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George Michael’s Listen Without Prejudice reissued as super deluxe

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George Michael‘s second solo album, 1990’s Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1, will be reissued across a number of formats in November, including a 3CD+DVD super deluxe edition box set.

The super deluxe will comprise the original album remastered, a CD of the audio of George’s 1996 MTV Unplugged performance (remastered), a bonus disc of B-sides, mixes and rarities and a DVD (NTSC, region free) of UK TV’s Southbank Show special from 1990.

This set comes with a 36 page book featuring liner notes, photos and memorabilia from George’s personal archive. Best of all this super deluxe is really well priced at only £34 in the UK at the time of writing. Less than HALF the price of The Human League set, which is the same 3CD+DVD format!!

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A two-CD edition includes the Unplugged performance, but omits the bonus disc of mixes/rarities (and the DVD of course).  This ’25th anniversary’ (it’s actually been 26 years) is also being released on vinyl, too.

All formats are out on 11 November 2016.

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Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1 – 3CD+DVD super deluxe

CD 1 Listen Without Prejudice remastered
1. Praying for Time
2. Freedom! ’90
3. They Won’t Go When I Go
4. Something to Save
5. Cowboys and Angels
6. Waiting for That Day – George Michael / The Rolling Stones
7. Mothers Pride
8. Heal the Pain
9. Soul Free
10. Waiting (Reprise)

CD 2 – MTV Unplugged
1. Freedom! ’90
2. Fastlove – George Michael / Patrice Rushen
3. I Can’t Make You Love Me
4. Father Figure
5. You Have Been Loved
6. Everything She Wants
7. The Strangest Thing
8. Older
9. Star People
10. Praying for Time

CD3: B-Sides And Mixes (super deluxe only)
1. Soul Free (Special Radio Edit)
2. Freedom! ’90 (Back To Reality Mix)
3. Freedom! ’90 (Back To Reality Mix Edit)
4. Fantasy ’90
5. Freedom! ’90 (Edit)
6. Cowboys and Angels (Edit)
7. If You Were My Woman
8. Too Funky (Edit)
9. Crazyman Dance
10. Do You Really Want to Know
11. Happy
12. Too Funky (Extended)
13. Too Jazzy (Happy Mix)
14. Fantasy ’98
15. Heal the Pain – George Michael with Paul McCartney
16. Desafinado – George Michael with Astrud Gilberto

Disc: 4 – DVD (super deluxe only)
1. The South Bank Show 1990
2. Freedom! ’90
3. Praying for Time
4. Freedom! ’90 (MTV 10th anniversary)

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esque

The first half-second or so of “Fantasy” is also missing, as anyone who compares this version with the version on _Twenty-Five_.

esque

argh — sorry for posting before editing. “can tell” should be the last two words of the above post.

fred

no,
I wrote to :
reception.enquiries@sonymusic.com
no answers

Manuel

Any official statment from Sony about the deluxe edition second disc issues?

Stephen E Cohen

My boxed set arrived today… Seven e-mails from Amazon dating back to Sep 2016… Of course there were sad, extenuating circumstances that led to these unfortunate delays. Many of the others are right; The print is hard to read. I looked at the original compact disc that I bought back in 1990, which had a much darker silver font. However, the music is undeniable, and am so thankful that this deluxe edition that I NEVER thought would happen is here!

Tracy

I am on my third replacement from Amazon. The print in all of them is very poor and also some of the pages in them have creases. I have come to the conclusion I am not going to get a better one right now. I don’t know if this is a limited edition or not but I intend keeping the best one for now and hope I can get a better one in future, otherwise at this rate I won’t have it in my collection at all.

Johan

It would be great if Paul could get a comment from Sony on the use of the studio version of I can’t make you love me on the MTV Unplugged cd. The live version was the sole reason to buy the set for me as I have most live tracks on the cd-singles.

Manuel

Could anyone confirm if I Can’t Make You Love Me unplugged is the studio version?

Manuel

Sorry but this is D.I.S.G.U.S.T.I.N.G.
Give us the replacement CD or give us back the money.

Keith

Mines going back for refund just like the bowie set, I’m getting sick and tired of the poor quality deluxe editions we are being sold now . The print in mine is almost non existent in places on some pages, I think I will stick to the vinyl after the hash up on the MTV performance.

Phil Wilson

Have found this one on the sony music website:

reception.enquiries@sonymusic.com

Peter Anderson

Pleased with the overall SDE presentation but are the lyrics in anyone else’s virtually illegible or is it just my ageing eyes?

