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Reply #60 posted 10/29/17 9:45am

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Have you got a title/cover of the VHS? I might have it somewhere.


I believe it was just called GeorgeMichael. On the DVD it's called The Southbank Show.

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Reply #61 posted 10/29/17 10:53am

Dilan

what would be the point of a duets album its just songs already available you can make your own playlist with those

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Reply #62 posted 10/29/17 5:33pm

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I've had this album since it first got released all the way back in 1990. But this new version has definitely given me a whole new appreciation for George Michael's talent. It's made me realise what a great album it is and what a perfectionist he was. If there was something that he didn't like, he NEVER put it out there. Ever. It may've taken him 3 years to follow up "Faith," but it was all worth it. Although that was usually the standard gap for most artists, we're not talking about Prince here releasing an album a year. lol

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Reply #63 posted 10/29/17 10:15pm

JabarR74

Happy 30th anniversary to "Faith"

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Reply #64 posted 10/30/17 12:42am

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what would be the point of a duets album its just songs already available you can make your own playlist with those


Agreed, but I did qualify it with containing unreleased duets as a point of interest.

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Reply #65 posted 10/30/17 12:58am

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TrivialPursuit said:

Dilan said:

what would be the point of a duets album its just songs already available you can make your own playlist with those


Agreed, but I did qualify it with containing unreleased duets as a point of interest.

such as which only a boy george one is known

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Reply #66 posted 10/30/17 9:33am

JabarR74

Happy 30th anniversary to "Faith"

TRIBUTE: Celebrating 30 Y...Faith’

Happy 30th Anniversary to George Michael’s debut album Faith, originally released October 30, 1987.


Musically speaking, 1987 was a year of titans. In just that 12-month span alone, Prince and Michael Jackson went head-to-head with Sign O’ the Times and Bad, albums later recognized as flashpoints in their respective careers. Then, there was the story of George Michael’s solo ascendancy. He had come to be revered and reviled as one-half of the anodyne pop pair Wham!. As has been well documented, Michael’s growing artistic restlessness came to a head with the Quiet Storm seduction of “Careless Whisper” in 1984. And while it was billed as a Wham! single, it was, for all intents and purposes, a George Michael solo affair. The sparse breadth of “A Different Corner” took this creative growth a step further.

Not long thereafter, Andrew Ridgeley and Michael parted, closing off a consistent run of charters that began with “Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)” in 1982. But it was what came next that rendered “Careless Whisper” and “A Different Corner” mere pop politesse.

Faith, Michael’s first solo offering, was released in late October of 1987; as of October 2017, it sits at over 20 million units sold worldwide. Seven singles were lifted from Faith from June 1987 to November 1988—“I Want Your Sex,” “Faith,” “Hard Day,” “Father Figure,” “One More Try,” “Monkey,” and “Kissing a Fool.” All of them dominated globally and can be heard playing somewhere in the world today. Nominations and wins for Grammys, American Music Awards, BRITs and Ivor Novellos were plentiful.

Additionally, Faith made Michael the first Caucasian to top the US Top Black Albums Chart, as it was then called. This happened 17 years after fellow Briton Dusty Springfield’s landmark Dusty in Memphis (1969) caused a stir on both sides of the Atlantic. Further, it was also eight years after Teena Marie (born Mary Christine Brockert) became the first white act to legitimately begin with—and be solely supported by—a black consumer base courtesy of her debut Wild and Peaceful (1979) on Motown Records.

But who can forget the visual set pieces for Faith? Their celluloid fantasies made Michael accessible to everyone, from (gay) men to (straight) women. The statistical accoutrement of Faith is deliriously endless, but don’t be distracted from the heart of the record’s purpose and ultimate triumph. Despite Michael’s deft knowledge of the “pop star playbook” in the age of MTV, he never let the music slide. He had done his homework on everyone from Stevie Wonder to Aretha Franklin, from Patrice Rushen to Prince, and it all came across in the sonics of Faith. Excusing “Look at Your Hands,” co-scripted with David Austin, Michael entered the exclusive club of “written, arranged, produced and composed by” on his debut effort.

The title track is the earworm of the 10 cuts on the LP. “Faith” stitches gospel, blues and rock together with an irrepressible hook and guitar lick so effervescent, it seems as if 30 years has barely lapsed since it jumped onto the airwaves back in 1987.

The remaining trio of ballads have Michael opening the door on his sexuality, albeit slyly. The careful usage of certain pronouns is key to mask overtness, as needed. However, the sensitivity, darkness and humanity channeled by Michael’s tactile vocal performance in “One More Try” reveal the undeniable source of autobiographical gay romance (and heartbreak). As a result, Michael was soundtracking an entire generation of young gay men having similar experiences: “I've had enough of danger / And people on the streets / I'm looking out for angels / Just trying to find some peace / Now I think it's time that you let me know / So if you love me, say you love me / But if you don't just let me go / 'Cause teacher there are things that I don't want to learn / And the last one I had made me cry / So I don't want to learn to / Hold you, touch you, think that you're mine / Because it ain't no joy / For an uptown boy / Whose teacher has told him goodbye, goodbye, goodbye…”

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Reply #67 posted 10/30/17 9:48am

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Dilan said:

TrivialPursuit said:


Agreed, but I did qualify it with containing unreleased duets as a point of interest.

such as which only a boy george one is known


See, I think that's the rub. There could be others. But, maybe there is not. Maybe the O'Dowd one is the only other one. I suppose, in general, I'm more anxious to hear unreleased material in general.

