Get ready Madonna fans, because Madonna Month is still in full swing! And this time, we’re taking you on a journey through time with The Ultimate Dance Collection Volume 2. This collection is an absolute treasure trove of Madonna hits, so let’s dive right in.
This second volume comes with a unique twist – we’re revisiting hits like “Like A Prayer,” “Express Yourself,” “Keep It Together,” and “Vogue,” but this time in the form of Shep Pettibone‘s remixes. As an influential figure in the House Music scene, Shep’s remixes gave these Madonna classics a fresh new sound. His collaborations with Madonna, starting with remixes of her “Like A Prayer” album tracks, marked a significant shift in Madonna’s musical style, paving the way for her to experiment further with her work.
Madonna’s venture into the 90s was marked by not just musical growth, but also her ability to stir up controversy. Her greatest hits album, “The Immaculate Collection,” included the provocative “Justify My Love” – a video so controversial that MTV only aired it after midnight. But it wasn’t just about the controversy. This decade also saw Madonna delve deeper into House Music, Trip Hop, and Electronica, and collaborate with the likes of William Orbit.
The 90s also saw the release of Madonna’s “Erotica” and the controversial coffee table book “Sex.” Despite the backlash, Madonna remained unfazed, even addressing the criticism in “Human Nature” from “Bedtime Stories.”
The 90s and early Millennium brought us two distinct phases of Madonna, each marked by the influence of different DJs and producers. From Shep Pettibone’s era, we move to William Orbit, then onto Junior Vasquez, and finally to Victor Calderone and Peter Rauhofer – all staples of Madonna’s reign on the dancefloor.
In curating this set, I’ve tried to retain the original flow of the songs, with minor edits to improve clarity and cohesion. Notable mentions include “Bedtime Story,” “Secret,” and “Human Nature,” where certain segments have been edited to fit better into the overall landscape of the song.
One particular addition that’s worth mentioning is the Hex Hector remix of “The Power Of Good-Bye.” While this unofficial remix was not his style until the early millennium and likely created as part of his private collection, this version fits perfectly into the Trance and Progressive House era, making it a suitable addition to this collection. Aside from the that, the original limited release remixes were not exactly stellar.
This era of Madonna’s career holds a special place in my heart as it coincided with my own journey of self-discovery as I slowly stepped out of the closet. I’ve put an immense amount of work into creating this set, pouring more time into it than any other project in the past 15 years. I’ve strived for perfection, and I hope fellow Madonna fans will agree that this collection is truly exceptional.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this trip down memory lane with The Ultimate Dance Collection Volume 2. Here’s to more Madonna Month magic!
Album: The Ultimate Dance Collection Vol. 2
Genre: House, Progressive, Trance, Trip Hop
Total Time: 04:08:01
1. Vogue (12″ Version)
2. Express Yourself (Non-Stop Express Mix)
3. Like A Prayer (12″ Dance Mix)
4. Jusitfy My Love (William Orbit Remix)
5. Erotica (Select Mix Remix)
6. Keep It Together (Shep Pettibone Mix)
7. Rescue Me (Ultimix)
8. Bye Bye Baby (Madonna’s Night On The Club)
9. Fever (Extended 12″)
10. Deeper And Deeper (David’s Klub Mix)
11. Bedtime Story (Junior’s Wet Dream Mix)
12. Die Another Day (Calderone & Quayle Afterlife Mix)
13. American Pie (Victor Calderone Vocal Club Mix)
14. Frozen (Extended Club Remix)
15. Ray Of Light (Calderone Club Mix)
16. Drowned World-Subsitute For Love (BT & Sasha’s Bucklodge Ashram Remix)
17. What It Feels Like For A Girl (Above & Beyond 12″ Club Mix)
18. The Power Of Good-Bye (Hex Hector Club Mix)
19. I Want You (Junior Vasquez Club Mix)
20. Love Profusion (The Passengerz Club Profusion)
21. Secret (Junior’s Sound Factory Mix)
22. Beautiful Stranger (Calderone Club Mix)
23. American Life (Peter Rauhofer’s American Anthem Part 2)
24. Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Extended Journey)
25. Nothing Fails (Peter Rauhofer’s Classic House Mix)
26. Human Nature (Human Club Mix)
27. Nobody Knows Me (Peter Rauhofer’s Private Life Part 1)
28. Mother And Father (Peter Rauhofer’s Re-Invention)
29. Impressive Instant (Peter Rauhofer Universal Club Mix)
30. Hollywood (Calderone & Quayle Glam Mix)
31. Music (HQ2 12″ Main Mix)
32. Don’t Tell Me (Thunderpuss 2001 Hands In The Air Anthem)
33. Nothing Really Matters (Club 69 Vocal Club Mix)
34. Don’t Cry For Me Argentina (Miami Mix)