30 Reviews in 30 Days: #9
Madonna – Still Mad-on-Her: Rarities & Remixes
Oracle Dance, 2000.
This album is rarities and remixes, bootlegs & DJ only cuts. “All full length, continuously mixed” according to the back plate. I purchased from a little boutique shop in Boys Town in Chicago.
1. Beautiful Stranger – Calderone Vocal Club mix (10.24) – What a great track to start off a club remix album. It almost sets the tone for the scenes that play out. “I have a taste for danger.” And Calderone’s retreatment of the song makes it sound ever more hot, sexy, and dangerous as the night begins.
2. Live to Tell – 2000 Thunderpuss Club Mix (7:21) – A Caribbean beach beat feel that elicits a tribal feel in the opening of this remix of “Live to Tell.” But when we get to the heart of the song, not much is touched expect to lay some beats over it to punch it up for the dance floor. The track is bookended by nearly the same phrasing at the end of the song with the cut up of the chorus coming out as “to tell if I live.”
3. Don’t Tell Me – Tracy Young Club Mix (10:10) – A dirty industrial dance club take as we slip into this track, moving into 1970’s cheesy movie get it on porn or love scene type of music. Bringing us back to a more modern late 90’s early 00’s sound. It’s all over the place, but it works. Bow chicka wow wow.
4. American Pie – Calderone Vocal Club Mix (10:30) – This was originally Madonna’s cover of the Don MacLean song. The harmony has been kept in Madonna’s delivery of the lyrics on the vocal track. Calderone has really punched it up for a upbeat, but mellow mix. It’s not one that would make me get off my barstool and hit the dance floor, however.
5. Nothing Really Matters – Club 69 Vocal Mix (7:09) – On my disc, this is a hotter mix, meaning louder in the final mix. This song has always been one of my all time Madonna fave songs. The treatment that Club 69 gives it, makes it even better for the night life. I can see bodies gyrating, coupled up, singing the chorus to one another, “Nothing really matters, love is all we need.”
6. Music – Calderone Anthem Mix (11:21) – Calderone gives “Music” an awesome treatment as he extends it out over eleven minutes. Coming on the heels of the revelry that the club scene gave Madonna after Music came out as an album, this begins soft and punches it up. My only problem with the Calderone remixes on this point is that they are mixed at a less hot level of volume compared to the the other tracks. The levels are not consistent on the album from track to track though the blend from song to song works well otherwise over the powerpacked 74 minutes.
7. Ray of Light – Calderone Club Mix (9:18) – This is one of the more awkward transitions as it is not as cleanly stitched together from track six to this one. Calderone gives this track a dark feel in the beginning, which is something that I would not have envisioned this song as being, ever. It’s Madonna’s ode to her first child, her daughter. How could a song ever be dark about a child? But it does brighten up a little, but not as much as the song deserves.
8. Runaway Love – DJ Rico Extended Club Mix (8:06) – One of the stronger remixes on the album as far as true club energy goes. When I listen to club music, this is what I want, something upbeat that you can move to, with enough shifts to make it interesting and not boring.
Listening notes: For some reason, I can’t get my CD to play anymore, on old equipment or new, not even in my car. At some point I ripped it to mp3 and pulled off tracks 4 through 8 stored on my Amazon Cloud account. The other three tracks, I’m sure are in my vast mp3 library of CD-Roms that are not fully cataloged, but to save time, I searched the internet and found them on myfreemp3.eu in streaming m3u format. This site discovery may be my friend at work when I need some dance beats to work to that I don’t have.