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Music / The Immaculate Collection

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The Immaculate Collection is Madonna's first Greatest Hits Album. Released in 1990 through Sire Records and Warner (Bros.) Records, the compilation features 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 (more popularised by the Sega CD and Capcom's Super Street Fighter II), which is supposed to emulate quadraphonic sound from two stereo speakers; the album was the first product to make use of QSound, well before its more popular "debut" that was Super Street Fighter II. 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.


Original Album
  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"

The Holiday Collection

  1. "Holiday"
  2. "True Blue"
  3. "Who's That Girl"
  4. "Causin' A Commotion"

Video Collection

  1. "Lucky Star"
  2. "Borderline"
  3. "Like A Virgin"
  4. "Material Girl"
  5. "Papa Don't Preach"
  6. "Open Your Heart"
  7. "La Isla Bonita"
  8. "Like A Prayer"
  9. "Express Yourself"
  10. "Cherish"
  11. "Oh Father"
  12. "Vogue"
  13. "Vogue" (from the 1990 MTV Awards Show)

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!
  • 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. The album would later be remixed again for a 2023 Apple Music reissue using Dolby Atmos, a form of surround sound that also mimics binaural audio when played through compatible headphones or in home theatre setups with the Apple TV.