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Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael [Original recording remastered]

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  • Audio CD (November 10, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Epic/Sony BMG
  • ASIN: B00000DHRX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Jesus To A Child - George Michael
2. Father Figure
3. Careless Whisper - George Michael
4. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - George Michael
5. You Have Been Loved - George Michael
6. Kissing A Fool - George Michael
7. I Can't Make You Love Me - George Michael
8. Heal The Pain - George Michael
9. A Moment With You - George Michael
10. Desafinado - George Michael
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Outside
2. Fastlove
3. Too Funky
4. Freedom 90
5. Star People 97
6. Killer / Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
7. I Want Your Sex (Pt II)
8. Monkey
9. Spinning The Wheel
10. Waiting For That Day / You Can't Always Get What You Want
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Editorial Reviews

Bathroom escapades aside, there's no denying that George Michael has been responsible for some of the biggest party jams of the '80s and '90s. Have you ever noticed what happens to a room when "Faith" erupts from the speakers? Aside from the funk-fueled "Fastlove," the material from his most recent album, Older, is well and truly overshadowed here by the megahits from days gone by. The first disc starts off slow, with "Careless Whisper" and his remake of "I Can't Make You Love Me" the only real high points among otherwise bland ballads. It's disc 2 that exudes the essence of Michael, with "Fastlove," "Too Funky," and "Freedom 90" providing a nonstop dance-athon, and "I Want Your Sex" and "Faith" picking up the slack. The package also includes his rather unexciting (but hugely popular) duets with Queen and Elton John, his perfect pop pairing with Aretha Franklin, and two new tracks. Set aside some serious time for this one, folks. The hits don't stop. --Rebecca Wallwork

Product Description

George has had plenty of hits to fill a 2-CD set, and this collection has all the best: Faith; Careless Whisper; Father Figure; One More Try; Praying for Time; I Knew You Were Waiting (with Aretha Franklin), and more. 29 tracks!

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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A well done hits compilation, spread across two discs and including some interesting rarities and new songs. The songs are divided up in non-chronological order, with ballads on one disc and dance tracks on the other. I personally would have preferred the tracks to have been sequenced chronologically, but the current sequencing is satisfactory, and isolating the dance tracks leaves you with a great party disc. Just for the record, no songs with Wham are included ("Careless Whisper" and "A Different Corner" were released as solo songs), the UK hit "Older" is missing, and the hit version of "I Want Your Sex" has been replaced with the "Part II" reprise of the song. The remainder of the songs are all presented in their original single versions, which makes it a great buy even if you have all of Michael's proper albums.

