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Madonna – Like A Prayer (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on August 16th, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1989

A. Front

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADONNA!

“Like a Prayer” is a song recorded by American singer Madonna for her 1989 studio album of the same name. Sire Records released it as the lead single from the album on March 3, 1989. Written and produced by Madonna and Patrick Leonard, “Like a Prayer” denoted a more artistic and personal approach to songwriting for Madonna, who felt she needed to cater more to her adult audience.

“Like a Prayer” is a pop rock song with elements of gospel music. A choir provides background vocals that heighten the song’s spiritual nature, and a rock guitar keeps the music dark and mysterious. Madonna introduced liturgical words in the lyrics—inspired by her Catholic upbringing—but changed the context in which they were used. They have dual meanings of sexual innuendo and religion. “Like a Prayer” was acclaimed by critics, and was a commercial success. It was Madonna’s seventh number-one single on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100, and topped the singles charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom and other countries.

The music video, directed by Mary Lambert, portrays Madonna as a witness to a murder hiding in a church for safety. The clip depicts Catholic symbols such as stigmata and burning crosses, and a dream about making love to a saint. After its release, the Vatican condemned the video, while family and religious groups protested its broadcast. They boycotted products by soft drink manufacturer Pepsi, which used the song for a commercial. Madonna’s contract with Pepsi was then canceled, although she was allowed to retain her initial fee.

The song has been featured on four of Madonna’s concert tours, most recently the MDNA Tour in 2012. “Like a Prayer” has been covered by many artists. The song is noted for the mayhem surrounding the music video, and the different interpretations of its content, leading to discussions among music and film scholars. Alongside its respective album, “Like a Prayer” has been considered a turning point in Madonna’s career, as she began to be viewed as an efficient businesswoman—someone who knew how to sell a concept.

This ultra rare US 12″ promo contains three dub mixes that are exclusive tis release. The single is housed in a unique picture sleeve. The “Dub Beats” remix contains uncredited samples from Prince’s “Black Album”.

EAST SIDE:
Like A Prayer (12″ Dance Mix) 7:50
Remix – Shep Pettibone

Like A Prayer (Instra Dub) 6:11
Remix – Shep Pettibone

Like A Prayer (Bass Dub) 5:48
Remix – Shep Pettibone

WEST SIDE:
Like A Prayer (12″ Club Version) 6:35
Remix – Bill Bottrell

Like A Prayer (Dub Beats) 4:40
Remix – Bill Bottrell

Like A Prayer (7″ Remix/Edit) 5:41
Remix – Bill Bottrell

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1989 Like A Prayer U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1989 Like A Prayer U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary #3
1989 Like A Prayer U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #1
1989 Like A Prayer U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles #20
1989 Like A Prayer U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Year End #25
1989 Like A Prayer U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Year End #10

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Sire ‎– PRO-A-3472
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1989
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Co-producer – Patrick Leonard
Edited By – Junior Vasquez (tracks: A1 to A3
Engineer – Robert Salcedo* (tracks: B1 to B3), Michael R. Hutchinson* (tracks: A1 to A3)
Programmed By – Fred McFarlane (tracks: A1 to A3)
Written-By – MadonnaPatrick Leonard

NOTES:
Promotion Only
Original version appears on the Sire LP:
“LIKE A PRAYER”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

East Side

West Side

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Pro-Ject Speed Box S
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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51 Responses to “Madonna – Like A Prayer (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Chwee Says:

    Happy Birthday to Her Madgesty! Have always loved this 12″ Promo Single! You know what is so great about Madonna’s birthday – it is my birthday too! *glee*

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Happy Birthday Chwee & Madonna lol

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    Chwee Reply:

    LOL – THANK YOU! 😉

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    bee main Reply:

    thanks 4 post paul, but i dont know what is the username, the pass i have it, but username…

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  2. carlos Says:

    Gracias Paul, no sabia que existian estas versiones dub de like a prayer, en verdad un gran aporte para los fanaticos de los 12 inch.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    De nada mi amigo 🙂

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  3. Dean Says:

    the “Dub Beats” remix contains uncredited samples from Prince’s “Black Album” which, at that time, was still unreleased. this 12″ was a pretty hot item for Prince fans back then too!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for the info Dean 🙂

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  4. Gianni Says:

    It’s good to have the Pettibone dub mixes that were not available on the promo cd single. Thank you for this post, Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Gianni 🙂

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  5. Diego (Uruguay) Says:

    Good 12″ Promo!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Diego 🙂

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  6. Stefano Says:

    Never heard the dub mixes! Such a great post, again…
    Thanks a lot Paul for this excellent 12 inch.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano. Have a nice weekend 🙂

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  7. Mike.MB Says:

    I looooove all Shep’s mixes, even better on a Madonna music…

    I just wish Madonna released a 12-incher of Till Death Do Us Part, on a 180-gram picture disc, gatefold sleeve vinyl… aww well, it’s just a wish..lol…

    this is awesome, DJ Paul! ;)…

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  8. MAN Says:

    Excellent Choice , many thanks for posting this one , you know I am always likes the Dub Versions , I never heard this version before

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome MAN. Yeah the dubs are exclusive to this 12″.

