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Music From The Edge Of Heaven [Import]

Wham! Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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1. The Edge Of Heaven
2. Battlestations
3. I'm Your Man
4. Wham! Rap '86
5. A Different Corner
6. Blue (Live In China)
7. Where Did Your Heart Go?
8. Last Christmas

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mixture of bad love, disillusion, and sad songs Aug. 9 2003
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The musical world was really going through a transition in 1986. Oh, and so was I, as I just graduated high school, and one of the things that surprised me was that Wham! was breaking up. I bought their swansong album, Music From The Edge Of Heaven, which seemed more a prelude to George Michael's solo career, as two songs are credited to him rather than Wham!.
The catchy title song shows less soul but more straight pop overladen with trumpet, trombone, and sax. Deon Estus's throbbing bass also contributes heavily. This song veers towards the lust end of the spectrum rather than the love songs on Make It Big.: "I'm a maniac at the end of the day" and "There's a place for us in a dirty movie/'Cos no-one does it better than me and you." And I can barely hear Elton John's piano here.
The frustrated love song "Battlestations" is accusatory, as the girl is accused of hiding behind her answerphone, and the guy even goes as far as opening her diary. A real relation on the rocks. And the cold finishing touch has the girl saying in French that money is her new best friend, so goodbye. Charming story, huh?
"I'm Your Man" is presented in an eight minute plus extended version instead of the single-version. It's a return to the funky soul that characterized Make It Big. After about 1:22 of synths, drums, and even racing car noises, the single proper begins. It's got a catchy and fun beat, but there's a great amount of braggadocio and no love involved: "I don't need you to care/I don't need you to understand/All I want is for you to be there/.../I'm your man." Really romantic, huh?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clearly this was the end of the line Jan. 25 2003
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No doubt about it, this is a bit of an "odds and sods" collection. Released in 1986, there were really only three "new" songs on it - "The Edge of Heaven", "Battlestations" and "Where Did Your Heart Go" (which itself was a cover of a song by the band Was (Not Was), and was the band's last single, released in early '87).
The others include "A Different Corner", which was a George Michael single, issued and listed as a single under his name only in early 1986, and which had charted before this album was released.
"I'm Your Man" had also run up and back down the charts before this album came out, having been released in '85. The version on here is longer than the single version. "Wham! Rap '86" is a "re-make" of a song from the group's debut album, in which George claims to have "street credibility" (!) I like the song, but I don't what street he thinks he has credibility on, other than maybe Sesame Street. 2Pac he ain't.
"Blue" is a live version of a song that was originally released around the time of the band's debut album, and "Last Christmas" is from 1984, which was two years before this album.
Overall, the album is pretty good and bridges the gap between the overly-sugary sound of "Make It Big" and George's more "serious" songs and sound on "Faith". The sexual overtones in "Battlestations" give a hint of what was to come with songs like "I Want Your Sex" and "Father Figure" and "The Edge of Heaven" has a flavor similar to "Look at Your Hands" and "Hard Day".
In the alternative, you could buy the import album called "The Final", which was the UK version of this album and is a true greatest hits collection.
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I would compare listening to this album to drinking saltwater. If you are desperate enough to try either, then you are obviously in some sort of drought. I would actually prefer the latter for reasons of taste and digestibility. Since I did grow up in the 80s, I did learn some of these songs before I had any sense of taste. That's my sad excuse for having purchased this tripe. Ignore the reviews that give this album 4 or 5 stars. Do not proceed with any intention of buying this drool. There are a few hits that are not obviously offensive, don't misunderstand me, but not aside from the first and last songs. But to avoid vagaries, let's be specific, shall we? The title "Blue (Live in China)" says either that George Michael is self-grandeurizing a lá 'look how many people love us all over the world', or he is hinting that he had to go all the way to a non-English speaking country to warble such pathetic lyrics after saying in his pompous version of the British accent, "The next number...is a song that's very personal to me...." Another troubling trend that is carried over from the otherwise pleasant "Make It Big" album is how the boys don't seem to understand that they're making silly pop music and the songs should be between three and four minutes. I guess by leaning on the keyboards for an extra minute at the end of "Last Christmas" and repeating themselves ad infinitum they avoided writing more than the bare minimum eight songs per album.
Being critical of this is like denouncing fascism, I mean, this is just 80s dance pop, but it's continually futile attempts at significance makes it SEEM so labored. By all means, skip this and buy one of the imported Greatest Hits albums or "Make It Big".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Set if you want a few songs that are hard to get on cd.
Has a couple of songs that are only available on this set. Not the definitive collection but any Wham fan would want to pick this set up for sure and the price is very nice.
Published 7 months ago by Jason Groulx
2.0 out of 5 stars Last Christmas
We only bought this CD for this very special song. No Christmas is complete without this song!
Published on Dec 10 2002 by Louis Kameltoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Wham!'s swan song
"Music from the Edge of Heaven" was Wham!'s farewell disc, a fine blend of sunny pop and blue-eyed soul. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2001 by The Groove
5.0 out of 5 stars Alltypesofmusiclover8-)
This CD is white hot from the first tract to the last with the exception of "Wham Rap 86" terrible attempt to "rap". Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The 5 stars is for last christams.
As John Lydon might say " This is not an album review!" This is one review of one song and after considerate review Last Christmas is by far one of the finest pop tunes ever... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2001 by Jess
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's Sensation!
A couple of the tracks are mediocre, but there are a lot of great ones too. Wham! is Wham! Most people either love them or hate them. Read more
Published on July 18 2000 by Morado
3.0 out of 5 stars The end of an era - sniff
Edge of Heaven - some would say Wham's finest moments. Well, the big hits are here - "I'm your man", "Edge of Heaven" et al. Read more
Published on April 24 2000 by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought
I bought this last year, partly because of the low price and partly because I wanted the song "Last Christmas" on CD. Read more
Published on April 20 2000 by mst3k4evr
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for making the music in CD
We are ardent listener of WHAM music album, but George Micheal voice is that we are after. It was a great relief to get it in a CD. Thanks again
Published on Aug. 1 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Call it an EP
Not really an album, sort of a "everything we've got left album". Many of the songs had already been released, but the whole thing's pretty good. Read more
Published on March 28 1999
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