Phil Wilson

It clearly says on the sticker on the front, on the front of the loose sheet and on the back on the tracklisting that Fantasy with Nile Rodgers is on there, but it isn’t. No mention of it being a download. The lyrics and text are quite dull, but some lines are mistakenly in bold, it’s just poor quality control isn’t it?

fred

u are right dude
this sticker is a way to cheat people
please give us the sony email to have the cd with fantasy feat nile Rodgers.

fred

on sticker it’s written that fantasy feat nile Rodgers is on disc 2 !!! but it’s wrong
I want the cd with this bonus track !
what is the email of sony to have it

i dont want a download ; i want the cd as written on tracklist on backside of boxset !!

Phil Wilson

Apparently the MTV Unplugged version of “I can’t make you love me” is the wrong version, it is apparently the Older CD version, but with added applause. Lots of complaints on Amazon already about this. #Heroesgate, also people are saying other vocals from unplugged have been re-recorded, can anyone confirm this?

Floh

Update:
The web-address for the download site now works, you need to sign up to the site before you can get to the downloads. There are three links for the three CDs of the box set:
‘MTV Box Set Disk 1’ [CD 1 Listen Without Prejudice remastered]
‘MTV Box Set Disk 3’ (should be titled .. Disk 2) [CD 2 – MTV Unplugged]
‘MTV Box Set Disk 3’ [CD3: B-Sides And Mixes (super deluxe only)]

With regard to the vinyl, side A is very low in volume, especially the first song, compared to side B.

angeliczg

Fantasy featuring Nile Rodgers (2017) is on cd2

Floh

Hi there. Just received my deluxe edition and LP from Zoom. Some quality issues, the vinyl has some very loud clicks for around up to 15 seconds (I guess) on a couple of tracks, therefore very noticeable in the quiet sections, although no scratches are visible.
The inner sleeve has a crease, which must have been made before putting the record into he LP sleeve. The inners cardboard sleeve is not lined.
A couple of the CDs in the deluxe set have been found to have slight scuff marks on the playing surfaces when opening (haven’t played them yet) again this must have been missed by quality control (if there is such a thing). Also weirdly one of the pages of the book has a small crease on one of the pages but in the middle of the page, not sure how that happened, all other pages are ok.
Also, the site for the download doesn’t seem to exist some cloudbase message comes up.
The sets are nice, but I’m a bit disappointed by the quality control issues.

Phil Wilson

Fantasy is on CD2 of the super deluxe, just had a look in HMV and it is listed on the back of the packaging on the super deluxe. Not sure why, but they are limited to 1 per customer

Phil Wilson

It’s not on the disc, but is clearly listed as being on disc 2. That is pretty shocking (I know we weren’t expecting it to be on there) but why list it?

[…] that point. The particular focus was on 1990’s Listen Without Prejudice album (which is reissued on Friday) and the infamous Sony court case. Watching Freedom was inevitably incredibly poignant, given the […]

FredHolmes

Last night’s Freedom showed must what a talent George Michael was. Truly inspiring.

Denny G

Why not include all the music videos from the album on the DVD??? And include the original Thierry Mugler directed version of Too Funky? Many missed opportunities here.

Brilliant album though. Truly amazing. I recall reading an article where they were going to bring back all the models from the Freedom 90 video for a documentary to be included in this box set. I guess that never happened.

Definitely would have enjoyed seeing that as well as demos and alternate versions, music videos, etc.

Peter Muscutt

Although the Unplugged set would “belong” on a reissue of Older, why all the fuss? We’re getting it sooner rather than later!! :-)

Andreas

because it’s taking the place of bonus stuff relevant to the period – “lost” LWP2 tracks and ‘cover to cover’ live material.

Malcolm

Anyone wanting the deluxe boxset can get it for £26.99 using discount code SIGNUP10 at Zoom.co.uk (Universal UK”s direct video sales website).
https://www.zoom.co.uk/product/listen_without_prejudice_george_michael_25th_anniversary_box_set_cd

If you order before release they ship 1st class so should arrive Friday. If you wait until it goes on sale they use cheaper mail options so can take a week to turn up.

I believe they also now ship to Europe not just UK. Not sure what the postage is. Their quoted prices include UK postage.

