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Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 17th, 2013


A. Front

“Papa Don’t Preach” is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna. The song was written by Brian Elliot with additional lyrics by Madonna, and produced by Stephen Bray and Madonna for her third studio album True Blue, released in June 1986. The song’s musical style combines pop and classical stylings, and its lyrics deal with teenage pregnancy and abortion. It was based on teen gossip he heard outside Elliot’s studio, which has a large front window that doubles as a mirror where schoolgirls from the North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles regularly stopped to fix their hair and chat.

Released as the album’s second single in mid-1986, the song was a commercial success. It became Madonna’s fourth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and performed well internationally, reaching the top position in the United Kingdom and Australia. It was well received by music critics and was frequently cited as a highlight in the album. The music video, directed by James Foley, shows Madonna’s second image makeover, featuring her with a more toned and muscular body, and cropped platinum blonde hair. It portrayed a storyline where Madonna is trying to tell her father about her pregnancy. The images are juxtaposed with shots of Madonna dancing and singing in a small, darkened studio, and spending a romantic evening with her boyfriend.

Shortly after its release, the song caused heated discussions about its lyrical content. Women’s organizations and others in the family planning field criticized Madonna for encouraging teenage pregnancy, while groups opposed to abortion saw it as a positive pro-life message. Madonna has performed “Papa Don’t Preach” in four of her world tours, most recently the MDNA Tour in 2012. The song also caused her first conflict with the Vatican, as she dedicated it to Pope John Paul II, who urged Italian fans to boycott her concerts during the Who’s That Girl World Tour in 1987.

Papa Don’t Preach (Extended Remix) 5:43
Co-producer – Stephen Bray
Mixed By – Michael Verdick
Producer – Madonna

Pretender (LP Version) 4:28
Producer – Nile Rodgers

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1986 Papa Don’t Preach U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1986 Papa Don’t Preach U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #16
1986 Papa Don’t Preach U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club/Play #4


Label: Sire ‎– 0-20492
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

Side A from the LP “TRUE BLUE”
Side B from the LP “LIKE A VIRGIN”

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

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19 Responses to “Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach (US 12″)”

  1. musicdivaSF Says:

    The first single out of her True Blue album that was quite controversial at the time. Interestingly enough, I did not quite understand all the hub-bub when this first hit the airwaves. I just simply loved the song and thought that the video was so touching. Madonna had that air of innocence as to how she portrayed her character in the video.

    On a side note, True Blue is probably my third most loved Madonna album second to Like a Prayer and Ray of Light. But I rank True Blue as my #1 in best album covers.

    Thanks Dj PaulT for this wonderful post and happy hump day!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Happy Hump day MusicdivaSF. I remember the anticipation by dj’s when this 12″ was released everyone was so excited to hear the remix. The dj at the night club that I frequented back then debuted it as the first song of the night and the dance floor was in a frenzy. Such great times.

    I loved the “True Blue” album cover because it was so much like Olivia’s “Physical” album cover both shot by Herb Ritts.


    spoinny Reply:

    I remember being disappointed in this “remix”, didn’t vary that much from the original, but I was rewarded after with one of my favorite remixes of this era: “Open Your Heart” which was fantastic!


  2. sailer Says:

    This was also released as a Video CD single for use on laser disc players. The video clip (in analog video) and the Extended Remix together on a gold colored 5″ CD/LD hybrid. My Ex-wife stole my copy


    Jermajesty Reply:

    Video CD is a digital format (MPEG-1). It was Laser Disc that was analogue. Doesn’t make the pain any easier, I know. What a cow. I bet that thing’s worth $1m now?


    The Doctor Reply:

    I think what Sailer meant is “CD Video”, which (confusingly) is different than “VideoCD”. 🙂

    “VideoCD”, yes, is just a standard CD which has video recorded in MPEG-1 (a.k.a. “White Book” standard).

    “CD Video” was, in fact, LaserDisc-style analog video, recorded on a 12cm disc which had the same size as an audio CD. It generally had up to 5 minutes of LaserDisc-type video, plus up to 20 minutes of normal CD-audio tracks; if you put one in a regular audio-CD player, track #1 (the video track) will (or should be) ignored. These discs were usually gold-colored to differentiate them from normal audio discs. The format only lasted a few years — the intended target market was to sell “video singles” to teenagers who watched those videos on MTV, but of course, back in the 80s, what teenager could afford a $1000 laserdisc player, or would want to carry one around with them? 🙂


    sailer Reply:

    Doctor, you are correct. CD Video.
    I had about 10 or 15 of them as I was selling Laser Disc players at the time and they made great demos. I lost most of everything in the divorce, but I still have about half dozen of them.

    I think the Madonna one was the only one that offered a remix as the featured audio only track.


    The Doctor Reply:

    Those are probably worth some serious coin these days. I only have one CD-Video in my collection, myself; “The Other Side of Life”, by the Moody Blues — and I’ve always suspected it was a complete accident that the music store I got it from even had it at all, because I don’t recall ever seeing any other CDVs stocked there. I’d be willing to bet it just somehow found its way into a shipment of CDs of the album (which was also named “The Other Side of Life”), and they put it out on the shelf without even knowing what it was. 🙂

    I wouldn’t mind adding some more to my collection, but they seem to be really hard to come by. (Especially in NTSC; it seems like a lot of the ones that pop up on eBay — or at least, the ones I’d be interested in having — are European PAL discs, and I don’t have a PAL-capable LD player. 🙁 )


  3. Spring Says:

    Thank you Paul! Cool song by Madonna!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring 🙂


  4. ric Says:

    I agree, True Blue is my favourite Madonna album cover too. And with her change of image faster than you can say MDNA, I think the Marilyn-inspired look is one of my faves too.
    With this single and its parent album, Madonna became the second woman (at that time) to top the UK Singles and Album charts at the same time. Seems like easy breezy these days, but back then it’s harder than topping The Everest! Barbra did it first in 1980 with Woman In Love.
    Papa Don’t Preach also ended the year as UK’s 8th best selling single while True Blue (the single) was 11th.
    I still recall hearing it for the very first time when it entered AT40 as a new entry, and the classical strings intro got me hooked instantly! Timeless classic. Thanks Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ric I loved this single too listened to it over and over. My only gripe was that theor was any other official mixes except this one. Thanks for sharing your chart knowledge.


  5. woz Says:

    This sound is what it’s all about for me. Thanks, Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Woz!


  6. Chwee Says:

    Who would forget the buzz generated by True Blue? I love the 12″ extended remix version, and the video version which has a different ending. Great music from a great year – 1986!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I totally agree with you Chwee 🙂


  7. Ramone Says:

    Pretty standard extended version here (personally I wouldn’t call it a ‘remix’ by any means) focusing entirely on the bassline from what I remember. The Lucky Star and Borderline extended versions were a whole lot better than this one. The blonde makeover ..the single .. didn’t overwhelm me and I enjoyed the True Blue single and alternate video and remixes a whole lot more. (but ya I still bought this 12″ single)


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I just wish there had been more mixes for this track loved it though 🙂


  8. Jay Says:

    Thank you Paul.


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