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    I remember that! So wonderful. She just isn't like that anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joey View Post
    Also, I wish "Ray of Light" (the song) would be recognized for the amazing cover that it is.
    Wow, I never knew this either. And you know, that original song is not half bad at all.

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    I really love the demos from this era.








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    "Like a Flower" is one of her best unreleased songs, IMO.

    This album is a stone-cold classic. I was definitely a hard-core Madonna fan for a while before this came out, and I was floored when I first heard "Frozen" and saw the gorgeous, gorgeous video. I love the production on this record. I love how warm and earthy her voice is.

    I do think parts of this record have dated a bit more than some of her other releases. The new agey-spiritual stuff always felt a bit preachy, and the fact that she returned to that well a few too many times afterwards doesn't help this album in retrospect. That said, I'm being nit-picky. The high points on this album are VERY high.

    I'll give a shout out to "To Have and Not to Hold," which rarely gets mentioned. I think it's beautiful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleeptheclock View Post
    I'll give a shout out to "To Have and Not to Hold," which rarely gets mentioned. I think it's beautiful.
    Here here! My third favorite track from the album.

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    Another gorgeous song that (presumably) originated during the Ray of Light sessions (written by Madonna and William Orbit), "Be Careful (Cuidado Con Mi Corazón)," a duet with Ricky Martin which can be found on his self-titled album from 1999:



    And here's the song with just Madonna's contribution. While never actually in the recording studio together, the two singers recorded their parts separately before the song was mixed together.

    I now understand why Madonna sounds so deep in the final version. Her vocals were pitched down and the tempo was slowed to accommodate Ricky's key.


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    ^The demo version seems to be sped up quite a bit on Youtube, hence the pitch shift.

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    This was the first Madonna album I bought myself (well, I had my mom boy it for me). I was ten and thought it was the coolest thing ever. I still think it's pretty cool that she released an album along those lines, even though it's aged a bit. My favorites are "Mer Girl," (it doesn't even sound like a Madonna song!) "To Have and Not to Hold," and "Candy Perfume Girl."

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    The "You see?" which begins "Drowned World" is a sample taken from "Why I Follow the Tigers" by San Sebastian Strings. The writers of the song have a co-writing credit on "Drowned World" as it shares a similar storyline.




    The poem by Max Blagg that informed the lyrics of "Sky Fits Heaven," read by Blagg for a 1993 GAP commercial. Blagg was allegedly paid for the use of the lines so as not to receive a writing credit.




    An interpolation of the song "Space" by Gabor Szabo was used to create "Mer Girl."


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    Why all these posts about inspirations/samples for songs all of a sudden?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleeptheclock View Post
    Why all these posts about inspirations/samples for songs all of a sudden?
    Why not? It's relevant and I just think it's interesting.
    Last edited by Joey; 01-19-2012 at 03:11 AM.

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    WHY not?! I love all those little bits of information (thanks for sharing!). I think they are incredibly fascinating.

    I wonder what she is reciting in the demo/instrumental version of Drowned World. It's pretty much intelligible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joey View Post
    The "You see?" which begins "Drowned World" is a sample taken from "Why I Follow the Tigers" by San Sebastian Strings. The writers of the song have a co-writing credit on "Drowned World" as it shares a similar storyline.


    Wow, they got a writing credit for this? Besides the "You See" sample, I don't see any other similarities. (Same with the "Mer Girl" one...)

    And count me in as someone who loves these "inspiration" videos too. I had no idea so many of her songs started with someone else's.

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    One of those albums that I played to death for a couple of years after it's release, then took a long break, so now whenever I put it back on I'm taken right back to those days. A good feeling.

    Talking of influences, does Caroline Lavelle's 1995 William Orbit produced LP "Spirit" get the credit it deserves as being pretty much Ray of Light 0.9? A bit less pop, a bit more mellow, but definitely cut from the same cloth:


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    I'll have to check out her album!

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