[…] you might even have a hit. However, this remix wasn’t mentioned at all when the reissue was announced on 14  September last year, with an 11 November 2016 release date. That was a promotional window of less than two months. As […]

[…] performed on MTV’s Unplugged in 1996 (which is part of the bonus content in the forthcoming Listen Without Prejudice reissue). Everything She Wants was a double-A side with Last Christmas and so peaked at number two due to […]

Sam

Channel 4 commissions new feature doc Freedom: George Michael (w/t)

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Today Channel 4 announces it has commissioned an exciting new feature documentary Freedom: George Michael (w/t), an amazing and engaging film which covers an eventful five year period in George Michael’s life. This period saw a complete change where he was able to grow as an artist and finally take full control of his life as well as his career. He fell in love for the first time, which sadly ended in tragedy. It also follows the gripping story of the making of George Michael’s Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 and the infamous battle with his record company which followed ending up in the high court where George challenges the standard recording contract. Freedom: George Michael (w/t) is being produced by Sony Music Entertainment UK limited. The film is narrated by George himself, giving viewers his own personal account of this dramatic period in his life.

The feature documentary will include the original five supermodels from film director David Fincher’s Freedom! ’90 video, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz and Linda Evangelista who will be coming together for the first time to talk about the experience and celebrate the iconic music video. The film will also feature famous fans of George and the album: Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ricky Gervais, Mark Ronson, Liam Gallagher, Mary J Blige, Jean Paul Gaultier, Tony Bennett and James Corden.

The 1 x 90′ newly commissioned film will be a very personal documentary revealing how the boy from north London became one of the most influential recording artists of all time and helped to re-write the rules of the music industry and celebrity. The success of his first solo album Faith resulted in him becoming one of the few artists who could shift millions of albums worldwide. This was a dream scenario for the label but he had different plans. This resulted in a difference in opinion between him and the label over how the follow-up album Listen Without Prejudice was promoted.

The programme will feature rich unseen archive content, combining set piece interview sequences with an A-list cast of music and fashion luminaries, leading industry figures and other key characters.

Sony Music will be re-releasing George’s Michael’s iconic album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1. This was George’s second solo album, but the first where he has said he felt fully in control artistically.

Freedom: George Michael (w/t) will include never before seen outtakes of the ground breaking video of Freedom! 90.

The feature documentary was commissioned by Channel 4’s Jonny Rothery, Commissioning Editor, Music & Formats. It will be Executive Produced by David Austin, with BAFTA nominee Phillip Smith directing and produced by Steven Lappin. The documentary will air on Channel 4 this autumn. It is being produced by Sony Music Entertainment UK limited and is being distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide. US Cable network Showtime have acquired the feature documentary and it will air in the States later this year. The filmed, owned by BBC Worldwide, will be making its U.S. debut on Showtime on Friday, December 9th at 9 p.m. ET.

Sam

I think the following GM tracks would of been a great addition too:

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now
This Kind of Love

Bill Hansen

Superdeluxeedition.com has false information calling this cd remastered. If you research this, you’ll find out that blu-spec 2 is not, I repeat is not a remastering process. No where on the cd jacket or sleeve will you find any information saying that the original album tracks have been remastered. Now, the added bonus material I believe has been remastered. I’m talking about the upcoming Japanese release. It’s a good bet if their was no remaster done in Japan that it is very unlikely any upcoming Euro or US release will have the original album tracks remastered !

Bill Hansen

Hi Paul, my mistake. I skipped by the pack shot. Curiously, CD Japan does not mention the original album being remastered unless it’s in their Japanese notes which I can’t understand. Their site usually says something like “with 2016 remastering” as an example. Without their usual detail, I became suspicious. They do mention blu-spec cd which is a manufacturing process used in Japan. Check out their site at cdjapan.com and see if you can find something that I missed!

vikerii

Email from amazon. Delayed until February 10 2017.

Neil

It’s not released in the US till Feb 2017. In the UK it’s still the 11th Nov.

Megatof

I really don’t get why we have some misplaced or rather uninteresting stuff:

– 4 edits, including 3 obscure promo… (that’s if you like your songs shorter I guess…)
– 10 songs from MTV Unplugged recorded in 1996,
– Desafinado from 1996,
– Fantasy ’98 from… 1998,
– Heal the Pain with Paul McCartney from 2006…

Meanwhile we DON’T have THESE songs, which are actually from this era:

– Tonight (live in Wembley) from “Two Rooms”,
– Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (live with Elton John),
– Too Funky (Digital Mix)

Also this is a missed opportunity for these tracks:

– Somebody to Love (live with Queen),
– These Are the Days of Our Lives (live with Queen and Lisa Stansfield),
– Year of ’39 (live with Queen) (this one is only officially available on video),
– Killer (live),
– Papa Was a Rolling Stone (live),
– Killer/Papa Was a Rolling Stone (PM Dawn Remix),
– You Spin Me Round (yes, he did it! as Infamy, but he did it!)
– Any recording from the Trojan Souls demo (some have been officially available on his site at some point I believe),
– Any live recording from the Cover to Cover tour (some too have been officially available on his site at some point)…

I really don’t get it… This track listing is a mystery to me.

