Madonna releases ‘True Blue,’ her third album featuring ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ and ‘La Isla Bonita’ (1986)

Madonna’s ‘True Blue’ feat. ‘Papa Don’t Preach’ is her third studio album, released on June 30, 1986 by Sire.

Track Listing : 1.Papa Don’T Preach (Brian Elliot, Madonna) – 04:29 . 2.Open Your Heart (Madonna, Gardner Cole, Peter Rafelson) – 04:13 . 3.White Heat (Madonna, Patrick Leonard) – 04:40 . 4.Live To Tell (Madonna, Patrick Leonard) – 05:51 . 5.Where’S The Party (Madonna, Stephen Bray, Patrick Leonard) – 04:21 . 6.True Blue (Madonna, Stephen Bray) – 04:18 . 7.La Isla Bonita (Madonna, Patrick Leonard, Bruce Gaitsch) – 04:02 . 8.Jimmy Jimmy (Madonna, Stephen Bray) – 03:55 . 9.Love Makes The World Go Round (Madonna, Patrick Leonard) – 04:31

Herb Ritts

Musicians : Madonna – Vocals . Patrick Leonard – Drum Programming, Drums, Keyboards . Stephen Bray – Drums, Keyboards, Drum Programming . Paul Jackson, Jr. – Guitar . Paulinho Da Costa – Percussion . Fred Zarr – Keyboards . Bruce Gaitsch – Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar . David Williams – Background Vocals, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar . Dave Boroff – Saxophone . Dann Huff – Guitar . John Putnam – Guitars . Jonathan Moffett – Background Vocals, Drums, Percussion . Siedah Garrett – Background Vocals . Keithen Carter – Background Vocals . Jackie Jackson – Background Vocals . Edie Lehmann – Background Vocals . Richard Marx – Background Vocals

Jean Baptiste Mondino

Production : Produced By Madonna, Stephen Bray, Patrick Leonard . Billy Meyers . Michael Hutchinson – Engineer . Dan Nebenzal – Mixing . Michael Verdick – Engineer, Mixing . Ted Jensen – Mastering

Arrangements : Billy Meyers

Package : Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff – Art Direction . Jeri Mcmanus – Art Direction . Herb Ritts asterisques RVM – Photography

Video Director(s) : James Foley for “Papa Don’t Preach” & “True Blue” . Jean Baptiste Mondino asterisques RVM for “Open Your Heart” . Mary Lambert for “La Isla Bonita”

Recorded December 1985–April 1986 At Channel Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California).

Released On June 30, 1986 By Sire.


A flat-out 10/10! Innocence filled to the brim! Awesome tempo, and REALLY awesome vocals, courtesy The Queen of Pop, Madonna. Really, they don’t make songs like these anymore!! Go eat your heart out on this one guys! Enjoy! […]

My sister had this album on cassette, and she played it a lot. Therefore, I am no stranger to most of this hit album. […]

The Metropolist
A common complaint about True Blue’s title track is its dated and simplistic sound. These viewpoints neglect to consider that the song is a genre piece where Madonna takes on the role of lead vocalist in a performance that recalls 50’s and 60’s standards synonymous with acts like the Supremes. […]


Madonna’s ‘True Blue’ feat. ‘Papa Don’t Preach’


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