In 1998, Madonna- then a new mother- poured her mind, body and soul into ‘Ray of Light’, the poignant Pop album many agree is her magnum opus.
Filled with moving stories delivered on Trip-Hop, Electronic and Ambient beats, the set saw the singer document her feelings towards fame’s fleeting and soulless nature (Drowned World) her longing for real love (Frozen) and the loss of her mother(Mer Girl).
With all of this mind, fans may not know whether to react with rage or glee once they discover that a number of the album’s demos have surfaced online.
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This is a compilation of snippets from the demo assembly CD of what would become Madonna’s magnum opus,1998’s Ray Of Light. This particular assembly of songs has a more urban and R&B sound,akin to the sounds of Bedtime Stories and Something To Remember. At the time she was working once again with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and was originally going to create a Bedtime Stories 2.0,but the entire album started over from scratch after meeting and working with the final producer,William Orbit. Some of the songs were scrapped off the final album and never released,while one (Has To Be) was used as a bonus track in international territories and others (Frozen,Sky Fits Heaven,and Nothing Really Matters) were reworked into the final versions we know and love. It’s fascinating to hear these songs twenty years later and see a window into what could have been on the Ray Of Light album. Unfortunately I do not own full versions of any of these songs featured in this video and I’m only sharing the clips that I downloaded via Madonna-Infinity forums,thanks to club78boy.