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Twenty Five [+Video]

31 Jan. 2012 | Format: MP3

£9.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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George Michael;George Michael Duet with Elton John
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Video: I'm Your Man (Live From Wembley)
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  • Original Release Date: 31 Jan. 2012
  • Release Date: 31 Jan. 2012
  • Label: AEGEAN
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  • Total Length: 2:29:25
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  • ASIN: B007704Z4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,037 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Cowboy & Angel on 30 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
1998's Ladies & Gentlemen was probably one of the best greatest hits collections ever released. It included all but two of his UK solo singles, and a fair number of the singles on it did not feature on any of his three solo albums released up until that point. This one does actually include 6 or 7 tracks not available on any previous album, making this a worthy purchase, but misses out a lot of good singles that can be found on the earlier compilation.

"Older" has been included this time, but again no "Monkey" (which was a US No. 1). All the singles from his last album "Patience" are here, and as before there is a disc of ballads and another of more up-tempo tracks. The third disc, apart from the 3 or 4 exclusive tracks that I've counted, mainly covers "Patience".

This album isn't so much a replacement for the 1998 collection as it is an updated alternative. To get the complete story, you would still need both, plus the Wham "Best of". A glaring omission from the post-1998 stuff is "If I Told You That", his duet with Whitney Houston from 2000. Also, "Monkey", OK not a classic single, but for completeness would have been worth inclusion. Very few Wham singles are here, so this can certainly not replace the existing Wham compilation from 1997.

Worth getting if you already have Ladies & Gentlemen. If you don't, get that instead, and invest in "Patience" at the same time.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mark W-J on 3 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of George Michael for most of the 25 years that the title of this collection refers to - the goatee, the earrings (including the Faith-era crucifix), the gallons of hairspray, I had it all. And like so many fans I was genuinely excited about his first live dates in the UK for 15 years and the promise of new material. But the problem with this collection lies in that last sentence - namely, the quality of the new material and the fact that his best days barely cover the first half of the last 25 years.

Now, we all know that he's had problems in his personal life, but an output of one very dodgy covers album and one collection of new material since 1990 makes George as prolific as Kate Bush or Scritti Politti. Most of his fans are - I would guess - in their mid-to-late-30s, survivors from the days of Wham! and Faith. And these people are going to be a bit miffed when they're asked to fork out another £12-99 for 27 tracks which they already own at least twice (on the original albums and the previous 'Best Of' collections), plus two new compositions. The four Wham! tracks and two early solo singles are making their fourth appearance on a Greatest Hits CD, which is hardly offering value for money to his loyal (but increasingly disgruntled) fans.

Breaking the album down, we find the aforementioned four Wham! singles - all from 1984 - plus three each from Faith (1987) and Listen Without Prejudice (1990, and still my all-time favourite album), five from Older (1996), and an incredible six from the frankly disappointing Patience (2004). But look at what's missing... Somebody to Love with Queen, I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) with Aretha Franklin, I Want Your Sex, Kissing a Fool, Waiting For That Day, Star People.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John Ganley on 3 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Twenty Five: Special Edition...? Mostly Brilliant, if somewhat overplayed

First Two discs are an upgrade of Ladies & Gentleman with added "Patience" and a bit of Wham..

As with "Ladies and Gentleman" disc one is for the feet, disc two for the heart. Highlights include Everything She Wants, Spinning the Wheel, Heal the Pain (with Paul McCartney) and Fastlove. Nice to see Older added to the collection this time around, but no Cowboys and Angels? Shame. His most recent tasty offerings of Easier Affair and This Is Not Real Love are also included

Disc three however is really worth a listen. It is a collection of gems mostly taken from Patience/Songs of the Century with B Sides plus new track "Understand".

You get the impression that George was rather disappointed with the bad press he received for Patience. He seems to be pushing Patience album tracks heavily on the third disc (which is fine by me)

One low point however - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go - It has always been and always will be utter tat!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By KLS on 5 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Its the same old tracks, but in a different order this time and to be honest its getting a bit boring now. I cannot fault this man's writing and musical ability, his music can make a room light up and I for one am so looking forward to seeing him live, but please write some more original material. Ok, I will buy this, stupid some may say as I have them already, but I just have to, that's what you do when you're a fan...3 new tracks, not much really is it?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
It is well over twenty years since I first heard Careless Whisper. My children were playing a tape of it during a long car journey, and it caught my attention and has haunted my recollection ever since. My own musical home ground is classical, and I have never followed the charts to any great extent. However music to me is just music, its effect is unpredictable and irrational, and there is never any mistaking the unaccountable thrill that some music can give me, whatever category of music it supposedly belongs in.

This set has just been given to me as a birthday present by one of the children, who are now of course adults. The idea is apparently to take me out of my classical comfort zone, but if one thing has consistently struck me in half a century of hearing pop music it is just how conservative it is in certain ways. The harmonisation would in general have seemed unenterprising to composers in the year 1700, yet this is the kind of music that millions really listen to and are really affected by. From this I have to draw the conclusion that a simple harmony that lasts unaltered through untold numbers of changes of musical fashion, style and idiom can hardly be thought of as outmoded, whatever the earnest intellectual theories of the 20th century.

George Michael has apparently composed most of the music here himself, and I certainly seem to detect a resemblance in the style of many of the numbers. Unsurprisingly, I like some of them better than some others, and still none matches up to Careless Whisper for me. Bottom of the charts for me is the joint number with Elton John `Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me', I have to say. However something that does a lot for even the items that interest me less from a musical viewpoint is George Michael's voice.
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