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Madonna – Angel (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 5th, 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

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“Angel” is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her second studio album Like a Virgin. It was released on April 10, 1985 by Sire Records as the third single from the album. Written by Steve Bray and Madonna, it was one of the first songs developed for the project and, according to Madonna, was inspired by a girl who is saved by an angel, and she falls in love with Him. “Angel” was released as a 12″ single with “Into the Groove” in some countries and charted likewise. A music video was initially planned for the release, but was later cancelled. Instead a promotional video comprising clips from her previous videos was released in the United Kingdom.

Musically “Angel” consists of three chord ascending hook, which serves for the verse and chorus. It has vocal harmonies beneath the main chorus and the lyrics repeat the angel-like image of Madonna’s saviour. Critics gave mixed review of the song, with one group denoting it as a classic while the others felt it was sub-par compared to the other Madonna singles. “Angel” became Madonna’s fifth consecutive top-five single on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top of its dance charts. It was also able to reach number-one in Australia and the top-five of the charts in Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom. Madonna has performed the song only once, on her Virgin Tour in 1985.

“Burning Up” (Alternate Album Version) is used for the Vinyl edition of Madonna – The First Album and has a duration of 4:48. This version is actually the original album version, before being replaced with the final mix (also used in the video version). This version also appeared as the b-side fof the 7″ and 12″ versions of “Angel” in European markets.

SIDE A:
Angel (Extended Dance Mix) 6:15
Producer – Nile Rodgers
Remix – James FarberNile Rodgers
Written-By – MadonnaStephen Bray

SIDE B:
Burning Up (Alternate Album Version) 4:48
Producer – Reggie Lucas
Written-By – Madonna

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1985 Angel U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #5
1985 Angel U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks #5
1985 Angel U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #1

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Sire – W 8881 T
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 45 RPM
Country: UK
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Photography By – Herb Ritts

NOTES:
Side A from the album “Like A Virgin”
Side B from the album “Madonna: The First Album”

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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45 Responses to “Madonna – Angel (UK 12″)”

  1. antbee Says:

    Thank you, Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Antbee!!

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  2. Marty Says:

    Too cool!!!! Thanks, Paul!!! =)

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Marty 🙂

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  3. Chwee Says:

    Thanks Paul – I do miss the original version of BURNING UP on the debut album on vinyl. It is such a pity that the reissues on CDs (including the later international version of the album with a new cover) is the newer shorter version lasting only 3:45.

    Have a Happy Easter!! ~ Chwee (Sg)

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Chwee it is a shame that the record label didn’t keep the integrity of the original LP for the CD issues. Shame on them! Happy Easter my friend 🙂

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  4. TW Says:

    Thanks, Paul. If you’re about to do with Madonna 12-inchers what you just did with Tina Turner, this will be very exciting.

    By the way, could you recommend a site with quality vinyl rips of Madonna’s unreleased-on-CD 7″ edits and remixes? I know that’s not your theme here. I keep thinking they will be released digitally, but no luck I guess.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    TW not really sure of any other sites that deal with 7″ versions I post them on occasion the problem is that 7″ singles usually do not sound very good.

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  5. Paul Says:

    Thanks, I love this song. I had the original CD with that version of Burning up on years ago. I replaced it with the Re-Release and din’t think to rip it and sold it on e-bay 🙁

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    That’s a shame Paul 🙁

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    Ally Reply:

    I do not believe this version of Burning Up has ever appeared on a Madonna CD. There are some CDs, such as the German CD of Maodnna – The First Album, that incorrectly list the timing at 4:48, but they all play the standard 3:41 video version.

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  6. Christian Says:

    Wow! Thanks, Paul! How do I call myself a Madonna fan without realizing that the vinyl album had a longer version of Burning Up?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Christian it’s easy to look over these things lol.

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  7. bodyalive Says:

    Thank you Paul
    In italy (my country) this 12 single has Into the groove as B side.
    I was amazed by this B side…actually much better song than A side, Angel.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Bodyalive in the USA the b-side is also “Into The Groove” 🙂

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  8. Jermajesty Says:

    Thanks DJPaulT, you’re an angel.

    This is one of those Madonna songs I always forget exists, but absolutely love!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    aaw thank you Jermajesty! I love this song also 🙂

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  9. Doug Says:

    I was looking for this exact remix of Angel just a day or two ago— and now here it is!! 😀

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Doug I am glad I was able to end your search 🙂

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  10. Ray Fisher Says:

    I always hated this song. one of my least favorite Madonna singles.

    But i am thankful to finally have a great rip of the original version of “Burning Up” Thanks so much Paul!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Ray I always loved this song! It is one of those that is always overlooked.

