Madonna fans received a treat when Patrick Leonard, one of Madonna's three co-producers on her 1989 album Like a Prayer, leaked demos from the time of its writing and recording to his personal YouTube channel today. The reason? To get ahead of a forthcoming auction of a cache the Queen of Pop's personal effects by her former art advisor, Darlene Lutz.
The drama between Madonna and Lutz dates back to 2017, when the latter attempted to sell items that included the former's tour costume lingerie and at least one letter written by her to an imprisoned Tupac Shakur in 1995. A judge granted a temporary motion halting the sale, but Madonna ultimately lost her suit last month, giving Lutz free reign to do as she wishes with her former associate's stuff.
While there's no stopping the sale of the letter—expected to fetch an estimated $300,000 at auction next week—or a brush full of Madonna's hair, leaking the contents of some of the cassettes given to Lutz by the artist's estranged brother will if nothing else undoubtedly decrease their value. That it rewards her loyal fans is just the cherry on top.
This demo "Angels With Dirty Faces" and others from Like a Prayer are being auctioned between 7/17-7/22-19. Here it is for free. PL
Like a Prayer
The demo of Like a Prayer from the day it was written.
The demo of Cherish from the day it was written. I hope these posts stop the sale of that cassette at auction. Not cool at all that someone would sell it. Not theirs to sell.
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What are your favorite demos/alternate takes/versions of songs?