With this article we are going to take a look at Madonna
singles and Maxi Singles that were released in Japan as
5" discs from 1984 to 1997.
In the mid eighties, when in Europe cds were still seen
as a novelty, Japan was already commercially distributing
albums and maxi singles on that format as well.
Aside the first three albums,Warner Pioneer
released 4 compilations or EPs
of Madonna remixes with track listings unique to Japan with
the intention of grouping together in fewer releases the
extended versions available in Usa and in Europe
The first compilation, released in 1985, is called
Like A Virgin and Other Big Hits, and contains
the Jellybean Extended Version of the title track, Borderline,
Lucky Star plus the album version of Holiday.
The second compilation from 1985 is mainly a Maxi single
of Dress You Up with two mixes of the song,
the album version of Shoo Bee Doo and Ain't No Big
The third compilation cd comes in 1986 and is called
Super Club Mix. It contains remixes of the singles
off the True Blue album released so far (Live To Tell Instrumental,
Papa Don't Preach, True Blue) and a Dub Version and Extended
Version of Madonna's first single Everybody.
The fourth compilation of remixes on cd is called La
Isla Bonita Super Mix and along the Extended and
Instrumental version of the title track, the extended version
of Open Your Heart, it also contains Gambler and Crazy For
You from the film Vision Quest for the
first time published on a Sire/Warner compilation.
The original issues of these first four compilations, now
extremely scarce, were also marketed as "Export
Prohibited" on the back of the coloured Obi strip.
Two Maxi singles are released from the Like A Prayer
album in 1990. One is the famous Remixed Prayers,
with 5 remixes of "Prayer", including Shep
Pettibone's dance mix and the Churchapella
version and 3 mixes of Express Yourself.
The other is Keep It Together - Ep with
6 remixes of the song and an extended version of Cherish.
Two of the Keep It Together remixes are only available on
cd on this release. The Dub version and
Bonus Beats tracks can be found on the
Us vinyl Maxi but not on the Us cd Maxi.
Keep it Together was released as a single
in Japan and Usa only.
In April 1990 the first four EP's,
that were limited and have been out of print for some time,
are re-released with same track lists but
with a different colour obi strip and a new catalogue
Next maxis in the collection are Vogue Ep,
also including remixes of Hanky Panky and
Rescue Me - Alternate Mix with various
versions of Rescue Me and Justify
In 1992 Warner-Pioneer becomes Warner
Music Japan. All previous maxi singles and albums
are reprinted with the new logo. The end of 1992 sees two
releases: Erotica - Remixes and Material
Girl EP, one of the early vinyl only maxi singles
with Material Girl and Angel (Extended Versions) and Into
The Groove, released in cd format in Japan for the first
In 1993 two more unique compilations are out on the Japanese
market. Deeper and Deeper - Ep with various
mixes of the song plus some additional remixes of Erotica
and Rain - Ep with remixes of Rain,
Fever, Waiting, Bad Girl and Up Down Suite.
With the next Madonna album, Bedtime Stories (1994),
two more unique compilations are distribuited in Japan.
Secret - The Remixes contains 8 versions
of the song with a cover photo artwork totally exclusive
to the country and Take A Bow - Remixes,
with 6 mixes of the title track including the rare
Silky Soul Instrumental commercially available
only on this release. Two versions of Bedtime Story
that was not a single in Japan are also included.
With the two cd singles from the ballad collection Something
To Remember (1995), track lists of these maxi cds
become idetical to German singles, losing part of what made
these Japanese releases so special and unique.
You'll See and One More Chance
have indeed same songs as on cds in Europe.
Three are the singles from Madonna's greatest
cinematic experience, Evita, and follow
the same path of European releases. The first one is You
Must Love Me while the second one is Don't
Cry For Me Argentina - Remixes with the nice Miami
Mixes by Pablo Flores. A tidbit on this
cd is that on the back cover one of the mixes is miscredited
as "Maimi" instead of "Miami".
Another Suitcase In Another Hall is the
third and final cd single from the Evita Soundtrack
and has become quite scarce now.
In August 1987 Warner put on the market The Collectors
series. All of Madonna's maxi singles from "Like
A Virgin" to "Take A Bow" are re-released at a special
lower price in a slim case (up till now all maxi
were housed in album jewel cases), with a new catalogue
number. The original releases were of course put out of
Madonna - Japanese
5" Cds Discography
28XD-455 Like A Virgin and Other Big Hits - 1984
28XD-456 Dress You Up/Ain't
No Big Deal - 1985 Original release
Super Club Mixes Ep - 1986 Original release
La Isla Bonita Super Mix - 1987 Original release
WPCP-3200 Keep It Together
WPCP-3437 Like A Virgin and Other Big Hits
- 1990 re-release
WPCP-3438 Dress You
Up/Ain't No Big Deal - 1990 re-release
Super Club Mixes Ep - 1990 re-release
La Isla Bonita Super Mix - 1990 re-release
WPCP-4100 Rescue Me Alternate
WPCP-5150 Erotica Remixes
Material Girl Ep
WPCP-5244 Deeper And
WPCP-5644 Rain Ep
WPCR-191 Take A Bow Remixes
WPCR-556 You'll See
One More Chance
WPCR-841 You Must Love
WPCR-947 Don't Cry For Me Argentina
WPCR-967 Another Suitcase In
WPCR-1501 Collectors Series
- Like A Virgin and Other Big Hits
Collectors Series - Dress You Up/Ain't No Big Deal
Collectors Series - Super Club Mixes Ep
Collectors Series - La Isla Bonita Super Mix
Collectors Series - Remixed Prayers
Collectors Series - Keep It Together
Collectors Series - Vogue Ep
Collectors Series - Rescue Me Alternate Mix
Collectors Series - Material Girl Ep
Collectors Series - Erotica Remixes
Collectors Series - Deeper And Deeper Ep
Collectors Series - Rain Ep
Collectors Series - Secret Remixes
Collectors Series - Take A Bow Remixes