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Twenty-Five Best of

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 16 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B000H1QYXY
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Everything She Wants
2. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
3. Freedom
4. Faith
5. Too Funky
6. Fastlove
7. Freedom ‘90
8. Spinning the Wheel
9. Outside
10. As (with Mary J. Blige)
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Disc: 2
1. Careless Whisper
2. Last Christmas
3. A Different Corner
4. Father Figure
5. One More Try
6. Praying For Time
7. Heal The Pain (with Sir Paul McCartney)
8. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (with Sir Elton John)
9. Jesus To A Child
10. Older
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Two CD set from the two time Grammy Award winner who is returning to the music scene with his 2008 album Twenty Five, an extraordinary package containing for the first time ever all of George and Wham's greatest hits plus five new tracks. "An Easier Affair", "This Is Not Real Love", "Heal The Pain" (duet with Sir Paul McCartney), "Understand", and never released before in the US, "As" (featuring Mary J. Blige). In 25 years, George Michael can already look back on more than 80 million in record sales worldwide. He has notched up six No. 1 singles from his debut album, eleven British No. 1 singles, and six No. 1 albums to date.


The last quarter-century has been nothing if not colorful for George Michael. But through all the controversy--the high-profile arrests and audacious videos, the falling-outs and band splits--he has emerged intact as a vital figure on the global pop scene--a fact compounded by his current 25 Live tour and this accompanying Greatest Hits package. Twenty Five is the fourth such collection in Michael's career, though it carries the obvious advantage of being more up to date than 1998's lauded Ladies & Gentlemen and features not only solo material but music from the early Wham! days. As such, it's the most comprehensive anthology yet, featuring upbeat Wham! classics like "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" and "Freedom" amidst somber solo material like "Praying for Time" and "Jesus to a Child." Spread across two discs (29 songs in total), the collection not only includes a host of evergreen classics but also recent singles "An Easier Affair" and "This Is Not Real Love" (with former Sugababe Mutya Buena) and two unreleased tracks. There are some notable absences from the collection-–"I Want Your Sex" and "Kissing a Fool" are two glaring omissions-–but it still remains the most comprehensive survey of the artist's legacy to date. --Danny McKenna

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Twenty-Five is George Michael's second greatest hits album after 1998's Ladies & Gentlemen, since which he has released one covers album in 1999 and one album of new material in 2004. While this is a very listenable album for mixing Wham songs with solo material, which L&G didn't, it also suffers for the all-too-often decision to include newer but lesser tracks on a hits album at the expense of the older, bigger hits (U2, you're on notice). In GM's case, his last album, Patience, a good album but hardly a classic, is given representation with an overly generous 5 songs (6 if you count Shoot the Dog, which was released on his UK version of Patience), while Faith, his biggest album with 6 Top Ten songs (4 going to Number One) is limited to only 3 songs on this set. Furthermore, on the limited 3-cd set, EVERY song from Patience is included, with the third disc misleadingly subtitled "For the Loyal;" it should have been titled "For Those Who Didn't Buy My Last Album, Here It Is." As a result, major hits such as Monkey, Kissing a Fool, I Want Your Sex, I'm Your Man, I Knew You Were Waiting For Me are all missing, as are important tracks like Club Tropicana, The Edge of Heaven, Waiting For That Day, Somebody To Love, and so on. As well, including the Wham song Last Christmas, while a bona fide Christmas classic, sounds a bit out of place on a hits cd; it's better off on Christmas compilations. The Ladies & Gentlemen album had its flaws too; it relied too much on album tracks and had the pointless I Want Your Sex (part II) instead of the hit version, but still managed to put most of GM's hits in one place.Read more ›
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I must start of this review by admitting that I grew up with his music. I was only 7 when I first heard some of his songs such as "Faith", "Father Figure" and the very sexually suggestive but good "I Want Your Sex". Yes, I understand that 7 is maybe way too young to be listening to such songs, but they were playing often on the radio were I grew up, and the songs were very catchy and drew one's attention to listen to. What helped reignite my interest to eventually get his cd was when I heard his song "Fast Love" at a male strip club that I had honestly went to when I visited Darwin, Australia. When I was living in Japan, his newer music was also getting played there (such as the "Freek" song). Many of his songs are very original and classic, so it is only natural that they would be enjoyed over two decades later by many people. What I like about this collection is it does have a very wide range of songs depending on your mood. For instance if you want to be cheered up you can listen to his classics such as "Faith", "Freedom", and "Flawless". If you are in an erotic mood the songs to listen to are "Too Funky", "Fast Love", and "FreeeK". Of course, there are many other enjoyable songs on this eclectic collection. I was just honestly listing some of my favorites. This is a good collection to start with if you own only a few of George Michael's albums (three or less) or if it is your first time. I do enjoy this collection, but I wish that the track "I Want Your Sex" would have been included on it. I only say this because he does pour much passion and strong energy into many of his songs, which is a positive thing. There is something about some of the sexual songs that he sings that really showcase his talent.Read more ›
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George Michael first entered the charts in the early 80s with #1 singles in Wake Me Up Before You GO-GO, Careless Whisper and Everything She Wants. In the late 80s, #1 singles followed with One More Try, Father Figure, Faith, Praying For Time and in 1992 with Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me- a duet with Elton John. Too Funky, Fastlove and Jesus To a child are three more of my favorite songs. George Michael has produced an amazing track record with chart success and successful albums. George Michael is amazing male pop star and this is the definitive collection- although the song- I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING FOR ME is missing from this collection. Still, this collection is an absolute must-have.
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This album covers twenty five years of the starred and scarred career of one of the best known English singer/songwriters of his generation. It contains most, but not all, of his greatest hits, including his best selling "Faith", his early mega-hits as a half of Wham! as well as three brand new songs.

The lead single is one of the new songs "An Easier Affair", the other two being "This Is Not Real Love" with Mutya Buena (a former Sugababe) and "Heal the Pain" with Sir Paul McCartney. Of the new ones, my pick is the McCartney track, which seems head and shoulders over the other two.

The tracks that I enjoyed hearing again were the duets - "As" with Mary J. Blige and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" with Sir Elton John - plus "Father Figure", "Faith" and of course "Careless Whisper".

From "Careless Whisper" to "Amazing", this is a great addition to any pop music collection, putting most of your favorite George hits in one "basket".

Amanda Richards
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