Madonna ‎– Ray Of Light

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1 Drowned World/Substitute For Love
Drums – Fergus GerrandProducer – Madonna, William OrbitWritten-By – Anita Kerr, David Collins, Madonna, Rod McKuen, William Orbit
5:09
2 Swim
Drums – Fergus GerrandFlute – Pablo CookProducer – Madonna, William OrbitWritten-By – Madonna, William Orbit
5:00
3 Ray Of Light
Producer – Madonna, William OrbitWritten-By – Christine Leach, Clive Maldoon, Dave Curtiss, Madonna, William Orbit
5:21
4 Candy Perfume Girl
Producer – Madonna, William OrbitWritten-By – Madonna, Susannah Melvoin*, William Orbit
4:34
5 Skin
Guitar – Marc MoreauProducer – Madonna, Marius De Vries, William OrbitWritten-By – Madonna, Patrick Leonard
6:22
6 Nothing Really Matters
Backing Vocals – Donna DeLory*, Niki Harris*Drum Programming [Additional] – Steve SidelnykProducer – Madonna, Marius De Vries, William OrbitWritten-By – Madonna, Patrick Leonard
4:27
7 Sky Fits Heaven
Producer – Madonna, Patrick Leonard, William OrbitWritten-By – Madonna, Patrick Leonard
4:48
8 Shanti/Ashtangi
Producer – Madonna, William OrbitTranslated By [Yoga Taravali - Translation By, American Sanskrit Institute] – Eddie Stern (2), Vyaas HoustonWords By [Yoga Taravali - Additional Text] – TraditionalWritten-By – Madonna, William Orbit
4:29
9 Frozen
Arranged By [Additional] – Patrick LeonardArranged By [String Arrangement] – Craig ArmstrongKeyboards, Programmed By [Additional] – Marius De VriesProducer – Madonna, Patrick Leonard, William OrbitWritten-By – Madonna, Patrick Leonard
6:12
10 The Power Of Good-Bye
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – Craig ArmstrongProducer – Madonna, Patrick Leonard, William OrbitWritten-By – Madonna, Rick Nowels
4:10
11 To Have And Not To Hold
Producer – Madonna, Patrick Leonard, William OrbitWritten-By – Madonna, Rick Nowels
5:23
12 Little Star
Drum Programming [Additional] – Steve SidelnykProducer – Madonna, Marius De VriesWritten-By – Madonna, Rick Nowels
5:18
13 Mer Girl
Percussion – Fergus GerrandProducer – Madonna, William OrbitWritten-By – Madonna, William Orbit
5:32

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Booklet:
1 ©1998 WB Music Corp./Webo Girl Publishing Inc., admin. by WB Music Corp. ASCAP/Rondor Music (London), Limited PRS.
All Rights Adm. by Almo Music Corp. ASCAP in the U.S./Canada/Stanyan Music Group/Anita Kerr Publishing ASCAP.
"Drowned World" contains a sample of "Why I Follow the Tigers" performed by the San Sebastian Strings, used by courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc., by arrangement with Warner Special Products, Inc. (Rod KcKuen/Anita Kerr) Stanyan Music Group/Anita Kerr Publishing ASCAP

2 ©1998 WB Music Corp./Webo Girl Publishing Inc., admin. by WB Music Corp. ASCAP/Rondor Music (London), Limited PRS.
All Rights Adm. by Almo Music Corp. ASCAP in the U.S./Canada

3 ©1998 WB Music Corp./Webo Girl Publishing Inc., admin. by WB Music Corp. ASCAP/Rondor Music (London), Limited PRS.
All Rights Adm. by Almo Music Corp. ASCAP in the U.S./Canada/Purple Music Limited PRS

4 ©1998 WB Music Corp./Webo Girl Publishing Inc., admin. by WB Music Corp. ASCAP/Rondor Music (London), Limited PRS.
All Rights Adm. by Almo Music Corp. ASCAP in the U.S./Canada/Chrysalis Music ASCAP

