TwentyFive [Deluxe Edition]

TwentyFive [Deluxe Edition]

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by George Michael

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The TwentyFive in the title of this 2006 compilation (released in the U.S. in 2007) refers to the number of years George Michael has been in the music business -- a quarter of a century, during which time Michael was always a superstar, yet his legacy is based almost entirely on a decade where he did no wrong, when he effortlessly raised from teenybopper to…  See more details below


The TwentyFive in the title of this 2006 compilation (released in the U.S. in 2007) refers to the number of years George Michael has been in the music business -- a quarter of a century, during which time Michael was always a superstar, yet his legacy is based almost entirely on a decade where he did no wrong, when he effortlessly raised from teenybopper to savvy white soulster, the seeming heir to Elton John's throne of a mega-popular pop singer/songwriter with undeniable skill, considerable commercial appeal, and substance. That last bit has proved to be the tricky part for Michael: after he became a star, he became obsessed that his musical substance wasn't evident to the world at large, so he got sober (at least musically) at the beginning of the '90s with Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1, a worthy record that effectively killed his career momentum as its indulgent, studied gravity overwhelmed such pop gems as "Freedom! '90." He took a long break after Listen Without Prejudice, returning six years later with Older. By that point, his American audience had shrunk dramatically, turning him into a U.K.-only star (not quite as provincial as Mick Hucknall, but close) and then when the bottom fell out of his popularity there, he turned into a universal tabloid icon, generating seamy stories as he frequented seedy rest stops while seeming to not be able get through a drive without nodding off at the wheel. Not a legacy anybody wants, and not a legacy Michael deserves, at least on sheer musical grounds, but TwentyFive doesn't necessarily stand as a testament to this fact for the perennial George Michael problem: it, like the man himself after Faith, is too concerned with seeming serious. So, even if this is presented as a quarter-century-spanning compilation, it writes Wham! out of the equation with the exception of four songs including "Careless Whisper" -- which, after all, was the first Wham! single to bear an individual credit for George Michael -- and playing down such Faith-era staples as "I Want Your Sex" and "Monkey" in favor for stiff late-'90s dance-pop like "Too Funky," "Freeek!," and "Shoot the Dog." These all arrive on the first disc of this set, which bears the wonderful subtitle "For Living," while the second disc is labeled "For Loving" -- meaning, of course, this is where the ballads go, and by and large it's better than the "Living" disc since it doesn't avoid any big hits: it has "Careless Whisper," "A Different Corner," "Father Figure," "One More Try," "Praying for Time," and "Jesus to a Child," along with several moderate U.K. hits. This means that this individual disc holds together better than its companion, but as a compilation TwentyFive isn't nearly as comprehensive or fun as the previous George Michael two-disc set, 1999's Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael, which did encompass the Wham! hits -- and since he had no big hits since that comp, the extra seven years this covers doesn't hold much of interest for anybody but the hardcore (and if they're interested, there's a three-disc deluxe edition, with the third disc being a hodgepodge of rarities that are marginally interesting but never quite compelling for those who aren't already devoted). So, even if it's not entirely satisfying as either a listen or a career overview, TwentyFive winds up being a fitting George Michael comp in at least one regard: it's loaded with promise at its outset but doesn't deliver upon its potential.

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Release Date:
Aegean / Sbme Europe


Disc 1

  1. Everything She Wants  -  Wham!
  2. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go  -  Wham!
  3. Freedom  -  Wham!
  4. Faith
  5. Too Funky
  6. Fastlove
  7. Freedom 90
  8. Spinning the Wheel
  9. Outside
  10. As
  11. Freeek!
  12. Shoot the Dog
  13. Amazing
  14. Flawless (Go to the City)
  15. An Easier Affair

Disc 2

  1. Careless Whisper
  2. Last Christmas  -  Wham!
  3. A Different Corner
  4. Father Figure
  5. One More Try
  6. Praying for Time
  7. Heal the Pain
  8. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
  9. Jesus to a Child
  10. Older
  11. Round Here
  12. You Have Been Loved
  13. John and Elvis Are Dead
  14. This Is Not Real Love  -  Mutya

Disc 3

  1. Understand
  2. Precious Box
  3. Roxanne
  4. Fantasy
  5. Cars and Trains
  6. Patience
  7. You Know That I Want To
  8. My Mother Had a Brother
  9. If You Were There
  10. Safe
  11. American Angel
  12. My Baby Just Cares for Me
  13. Brother Can You Spare a Dime?  - Luciano Pavarotti
  14. Please Send Me Someone (Anselmo's Song)
  15. Through

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Michael   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer
Ernie Isley   Composer
Elton John   Composer
George Michael   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Andrew Ridgeley   Composer
Patrice Rushen   Composer
Sting   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
Philip Oakey   Composer
David Arnold   Arranger
David Austin   Composer
Ian Burden   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Marvin Isley   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Eric Matthew   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Gary Turnier   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Ruadhri Cushnan   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Niall Flynn   Composer
Oliver Stumm   Composer
Jon Douglas   Composer,Producer
Jay Gorney   Composer
James Jackman   Arranger,Composer
Mathes   Arranger,Orchestration
Moogymen   Composer

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Twenty Five 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This dvd set is absolutely perfect! George Michael has definitely taken his rightful place as one of the greatest singer/songwriters of modern pop music. This collection includes his early Wham! hits and takes you on a journey with his solo endeavors as well. With the addition of &amp quot As&amp quot , and &amp quot Feeling Good&amp quot , to this well balanced 2 disc set, there is something for all music lovers acquired tastes. George has proven that despite his personal battles, he still has what it takes to deliver the goods...and deliver, he has!!!
valley_girlNYC More than 1 year ago
Personal drama aside, with classics like "Careless Whisper," "Praying for Time," and "Everything She Wants" to his credit, George Michael is still one of the best singer-songwriter's of his generation. In celebration of his twenty-five year recording career, this best of collection features five new songs and coincided with his recent U.S. tour.
Knice_or_Knot More than 1 year ago
What more can I say...if you love George will love this compilation of songs...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago