Ray of Light is the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on March 3, 1998 by Maverick Records. The album is a pop and dance record, yet, it contains elements of electronic music within its composition, making it a departure from her previous work. Additionally, it incorporates several genres and subgenres, including techno and ambient. The album has several themes, including spirituality. After giving birth to her daughter Lourdes, Madonna collaborated with Patrick Leonard and William Orbit in developing the album.
There was no reason Ray of Light should’ve been such a hit. After the collapse of grunge in the mid-90s, the music industry had begun to lean into the perky pubescence of Backstreet Boys and NSYNC. 1998 was the year that TRL launched on MTV, and soon after, Britney Spears would release her teasing teen debut,. Baby One More Time, catalyzing a string of young women-like fellow teens Christina Aguilera and Mandy Moore -to overrun the charts with coy love songs.
Ray of Light is the seventh album by Madonna, released on March 1998. The album is full of oriental themes, as a result of her conversion to Kabbalah, her study of Hinduism and Buddhism ad her practice of Yoga. It spawned five singles: "Frozen", "Ray of Light", "Drowned World/Substitute for Love", "The Power of Good-Bye" and "Nothing Really Matters". Ray of Light sold 20 million copies worldwide. Categories: Studio albums.
As an experimental dance album, Ray of Light is fairly useless. William Orbit doesn’t know enough tricks to fill a whole CD, so he repeats himself something fierce; his most annoying tic is a spaceship-bleep button that he presses compulsively from song to song. But since this is a Madonna album, Orbit’s rinky-dink sound effects have a definite charm; subtlety has never been her friend, and Orbit’s overdressed sonics help Madonna wring gripping music out of her motherhood concept.
Madonna R&D Has To Be 1 (Ray Of Light Album Demo Assembly 0. 6. 1997) produced by Pat Leonard with different lyrics and piano strings instrumentation. Madonna R&D The Power Of Goodbye (Ray Of Light Album Demo Assembly 0. MADONNA album Ray of Light (maverick-warner bros). Madonna (Ray of Light 1998) 14 - Has to be.
Tracklist Hide Credits
|1||Drowned World / Substitute For Love||5:09|
|3||Ray Of Light||5:20|
|4||Candy Perfume Girl||4:36|
|6||Nothing Really Matters||4:26|
|7||Sky Fits Heaven||4:47|
|8||Shanti / Ashtangi||4:29|
|10||The Power Of Good-Bye||4:12|
|11||To Have And Not To Hold||5:22|
|14||Frozen (Stereo MC's Mix)
Remix – Stereo MC's
NotesStandard jewel-case with 4pp front insert booklet.
Reverse insert borrows from the artwork of the standard European issue "Ray Of Light" so the label code, WE 852 distribution code and a credit of Made in Germany by Warner Music Manufacturing Europe all appear (though this is obviously not a WMME issue.)
Front insert booklet is blank on the inside faces.
The disc has no text of any kind (not even the artist name or release title) but has the usual artwork design features (ie the "sun-ray" effect around the centre hole and the blue motif which usually separates the text Madonna and Ray Of Light.)
Submitter's copy has an import sticker with "KB CDÜ CCF YET 831566" and that combined with the IFPI 6A mould SID show this to be an unofficial issue from Bulgaria.
Track 14 is an extra/hidden track missed from the tracklist on art.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 0 9362-46847-2 5
- Label Code: LC 1485
- Other (Distribution code): WE 852
- Matrix / Runout: AGD 022/98
- Mastering SID Code: none
- Mould SID Code: IFPI 6A
|9362-46847-2||Madonna||Ray Of Light (CD, Album)||Maverick, Warner Bros. Records||9362-46847-2||Europe||1998|
|9362-46847-3||Madonna||Ray Of Light (LP, Album, Ltd, Unofficial, Lig)||Warner Bros. Records||9362-46847-3||UK||1998|
|ТР-367, 9 46847-2||Madonna||Ray Of Light (CD, Album, RE)||Танцевальный Рай, Танцевальный Рай||ТР-367, 9 46847-2||Russia||2006|
|9 46847-4||Madonna||Ray Of Light (Cass, Album)||Maverick, Warner Bros. Records||9 46847-4||South Korea||1998|
|WPCR-2000||Madonna = マドンナ*||Madonna = マドンナ* - Ray Of Light = レイ・オブ・ライト (CD, Album)||Maverick, Warner Bros. Records, WEA Japan||WPCR-2000||Japan||1998|
|1||Ray Of Light (Album Version)||5:19|
|2||Has To Be (Non-Album Track)||5:15|
- Engineer – Pat McCarthy
- Producer – Madonna, William Orbit
NotesSlipcase version with black disc tray.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 & 2): [wea mfg OLYPHANT logo] Y4635 1 17206-2 01
- Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 & 2): IFPI L903
- Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 (Etched)): M1S3
- Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2U7B
- Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 (Etched)): M1S7
- Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 (Etched)): M1S1
- Mould SID Code (Variant 2 & 3): IFPI 2U2Z
- Barcode: 0 5439-17206-2 7
|CD 44523||Madonna||Ray Of Light (CD, Maxi)||Maverick, Warner Bros. Records||CD 44523||Canada||1998|
|PCS-295||Madonna||Ray Of Light (CDr, Single, Promo)||WEA Records, Warner Bros. Records, Maverick||PCS-295||Japan||1998|
|none||Madonna||Ray Of Light (JDS Remix) (Acetate, 12", S/Sided)||Not On Label||none||UK||2002|
|W0444T, 9362-44522-0||Madonna||Ray Of Light (12")||Maverick, Warner Bros. Records||W0444T, 9362-44522-0||Germany||1998|
|9362445212||Madonna||Ray Of Light (CD, Maxi)||Warner Bros. Records, Maverick||9362445212||Australia||1998|