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Madonna – Like A Virgin (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 21st, 2011

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984

“Like a Virgin” is a song by American singer Madonna from her second album of the same name. It was released on November 6, 1984 by Sire Records, as the first single from the album. It was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly and produced by Nile Rodgers; Steinberg said that the song was inspired by his personal experiences of romance. It was chosen for Madonna by Michael Ostin of Warner Bros. Records after listening to a demo sung by Kelly. However, Rodgers initially felt that the song did not have a good enough hook and was not suitable for Madonna, but subsequently changed his opinion after the hook was stuck in his mind.

Musically “Like a Virgin” is a dance-oriented song, composed of two hooks. Madonna’s voice is heard in a high register while a continuous arrangement of drums are heard along the bassline. The lyrics of the song is ambiguous and consists of hidden innuendo. In sexual terms, the lyrics can be interpreted in different ways for different people. “Like a Virgin” received positive reviews from contemporary as well as old critics, who frequently called it as one of the defining songs for Madonna. It became her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, while reaching the top of the charts in Australia, Canada and Japan and the top-ten of the other countries.

The music video portrayed Madonna sailing down the riverways of Venice in a gondola, as well as roaming around a palace wearing a white wedding dress. With the video, scholars noted Madonna’s portrayal of a sexually independent woman, the symbolism of the appearance of a man with lion’s mask to that of Saint Mark, and compared the eroticism of the video to the vitality of the city of Venice. Madonna has performed the song in five of her concert tours, most recent being the Confessions Tour in 2006. Majority of the time, her performances of “Like a Virgin” has been associated with strong reaction and uproar from the media.

“Like a Virgin” has been covered by a number of artists and has appeared in feature films such as Reservoir Dogs, Moulin Rouge! and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The song is noted for its profound effect on society. Family groups sought to ban it as they believed that the song promoted sex without marriage. On the other hand, Madonna’s public persona of an indomitable, sexually unashamed, supremely confident woman was widely accepted by the younger generation who emulated her style and fashion. Scholars have credited “Like a Virgin” as the song which cemented her position as a pop culture icon.

SIDE A:
Like A Virgin (Extended Dance Remix) 6:07
Engineer [Additional] – Melanie West
Remix – John “Jellybean” Benitez
Engineer [Remix] – Michael Hutchinson
Written-By – Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly

SIDE B:
Stay 4:04
Written-By – Madonna, Steve Bray*

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1985 Like A Virgin U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1985 Like A Virgin U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #1
1985 Like A Virgin U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles #9
1985 Like A Virgin U.S. Cashbox Top 100 Singles #1

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Sire – 0-20239, Sire – 9 20239-0 A
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Maxi-Single, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Photography – Larry Williams
Producer – Nile Rodgers

NOTES:
Produced for Nile Rodgers Productions.
Original version of “Like A Virgin” and “Stay” from the Sire album “Like A Virgin” (1-25157)

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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15 Responses to “Madonna – Like A Virgin (US 12″)”

  1. Johan Says:

    Thank you!

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  2. antbee Says:

    This is in the top five of my favourite Madonna songs! The production on it is stellar, thanks to Nile Rodgers, and it’s just so catchy. Love it!
    Thanks Paul!

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  3. Orlando Says:

    Thanks a lot DjPault, almost twenty-seven years ago and still sounds fresh to this day.

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  4. Spring Says:

    Thank you Paul! (please take one more again :))
    You make our days better and more interesting

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  5. Jermajesty Says:

    Are these the same versions as on the Like A Virgin CD re-issue?
    http://www.amazon.com/Like-Virgin-Madonna/dp/B00005J6SZ/

    Great song, pipped only by Into The Groove, I’d say.

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    ric Reply:

    same version, but I’ve heard those remasters are not very well done, with distortions and clippings…
    and I agree about Into The Groove…such a mistake not making it an A-side in the US

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    Adam Reply:

    U WOT !
    Speaking from a European perspective – This statement [above] sounds kinda MAD
    I remember this being HUGE as a CLUB play record & one a lot of types of Dj’s would play if the dance floor was ‘flagging’ a little = cue mass invasion straight 2 the dance floor (theme to s-express is/was another)
    I seem to remember it would get your ‘less than typical’ clubber to said dancefloor – It seemed to just hit home and make folk wanna dance
    Which is why, to hear it WASN’T a single Stateside is [almost] beyond belief.

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  6. Piotrvladimir Says:

    Thank You!!

    I remember I’ve read that Jellybean complained about the drummer which was’nt regular during the recording sessions and the difficulties he had to remix the track.

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    Ciccone Reply:

    Yeah, Jellybean really had his work cut out for him when he was asked to remix “Like A Virgin”.

    The fact is that Nile Rodgers actually did his own 12 inch Mix of the song which Madonna felt was good enough but Warner Bros. wanted a different style of remix. They felt there could have been a more dance oriented version created, so they asked Jellybean to remix it to make it more club friendly.

    There were lots of issues because the original recording was done by a live drummer, the tempo and drum playing pattern kept changing during the song so it was really hard for Jellybean to create percussion overdubs that match dates beat. Eventually he figure dit out and the final result was a dance-floor smash extended remix. The 12 inch went straight to Number 1 on the Billboard Club Play charts.

    The Jellybean mix of the song adds a new perspective and is a really good example of first class remixing.
    Thanks Paul for posting the 12 inch Mix here.. A true 80’s classic!

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  7. Doug Says:

    Hooray! I hope you’ll post some more Madonna classics!!

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  8. ToBAlive Says:

    I remember running to my friend’s house to listen to this 12″. We had so much fun dancing with it. Thanks for this posting ; )

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  9. DjPaulT Says:

    You’re welcome guys one of my fav Madonna 12″ singles. Enjoy, be safe and have a great weekend 🙂

    ~ DjPaulT

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  10. MusicMan3 Says:

    Great post. Love this track, and great remix. Thanks!

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  11. atahualpaFX Says:

    You are AMAZING, Paul – but also very brave posting a Madonna record. I would assume that it would trigger some hardship from “the big boys” :/

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  12. cherbette Says:

    I love when you post Madonna!!! It would be ridiculous for “the big boys” to cause a commotion (pun intended) considering most of the mixes posted here aren’t available on CD or are now OOP. Just my two cents. I wouldn’t put it past them, though.

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