Daniel ( from Berlin )

You have so right in every word. Shame on george michael and shame on the record company for this “deluxe” edition. They should look what other artists like tears for fears
did with their great albums… 3cd and 5cd and dvd….
the only way is: not buying it… then maybe they will learn…

Megatof

Maybe someone could help me with the track listing for the MTV show…

I’ve always believed there were only 8 songs performed that night:
– Freedom ’90,
– Fast Love
– I Can’t Make You Love Me (issued as a single with “Older”),
– Father Figure (issued with “You Have Been Loved” single)
– You Have Been Loved
– Everything She Wants (issued with “Star People” single)
– Praying for Time (issued with “You Have Been Loved” single)
– Star People (issued with “Star People” single)

These 8 songs appear on numerous bootlegs.

Are “The Strangest Thing” and “Older” really from that same show?

2badmofo

I can’t make you love me was not the unplugged version though, it was studio. Also there are 2 studio versions the other one was on the promo single.

2badmofo

Release put back to 3/3/17 :( what a joke

2badmofo

Amazon.de

2badmofo

Thanks Paul

2badmofo

Paul, any luck finding out?

Deevan

Also he did song waiting for that day on unplugged …never shown on mtv

elliott buckingham

just want deluxe issues of the wham albums or a comprehensive 12″ collection

elliott buckingham

shame there isn’t the same set as the faith box with vinyl dbl cd and dvd with book ect

MüllerMüller

What’s about the Mexican 12″ inch Mix – called “WFM Extended Mix” 11.02min of FREEDOM91 ??????
The Digital Mix of TOO FUNKY ????

2badmofo

Japan version on sale now, although not that cheap €89 Delivered to Dublin.

Stephen E Cohen

I promised myself that I would order this album and get rid of my old 1990 version if they ever did a SDE version. “Faith” may have sold more copies, but I always thought that “Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1” was better quality stuff. Too bad all that stuff with Sony happened, and George Michael never followed it up with an actual Volume 2.

nite

DVD’s look dreadful on your average large screen HD TV. One would have thought a blu-ray would have been a better choice.

Paul

When Waiting For That Day was shown on TOTP, they showed a photo montage of George pics.

Da'Ron Brown

Amazon (US) has an additional track.
Disc 3: track 14. Calling You (Cover To Cover Live Wembley Arena) (Mixes and B sides)
is this correct?

gwynogue

@Griffin:

Sorry, didn’t see that – all the other comments were about “Waiting For That Day” so I only looked at the WFTD page.

[…] other news, the announcement that there will be a reissue of George Michael‘s Listen Without Prejudice album was fairly […]

Deevan

Unplugged Mtv album should have added hand to mouth unplugged

Todd R.

I have a whole page of notes – and despite having many of the same issues as those mentioned above here – I’m still jazzed to get this set, as oddly arranged as it is.

Also, there was an hour-long radio promo interview on LWP – that would have been a terrific bonus somehow here – with period explanations on the songs and the creation of the original album.

Neil

Is there going to be a single disc release of this as i don’t fancy that 1996 concert on an album from 1990.

deevan

DEFFO should have the unplugged dvd , pleased OLDER MTV VERSION FINALLY RELEASED. there Is deffo a missed opp for cover to cover tracks to be included. TTD sign your name is an example of an amazing cover ..still unreleased.come on SONY

Craig

The onslaught on US airwaves/MTV that was the Faith album back in the day was unbelievable. Catchy (more “serious” than Wham) songs, hot videos, cool club remixes, sick tour. The perfect storm.

Was it just too much for him to handle? Maybe. Those end of Wham/Faith years must have been a crazy ride with little downtime.

Plus he was putting out one image and being worshiped by “hungry school girls” while not living his life true to himself (at least publicly). I can certainly see the cathartic nature of Freedom ’90 and its video.

And, at least in the US, there weren’t really any catchy club-type songs that people wanted/expected. That and the lack of videos and of even self-promotion.

I have always felt the whole lawsuit thing was just all this coming to a head.

The way it played out was unfortunate for everyone – Sony, George, and the fans.