5 ©1998 WB Music Corp./Webo Girl Publishing Inc., admin. by WB Music Corp. /No Tomato Music ASCAP

6 ©1998 WB Music Corp./Webo Girl Publishing Inc., admin. by WB Music Corp. /No Tomato Music ASCAP

7 ©1998 WB Music Corp./Webo Girl Publishing Inc., admin. by WB Music Corp. /No Tomato Music ASCAP

8 Adapted from text by Shankaracharya taken from the Yoga Taravali.
©1998 WB Music Corp./Webo Girl Publishing Inc., admin. by WB Music Corp. ASCAP/Rondor Music (London), Limited PRS.
All Rights Adm. by Almo Music Corp. ASCAP in the U.S./Canada

9 ©1998 WB Music Corp./Webo Girl Publishing Inc., admin. by WB Music Corp. /No Tomato Music ASCAP

10 ©1998 WB Music Corp./Webo Girl Publishing Inc., admin. by WB Music Corp. /EMI April Music, Inc./Future Furniture Music ASCAP

11 ©1998 WB Music Corp./Webo Girl Publishing Inc., admin. by WB Music Corp. /EMI April Music, Inc./Future Furniture Music ASCAP

12 ©1998 WB Music Corp./Webo Girl Publishing Inc., admin. by WB Music Corp. /EMI April Music, Inc./Future Furniture Music ASCAP

13 ©1998 WB Music Corp./Webo Girl Publishing Inc., admin. by WB Music Corp. ASCAP/Rondor Music (London), Limited PRS/
"Mer Girl" contains an interpolation of the song "Space" written by Gabor Szabo and published by Gabor & Cardigan Music. Mer Girl contains elements from "Space" performed by Gabor Szabo. Used courtesy of GRP Records/Impulse under license from Universal Music Special Markets, Inc.

Recorded at Larrabee Studios North, Universal City, California.
Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York.
©1998 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

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©℗1998 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Made in Germany

Rear:
©℗1998 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Made in Germany by Warner Music Manufacturing Europe.

Issued in a clear tray jewel case. Includes a 16-page booklet featuring lyrics.

Some copies contain a sticker on the front sleeve:
Madonna Ray Of Light
featuring the Hits
"Frozen" and "Ray of Light"
9362-46847-2

Depending on the market the release may have a holographic sticker:
holographic ['Warner Music International S'] sticker (distributed in Scandinavia).
holographic ['Warner Music International F'] sticker (distributed in France).
holographic ['Warner Music International BL'] sticker (distributed in Benelux).
holographic ['Warner Music International D'] sticker (distributed in Germany)

In 2001, this issue was additionally provided with a yellow sticker: "MADONNA THE DROWNED WORLD TOUR 2001"

Original release in France: 27 February 1998.

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djphineart

djphineart

April 26, 2020
Would never have bought anything by Madonna but when I heard that William Orbit was working with her I could not wait to hear the results. His Strange Cargo series of instrumental albums had reached volume 3 by 1993 and the criminally under distributed Beth Orton Superpinkymandy Album (produced by William) and sundry remix work no doubt alerted Madonna to this production genius. He followed that with the sublime Spirit Album by Caroline Lavelle all of which should be listened to by Madonna fans in order to see how much of her career reboot was driven by the musical genius producer. Great collaboration and deserving of the success it generated
Alexvarela13

