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Madonna – Dress You Up (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on December 13th, 2016

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984

“Dress You Up” is a song by American singer Madonna from her second studio album Like a Virgin (1984). It was released on July 31, 1985 as the album’s final single, by Sire Records. The song was the last track to be added to the album as it was submitted late by songwriters Andrea LaRusso and Peggy Stanziale. Madonna pushed for the song’s inclusion on Like a Virgin as she particularly liked its lyrics. Musically, the song is a drum beat driven dance track featuring instrumentation from guitars and vocals from a choir and a guitar solo played by Nile Rodgers, who also produced the song. The lyrics are an extended metaphor for fashion and sex, comparing dressing up with passion. A live performance from Madonna’s first tour was used as the music video.

Critics reacted positively to the dance-pop nature of the track. “Dress You Up” became Madonna’s sixth consecutive top-five single in the United States. It also reached the top-ten in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The song was performed on four of Madonna’s concert tours, most recently on the Rebel Heart Tour (2015–16). “Dress You Up” was added to the “Filthy Fifteen” list of the Parents Music Resource Center, due to the sexual nature of its lyrics.

SIDE A:
Dress You Up (The 12″ Formal Mix) 6:16
Engineer [Assistant] – Melanie West
Engineer [Remix] – Michael Hutchinson
Producer [Additional Production], Remix – John “Jellybean” Benitez
Written-By – Andrea LaRusso, Peggy Stanziale

SIDE B:
Dress You Up (The Casual Instrumental Mix) 4:36
Engineer [Assistant] – Melanie West
Engineer [Remix] – Michael Hutchinson
Producer [Additional Production], Remix – John “Jellybean” Benitez
Written-By – Andrea LaRusso, Peggy Stanziale

Shoo-Bee-Doo (LP Version) 5:16
Written-By – Madonna

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1984 Dress You Up U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #5
1984 Dress You Up U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary #32
1984 Dress You Up U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Nusic/Club Play #3
1984 Dress You Up U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop #64

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Sire – 0-20369
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Maxi-Single
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Art Direction – Jeri McManus
Mastered By – RL*
Photography By – Neal Preston
Producer – Nile Rodgers

NOTES:
Produced for Nile Rodgers Productions, Inc.
From the LP “LIKE A VIRGIN”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube:
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard:
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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27 Responses to “Madonna – Dress You Up (US 12″)”

  1. NKelly Says:

    What a cracking return! More Madonna please. So many 7″s and 12″s unaccounted for by couldn’t-care-less Madonna all these years on, in the digital age!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Neil 🙂

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  2. Jeff Says:

    Fantastic pick Paul!! Just read about Madonna and her moving speech when she was honored as Billboard Woman of the Year. She really is PHENOMENAL and, like she says, she’s still here!! Amen to that!! Thank you for this twelve inch and more of Jellybean’s wonderful remixes.

    I’m so glad you’re back. Hopefully, you’re feeling much better. Still, take it easy and surround yourself with positivity. You create so much of that for us Paul and we’re all so grateful!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jeff Madonna is still here for sure love her early work. Glad that sehe is being honored by the industry. Felling better but still a little sniffle or cough here and there 🙂

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  3. Martijn van Heeringen Says:

    I have all the digitized versions from the Japanese cd single box, but just wanted to say this Dress You Up is a fantastic track!
    I have said it before, but when all is said and done, in the future generations will realize it was not the 60s or the 70s that revolutionized sex, or put women on the map, but that is was the staggering achievement of one woman in the 80s: Madonna.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Agree Madonna was a trail blazer of the 80s but I have to say that Olivia paved the way for her.

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    Martijn van Heeringen Reply:

    If you have time I would be curious to hear your elaboration on that. I only remember ONJ as an extremely popular artist from Greece, and later from the glamour of Xanadu and Physical. She was sexy but never shocking nor provoking, as far as I remember. Do you mean she was an inspiration for Madonna, like Marilyn Monroe, in the same way as Jean Harlow was an inspiration for Norma Jean herself?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Madonna has mentioned in the past that Olivia was one of her idols. Olivia paved the way for many artists by crossing genre’s going from country in the early 70s to pop in the late 70s with “Grease” (1978) followed by the album “Totally Hot” (1979. She then transformed her image many times throughout the 80s. She wasn’t as controversial as Madonna except “Physical” was banned on many radio stations at the time it’s also the biggest single of the 80s. ONJ was also a video pioneer winning the first ever Grammy for her long form “Physical” video album directed by Brian Grant. Olivia also recorded the first safe sex song by a mainstream artist, “Love and Let Live from her 1988 album “The Rumour”. She also featured gay men in her “Physical” video in 1981 way before Madonna.

