Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ feat. ‘Express Yourself’

Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ feat. ‘Express Yourself’ is her fourth studio album released on March 21, 1989 by Sire Records.

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Track Listing : 1.Like A Prayer (Madonna, Patrick Leonard) – 05:41 . 2.Express Yourself (Madonna, Stephen Bray) – 04:39 . 3.Love Song (Madonna, Prince) – 04:52 . 4.Till Death Do Us Part (Madonna, Patrick Leonard) – 05:16 . 5.Promise To Try (Madonna, Patrick Leonard) – 03:36 . 6.Cherish (Madonna, Patrick Leonard) – 05:03 . 7.Dear Jessie (Madonna, Patrick Leonard) – 04:20 . 8.Oh Father (Madonna, Patrick Leonard) – 04:57 . 9.Keep It Together (Madonna, Bray) – 05:03 . 10.Spanish Eyes (Madonna, Patrick Leonard) – 05:15 . 11.Act Of Contrition (Madonna, Patrick Leonard) – 02:19

Musicians : Madonna – Vocals, Synthesizers . Dann Huff – Guitars . Bruce Gaitsch – Guitars . Marcos Loya – Requinto . Jai Winding – Synthesizers . Stephen Bray – Synthesizers . Patrick Leonard – Acoustic Piano, B3 Organ, Clavinet, Synthesizers . Jonathan Moffett – Drums . Jeff Porcaro – Drums . John Robinson – Drums . Luis Conte – Percussion . Paulinho Da Costa – Percussion . Guy Pratt – Bass . Randy Jackson – Bass . Chester Kamen – Guitars . David Williams – Guitars . Larry Corbett – Solo Cello . Joe Porcaro – Marimba . Sandra Crouch – Tambourine . Chuck Findley – Brass Section . David Boruff – Brass Section . Steven Madaio – Brass Section . Dick Hyde – Brass Section . Joseph Mayer – French Horn . Richard Todd – French Horn . Suzie Katayama – Concertmaster . Niki Haris – Background Vocals . Marilyn Martin – Background Vocals . Donna Delory – Background Vocals . Ali Nadirah – Background Vocals . Lynne Fiddmont – Background Vocals . Rose Banks – Background Vocals . Marcos Loya – Background Vocals . The Andraé Crouch Choir – Background Vocals

Production : Produced By Madonna, Patrick Leonard, Stephen Bray, Prince . Bill Bottrell – Engineer . Eddie Miller – Engineer . Stephen Shelton – Engineer . Heidi Hanschu – Engineer . Michael Vail Blum – Engineer . Robert Salcedo – Engineer . Stacy Baird – Engineer . Joe Schiff – Engineer . Bill Bottrell – Mixing . Bob Ludwig – Mastering

Arrangements : Chuck Findley, Bill Meyers

Package : Herb Ritts – Photography . Jeri Heiden – Art Design

Recorded September 1988 – January 1989 At D&D Recording, New York City; Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, California .

Released On March 21, 1989 By Sire / Warner Bros..

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Billboard
Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track ReviewLyrically, it’s about growing up, moving on from bad romance, and getting right with God and family. At least two of the songs center on the death of Madonna’s mother, a childhood trauma that had a strong part in making the singer who she is. […]

The Guardian
Even if most of us haven’t been married to Penn (thank God), that sentiment – deciding firmly to leave the jerk but wishing dearly he’d ask you not to – is all too universal, and it feels even more extraordinary now to hear Madonna, now untouchably self-controlled, admit to such pain and weakness. […]

CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
MTV eventually acquiesced to allowing the video to air with one questionable shot intact where Madonnas see-through shirt reveals the exact outline of her breasts, and, if one looks closely enough, probably her nipples perhaps because absolutely nothing could overshadow the glorious introduction of the cone bra. […]

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