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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 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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2006
  • Label: Aegean / Sbme Europe
  • UPC: 886970090124
  • Catalog Number: 700901

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Everything She Wants - Wham! (6:33)
  2. 2 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham! (3:52)
  3. 3 Freedom - Wham! (5:20)
  4. 4 Faith (3:15)
  5. 5 Too Funky (3:46)
  6. 6 Fastlove (5:28)
  7. 7 Freedom 90 (6:30)
  8. 8 Spinning the Wheel (6:09)
  9. 9 Outside (4:44)
  10. 10 As (4:43)
  11. 11 Freeek! (4:32)
  12. 12 Shoot the Dog (5:08)
  13. 13 Amazing (4:25)
  14. 14 Flawless (Go to the City) (4:50)
  15. 15 An Easier Affair (4:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Careless Whisper (5:04)
  2. 2 Last Christmas - Wham! (4:27)
  3. 3 A Different Corner (4:03)
  4. 4 Father Figure (5:40)
  5. 5 One More Try (5:53)
  6. 6 Praying for Time (4:41)
  7. 7 Heal the Pain (4:43)
  8. 8 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (5:48)
  9. 9 Jesus to a Child (6:50)
  10. 10 Older (5:34)
  11. 11 Round Here (5:55)
  12. 12 You Have Been Loved (5:28)
  13. 13 John and Elvis Are Dead (4:23)
  14. 14 This Is Not Real Love - Mutya (4:56)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Understand (5:55)
  2. 2 Precious Box (7:38)
  3. 3 Roxanne (4:10)
  4. 4 Fantasy (5:02)
  5. 5 Cars and Trains (5:51)
  6. 6 Patience (2:53)
  7. 7 You Know That I Want To (4:32)
  8. 8 My Mother Had a Brother (6:19)
  9. 9 If You Were There (3:43)
  10. 10 Safe (4:25)
  11. 11 American Angel (4:08)
  12. 12 My Baby Just Cares for Me (1:43)
  13. 13 Brother Can You Spare a Dime? - Luciano Pavarotti (4:27)
  14. 14 Please Send Me Someone (Anselmo's Song) (5:25)
  15. 15 Through (4:54)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MIA

    Should have found a way to add late 80's R&B tune Heaven Help Me from Deon Estus and George Michael. Already have all these songs "which are wonderful".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    After spending 25 years in the music biz George Michael releases this compilation which features his breakthrough 1# hits Faith, Father Figure and Careless Whispers and more.... He also has his latest Pop & R&B standands on the album.

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