Madonna Live! Blond Ambition World Tour 90 from Barcelona Olympic Stadium (1990)

This live recording of Madonna’s legendary Blond Ambition World Tour is not as good as the sums of its parts. The show itself is a game-changing spectacle: The sets are elaborate, the choreography is intricate and fluid, and the song selection is extraordinary. In addition, Madonna herself delivers a fierce performance and she’s well-matched by a tremendously talented group of dancers and backup singers. But there’s a serious problem with the inconsistent audio of the show itself, and Madonna herself is clearly frustrated with it, with a number of off-putting outbursts maring the otherwise exuberant vibe. It makes watching this broadcast a little uncomfortable sometimes, but there’s so much energy and enthusiasm along the way, and the show itself is such a vibrant, thunderous event, that it’s still worth a shot.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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