"This Used to Be My Playground" was Madonna's tenth U.S. number one single, and a quiet predecessor to her most notorious album Erotica, which followed shortly after this song's release. This was the theme from the motion picture A League of Their Own, where she provided one of her most memorable screen performances alongside Geena Davis and Tom Hanks. Curiously enough, the song was not on the film's soundtrack, or on Erotica. Instead, it was only featured on the album Barcelona Gold, which accompanied that year's Summer Olympics in Barcelona. "This Used to Be My Playground" was only issued domestically as a cassette single and never on CD, and was unavailable on any of her albums until the release of her ballads collection, Something to Remember. This disc is the three-track import single for the song. The first version is the "definitive" (or single) version of the song, which is followed by a seven-minute instrumental. The last track on the single is the long version, clocking in at over six minutes, and with an extra verse. That version is unavailable on any of her albums. So for the collector, this single is worth having for the long version and the instrumental, and for the sheer fact of obtaining this hard-to-find disc on CD. For the casual fan, go with Something to Remember.
Review by Jose F. Promis