Sunday, November 15, 2009

Rarities #38: Madonna - Celebration Pop Up Promo Box (2009)

If you didn't know by now, Madonna has released her third greatest hits album, and it is her last album under Warner. She will be moving on to Live Nation next.

Celebration follows The Immaculate Collection (1990) and GHV2 (2001). There's a 1CD version and a 2 CD version. The 2CD versions contains 36 songs, with 2 new songs - the title track and Revolver featuring Lil' Wayne. It is the first time all of Madonna's greatest hits are compiled in one album, so it's been billed as the Ultimate Collection. Rightly so.

Also, there's the DVD album to accompany the CD release. The 2DVD album is titled Celebration: The Video Collection, and it has 47 videos, including the latest one for Celebration, but it's the Benny Benassi Remix of the song. It's pretty cool.

The most glaring omission on the DVD is American Life. The video caused quite a stir when it was originally released because of its anti-war message, just as the US was about to go to war with Iraq. It was shown on a few channels for just one day before Madonna yanked it and replaced it with a tamer version, where she is filmed in front of a backdrop of different flags of the world. However, not even the revised version made it to this DVD.

Needless to say, both the CD and DVD albums are essential to any music collection, and what's more the tracks on the CD have been digitally remastered, so they sound better than ever. I didn't really like Celebration the first time I heard it, but it sure grew on me. The spoken segment in the middle is classic Madonna ("I don't recognise you with your clothes on"). The Benny Benassi Remix is darn good too.

The pop up box is a promo item and it's super rare. It houses the 2CDs and 2DVDs in a pizza box with a magnetic clasp. The pop up images represent the different iconic looks Madonna had adopted over the years. She's not the Queen Of Pop for nothing.

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At 5:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there I won one of these Rare & fantastic Box Sets along with a Celebration Vinyl Picture Disc. Does anyone actually know how many these Box Sets were produced worldwide? I have read on seperate US & UK ebay listings only 500 - Just for US & UK or Worldwide I don't know & then read here on an Australian ebay listing worldwide between 7000 to 1000 were produced for media & competition winners only? I'm selling mine as a mega Bundle along with Vinyl Pic Disc, T-shirt & 14x CD Back catalogue all new on search item # 230418823544 & will ship worldwide :)

At 5:22 pm, Blogger Son of a Gan said...

Hi there, I'm not sure exactly how many copies of these pop-up boxes were produced worldwide, but it should be less than 1,000. I'm quite sure it's rarer than that. :)

At 12:59 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read there were only 100 produced, I have 1, I'm wondering what the value of the box set is? Anyone know?


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