Alexvarela13

June 18, 2019


This is a great album but Madonna could have sold more copies of this record up to 30 or 35 million copies if more songs had come as good as: Ray Of Light
nothing Really Matters
Sky Fits Heaven
Frozen
for me the best songs are frozen, nothing really matters, and Sky fits Heaven. personally of the disc I like only nothing really matters, Sky fits heaven .. I give 5 points 4 points to the disc.
professormouse

professormouse

December 16, 2018
I suggested Our Madgeness should cover the Eartha Kitt tune 'My Discarded Men'.
As the "...wasn't it clever of her to hire 'fill-in-the-blanks' could be thought of for most [if not all] of her albums.
This [& maybe Erotica] are now two of her Proper Albums the sadly still alive 'N.M.E. Attitude' has deigned OK to like...and say so !
Just as her last two are regularly ripped apart.
Blame Streaming for the maddening choices put up as The Album ?
Back in this era her going more 'V.U' [-ish] than obvious EDM, it had people reassessing her, again.
The Oprah Show wasn't a daft idea either.
normanharvey

normanharvey

December 9, 2018

groundbreaking and pioneering work of her

dont be fooled by the cheap picture of her. The album is awesome and was groundbreaking at that time. She was clever enough to work with underground producer WILIAM ORBIT who was famous for remixes since the early 90s but he was nobody the great madonna would work with.
IanPhillips1979

IanPhillips1979

May 7, 2016

Released in early 1998, 'Ray of Light' was greeted with universal critical acclaim, many hailing it as her most adventurous, artistic and accomplished album, which I'd most certainly agree with. Drastically different to anything she'd recorded previously, many would also argue this is the greatest album of her career, something else I'd definitely agree with.

The project opens with the hypnotic sounds of 'Drowned World/Substitute For Love'. The arrangement is mellow and dreamy, shifting tempo midway through the recording. Madonnas vocal delivery is soft, sensual and warm, oozing emotion yet retaining subtlety throughout. Written by Madonna, William Orbit, Rod McKuen, Anita Kerr and David Collins, production came courtesy of Madonna herself and William Orbit. Essentially a lilting pop ballad, there is also a striking infusion of trip hop and electronica, coated with sporadic guitar riffs near the climax. While the song samples the song 'Why I Follow The Tigers' by The San Sebastian Strings, the lyrics aptly describe Madonna's recent spiritual transformation to seek authentic love over superficial dalliances.

The title of the song was inspired by J.G. Ballard's post-apocalyptic science fiction novel The Drowned Love, first published in 1962. Interestingly, Lucy O' Brien, an author on Madonna, stated the song "reflects her compulsive desire for fame, how that burned through relationships and made them shallow and fleeting." Some described her vocal performance on this track as "soulful" - something I wouldn't argue with - and having a "bell-like clarity". Extracted as the third single from 'Ray of Light', 'Drowned Love/Substitute For Love' endured variable success around the world but at least managed to score Madonna yet another top ten hit to her credit.

'Swim' is another tempo-shifting number which is utterly compelling, subtle hints of indie creeping in. Once again a spiritual tone is evident here. She sings: "Swim to the ocean floor/So that we can begin again/Wash away all our sins/Crash to the other shore." Electronic bleeps and synchronized sounds are woven into the mix, while Madonna's vocals are supple and evocative.

Zooming in on a striking, swirling psychedelic vibe is the fantastically upbeat title track, 'Ray Of Light'. Madonna's voice is impeccably strong, delivering this with conviction and passion. Written by Madonna, William Orbit (both of whom produced), Clive Muldoon, Dave Curtiss and Christine Leach, 'Ray Of Light' was based on Curtiss Muldoon's Sepheryn. A stormy electronic dance number which became a monster dance-floor filler, the arrangement incorporates techno, trance, Eurodance and disco influences, the production being awash with sound effects such as bells, whistles, bleeps, electric guitar and underlying synths. This recording remains as startling and as infectious today as it was on its orignal release in 1998. Receiving wide critical acclaim again, the single was a global success, enjoying lengthy runs on international charts including #1 positions on many dance charts.

There is a divine combination of indie/rock/dance on the bizarre 'Candy Perfume Girl'. Though not quite having the immediacy of some of the other recordings on here, it still holds significant musical merit. Opening with a grunge intro, it continues to pair post-modern beats and beeps with more traditional electric guitar flare ups.

