Madonna, Like A Virgin, Sire 9-25157-1, 1984
Time was, Madonna records weren’t that hard to find. You’d even see them in Goodwill from time to time. When that happens, I tend to never really getting around to getting a record like this. After all, I grew up with the music, and, with so many of these popping up, I usually went with some other record that I’d never seen before.
Then all at once it happened, Madonna records were no more. As younger record buyers started shopping, these were the “classic” albums they were looking for and they all virtually disappeared. The same happened to Michael Jackson and Prince records, but for the most part it only happened after their deaths. Madonna records are probably gone from the bargain bins because they’re very good records for their era,
To be fair, the mid-80s synth pop music hasn’t held up well. The songs that pushed the boundaries of pop in the Reagan Era now seem cutsey and tame. But the four Top 10 hits still get your feet moving, and this is a really fun album to have. You’ll just have to shell out a little more for it now.
Cost: $15, $92 Remaining
Brian Wilson, Brian Wilson, Sire 1-25669, 1988
It’s a good sign that you’re in too deep with your therapist when he makes himself your co-collabarator and Executive Producer. I’m not aware of Dr. Eugene Landy’s musical background, but here he is splitting royalties with his most famous client.
If you happened to catch the Brian Wilson bio-pic Love And Mercy, you saw a bit of how Dr. Landy came to control Brian’s life. While Landy did help Brian control his addictions and get physically fit, he also did nothing to help Wilson’s mental illness and used mind control to keep Brian under his “care”. Naming himself as a songwriter and producer though is not what a proper doctor would ever do. When the Wilson family finally got Brian free from Landy in 1991, his name was removed from subsequent re-issues.
Reviews are mixed on the record. Some people love it, but a lot of people don’t…hence the $2 price tag. It didn’t sell well, and even had competition on the charts from The Beach Boys in the form a their #1 hit Kokomo. But count me as one of the fans of this album. It’s wonderful to hear Wilson on his only 80s release, and the songs have a lot of Pet Sounds qualities about them.
Cost: $2, $268 Remaining
Madonna, Madonna, Sire 1-23867, 1983
I was thanking my Lucky Star(s) when I found this record. Madonna albums are as cherished to their original buyers as Beatles albums are to theirs. And it is clear to me that Dorothy Goodson really loved this record.
Maybe a little too much! While I find the hair, make up and jewelry additions on the back cover more than the understated tattoos and lip liner on the front cover, I’m not sure Madonna would agree. Additions aside, buying a record like this is always a crap shoot quality-wise. The probability that Dorothy Goodson was a serious audiophile is remote, although maybe she was a 16 year old in the house of one.
But no, my small hopes were dashed. Despite the original inner sleeve being strangely folded in thirds and tucked inside the cover, and the record appearing shiny and new (!), it plays like a teenaged girl left it on her playskool record player until she got Like A Virgin for Christmas 1984. Since I’ve never owned a copy of this album though, this one will be a keeper until a better one comes along.
Cost: $3, $859 Remaining