Note: This review is based on the UK release of "Twenty Five."
"Twenty Five" is George Michael's 'Best of' music video collection to accompany the album of the same name. Simply put, it's fantastic. George Michael has created some of the best pop music out there in his 25 years in the business and his videos are every bit as good. Ever emotionally engrossing and visually stimulating, few of these videos aren't worth watching again and again.
Everything you would expect to be here is, and some things you wouldn't expect are pleasant surprises.
Club Tropicana (WHAM!)
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (WHAM!)
Last Christmas (WHAM!)
Everything She Wants (WHAM!)
I'm Your Man (WHAM!)
The Edge of Heaven (WHAM!)
Careless Whisper (on a WHAM! album, but it was his first solo gig)
A Different Corner
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
I Want Your Sex
One More Try
Kissing a Fool
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Live With Elton John)
Jesus to a Child
Spin the Wheel
As (with Mary J. Blidge)
John and Elvis are Dead
Flawless (Go to the City)
Shoot the Dog
An Easier Affair
If I Told You That (with Whitney Houston)
Waltz Away Dreaming (Toby Bourke)
Somebody to Love (live with Queen)
I Can't Make You Love Me (live)
Star People (live)
You Have Been Loved (live)
Papa Was a Rollin' Stone
I don't consider it a big deal, but one of the more controversial videos is the "toned down" version. In 2002, George wrote a song called "Shoot the Dog" about UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, US President Bush and unrest in the Middle East. Most of the video remains intact, but references to drug use and the "puppet in bed" gag have been removed. Not a huge deal but worth noting.
Conclusion: I cannot endorse this set enough. These videos are visually distinctive masterpieces of the medium. If you enjoy music, videos or music videos, I would encourage you to check this set out.
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