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Make It Big

Wham!Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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MP3 Music, 8 Songs, 1985 $8.52  
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Wake Me Up Before You Go-GoWham! 3:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Everything She WantsWham! 5:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. HeartbeatWham! 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Like A BabyWham! 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. FreedomWham! 5:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. If You Were ThereWham! 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Credit Card BabyWham! 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Careless WhisperGeorge Michael 6:32$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia/CBS/Sony BMG
  • ASIN: B00000261P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This is the album that started it all for George and Andrew! Whether or not it will ever be "cool" to admit liking them, Make It Big sounds pretty good after all of these years. Granted, "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" is an impossible notion to begin with--who could possibly sleep after this sugar binge? But "Everything She Wants" has a sophisticated tension in its syncopation, and, wow, could the boy sing! "Careless Whisper" really showed that George Michael had a firm grasp on R&B and soul. --Steve Gdula

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Wham ! ~ Make It Big

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't want your freedom... girl all I want is you August 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
High school, junior year, 1985. "Freedom" was the first single I heard from Wham! and although I didn't get the whole album until years later, I recognized George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley as an integral part fusing pop and white soul, and pop with funk and brass rhythms.
The fun, swinging, upbeat funky bass, the brass section in the bridge, and George Michael's soulful vocals that reminded me of a more refined El DeBarge makes "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" a piece of classic 1980's pop. Some may cringe at the lyrics used to rhyme with "go-go" like "yo-yo" or "going solo." I'd give anything to have a girl with these qualities: "You get the gray skies outta my way/You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day/Turn a bright spark into a flame/My beats per minute never been the same."
Yet another single, "Everything She Wants", complete with funky Stevie Wonder-style keyboards is another example of white soul, and has Michael bewailing a marriage where his hard work of giving is not rewarded with equal giving from the woman. He asks in despair, "Somebody tell me/Won't you tell me.../Why I work so hard for you?/All to give you money." Eventually, he believes "All the things we sign/And the things we buy/Ain't gonna keep us together.../Girl, it's just a matter of time." What was it the Beatles said more cogently... "money can't buy you love."
"Heartbeat", with its prominent keyboards sounds like something Bill Steinman might do on a Bonnie Tyler album, say, "Take Me Back" from Faster Than The Speed Of Night crossed with Sheena Easton's "Long Distance Love Affair." A wistful poignant high school love song with a sweet swinging beat.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Because I can occasionally recall memories as far back as 20 years ago (I am now 24), acts like Wham! are ones that I remember almost like they were yesterday, and with George Michael's recent "retirement" from music, maybe it is inevitable that looking back at his "entire" career is warranted. While George has often been considered a musical personality unto himself, he in fact started as one part of a duo with childhood friend Andrew Ridgeley, even though George remained quite obviously the mind & body behind the project.

Their 1983 debut album FANTASTIC was reasonably pleasurable pop music that did not set the charts on fire as their next album would, perhaps deservingly since FANTASTIC only scratched the surface of what George was able to do. By the time 1984's MAKE IT BIG came along, it was quite apparent that Wham! had at last established themselves, even as it became more increasingly apparent that it was all but a solo vehicle for George himself.

Whereas FANTASTIC failed to even spawn a top 40 hit, MAKE IT BIG literally steamrolled it by creating 3 #1 hits and a top 5, going multi-platinum where FANTASTIC even failed to go gold. The insanely infectious "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" at last introduced George Michael to the big leagues of stardom, topping the charts for 3 weeks, and while it may in fact be a song that makes Backstreet Boys music sound utterly GT (gifted & talented), its unabashedly lightheaded nature (the line about shining brighter than Doris Day certainly applies to the song itself) is oddly inviting. Not to mention the idea of George asking his lover to forgo a night of dancing for some midnight loving at home certainly put it a notch or two above normal, often inoffensive teen-idol fodder.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Edge Of Heaven June 25, 2006
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1984 was a very huge year with so many great acts with a lot of great music from Madonna starting out with Lucky Star, Michael Jackson securing the definitive spots with Thriller, and Lionel Richie hot everybody to party all night long. THere was just so much great music all around. That also was shown with George Michael and Andrew Ridgley of Wham!. They held their own as one of the most definitive guilty pleasure acts of the 80's era. Even today, those classic are still just delightful and fun to really listen to. Although Wham! had only made three records, their second one was the most definitive of their great classic songs.

Wham!'s 1984 guilty pleasure record Make It Big is truly a great delight to listen to today, as much as it was two decades ago when it was released. The songs here still sound great and fun to dance like it was 1984 all over again. The collection remains definitive with classics like Freedom, the deep Everything She Wants, the great diddy Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, and the soulful Careless Whisper. The record has been recently reissued and it sounds better than it did over twenty years ago. Although I just wish that there could've been a few more songs than just the actual eight tracks, it still is a great record to play around with.

Arguably, despite Wham!'s position to some as the spark that launched the boy band crazes of the late 80's and 90's, this record is still a great must have for any 80's owner. Make It Big is a great classic for any die hard fan of George Michael and Wham!, and that is a Careless Whisper you should care about.

Album Cover: B+

Songs: B+

Price: A-

Remastering: B+

Overall: B+
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wham! on CD
I've enjoyed this music for many years. This set is still good after all these years. A good program of music. Recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Bob DeReimer
5.0 out of 5 stars still the best songs to me
remind me of my blissful youth time; melody and lyrics are superb; can not find songs of today to beat them
Published 6 months ago by Qiang Peng
5.0 out of 5 stars Loooove
I was such a huge Wham fan back in the day:0). I remember rollerskating in my cousins basement all day listening to Wham over and over!!
Published 7 months ago by Pyul Horbelt
5.0 out of 5 stars wham
This is a great album,after i purchased it and listened to it,it gave me a nostalgic feeking of the 80's all over again.i highly recommend to anyone who wants to relive the 80's.
Published 7 months ago by Godswarrior
4.0 out of 5 stars Wham! Make it Big
I was nostalgic for a favorite old cassette tape. It was good to be able to purchase as a CD!
Published 9 months ago by Deborah C. Racster
1.0 out of 5 stars utter garbage
The songs are so un-listenable. The drum machine is relentless in its mediocrity.
This album is a waste of space.
Published 9 months ago by Red Hat
5.0 out of 5 stars What more is there to say?!
80's music at the best! Big hair. Big sound. Big hits. This is the third time I have purchased this...once on vinyl, once on cd, and once (this time) by download.
Published 10 months ago by EThomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop perfection
Don't even pretend you don't like this album. Yes, George Michael has kind of turned into a nutjob weirdo, but this is one of the happiest albums ever. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Supertuber
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAM!
Definitely my favorite 80's pop/wave band EVER. George Michael and Andrew Ridgely put out songs like Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Careless Whisper(my favorite pop love song ever),... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mark J. House
4.0 out of 5 stars Best 5 bucks I've ever spent!
The same night that I was at Wal-Mart with my mom searching through the $5 bin and found The All-American Rejects' self-titled first album I also got this album. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Adrian Cooper
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