1990 Madonna – I’m Breathless

I’m Breathless: Music from and Inspired by the Film Dick Tracy is the second soundtrack album by American singer and songwriter Madonna. It was released on May 22, 1990, by Sire Records to promote and accompany the film Dick Tracy. In the film Madonna starred as Breathless Mahoney and her then-boyfriend Warren Beatty played the title role. After filming was complete, Madonna began work on the film’s soundtrack, with songwriter Stephen Sondheim, producer Patrick Leonard and engineer Bill Bottrell. She also worked with producer Shep Pettibone on the album’s first single, “Vogue”. The album was recorded in three weeks, at Johnny Yuma Recording and Ocean Way Studios, in California.

Musically, I’m Breathless consists predominantly of jazz, swing and pop songs. The tracks reflected Madonna’s showgirl personality and were influenced by her relationship with Beatty. The singer wanted to create music that would fit the style and production of the film, set in the days of the Untouchables law enforcement, and sang the songs accordingly. In some areas she pitched her vocals and belted the notes when necessary. She even smoked cigarettes in order to portray the vocals of her character Breathless. Beatty and singer Mandy Patinkin were featured as duet partners on three of the songs.

In support of both I’m Breathless and her previous album, Like a Prayer, Madonna embarked on the Blond Ambition World Tour where a section was dedicated to the songs from the album. It was critically acclaimed, winning an award at the 1990 Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. However, due to its use of Catholic imagery, Pope John Paul II called for a boycott of the show. After the tour was over, Madonna performed songs from the album at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards and the 1991 Academy Awards. “Vogue”, the first single from I’m Breathless, became one of Madonna’s most successful releases, reaching number one in over 30 countries. It was also critically acclaimed and was seen as an influential song, while the video helped to bring vogueing into mainstream popularity. The second and final single, “Hanky Panky”, was a top-ten hit in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The soundtrack received mixed reviews from music critics, who applauded the Sondheim numbers, along with Madonna’s vocals and versatility. However, some deemed the non-film songs to be of little value. “Sooner or Later”, one of the Sondheim tracks, went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song. I’m Breathless was commercially successful, peaking at number one on the European Top 100 Albums, as well as the national charts of Australia, Germany, and Japan—in the later it became the country’s best-selling foreign album of the year. It also reached number two on the US Billboard 200 chart and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). I’m Breathless has sold more than seven million copies worldwide.

Tracks

1  He’s A Man (Madonna; Patrick Leonard) 4:44
2  Sooner Or Later (Stephen Sondheim) 3:19
3  Hanky Panky (Madonna; Patrick Leonard) 3:58
4  I’m Going Bananas (Michael Kernan; Andy Paley) 1:43
5  Cry Baby (Madonna; Patrick Leonard) 4:05
6  Something To Remember (Madonna; Patrick Leonard) 5:05
7  Back In Business (Madonna; Patrick Leonard) 5:12
8  More (Stephen Sondheim) 4:58
9  What Can You Lose (Stephen Sondheim) 2:09
10  Now I’m Following You (Part I) (Andy Paley; Jeff Lass; Ned Claflin; Jonathan Paley) 1:34
11  Now I’m Following You (Part II) (Andy Paley; Jeff Lass; Ned Claflin; Jonathan Paley) 3:18
12  Vogue (Madonna; Shep Pettibone) 4:48

Musicians

1 He’s A Man

BassGuy Pratt
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
KeyboardsPatrick Leonard
Background VocalsDonna DeLory
Background VocalsN’Dea Davenport
Background VocalsNiki Haris
VocalsMadonna


2 Sooner Or Later

BassBob Magnusson
DrumsJohn Guerin
PianoBill Schneider
ClarinetAbe Most
SaxAbe Most
SaxBob Cooper
TromboneCharlie Loper
TrumpetTony Terran
VocalsMadonna


3 Hanky Panky

BassGuy Pratt
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
KeyboardsPatrick Leonard
Background VocalsDonna DeLory
Background VocalsN’Dea Davenport
Background VocalsNiki Haris
VocalsMadonna


4 I’m Going Bananas

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsCarlos Vega
KeyboardsPatrick Leonard
PianoRandy Waldman
Background VocalsSamuel Nolasco
Background VocalsXavier Serrano
Background VocalsDonna DeLory
Background VocalsN’Dea Davenport
Background VocalsNiki Haris
VocalsMadonna


5 Cry Baby

Bass (synthesizer)Patrick Leonard
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
KeyboardsPatrick Leonard
SaxDave Boruff
VocalsMadonna


6 Something To Remember

BassGuy Pratt
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
KeyboardsPatrick Leonard
SaxDave Boruff


7 Back In Business

Drums (programming)Patrick Leonard
HiHAtJonathan Moffett
KeyboardsPatrick Leonard
SaxJeff Clayton
Background VocalsDonna DeLory
Background VocalsJenny Douglas
Background VocalsNiki Haris
VocalsMadonna


8 More

BassBob Magnusson
DrumsJohn Guerin
PianoBill Schneider
ClarinetAbe Most
ClarinetMahlon Clark
SaxAbe Most
SaxBob Cooper
TromboneCharlie Loper
TrumpetTony Terran


9 What Can You Lose

PianoBill Schneider
VoiceMandy Patinkin
VocalsMadonna


10 Now I’m Following You (Part I)

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
GuitarTim Pierce
KeyboardsPatrick Leonard
PianoRandy Waldman
VoiceWarren Beaty
VocalsMadonna


11 Now I’m Following You (Part II)

Drums (programming)Kevin Gilbert
SynthesizerKevin Gilbert
VocalsMadonna


12 Vogue

ProgrammingAlan Friedman
Background VocalsDonna DeLory
Background VocalsN’Dea Davenport
Background VocalsNiki Haris
VocalsMadonna

 

Liner Notes

Producer – Madonna
Producer – Patrick Leonard (Tracks 1, 3 to 7, 10, 11)
Producer – Bill Bottrell (Tracks 2, 8, 9)
Engineer – Brian Malouf
Mixed By – Brian Malouf
Mastered By – Stephen Marcussen

Art Direction, Design – Jeri Heiden, Kim Champagne
Coordinator (Production) – Ivy Skoff
Design (Logo) – Margo Chase Design

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sire Records Company
Phonographic Copyright (p) – WEA International Inc.
Copyright (c) – Sire Records Company
Copyright (c) – WEA International Inc.
Made By – Allied Record Company
Duplicated By – Allied Record Company
Recorded At – Johnny Yuma Recording
Recorded At – Ocean Way Recording
Mixed At – Can-Am Recorders
Mastered At – Precision Lacquer