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  9. ex15 Says:

    One of my favorite Madge tracks, perhaps not a 12″, but a complete album of “Like A Prayer”

    Can’t wait to hear this..

    Keep it coming Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Ex15. One of my favorite Madonna albums/singles too 🙂

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  10. Doug Says:

    Thanks so much for posting this classic! This song introduced me to Madonna when I was 7 years old and saw her Pepsi TV commercial when it aired. I wondered who that cool woman was on TV dancing to that cool song 🙂 It also introduced me to remixes because they played the dance mix on the radio, and when I got the album I was shocked by how much slower it sounded.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Wow! you must still be a youngster Doug 🙂 I was already twenty at that time. I remember being in a dance club and the dj premiering the 12″ great fun.

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  11. dazz22 Says:

    another good one to finnish the weekend off good man have a nice and safe weekend

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Have a nice weekend Dazz22 🙂

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  12. Sokudoningyou Says:

    Two awesome tracks in two days. Thanks for these, Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Sokudoningyou 🙂

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  13. ric Says:

    I agree, two killer posts in a row for me, Paul!
    And what’s the connection between the two? Besides it being Madonna’s birthday?
    Well, you did mention that Careless Whisper was Billboard’s #1 for 1985, and he was the one who kept Madonna’s Like A Virgin from ending the year as #1!!!
    Thanks for this rare promo share, Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ric. Hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂

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  14. Ray Fisher Says:

    wow never heard of the dubs before. Thank you so much, paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ray Fisher. Enjoy!

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  15. musicdivaSF Says:

    A nice tribute to the one and only Queen of Pop. Not what I would expect on a disco Friday post but definitely awesome nonetheless. As mentioned, he Dub mixes are the rarities on here, so as always thank you for completing my collection. 🙂

    #happybirthdayMadonna #queenofpop

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome MusicdivaSF. Skipped Disco Friday this week in order celebrate the Queen of Pop 🙂

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  16. Ziv Says:

    Wow, I was looking for this 12″ for many years.
    Thanks Paul!

    Now you should re-post Michael Davidson ‎- Turn It Up 🙂
    You posted it many years ago in MP3 quality only.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    lol had forgotten about the Michael Davidson 12″ i’ll have to dig that one out of storage 🙂

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  17. Christian Says:

    Great post, Paul! I have the CD promo (http://www.discogs.com/Madonna-Like-A-Prayer/release/478917) but have never seen the 12″ promo. Thanks!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Both great promo’s Christian 🙂

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    Christian Reply:

    The “East Side” / “West Side” is a cute detail. I wouldn’t have noticed except for your meticulous artwork. I will download your posts, even if I already own it, just for the artwork 🙂

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    Goodguy Reply:

    I liked the Warner labels art department’s decision to do these variations on design for the picture sleeved promo only releases. They were usually a monochromatic or duo-toned variation of the retail cover, or using other art from the same design sessions. They generally only had the cover and spine printed, leaving the back white. Blancmange’s “Don’t Tell Me”, Depeche Mode’s “Strangelove”, and Erasure’s “A Little Respect” all has similar promo pressings. Whether it influenced Club DJ’s or radio, I don’t know, but it sure seemed like eyecandy for fans.

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    Christian Reply:

    I agree Goodguy. I always got excited when I found one in the bins. Madonna’s You Can Dance promos were in this style, too. I sort of assumed the white back and use of two colors was just for cost savings (less and fewer ink), but you might be right that it was a conscious aesthetic decision.

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    Goodguy Reply:

    Oh, I do think the origin of the style was a cost-cutting measure. Still, as on this particular one above, that dept. decided to make the most of what limited palette or pressing constraints were imposed, and succeeded. Sometimes, when a bar is set, you try just that much harder.

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  18. Mike Says:

    Paul,
    Thank you so much for sharing your music with us. These past few weeks have been some of your best to date. I really appreciate all your hard work.

    Mike

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Mike appreciate your kind comment 🙂

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  19. CakeSaint Says:

    Paul,
    This is a real treasure! Thanks so much for sharing this with the world!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome CakeSaint 🙂

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  20. Marc from Nova Scotia Says:

    Good God…easily one of my 3 or 4 favourite songs EVER, and somehow I never knew those dub mixes even existed. What’s wrong with me?! Thanks a million for bringing these to my attention!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re very welcome Marc 🙂

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  21. Guss Says:

    Thank you very much Paul for this great promo!!!

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  22. musicman3 Says:

    Great post, Paul. Love the dubs!

    It’s such a treat to hear Madonna rarities, especially of a classic like “Like A Prayer.” You really made my day.

    Cheers!

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  23. Goodguy Says:

    Seriously, one of the most sought after promos out there. While not uber-rare (I own it!), it’s chock-full of mixes that could/should have been available retail. That DJ Paul decided to do a Hi-Q rip must have surely sent a buzz out online.

    Maybe Paul will do the same for the Erasure “A Little Respect” promo? Some nice scans of that cover would be sweet. 🙂

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  24. Vjeko Says:

    Thank you Paul! This is just beautiful! I had no idea I would EVER hear those Dub versions!

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  25. woz Says:

    Lovin’ this promo tonight. Soaking up the remixes.

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  26. yonny5 Says:

    I love songs

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