The very collectable 3" cd single format was introduced
in Japan in 1988 and it became so popular in the country that vinyl singles were put out of production in just a few years.
These little discs came housed in a long box with cardboard
and plastic elements. This box was meant to be folded by
breaking part of the plastic material. It is obvious that
to be considered as collectables, these cds must be preserved
in the original unfolded box.
Warner-Pioneer, Madonna's label kept producing singles in the double format (7" vinyl and 3" cd) for just a couple of years
Due to the lack of many Madonna releases
in 1988, the only two singles commercialy available on both
formats were Spotlight and Like
After these first two 3 inch discs, the next commercial
release, Express Yourself was a 3" cd single only.
A total of five cd singles were taken from the Like A Prayer
album: Like A Prayer, Express Yourself,
Cherish, Oh Father and
Keep it together.
All these early 3" singles have become quite scarce but
the rarest of them all is definitely Oh Father.
The next singles followed the path of the standard discography
and they were Vogue
, Hanky Panky
Justify My Love
and Rescue Me
Rescue Me comes with a nice Alternate Single Mix (An
edit of one of the remixes) as the "B-side".
With This Used To Be My Playgrond, released
in April 1992, the label's name and logo changed from Warner-Pioneer
to Warner Music Japan. We will find this
name and logo on all the singles taken from the album
Erotica. They were: the title track,
Depeer and Deeper, Bad Girl
and Bye Bye Baby. Strangely enough, Rain
was not released as one of these two track cds but the
Radio Mix was included later as the B-side of Bye Bye
Baby. The latter song was released as a single in November
1993 to promote the Girlie Show Tour
that also touched Japan and has become even rarer than
its German counterpart.
I'll Remember, the theme from the film With Honors, is released
in March 1994 and bears a new Warner logo. Warner Music
Japan, formerly Warner-Pioneer, has become in the meantime
1994 is also the year in which Bedtime Stories
was released. And singles from this album are the last
ones to be manufactured in this lovely 3 inch format.
Secret and Take A Bow
are also the first cds to come out with "painted" graphics
on the disc and not as plain silver discs. Wea Japan later
decided not to release Bedtime Story
as the next single.
The last 3" release is very peculiar, mainly because it's
a re-release of La Isla Bonita coupled
with the then international single Human Nature.
It is strange that even if this is clearly a double A-sided
single, not only "Bonita" is the first track on the disc
but the Human Nature artwork is published on the back
cover to almost distract attention from it, while a shot
from Take A Bow dominates the front cover.
La Isla Bonita must
indeed be a favourite song of the Japanese public as it
came up on a Japanese Madonna release once again the following
year, as the bonus track of the 1995 collection of ballads
Something To Remember, even if honestly,
it can hardly be considered a ballad.
|The following singles You'll
see and One More Chance came out
in 1995 as standard 5" discs and the releases started to have
track lists almost identical to European singles.
In November 1997 a special limited edition box set with
Forty 3" cd singles was released to commemorate Madonna's
career. It included all the Japanese singles from Burning
Up to One More Chance each of them
housed in a little sleeve with reproduction of the original
Madonna - Japanese 3" Cds Discography
10SW-21 Spotlight (Edit) - Where's The
Party (Remix Edit)
10P3-6112 Like A
Prayer - Act Of Contrition
Express Yourself - The Look Of Love
Cherish - Supernaural
09P3-6206 Oh Father
- Pray For Spanish Eyes
It Together - Instrumental
Vogue - Vogue (Bette Davis Dub)
Hanky Panky - More
My Love - Express Yourself (Edit 90)
Rescue Me (Single Mix) - Rescue Me (Alternate Single Mix)
WPDP-6304 This Used To Be My Playground -
WPDP-6310 Erotica - Instrumental
WPDP-6316 Depeer And Deeper - Instrumental
WPDP-6321 Bad Girl - Fever
Bye Bye Baby - Rain (Radio Mix)
I'll Remember - Secret Garden
Secret - Instrumental
a Bow (Album Version) - Take A Bow (InDaSoul Mix)
WPDR-3027 La Isla Bonita - Human Nature (Radio
WPDR-3100/3139 Madonna Cd Single Collection:
Limited Edition Box Set 40 cd singles
Coming Up Next Week - Part One of Tribe's guide
to Japanese 5" Maxi single cds (1984-1997)