Three variations of the high-energy tune — the 7” model, an prolonged dance combine and an instrumental combine — are all now out there globally on streaming suppliers and digital storefronts by way of Rhino and Warner Music Group. Previously, the tune (in its 7” model) was solely out there on the Vision Quest movie soundtrack (launched by Geffen Records), whereas the dance combine and instrumental combine had been beforehand out there many years in the past on bodily singles outdoors of the U.S. “Gambler” has by no means been included on any Madonna album.
So why now for this long-awaited debut? “It was Madonna’s personal request,” in response to a consultant at Rhino. It’s the most recent launch within the ongoing catalog marketing campaign announced in 2021. While “Gambler” is the ultimate Madonna reissue from Rhino/Warner in 2022, Rhino guarantees “more fun things to look forward to in 2023” and that “Gambler” is “just a small glimpse of what fans can expect” subsequent yr.
Of observe, whereas there may be an official music video for “Gambler,” it won’t obtain a remastered digital HD improve (as a few of her movies have garnered prior to now). And there aren’t any present plans to subject “Gambler” on bodily single codecs – corresponding to a 12” vinyl single.
“Gambler” – written by Madonna and produced by John “Jellybean” Benitez – was one among two songs Madonna contributed to the Vision Quest album. The different was her Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit ballad “Crazy for You,” additionally produced by Jellybean. (Madonna has a cameo within the movie as a membership singer, and he or she’s seen performing each songs briefly within the film.)
While “Gambler” was by no means launched as a single within the United States, it was successful outdoors America, reaching the highest 10 on Billboard’s European Hot 100 Singles chart and on the U.Ok.’s Official Singles Chart.
Though American followers didn’t get a correct single launch for “Gambler,” an official music video was performed by U.S. MTV for just a few weeks in late June and early July in 1985. Fans who attended Madonna’s The Virgin Tour live performance that summer time additionally noticed her carry out the observe dwell. The trek was commemorated on the longform dwelling video Madonna Live: The Virgin Tour, which was launched in November 1985. The Virgin Tour spent 5 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Music Video Sales chart in early 1986.
Some would possibly marvel why “Gambler” was not launched within the U.S. as a single, contemplating how well-liked Madonna was in 1985 (she was No. 1 on Billboard’s year-end Top Artists chart). Madonna had an abundance of well-liked new songs that yr – however solely half of them had been on the U.S. model of her then-current Like a Virgin album. In 1985, Madonna launched a complete of six singles outdoors of the U.S. – three songs from the Warner Bros. Virgin album (“Material Girl,” “Angel” and “Dress You Up”) two from the Geffen soundtrack Vision Quest (“Crazy for You” and “Gambler”) and the non-album observe “Into the Groove” (from the movie Desperately Seeking Susan). Of these, 4 had been launched as correct singles within the U.S.: “Material Girl,” “Crazy for You,” “Angel” and “Dress You Up.” (Though, “Groove” was additionally the B-side of the U.S. 12” single of “Angel.”)
In the previous few years, Madonna’s music catalog has been reintroduced to the general public via a wealth of digital single and remix reissues, upgraded and remastered official music movies, limited-edition vinyl single releases, new remix collaborations and this yr’s compilation album Finally Enough Love. The latter set, which celebrated Madonna’s landmark 50 No. 1s on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart and marked her 23rd top 10-charting set on the all-genre Billboard 200.