Madonna

In the Beginning [Gravity]

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INTHEBEGINNING is an interesting collection of Madonna's aural baby pictures, more specifically the low-budget, lo-fi demos she made in early 1980 and '81 with songwriting partner Stephen Bray (who provides amusing liner notes in which he continually refers to her as Emmy). Highlights include "Laugh to Keep From Crying," a highly uncharacteristic rocker a la the Pretenders, with 12-string Rickenbacker guitar played by Madonna herself, two versions of the early album cut "Ain't No Big Deal," and bare-bones blueprint versions of future hits "Burning Up" and "Everybody."

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