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He was an idol then, now he's an idol here,
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This review is from: Symphonica (Audio CD)
I've been looking forward to receiving a copy of this recording of George Michael's 2011/2012 `Symphonica' tour for some time. I only saw George live once, when he toured the States in the late 2000s, but it was an excellent show. "Symphonica" is an excellent album, but you need to be aware what it is before you purchase it.
The Symphonica Tour was an orchestral tour and you're not going to be hearing "Faith," "Freedom" or really any of George's pop/dance hits. What you will hear are several of George's ballads and a number of standards. As long as you are aware of this, you'll likely enjoy this album. George's tunes include "Through," "Praying for Time," "John and Elvis Are Dead," "One More Try," "Cowboys and Angels" and a very welcome and fantastic version of "Different Corner" from Wham's final album. Probably the fastest tune on the album is a rousing rendition of "Feeling Good." My personal favorite is George's new song, a cover of "Let Her Down Easy," an old Terence Trent D'Arby tune. As a long time Elton John fan, I also really enjoy George's version of "Idol" from Elton's `Blue Moves.'
I only have two complaints about the album. The first is: there were several other songs in his setlists that I really would have liked to have been on the album, possibly a deluxe edition. Prior setlists included "True Faith," "Roxanne," "Kissing a Fool," "Going to Town," "It Doesn't Really Matter," "Russian Roulette," "You Have Been Loved," "Love is a Losing Game," "Where I Hope You Are," "Song to the Siren," "Recluse," and "You and I."
My second complaint is related to the first, this album direly needs some "lighter fare" to break it up. I find listening to it from start to finish a little difficult given the solemnity of most of the tunes. The actual tour included a number of songs which would have served this purpose well, including an encore medley of "Amazing/I'm Your Man/ Freedom 90," as well as versions of "Waiting for That Day," "Star People" and "White Light." Slipping in one or two of these songs would have really perfected this album. That said, I still think it is worth five stars and likely to be a favorite for any George Michael fan.
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Initial post: Mar 19, 2014 6:47:28 PM PDT
Michael Kerner says:
I agree with your review. Although I do love the covers George Michael recorded. But, I do wish he could've done more of his hits like Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me and Jesus To A Child.
Posted on Apr 2, 2014 5:40:50 AM PDT
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P. G. Lee says:
Check out the Deluxe Symphonica or his "Songs from the Last Century" album.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2014 6:47:44 AM PDT
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