Death Do Us part
  5. Promise to Try
  6. Cherish
  7. Dear Jessie
  8. Oh Father
  9. Keep It Together – Madonna and Stephen Bray
  10. Spanish Eyes
  11. Art of Contrition