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Wham! Audio CD
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1. If You Were There
2. I'm Your Man
3. Everything She Wants
4. Club Tropicana
5. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
6. Like A Baby
7. Freedom
8. The Edge Of Heaven
9. Wham Rap!
10. Young Guns (Go For It!)
11. Last Christmas
12. Where Did Your Heart Go?
13. Everything She Wants '97
14. I'm Your Man '96

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14 of the best by George Michael & Andrew Ridgely's smash '80s pop duo, all digitally remastered. Includes 'Wake Me UpBefore You Go-Go', 'Freedom', 'Wham Rap!', 'Young Guns (Go For It!)', 'Last Christmas' and both the original & updated mixes of the hits 'Everything She Wants' & 'I'm Your Man'. 1997 Epic release. The full title is 'If You Were There...: The Best Of Wham!'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Compilation! July 31 2005
Format:Audio CD
You need to be British and to have lived through the 80s in the UK to really appreciate Wham's Best Of. Hearing the music will take you back to the carefree days of the 80s and the clever videos that accompanied the music. Remember Club Tropicana with Ridgeley and Michael frollicking by the pool, to emerge at the end as airline pilots?
The digital remixing gives a depth and clarity that was lost in the 80s compact cassettes and vinyl records.
A great compilation and you really can't expect it to contain George Michael's Careless Whisper, no matter how good it is! Would you expect Yellow Submarine on a Best of Wings compilation? I think not.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous compilation! Jan. 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
How can a group that only had three albums and not even a dozen hits leave Careless Whisper and A Different Corner off any compilation. I understand that they were released as George Michael singles in their original form but isn't Wham! basically a George Michael showcase anyway. Has anyone purchased any Andrew Ridgely records lately. He was a nice harmony singer & collaborator on a few credits. (including oddly enough "Careless Whisper.") The other best of, "Final" doesn't provide anything that you can't get on Wham! studio albums, but at least it has Wham's best. This one gives you two useless remixes to entice completests, but it's really just a waste of time & money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ...ALMOST Everything I Want! March 16 2001
By Patrick McCaffery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like their other greatest hits compilation, "Wham!-The Final, this compilation of Wham!'s best of contains album versions as well as 45 and 12" remixes of their greatest hits. Now I realise that a gret deal of people thought of this music as "bubblegum pop". Look at the credits (of their past albums), however, and you will see that George Michael wrote, arranged and produced EVERY track on the recording. George Michael was also very in touch with the youth of his day. You will find this on tracks like "Wham! Rap (Enjoy What You Do)", "Bad Boys" and "Young Guns (Go For It)". All 3 of these tunes (taken from Wham!'s debut "Fantastic") clearly expressed the frustration of British and American kids of the early 80's A more uplifting track, also from their debut, is the song "Club Tropicana". This tune sings of a place where "drinks are free. Fun and sunshine; there's enough for everyone". With this tune George illustrated the free and carefree spirit that was alive at this time as well. We now go to the hits from Wham!'s sophmore release, "Make It Big". "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go","Everything She Wants" and "Freedom" are all very catchy tunes in which George sings about how his love has been taken advantage of. "Like A Baby" is a ballad that just touches your heart in the right place and their Isly Brothers cover, "If You Were There" assures the listener "that I care". Now, the four hits from Wham!'s third release "Music From The Edge Of Heaven". On "Last Christmas" George sings about the heartbreak he feels when his former lover gives away a gift that he gave her; "Last Christmas I gave you my heart but the the very next day, you gave it away". The track "I'm Your Man" is another very catchy single that has George saying to us "If you're gonna do it, do it right; do it with me." (I think we all know what he's hinting there...). "The Edge Of Heaven" is a rather edgy Wham! tune where Andrew Ridgley can actually use his guitar (see the very unWham!like guitar solo in the middle of this track). What I find rather amusing about this track is the last line of the last verse: "...believe me baby, one day you'll wake up on your own!" Andrew Ridgley sure woke up on his own. :) The track "Where Did Your Heart Go?", a cover tune from the Was Brothers, shows that George is definitely in touch with Soul music. This tune is also one of the reasons why I gave this CD 4 stars instead of 5. I have been looking for the 45 version of this song on CD for quite some time. I was sad when it wasn't included on "The Final" and, when I first found this CD, I was hoping it might show up on here... alas, I was wrong. This brings me to the last 2 tunes on this disc; the 90's remakes of "I'm Your Man" and "Everything She Wants" I was rather surprised that I really enjoyed "I'm Your Man '96". The reason being, that he gave the song a rather 90's dance beat and had hip-hop background supporting vocals; I myself am NOT a big fan of either genre. "Everything She Wants '97" is the other reason why I gave this CD 4 stars instead of 5. Listen to this track and you will see that he did not actually remake it but just took the original 1985 track (including his original vocals) and put a club beat in the background. Needless to say, I was NOT amused. So, as you can see, with the exception of 2 tracks, I find that, indeed, this is the best of Wham!.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wham, Bam, these Young Guns WERE the Men... May 20 2000
By redreich7804 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
From '82 to '86, these two young handsome Brits were a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic, with Dance-Pop hits like "I'm Your Man" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go". The other good songs I still like to this day, with me being way too young to be a fan of this duo in the '80's, are "If You Were There", the original version of "Everything She Wants", the original, really poppy sound of "Freedom", "The Edge Of Heaven", "Wham Rap!", "Young Guns (Go For It!)", and the two remixes at the end, however, "I'm Your Man '96" doesn't quite sound nearly as appealing as it's original version. All in all, this was certainly the standard stepping stone for a legend in the making in pop music, George Michael. This collection truly compiles the best of Wham!, that's for sure. It's worth a listen, pick it up sometime soon!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the "Best" March 30 2006
By Yamato - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'll be honest. I didn't need this. I have all Wham! albums, but I had to have this becuase I had to have all Wham! albums.

This curiously titled "The Best of Wham!" contains many singles and non-single tracks from "Make It Big." Plus, the remix of "I'm Your Man" and "Everything She Wants."

The remix is not as good as original though I enjoyed the different twists to the tracks.

"Careless Whisper" is not included in this collection because it was released as George Michael's solo single in the UK.

Including two non-single tracks from "Make It Big," "If You Were There" and "Like A Baby" was a good choice.

A single "Bad Boys" were not included in this collection and I was ok with it.

But, "The Final" which was never released in the US, but available as imports, is absolutely the BEST. If you don't have to have Wham!'s all albums, skip this, and buy "The Final."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets You In The Mood To Have Fun Oct. 31 2012
By Scarlet O'Hara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's kind of dumb writing a review on an 80's cd but I purchased this as a gift for someone a week ago and ended up getting another one for myself. I had forgotten how much fun Wham's music was. I have George Michael's double cd because I love his voice -- I have always been a fan. But this cd is just plain fun -- every track rocks. I found myself dancing around my living room -- hate to admit that -- but if you want to get in the party mood this cd just puts a big smile on your face!! Glad I got one for me! Say Wham Bam!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic CD to have in your 80's collection! May 11 2000
By "zara_azari" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD is a very good item for all WHAM! fans or even for people, who are not real fans, but are sentimental about 80's. The sound quality here is better than on the original releases and all songs are really good. Also, two extra remixes (especially, "Everything She Wants") are very cool. Pitty that it was not released in USA, but this CD is worth the money spent.
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