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This review is from: The Final CD/DVD Edition (Audio CD)
I'm thinking that the major selling point of this reissue of Wham!'s final album was not only to commemorate the 25th anniversary but to also include a track by track dvd equivalent. In this respect,it succeeds. It's great to finally,no pun intended,have the videos for "Bad Boys" and "Young Guns" on dvd but that unfortunately is the ONLY reason to buy this appalling compilation from Sony. Whoever did the remastering for the cd re-release shall remain nameless,they get no credit on the inner booklet or slipcase and that's probably just as well. If it was me I'd be embarrassed to admit I had a hand in this mess. The first two tracks sound great,then I'm afraid it's all downhill from there. "Bad Boys" sounds like they used the old seven inch single master as is. Where's all the leftover cuts from the cassette and vinyl editions like "Blue" and the relevant alternate mixes,instrumentals and b-sides?
The quality of audio on the dvd is not much better either. Instead of rehashing all the Wham videos,why not finally,no pun intended again,release the excellent documentary "Foreign Skies:Wham!In China" on dvd. My vhs copy of that is now so frail I'm scared to play it. What should have been an opportunity to put out a bona-fide deluxe edition of this iconic 80's album has been a waste of time and resources. I wonder if George knows how poorly Sony are treating his music?
If it's superbly mastered Wham! audio classics you're after,click here "The Best of Wham!". There is also a dvd (with 5.1 surround sound) that was released in tandem with this best of. If you don't need the videos for the two new to dvd aforementioned tracks,you can't go wrong,click here "Wham - the Best of Wham [DVD]". My advice is to make your own cd of "The Final" using the above best of and the re-released albums. Trust me it will sound better than what's on this reissue. Now...
"Take Me To The Edge of Heaven,One Last Time Might Be Forever!"