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Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best Of George Michael
George Michael
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best Of George Michael
Genres: World Music, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
 
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #2

Limited quantities at this super low price! Import edition of the first-ever 'best of' for Michael's solo hits. Drops 'Monkey' & 'Hard Day' from the U.S. release in favor of 'The Strangest Thing '97', 'Fantasy' & the co...  more »

      
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All Artists: George Michael
Title: Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best Of George Michael
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Epic Europe
Release Date: 11/16/1998
Album Type: Extra tracks, Import
Genres: World Music, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Europe, British Isles, Dance Pop, Adult Contemporary, Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2

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Limited quantities at this super low price! Import edition of the first-ever 'best of' for Michael's solo hits. Drops 'Monkey' & 'Hard Day' from the U.S. release in favor of 'The Strangest Thing '97', 'Fantasy' & the collaboration 'As' with Mary J. Blige as a bonus track. 29 tracks total packaged in a double jewel case with a 32 page booklet with photos & song lyrics. 1998 release.

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CD Reviews

Generous Retrospective
J. M. Zuurbier | Canada | 05/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While this compilation was a contract obligation for Michael, Sony had the rights to these songs and to release any compilations they wanted to, this is still a worthwhile investment for the George Michael fans. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: THE BEST OF GEORGE MICHAEL spans his career with plenty of material to satisfy the fans. The set is divided by 2 cds, the first being FOR THE HEART (ballads) and the second being FOR THE FEET (uptempos). This is the import version, which features one extra track, the duet with Mary J Blige on "As", which was not placed on the US version as a punishment from the label for his bathroom escapades in 1998. As well there are two new songs, one on each disc.FOR THE HEART features some of his most heartfelt ballad performances. Notables include "Jesus To A Child", "You Have Been Loved", "I Can't Make You Love Me", "Careless Whisper", "Cowboys and Angels" and "One More Try".FOR THE FEET features some of his best uptempo songs, such as "I Want Your Sex (Pt II), "Star People 97", "Too Funky", "Fastlove", etc. "Outside" is a great song, the new one on this disc, the video is among his best. Other highlights here include the duet with Aretha Franklin on "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me", the duet with Mary J Blige "As", "Hard Day", and more.Overall this 29 song collection is a generous offering, and a must have for the fans, to remember some of his best known music. FOR THE HEART is perfect for reflection and relaxing, FOR THE FEET is perfect for getting ready to go out and party. Overall this is essential for the fans."
Reintroducing George Michael!
Blackworm | 10/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Among this two disc set is one clunker, and that is I WANT YOUR SEX (PT. 2). It turns me off because it's just the backside of the monster hit that played itself to death. I didn't check out the "Pt. 2" part. Aside from that, this is still the best of George. From funky jam solo, duets with Elton John and Aretha Franklin, and the best part-the ballads, George made his mark on the music world, and whether you agree or not, his versatility as a performer is his best asset. Listening to some of these tunes, it becomes obvious that he could have made a bundle in the contemporary jazz catagory. Any two-hit wonder can put out a "Best of" disc, but George Michael has done himself a great service by releasing a very impressive body of work."
Not really impressive
Donna Di Giacomo | Philadelphia, PA | 04/08/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"After listening to this compilation in full, I was really disappointed with the overall song selection. Perhaps George Michael (or the record company) felt that these were his best songs (and many of them are certainly good, even the lesser-known ones), but the majority of them are definitely not the tunes that made him a household name.

I've always had respect for Michael as I knew even as a kid in the 1980s that he was the creative force behind WHAM! and he remained in control of his music into his solo career with writing and producing (which I will forever admire, given how much record company executives want to keep pop musicians under their creative thumb).

Many of the songs included here are very jazzy and there are too many covers for someone of Michael's creative caliber to have done and then used here. He had many pop hits as a member of WHAM! and especially in his solo career, so why all the filler material?

I will join the chorus here and say I was majorly disappointed that the lesser-known version of "I Want Your Sex" (Part II) was chosen to be included over the better version that the general public came to know and love.

Whenever I buy a CD or, believe it or not, a tape or record (anyone remember them???) from an artist that was a big part of my pop music introduction in the 1980s, I always get those "Whoa! I haven't heard this in a *long* time" moments. There were two instances of that here, with "Monkey" (I can't remember the last time I heard that one on corporate radio) and his duet with Aretha Franklin, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (ditto).

I just think Michael (and/or the record company) should have cut out what I consider to be the filler songs and just kept it to one CD/one tape, putting all his well-known pop hits here and keeping the lesser-known songs to a minimum. I know that sounds like a corporate pop music mindset in and of itself, but the lesser-known songs here really detracted from the compliation's intent (although I still have great respect and admiration for Michael as a pop musician). - Donna Di Giacomo"