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Wham!Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GN102
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bad Boys
2. Ray of Sunshine
3. Love Machine
4. Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)
5. Club Tropicana
6. Nothing Looks the Same in the Light
7. Come On
8. Young Guns (Go for It)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Feel Good Album October 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Although it's only 8 songs deep, "Fantastic" is simply a fantastic album, I only wish that Wham's later albums would have been as good as this one. What makes "Fantastic" a good album is because it so much seemed to be about having fun and a good time. Songs like "Come On," "Ray of Sunshine," "Love Machine," Club Tropicana," and "Wham rap," just make you want to get up and dance. Although this album was released in the early 80's, it still has a late 70's disco vibe going on. The one ballad on the album, "Nothing Looks The Same In The Light," is classic. If you didn't become a Wham fan until their second album, be sure to check out this one too. It's a bit short but it's very sweet!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Ev'rybody say 'WHAM!'" March 10, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is where it all started. This is the album that made me fall in love with the 'Boys from WHAM!' Althought they would not top the US charts until their next LP, this one still remains my favorite. Featuring the club classics "WHAM! Rap (Enjoy What You Do)", "Young Guns (Go For It)", "Club Tropicana", and the minor US success "Bad Boys", this album never lets the party end.
Besides the four brilliant singles, the album features the Motown classic "Love Machine" (a former hit for the Miracles) as well as the WHAM! classic "A Ray of Sunshine", probably one of George Michael's better pieces of work to date. This album is a must for anyone who loves the party music of the 80's, and for those of us who lived though the era, welcomes a happy return to days where things were so much brighter (could be the florescent colors we all wore back then!!).
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The boys of Wham! will help you reach that goal! November 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Stuck in traffic? Got in a fight with a loved one? Somebody spilled beer on your favorite hotpink t-shirt?

This album will take all of that pain away and more.

Such issues as unemployment and teen pregnancy were never fun to dance to...until now! Say what you will about George Michael, but in my opinion, he is one talented man. Buy this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Debut Album December 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The debut album of two Brits set out to be one of the defining pop-bands in the 80's. This was the first vinyl album I bought.
The songs are all great - excellent fun and dance records. Nothing like the serious Georg Michael of today (who shouldn't be embarrassed today that he recorded this album).
I rate 'Bad Boys' and 'Young Guns (Go For It)' as some of the best singles ever released, 'Club Tropicana' is not my personal favorite (but has an excellent video!) and 'WHAM! Rap' is a classic.
But the songs 'Nothing Looks The Same In The Light' and 'A Ray of Sunshine' are classics too! A must for a every fan of '80s pop and dance music!
If you can afford it, try to get a european version of this album, since you will get remixes of 'A Ray Of Sunshine', 'Love Machine' and 'Nothing Looks The Same In The Light', which extends the album to well over 50minutes of fantastic (George and Andrew were quite modest with their title:-)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Wham!'s 1983 debut album "Fantastic" was released when George Michael was just 20 years old, & it demonstrates conclusively that he already had an incredible knack for writing and crafting catchy songs. George and his partner Andrew Ridgeley had a "rebel" image going at this time--admittedly, you'd have to be nuts to take all of the over-the-top "tough guy" posturing on here seriously (something that George Michael himself would be the first to admit), but at the same time, it sure does offer a load of amusement value, and when you add to this the huge hooks and crisp, high energy dance-pop performances (including Michael's enthusiastic vocals) on track after track, the result is an album that, for the most part, is so irresitibly fun it's almost beyond belief. The laugh-out-loud hilarious "Young Guns (Go For It)" and the hilariously anthemic "Wham Rap (Enjoy What You Do)" both put Michael's already excellent falsetto vocals on display, and despite a little bit of grating synth on the former & excessive repetitiveness on the latter, they're both massively catchy. "Wham Rap" is actually a comment on what Michael viewed as a general lack of aspirations/ hopefulness among English people; it's intended to be tongue-in-cheek, encouraging people to, as Michael put it, "get off their asses", & the track really hits the nail on the head. Also massively catchy are "Bad Boys" and "Club Tropicana", the latter of which is still uptempo, but mellower and without the posturing. Wham!'s obvious disco influence comes through on "A Ray of Sunshine" and "Come On"--both of which are really catchy--as well as a rather needless, but respectable cover of the Miracles' "Love Machine". Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Sunshine...there's enough for everyone June 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't expecting a whole lot from Wham's early days. That was where I was sorely mistaken.
Right from the get-go, this album explodes onto the scene with the hilarious "Bad Boys." You'd never have thought that even George Michael could sing that high (wooo WOOO!). This song indeed sets the tone for the rest of the album.
"Love Machine" was sort of funny as well. I actually like this original "Wham! Rap" better than the '86 version, which seems to go on a bit too long. "Young Guns" was also a personal favorite of mine.
This is one of those albums that you can discover for yourself, and fondly remember your '80s music days.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by Lupe Butterbaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first album
Great first album. Listening to this brought back a lot of memories. Easy to see why George Michael became a star
Published 12 months ago by Charles Tasey
4.0 out of 5 stars Whamtastic?
There is always a song or two I don't care for on a Wham! album. "Come On" is that track here. But "Wham Rap", "Club Tropicana" and "Young Guns" are some of the good songs here. Read more
Published 22 months ago by "Letsgo2thestars"
5.0 out of 5 stars Wham! Sure Knew How To Throw Down!
Considering the struggle for family and musical acceptance George Michael faced,it was a rather happy event when the bands second album Make It Big broke Michael and Andrew Ridgely... Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Andre S. Grindle
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul and Fun
Soul and pop duo Wham!'s debut album in 1982 brings me back to the memories during 1983 when I was still a teenage boy. Read more
Published on April 20, 2012 by susumu-5
4.0 out of 5 stars More Fun than Fantastic...
The first time I ever saw Wham! was on American Bandstand back when they were supporting this album, leather greaser look, and two girls (One possibly Andrew Ridgeley's then... Read more
Published on October 18, 2011 by Carlisle Wheeling
5.0 out of 5 stars A GEM!
When their second album hit is "Big" in the US, my friend and I stumbled across their first release and instantly fell in love with it. Read more
Published on April 8, 2011 by A. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Boys
I had been looking forward to purchasing this product for a while. When I finally did, I was not disappointed. Although it's the duo's first album, the sound and rhythm is... Read more
Published on October 30, 2010 by Ammie-Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wham's First Album
I love this CD and Album.... Very Fresh and New Songs on it...I like it better than when they Redid the songs...Freedom. Read more
Published on March 18, 2009 by C. Chestnut
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic is FANTASTIC!!
I had a friend whose aunt worked for a record distributor. She needed some pre-teens to rate a new album the company was thinking of bringing to the U.S.. Read more
Published on April 10, 2008 by Former Oak Parker
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