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    Ray Fisher Reply:

    LOL maybe she’ll resurrect it from the dead for you on tour, like she did for “Borderline” in ’08…but hopefully this time she doesn’t ruin it, by playing it on guitar!

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  11. Spring Says:

    One more ‘thank you’ to you, Paul! I like those songs! Never heard Extended Dance Mix of ‘Angel’ before. And this alternate version of ‘Burning Up’ is great two. When I listen to Madonna’s early songs similar to these I much harder start to hate her latest album MDNA… Where are those 80s????!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree Spring I much prefer 80’s Madonna. I have not bought a Madonna album since “Music” I believe.

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    Jermajesty Reply:

    :O

    You haven’t got Confessions????????!!!????

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  12. Spring Says:

    My 3 fav albums are “Madonna/The First Album,” “True Blue” and “Bedtime Stories”.
    And a personal question: Paul how are you liked Olivia’s latest experiments with those remixes on “A few Best Men”? 😉

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Love, Love, Love Olivia’s new dance tracks on the “A Few Best Men” soundtrac especially “Weightless” 🙂

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  13. Spring Says:

    Yes I too very much like it!!!! I think it good turn in her career. The truth many people yet didn’t estimate it. Probably they didn’t get used to hear such music from angelic Olivia 🙂

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  14. mr.misterfan Says:

    Thx ,very nice, i have the EP japan release Club Mix EP which is included Material Girl (Extended Dance Remix)as well, great DJPaulT, go on like this, by the way and going out of the subject of Madonna´s releases, i have Howard Jones – The Prisoner 12″ Vinyl, but is not in pecfect conditions, if you have this one ,please post it, i will appreciate it, thx again, bye

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Mr.Misterfan 🙂

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  15. ric Says:

    Even though Angel was a Top 5 smash for Madonna, I so wished that Sire had the sense to release Into The Groove as an A-side single in the USA. One of two mysteries regarding Into The Groove. The other is the lack of any 12″ remix when it did get the A-side treatment.
    Madonna had an amazing 1985 in the UK with eight straight Top 5’s!
    As for Madonna’s debut album…besides the longer Burning Up, I also preferred the edgy original cover. The sleeve for the re-titled one seems almost like an afterthought and grabbing any leftovers from Madonna’s photo shoots.
    Happy Easter Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Happy Easter Ric!!

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  16. musicdivaSF Says:

    You’re an Angel Dj Paul and I’m excited to give this rare Burning Up version a listen. Have a nice Easter weekend ahead.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you MusicdivaSF! I hope you have a wonderfu Easter weekend as well 🙂

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  17. textster Says:

    I have this 12″ on vinyl – and not played it for years!!! Was only looking at it yesterday actually and wishing I could transfer this version of “Burning Up” (my favourite mix of it) onto my laptop – and here it is!! So many thanks and Happy Easter.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Textster you’re welcome and Happy Easter!

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  18. giorgio-greece Says:

    thank u angel!!!!!

    i’m a proud owner of a greek printed 12” of ‘Angel’ with ‘Into The Groove’ as the B-side!!!

    thank u very much,wish u a happy easter!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Happy easter Giorgio!

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  19. feanor Says:

    thanks again, i have the u.s. version with “into the groove,” but it’s always sounded bad! sometimes you get a record like that…so glad to have a nice, clean copy!

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  20. Kent Says:

    Thanks Paul! 🙂

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  21. david Says:

    This “alternate album version” is actually the Jellybean Mix of Burning Up.

    Thanks for the rip!

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  22. Pedro Paulo Says:

    Thank You, DjPaulT!!! Agree with you TW (Thanks, Paul. If you’re about to do with Madonna 12-inchers what you just did with Tina Turner, this will be very exciting)

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  23. Jim S Says:

    Paul –

    My old DJ roommate had this version of ‘Burning Up’ on his Madonna LP [I had the cassette, and by the time I got the LP the shorter version was on it] and used to play it while DJing back in the day [1983]. He finally hid it so I would not wear the track out 🙂 Never was able to find a copy of the original LP and a big thumbs up for you posting this!

    Jim

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  24. Martijn Says:

    I always remember when I was 13 or so, she was on a Dutch top 40 show with Holiday, and introduced as ‘ This is Madonna and she wants to become famous, and quickly too’. And it so happened as we all know. This one is one of my favorites. I have all her 80s cd singles ripped including this one and I cant believe how many of them I like!
    Angel, like Dress You Up are magical live versions. It is as if you feel being part of the crowd, being part of history, somehow in the same way as I envy people who were lucky enough to see Elvis in Honolulu.
    She deserves her fame, since she showed that from the 80s on women were to be reckoned with, and that, for anyone who has willpower enough, fame might just be attainable.

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  25. ackey Says:

    Thanks Amazing!!!!!!!!

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