The US and UK versions of the compilation have slightly different track listings. The newly-recorded dance single "Outside" (#2 UK) is present on both version, but the stirring cover of Stevie Wonder's "As" (#4 UK), with Mary J. Blige) is only found of the UK issue. The UK version also includes a 1997 remix of "The Strangest Thing" and the killer B-side "Fantasy," but inexplicably omits the smash hit "Monkey," which is on the US version. Both versions included two generous booklets with lyrics and many beautiful photos of Michael. Given the inclusion of the few rare tracks, I suggest listeners pick up the UK version (after all, "Monkey" is easily found on the Faith album). Either way you go, however, this is a great compilation that includes some of the best pop singles of the eighties and nineties.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU ARE MISSING OUT ON A GREAT DUET....."AS" June 2, 2000
By Julie
Format:Audio CD
This duet is with Mary j Blige. It is missing on the U.S. version as her record label refused to list it in the U.S. due to George's bathroom escapade. This is a shame as it is a fantastic song with a killer video.
Below is the U.K. cd listing copied from
As always... if you can get your hands on a copy... you won't regret it!
1. Jesus to a child 2. Father figure 3. Careless whisper 4. Don't let the sun go down on me 5. You have been loved 6. Kissing a fool 7. I can't make you love me 8. Heal the pain 9. Moment with you 10. Desafinado 11. Cowboys and angels 12. Praying for time 13. One more try 14. Different corner 15. Outside 16. As 17. Fastlove 18. Too funky 19. Freedom 90 20. Star people 97 21. Killer/Papa was a rollin' stone 22. I want your sex 23. Strangest thing 97 24. Fantasy 25. Spinning the wheel 26. Waiting for the day 27. I knew you were waiting (for me) 28. Faith 29. Somebody to love
Even if you can't get a copy of the U.K. version this album is still worth your time....
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great But Not "The Greatest Hits" March 6, 2002
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Where in the world is George Michael nowadays? Who knows? His last album, the cover CD "Songs from the Last Century" tanked mightily and his last proper album before that, "Older", is by now 6 years old... So while we wait for George to wake up and smell the coffee, we have this 1998 sprawling (2 CDs, 140 min) "Best of" to remember what George was/is capable of.
The compilation is divided in "From the Heart" (CD1, read: the ballads) and "For the Feet" (CD2, read: the dance tunes). Nobody is going to question his genius for writing great songs, and they are all here: Careless Whisper, Freedom, Too Funky, Kissing a Fool, Faith, Heal the Pain, Cowboys and Angels, Monkey, Waiting for that Day, and go on and on. Marvelous!
Here is the problem: there are simply too many filler songs on this compliation (such as Desafinado, You Have Been Loved, A Moment with You, Spinning the Wheel, etc.) What would have worked better is a single CD, compiling all his greatest hits, no more, no less. Another beef I have is that one of his greatest hits, "I Want Your Sex", appears here as "Part 2", which is radically different from the song we all know and remember. What is up with that? So what could've, should've been a compliation of George Michael's greatest hits, isn't... Not that this compilation is bad, but it could've been greater.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mature Pop Professional July 9, 1999
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I clearly remember the day that I had to admit to myself that I actually liked WHAM!. Now, 15 years later with the dawn of this collection I regret nothing. Do you hear me? Nothing. George Michael belongs to that spare club of musicians that survived the demise of their 80's band counterparts (another would be Sting) although one could argue that George Michael was WHAM!, to survive in Pop without a marketable logo is still a feat. Perhaps it is his ability to infuse the otherwise dispensable medium of Dance-Pop with a combination of playful sexuality and genuine pathos not found in the usual fare. Sure, his voice is amazing and flawless but his songwriting and producing (he does his own) are also inventive and fresh/non-formulaic. From the moment he took the stage with Elton John at Live Aid in '85, George Michael has dug in his heels for the long haul. Even his moral experiment "Listen without Prejudice Vol. I" sounds legitimate on return listenings and prefigures Prince's more-lauded biz rebellion by several years.
This budget-priced collection has all the GM that you need. Almost. One regret is that the alternate version (Pt. II) of the definitive GM track "I Want Your Sex" is included here instead of the superior original cut. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", the Aretha Franklin duet, is superfluous and lacks the characteristics (not written or produced by GM) that illuminate his songs above his Pop peers. Other disappointments are cosmetic and subtle, for instance, the opening string motif and classical guitar solo are mixed-out of "A Different Corner" (?). Still, this is the collection to get. If you're smart you can fill in the gaps with vinyl.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I dont recognise the songs.
I'm really disappointed with this set. For being a 'Best of'' CD I sure don't recognize hardly any of the songs on it. My favorite of all of them is 'Don't let the sun go down. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Wanda Goodfellow
5.0 out of 5 stars George is Good
I had this set years ago and made the mistake of loaning it out. When I got it back one of the CD's was missing but I did not notice until weeks after the person gave it to me. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Ms. Poodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Cd was exactly what I wanted.
I have searched for this CD, finally found it , I love Careless Whisper its amazing..the whole CD was great.
Published 27 days ago by bigfrank
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of George Michael
I would recommend this to anyone who likes 80's to 90's music or any fans of George Michael, Great album!
Published 1 month ago by brook dowdle
5.0 out of 5 stars George Michaels
Great songs from all phases of his career, except current. As always, his voice goes the gammut of ranges and textures.
Published 1 month ago by Daron S. Clifford
5.0 out of 5 stars Best GM CD ever!
I already own this CD, but bought my mom her own copy. It has a ton of songs on it for a great price.
Published 1 month ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the best of George Michael
Need I say more? Great songs, perfect for family get together, sing a long central, it was a Christmas gift for a cousin
Published 2 months ago by Jason G. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love George Michael.
I love George Michael. I had this cd but it had a lot of scratches. This cd is great. Thank You.
Published 3 months ago by CHEERMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Talent
Always enjoyed George Michael. He can sing just about any style of music. Only one I can think of to one up him is Freddy Mercury.
Published 3 months ago by Gail Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECTION GEORGE AT HIS BEST!!
George Michael is one of my favorite male vocalist of all time I love this collection...I hope someday to see in concert!
Published 4 months ago by lt
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