It’s really too bad that his output pretty much stopped years ago. It seemed like he was enjoying a bit of revival a few years ago all the way around – personally, musically, popularity, etc. He was on several US TV shows, performing etc. But all that seems to have faded now.

As much as we all nitpick this release or lack of other releases (how about a SDE of Fantastic???), I have long come to accept to just appreciate what is released for what it is.

Marc

Andeas is right George did kill the album by not promoting it. If an artist is not interested in promoting their music why should potential record buyers care? George became far too precious after the success of Faith but how many struggling musicians would kill for that success or his recording contract? He complained about his image during the Faith era but you don’t see other artists sabotaging their careers because of an earlier image problem. As for his recording career just 4 solo albums in nearly 30 years? I mean really, seriously? He can’t blame that woeful output all on protracted court cases!

bob

George wasn’t precious at all, he was just a different artist by now as he was 18 when Wham became famous.
Sony wanted to milk George for all he was worth and wanted Faith mk2 for his new album. George had other ideas and presented them with, as Elton John says, his masterpiece LWP. George has spoken many times about how he wasn’t comfortable with his pop idol image and wanted to leave it behind. As he says he could have easily taken it to the next level of success but he didn’t want it. For eg he had a meeting with Michael Jackson re a duet single, George knocked this idea on the head straight away once he realised what a whacko he was dealing with (his words).
There was also other things at play with the Sony court case that only came to light afterwards. George Michael got wind that the head of Sony, Tommy Mottola, had called him a ‘limey fag’ at a conference. At this point George was the second biggest selling male artist in the world behind Jackson, and a huge earner for Sony, and yet here was the boss calling him a fag behind his back to a conference full of people. Would you stand for this if your boss said this about you?
I admire George hugely for standing up to Mottola, even if he did lose the court case.

bob

Definitely true about Mottola.
George told the Michael Jackson story to a journalist friend of mine whilst they were watching the MJ trial verdicts live on the BBC news.
There is a reference to the Mottola incident here, and there are others…
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2008/jan/20/popandrock.musicindustry

bob

Paul, here is the link to the George Michael visiting Michael Jackson story as well

http://www.guyspy.com/an-evening-with-george-michael-jackson/

Andreas

George wanted his cake and to eat it to – the sales and the luxury of not having to peddle his product. He shouldn’t have taken the complete no promotion route, which I’m sure he regrets given the glossy videos for the follow up ‘Older’. Sony had an investment to protect, and if an artist won’t do anything to promote a major release, what can they do around falling interest in a major market where ‘the face’ counts. George blamed Sony, but he was as much a party to this project as they were.

‘Older’ stalled in the Sates due to no exposure beyond the videos – but George did no live promotion, personal appearances around this release. Again, he blamed the record label (DreamWorks) for lack of success in the States, hence the follow up unprompted (and fully lacklustre) covers ‘SFTLC’ as a means of fulfilling his 2 record obligation to the company.

Griffin

It’s kind of strange to make the 2 CD set with the MTV unplugged instead of the CD3! I don’t care about the unplugged. If I don’t want the whole 4 disc set I could just get the 2CD. But now I feel they are milking me/us to make the steange combo with MTV unplugged.

And also really strange not including the Waiting for that day video!

Neil

I wonder how they promoted that single back then without a video and what did they show on MTV and TOTP.

Griffin

I don’t remember exactly. But according to wikipedia there was! I guess it’s wrong then. Still the 2CD set with CD1 & CD3 would make more sense! And CD2 for the die hard fans in the 4 disc set.

gwynogue

The wiki page doesn’t mention anything about a video.

Griffin

,
Wiki for Mother’s Pride:
While video clips were released for the previous two singles from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, no video clip was released for this single.

Megatof

I kind of remembered something à la “Sign ‘o’ the Times”, with only the lyrics on screen… But I must be wrong then…

Graham

Looks good to me. I wonder if the BBC radio concert – which was basically a try out for the Unplugged performance – will ever see the official light of day. Perhaps that will be included with an Older deluxe set.

DaveM

Not a massive fan of George Michael, but like and admire the singles I have heard over the years, so cannot comment on the ‘whats missing ‘ element of this. Always read about releases on here anyway and don’t usually comment on stuff I don’t really know, but what I think is that as an SDE its all meat and no fat in terms of format and is great value. I think I am actually jealous that some of the stuff I do buy isn’t presented / priced this way!

EW99

I shall be very surprised if a deluxe edition of Older some time in the distant future doesn’t include Unplugged on a DVD.

Anyway, great news and this is a definite for me.