Blond Ambition World Tour Live

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Blond Ambition World Tour Live
Madonna - Blond Ambition Live (Laser disc).png
Video by
ReleasedDecember 13, 1990
RecordedAugust 5, 1990
VenueStade de l'Ouest
(Nice, France)
Length112 mins
LabelPioneer Artists
DirectorDavid Mallet
ProducerAnthony Eaton
Madonna video chronology
The Immaculate Collection
(1990)
Blond Ambition World Tour Live
(1990)
Madonna: Truth or Dare
(1991)

Blond Ambition World Tour Live is a video album by American singer Madonna. It was released only on LaserDisc by Pioneer Artists as part of the sponsorship deal of the 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour. It contains the final tour date recorded in Nice, France. The release had previously been shown and produced by American network HBO as a television special. In 1992, the LaserDisc release won the Best Music Video-Long Form category at the 34th Grammy Awards. This was the first Grammy award Madonna received in her career.

Background[edit]

The video album was released only on LaserDisc by Pioneer Artists as part of the sponsorship deal of the 1990 "Blond Ambition World Tour" and was released to promote the LaserDisc format. It contains the final tour date filmed at Stade de l'Ouest in Nice, France on August 5, 1990 which had previously been shown and produced by American network HBO as part of a television special Madonna – Live! Blond Ambition World Tour 90.[1] Another TV special with the same name was broadcast in August 1990 on the UK Satellite channel Sky Movies, filmed in Barcelona, Spain on August 1, 1990, produced by Italian channel Rai Uno who had previously produced the 1987 concert special Madonna in Concerto, which was released commercially as Ciao Italia: Live from Italy in 1988. A heavily edited version of the same show was broadcast on the BBC on December 24 1990.

In 1992, the LaserDisc release won the Best Music Video, Long Form category at the 34th Grammy Awards. This was the first Grammy award Madonna received in her career. The award was granted to Madonna, David Mallet and Mark "Aldo" Miceli (video directors) and Anthony Eaton (video producer).[2]

Other releases[edit]

Another version of the Blond Ambition World Tour was released commercially, Blond Ambition Japan Tour 90, on VHS and LaserDisc on July 25, 1990. It was released in Japan only by Sire Records and Warner-Pioneer and contains a date filmed at Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan on April 26, 1990. Another release, Blond Ambition Tour 1990, was released on DVD in Germany only in 2005 by Falcon Neue Medien which had obtained a licence to release it only in that country. Neither Madonna nor Warner Bros. Records authorized the release, which features poor-quality footage from a show filmed in Houston, Texas in May 1990. The same footage was released in the UK in October 2007 by Quantum Leap Video.

Formats[edit]

Pioneer still holds the rights to this LaserDisc. Pioneer have confirmed that there will not be a DVD release in the future.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Express Yourself" 
2."Open Your Heart"
 
3."Causing a Commotion"
  • Madonna
  • Bray
 
4."Where's the Party"
 
5."Like a Virgin" 
6."Like a Prayer"
  • Madonna
  • Leonard
 
7."Live to Tell" / "Oh Father"
  • Madonna
  • Leonard
 
8."Papa Don't Preach"
  • Madonna
  • Brian Elliot
 
9."Sooner or Later"Stephen Sondheim 
10."Hanky Panky"
  • Madonna
  • Leonard
 
Total length:57:50
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Now I'm Following You"
 
2."Material Girl"
 
3."Cherish"
  • Madonna
  • Leonard
 
4."Into the Groove"
  • Madonna
  • Bray
 
5."Vogue" 
6."Holiday"
 
7."Family Affair"Sly Stone 
8."Keep It Together"
  • Madonna
  • Bray
 
Total length:54:10

Production credits[edit]

  • David Mallet – director
  • Anthony Eaton – producer
  • Freddy De Mann – executive producer
  • Christopher Ciccone – art direction
  • Vince Patterson – choreographer
  • Kevin Alexander Stea – assistant choreographer

Ratings[edit]

Madonna – Live! Blond Ambition World Tour

  • August 5, 1990 on HBO
  • Most-watched entertainment special in HBO's 18-year history
  • 4.3 million households [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Live Madonna Show Suggests Hbo`s Own `Blond Ambition` – tribunedigital-chicagotribune
  2. ^ "GRAMMY Winners". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. 2009-01-11. Archived from the original on 2009-01-11. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  3. ^ "Blond Ambition World Tour 90". Ultimatemadonna.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  4. ^ NAMES IN THE NEWS : Madonna Sets Telecast Record – latimes

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