Madonna ‎– American Life

Maverick ‎– R1-48439, Warner Bros. Records ‎– R1-48439
Vinyl, LP, 180g
Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, 180g
All Media, Album, Reissue

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A1 American Life
A2 Hollywood
A3 I'm So Stupid
Producer [Additional Production] – Mark "Spike" Stent*
B1 Love Profusion
Backing Vocals – Mirwais Ahmadzaï
B2 Nobody Knows Me
B3 Nothing Fails
Arranged By [Choir Arranger] – London Community Gospel Choir, Nicky Brown ChoirConductor – Michel ColombierPiano [Rev] – Stuart PriceProducer [Additional Production] – Mark "Spike" Stent*
C1 Intervention
C2 X-Static Process
C3 Mother And Father
D1 Die Another Day (From The MGM Motion Picture Die Another Day)
Conductor – Michel Colombier
D2 Easy Ride
Conductor – Michel Colombier

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Sides A and B play at 33 ⅓ RPM.
Sides C and D play at 45 RPM.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 081227942267
  • Barcode (Printed): 0 81227 94226 7
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): B380030-01 A2 1-48439-A FDS-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): B380030-01 B2 1-48439-B FDS-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): B380030-02 C5 MK
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): B380030-02 D2 1-48439-D FDS-1

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
48439-2 Madonna American Life(CD, Album, Enh) Maverick, Warner Bros. Records 48439-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
9362-48439-2 Madonna American Life(CD, Album, Enh, Unofficial) Maverick (2) 9362-48439-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
MKC - 1908 Madonna American Life(Cass, Album) WEA, Meika Music MKC - 1908 China 2003 Sell This Version
48440-2 Madonna American Life(CD, Album, Unofficial) Warner Bros. Records (2), Not On Label (Madonna) 48440-2 China 2003 Sell This Version
MTL-074 Madonna American Life(CD, Album, Enh, Ltd, Unofficial) Music For The People MTL-074 Russia 2003 Sell This Version


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March 19, 2019
Well, only side C of my copy is 45 rpm!! Side D spins 33 rpm... Interesting. Many people told me about the second vinyl spinning only 45 rpm both sides. It makes me wonder what happened to mine lol


March 3, 2018
the vocal on this lp is complete distorted, so is the original copy. who did the mastering?
stick to the cd.


September 16, 2017
This pressing is just horrible period. What was the engineer doing when he was mastering side two. Really? Returning it today and just get something else.


March 16, 2017
edited over 2 years ago

This is one of the worst vinyl pressings I've ever heard in my life. And also the one with the sloppiest production! The first two sides are practically unplayable. They are mastered extremely loud, first of all, but then are absolutely infested with sibilance. Every instance when Madonna pronounces the letter S or T, or the 'ch' and 'sh' sound, it sounds distorted, sizzly, and cringe-inducing. This also happens with the cymbal sound and various occasions of Mirwais' bleeps and swishes in his production. This renders the first six songs useless.

The second two sides both play at 45 rpm instead of the first record's 33. Very odd decision. However, the music sounds much much better. Lower volume, clearer highs...none of the issues that plague the first record. At first I thought this was a defect, so I sent it back to Amazon hoping it was just bad luck. Nope. It seems they're all like this. Such a shame, because I love this album. Guess this is one of those where I'll just have to listen to the CD.

Interestingly, you can actually see the difference between the two LP's. The first LP has these really prominent grooves while the second one looks smooth and far less jagged.


December 19, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
Okay, so I recently got this Rhino reissue. Can't compare to previous pressings as this is the first time I'm getting this on vinyl. However, compared to other Madonna vinyl, this is the loudest (with one exception explained below) out of the ones I have (self-titled debut, Like a Prayer, Erotica, Bedtime Stories, Something to Remember, and Ray of Light). Not saying that this is a bad thing per se as it actually sounds good, in my opinion, and, thinking about it, this makes sense given the album themes. Both vinyl discs are indeed heavy (180 gram) and there's barely any surface noise. Having said that, there is one curious thing about my copy: Side 3 plays at 45 rpm! Not a big deal, just found it puzzling and then funny. Compared to the other sides, though, it sounds lower than the other three, so if you are ripping on Audacity or similar audio software, you might want to amplify the three songs on this side to keep volume balance throughout. There's also a bit of background groove noise when playing Intervention - the first song on side 3 - and perhaps on the other two songs (X-Static Process, Mother and Father) - can't remember right now -, which you don't hear on the first disc and on side 4, but not a big deal, since it's only before the first song plays or in between. As for the packaging, it is a gatefold, with Madonna posing with the machine gun in the shape of the letters of the album title, and each of the LPs comes in the classic white paper inner sleeves with the clear window center that show the labels.