Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When George Michael was riding high on the charts, only a handful of critics acknowledged that he was a brilliant mainstream pop singer/songwriter who, at his best, rivaled his idol Elton John in crafting state-of-the-art pop songs and productions. For nearly a full decade, he was a superstar in his native U.K. and the U.S., and even when Older failed to win an American audience, he retained his stranglehold on the British and European charts. As a solo male hitmaker, virtually nobody could touch him between 1984 and 1994, and even when his grasp began to slip, he still made compelling music. All of this is proven by his first hits compilation, Ladies & ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When George Michael was riding high on the charts, only a handful of critics acknowledged that he was a brilliant mainstream pop singer/songwriter who, at his best, rivaled his idol Elton John in crafting state-of-the-art pop songs and productions. For nearly a full decade, he was a superstar in his native U.K. and the U.S., and even when Older failed to win an American audience, he retained his stranglehold on the British and European charts. As a solo male hitmaker, virtually nobody could touch him between 1984 and 1994, and even when his grasp began to slip, he still made compelling music. All of this is proven by his first hits compilation, Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael. Spanning two discs, 28 songs, and two distinctive halves -- one "For the Heart" ballads, one "For the Feet" dance tunes -- the collection is a monster, as impressive for its size as it is for its achievements. To some casual listeners, the sheer scope of the collection may seem overwhelming, since it doesn't just have the hits, but also rarities, compilation tracks, lesser-known singles, and duets. Of course, that's precisely what makes it worthwhile for anyone who owns all the albums. They'll also be interested that many of the mixes sound slightly different -- as if the masters were run through the antiquated "Q Sound" process that marred Madonna's similar Immaculate Collection. And some skeptics may be swayed after listening to the individual discs, which are surprisingly consistent works that reveal forgotten gems, and thereby the true depth of his talent. It is true that listening to both discs in a row is a little exhausting, but there's little question that Ladies & Gentlemen comes close to being definitive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/1998
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646963524
  • Catalog Number: 69635
  • Sales rank: 8,617

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Michael Primary Artist, Vocals
Aretha Franklin Vocals, Track Performer
Elton John Vocals, Track Performer
Queen Band, Track Performer
Astrud Gilberto Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Babyface Producer
Elton John Composer
Freddie Mercury Composer
George Michael Arranger, Composer, Producer, Artwork
Queen Arranger, Producer
Andrew Ridgeley Composer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
David Austin Composer
Simon Climie Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Narada Michael Walden Arranger, Producer
Dennis Morgan Composer
Mike Reid Composer
Allen Shamblin Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Greg Jakobek Artwork
Jon Douglas Arranger, Composer, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Disc Will Do

    This is a fine compilation and everything that matters is on the 2 discs. But I wouldn't be disappointed in just having Disc One from the set - it truly is the best of the offering.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great to hear this guy

    he is good.great songs writer,great voice, and lovely performances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great collection of hits!

    All of George Michael's biggest hits can be found right here including ''Faith'', ''Father Figure'', ''I Knew You Were Waiting'' (duet with Aretha Franklin), ''Hard Day'', ''Fastlove'', ''Praying For Time'' and ''Freedom 90''. A great purchase!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    listen to the hottest song of the century!!!!

    I MESS-UP IN MY LIFE ONCE TOO AND WHEN I LISTEN TO THIS SONG IT MADE ME REALISE A GOOD MEANING OF HOW MUCH YOU COULD GET TO LOVE SOMEONE.

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    Posted February 22, 2010

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