    I am not saying they are the same but ONJ did do a lot of it first and opened many doors for artists like Taylor Swift and Britney she reinvent herself many times and is still going.

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    Martijn van Heeringen Reply:

    Now that is indeed an elaboration on the matter. Convincing, too. I forgot how, looking back, controversial Physical indeed was at the time, not only lyrics but also the video. ONJ indeed reinvented herself, which only few artists have done (Bee Gees, Elvis, David Bowie, U2 and Madonna of course come to mind).
    I will always remember her though as the most beautiful woman I have ever seen, when I first caught my eyes on her new look in the Xanadu video in 1980. I was only ten but those memories stick forever and nothing has replaced that sensation I felt then seeing her a few years after Greece with her new look. Xanadu is also one of my all time favorite songs.

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  4. Stan Says:

    Thank you Paul !
    Do you happen to have the True Blue US Maxi Single with the instrumental on it ?
    https://www.discogs.com/fr/Madonna-True-Blue/release/7763006

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Yes I have it Stan will post it eventually 🙂

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  5. Martijn van Heeringen Says:

    Do I remember right she sung Dress You Up in Live Aid too? that live performance shot here even more to fame.
    Paul, spotlight would be a great idea for remaster. Only the album and single edit have been released on cd as far as I know. But the very good Dub version and Extended Dub have not been released on CD, not even in Japan. Only on bootlegs.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I don’t think she performed “Dress You Up” on Live Aide she sand “Holiday,” “Into the Groove” and “Love Makes the World Go Round”.

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    Martijn van Heeringen Reply:

    you are right I checked on youtube. Was funny to see her again there, I never saw that footage again since back then. Ages ago, but still so clear in my mind.

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  6. Jermajesty Says:

    What a fantastic sleeve – haven’t seen it before. :-O

    Thanks Paul, really love this song. Didn’t know it had Nile Rogers on it.

    Hope you’re feeling better. x

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jermajesty. This sleeve is much cooler than the UK sleeve which was a head shot of Madonna from the “Virgin Tour”.

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  7. BE.D12'' Says:

    Welcome back DJPAUL!
    Many thanks.
    One of my favourite tracks by early Madonna.
    Superb. ☺

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  8. rafael Says:

    Please Paul the madonna you can dance separated mixes remastered. Tks

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  9. Luis Says:

    Welcome back Paul.

    One of my favorites tracks of Madonna! Great!

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  10. Mill City 7 Says:

    I was hoping this one would appear! Thanks Paul!

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  11. musicdivaSF Says:

    You certainly got style DJ PaulT. As much I love Like a Virgin and Material Girl, I think Dress You Up really caught my attention and just like many remix fans out there.. I was hoping that the radio stations wouldn’t cut off the song till the last beat. 😉

    Thank you for this fantastic post and glad that you’re feeling better. 🙂

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  12. AnthonyC Says:

    Such an awesome track.

    I’ve been listening loads to Madonna in the gym this week so this is a great surprise.

    Last night I watched the “Rebel Heart Tour Live from Australia” – absolutely awesome!

    Thanks for the post.

    🙂

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  13. Dhanavarsh Reddy Says:

    Thanks Paul

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  14. Richard Says:

    it’s always interesting to hear the remixes of songs but often it’s the standard versions on these EPs that are real gems as well. The extra dynamic range of Shoo-Bee-Doo here makes this a better sounding version over the one on the LP. Thank you!

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  15. Alberto Says:

    What a nice remembering! I used to be a huge Madonna fan in my early youth. Still love this wonderful artist but I derived to other genres.
    Your absolutely fantastic rip kicked-ass to the poor CD-Single sounding I bought ages before.
    Simply A M A Z I N G
    (I’d love if you could rip the “Material Girl” 12″)

    Thank you and Merry Xmas.

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  16. Jasons2 Says:

    Thank you very much for this one Paul. Will retire my copy.

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  17. gonzalo76 Says:

    OMG, thank you so much Paul!!!
    I remember this rip was offline.
    Best wishes,
    Gonzalo

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