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Reply #68 posted 11/03/17 2:26am

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TrivialPursuit said:



thetimefan said:



Have you got a title/cover of the VHS? I might have it somewhere.


I believe it was just called GeorgeMichael. On the DVD it's called The Southbank Show.



Thanks, it has a blue cover IIRC.
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Reply #69 posted 11/03/17 11:50am

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Somehow I got it in my head that the DVD had MTV Unplugged, not an audio disc of it.

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Reply #70 posted 11/03/17 12:16pm

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thetimefan said:

TrivialPursuit said:


I believe it was just called GeorgeMichael. On the DVD it's called The Southbank Show.

Thanks, it has a blue cover IIRC.


It does, mostly.


To Cinny, it would be nice, but I tell ya - the audio on this CD is just amazing. It's truly like I have never heard it before. Listen with headphones and sink into it. It's beautiful.

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Reply #71 posted 11/08/17 6:04am

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I havent seen this discussed much on this thread, but what do you think of the sound quality of the remaster? LWP soubnds crisp and clean, but there is absolutely no bottom on it. It sounds like I'm listening to the album through the AM radio in my grandmother's kitchen. I compare "Freedom '90" with the version on TwentyFive, and it's night and day. The remaster is so thin and empty. MTV Unplugged sounds great, full. Do I have a defective copy or do you all just have better ears?

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Reply #72 posted 11/09/17 9:35am

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AhPook said:

I havent seen this discussed much on this thread, but what do you think of the sound quality of the remaster? LWP soubnds crisp and clean, but there is absolutely no bottom on it. It sounds like I'm listening to the album through the AM radio in my grandmother's kitchen. I compare "Freedom '90" with the version on TwentyFive, and it's night and day. The remaster is so thin and empty. MTV Unplugged sounds great, full. Do I have a defective copy or do you all just have better ears?



I think it sounds fine. Mind you, I've only listened to my illegally obtained download as I couldn't wait for the CD to be delivered so I just downloaded it. I still haven't even opened the CD yet. But on the download, the sound is fine. I'd assume that the CD is the same. Maybe you could download it and compare it to the CD just to see if it's your individual CD that's the problem.
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Reply #73 posted 11/09/17 12:40pm

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EmmaMcG said:

AhPook said:

I havent seen this discussed much on this thread, but what do you think of the sound quality of the remaster? LWP soubnds crisp and clean, but there is absolutely no bottom on it. It sounds like I'm listening to the album through the AM radio in my grandmother's kitchen. I compare "Freedom '90" with the version on TwentyFive, and it's night and day. The remaster is so thin and empty. MTV Unplugged sounds great, full. Do I have a defective copy or do you all just have better ears?

I think it sounds fine. Mind you, I've only listened to my illegally obtained download as I couldn't wait for the CD to be delivered so I just downloaded it. I still haven't even opened the CD yet. But on the download, the sound is fine. I'd assume that the CD is the same. Maybe you could download it and compare it to the CD just to see if it's your individual CD that's the problem.

Thanks for the suggestion. I bought another copy from a different store and compared. The new copy sounds so much better than my original copy. I guess it was a manufacturing error or something. I dont know how that would happen though. It was weird.

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Reply #74 posted 11/14/17 12:08am

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Just noticed MTV UK showed MTV Unplugged George Michael early this morning. Didn't know it was on so missed it unfortunately.
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Reply #75 posted 11/14/17 10:46am

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TrivialPursuit said:


To Cinny, it would be nice, but I tell ya - the audio on this CD is just amazing. It's truly like I have never heard it before. Listen with headphones and sink into it. It's beautiful.

I can sink into a studio version but live stuff I prefer watching, especially during the holidays when I actually have time to watch stuff. My family and I actually watched the George Michael TwentyFive 2xDVD set several Christmases.

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Reply #76 posted 11/15/17 6:07am

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HEY ORG!
POOK GET THIS SET!
POOK ALWAYS LOVE FREEDOM FREEDOM SHAKE YA ASS NOTICE FAST
ALSO BONNIE RAITT COVER
AND CRAZY MAN DANCE!
HEY ORG
REMEMBER WHEN WE ALL INVADE OKAYPLAYER FORUM WITH CODE NAME?
THEY ALL START WITH TOOFUNKY BECAUSE OF GEORGE MICHAEL SONG
OK ORG POOK LOVE ORG BYE BYE!

P o o |/,
P o o |\
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Reply #77 posted 11/19/17 4:30pm

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I picked up the 2CD set today and are being blown away buy it. I seem to have crept through with greatest hits type releases all this time except for Patience.

Please it only cost $20 in our money ($13.50 USD or £10.50) but the 4CD set nowhere to be seen.

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Also picked up the 2CD version of Faith, so now feel I have a bit more validation in my George Michael stakes. You can not deny the majesty of any of these songs. Actually realised there are some chimp noises in Monkey and wondering if MJ loaned Bubbles for the recording!

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Reply #78 posted 11/21/17 2:44am

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For UK orges MTV Unplugged is on Sky on Demand under the MTV section. Think its available til Dec 12th
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Reply #79 posted 11/23/17 6:03pm

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I don't know how many takes of I Can't Make You Love Me were recorded, but the one on this compilation is the one included on the Older EP, not the one of the whole show broadcasted by MTV at that time (which is my fav take.)

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