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The Immaculate Collection is Madonna's 1990 Greatest Hits Album, featuring 15 previously-released songs as well as two new ones, "Justify My Love" and "Rescue Me". All the tracks were remixed (and in some cases, rearranged) to show off the at-the-time newly-introduced QSound, which is supposed to emulate quadraphonic sound from two stereo speakers; the album was the first product to make use of QSound. It was accompanied by a video collection of the same name and by a Greatest Hits EP called The Holiday Collection which was only released in the United Kingdom. The "Justify My Love" video, however, was released separately.

The album was listed at #184 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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Tracklist:

  1. "Holiday"
  2. "Lucky Star"
  3. "Borderline"
  4. "Like a Virgin"
  5. "Material Girl"
  6. "Crazy for You"
  7. "Into the Groove"
  8. "Live to Tell"
  9. "Papa Don't Preach"
  10. "Open Your Heart"
  11. "La Isla Bonita"
  12. "Like a Prayer"
  13. "Express Yourself"
  14. "Cherish"
  15. "Vogue"
  16. "Justify My Love"
  17. "Rescue Me"

Justify My Tropes...

  • All Women Are Lustful: "Justify My Love"
    Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another
  • Ambiguous Gender: Some of the men and women in "Justify My Love" are difficult to identify by gender on first sight.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The "Justify My Love" video is shot in black-and-white.
  • George Lucas Altered Version: Quite a lot of the singles on this album differ from the album versions. "Express Yourself" in particular is edited from the Shep Pettibone remix used for the video.
  • Greatest Hits Album: The best-selling compilation album by a solo artist of all time, even!
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  • Hotter and Sexier: The "Justify My Love" video was so racy that it was actually banned from being played on MTV.
  • Intercourse with You: "Justify My Love", from the first until the last lyric is all about sex.
    I'm open... and ready... for you to justify my love
  • Le Film Artistique: The "Justify My Love" video combines black-and-white imagery with erotic imagery and men and women whose gender is often difficult to identify.
  • List Song: "Justify My Love", which is also an "I Want" Song.
    Wanting, needing, waiting ... for you to justify my love
    Yearning, burning... for you to justify my love
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: The title and an abstract image.
  • Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: "Justify My Love":
    Tell me your dreams, am I in them? Tell me your fears,
    Are you scared? Tell me your stories.
    I'm not afraid of who you are.
    We can fly!
  • Pun-Based Title: The title is a pun on The Immaculate Conception, the Catholic belief that the Virgin Mary was born completely sinless so that she could conceive Jesus.
  • Record Producer: Lenny Kravitz and André Betts ("Justify My Love"); Madonna and Shep Pettibone ("Rescue Me").
  • Shout-Out: Madonna's black gown and the fact that she walks around wearing a suitcase in the music video of "Justify My Love" are a reference to Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot, specifically the scenes at the train station.
  • Special Guest: Lenny Kravitz on "Justify My Love".
  • Spelling Song: Near the end of "Rescue Me": "R-E-S-C-U-E me, only you can rescue me."
  • Spoken Word in Music: Madonna starts off the remix version of "Like A Prayer" with a spoken "God?"
  • Stock Sound Effects: A heartbeat and some thunderclaps are used in "Rescue Me".
  • Updated Re-release: With the exceptions of "Justify My Love" and "Rescue Me," all the songs were remixed in QSound, a 3D stereo technique that was first used here.

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