More adventurous and immediate are the hypnotic, trance-like effects on the stark, 'Skin'. In a yearning voice, Madonna sings "Do I know you from somewhere?" over the slamming beats of an eerie electronic orchestra. Contains sizzling undertones of pulsating techno and Madonnas performance sounds positively heavenly. 'Skin', like most of the other recordings on here, is hauntingly atmospheric in tone, building in tension as it leads us to the climax.

The album then swerves and steers back into a more commercial sound with the bouncy,upbeat, 'Nothing Really Matters', another utterly contagious and guaranteed dance-floor filler. Written by Madonna and Patrick Leonard, with production via Madonna and William Orbit, this was the fifth and final single lifted from the project. Crossing between dance and house influences, this number includes ambient and non-digestic noises and sounds flowing through its pulsing arrangement, while the lyrical content is about Madonna's first daughter Lourdes Leon, alongside themes that centre on motherhood in general, affection and the selfishness of her lover. While topping the US Billboard Dance Chart and hitting the top ten in may countries, it barely dented the US Hot 100. Critical response was mixed, some describing it as rather lacklustre in comparison to some of the other tracks on the album. This seems unfair as it's as bold, inventive and adventurous as any other track on 'Ray of Light', but of course it's all in the eye of the beholder.

One of the ultimate highlights on this album is served with 'Sky Fits Heaven' which once again holds slamming techno beats has an infinitely more hardcore effect. Here, the lyrics explore Madonna's spiritual side, as well as on her daughter, Lourdes. Some of the lyrics include lines such as: "Sky fits heaven so fly it, that's what the prophet said to me/Child fits mother, so hold your baby tight, that's what my future can see." Complete with thrashing guirtars and bizarre, synchronised effects, the track is one of the most memorable recordings on the album. A far cry from the lighter pop sounds of 'Holiday' and 'Like A Virgin'!
About the inspiration behind 'Sky Fits Heaven', Madonna was once quoted as saying: "I feel that talking about it trivializes it. I've been studying the Cabala, which is the mystical interpretation of the Torah. I've studied Buddhism and Hinduism and I've been practicing yoga and obviously I know a lot about Catholicism. There are indisputable truths that connect all of them, and I find that very comforting and kind. My spiritual journey is to be open to everything. Pay attention to what makes sense, be absorbed. For me, yoga is the closest thing to our real nature."

The remainder of the album careers along at a leisurely pace. Equally outstanding is another mesmerising and haunting, atmospheric tune, 'Frozen' which Madonna delivers compellingly. A mid-tempo electronic ballad, this track also carries ambient qualities, a steady dance rhythm inserted during the chorus with more techno-influenced beats creeping in towards the end. Its lyrics focus on a cold, emotionless man, while Madonna's vocals are emotive yet somehow detached at points. The premier single from the album, this enjoyed significant success globally.

'Shanti/Ashtangi' is a Hindu Sanskrit prayer and somewhat upbeat song with Madonna singing in an Indian accent across a driving and ethereal dance rhythm. 'The Power Of Goodbye' is breathtakingly beautiful, and more poignant, delivered with a sensual vocal. The only real let down of the album is the slightly forgettable 'Little Star', but other than that, 'Ray Of Light' stands as her best album yet and was one of the most important albums of the 1990's. A pure masterpiece!

Ian Phillips
sidioushall

sidioushall

August 21, 2015
I have and 2CD album that includes an exclusive 30 minutes interview with Madonna. 9 47106-2. I can't find it here. http://eil.com/images/main/Madonna-Ray-Of-Light--Int-126748.jpg
Crijevo

Crijevo

April 19, 2005
edited over 3 years ago
Start to finish no song less than good here, "Ray Of Light" is her absolute creative peak, any of her albums afterwards just cannot compare. Too bad the universal laws that inspired this collection, didn't convince Madonna to continue to grow rather than "regress".