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Japan offers a 2CD edition of George Michael Older reissue

Features unique 15-track bonus CD

George Michael / Older Japanese 2CD reissue

The forthcoming reissue of George Michael’s Older is available as a 2LP vinyl set (black or various coloured editions) or as a 3LP+5CD super deluxe edition box set. Fans have already expressed some disappointment at the lack of CD deluxe edition, but news has emerged in the last few days of a special 2CD version that is exclusive to the Japanese market and features 15 bonus tracks.

This set appears to boast a slightly different front cover design/cropping and offers a extra disc of remixes and non-album tracks that effectively uses the four bonus discs in the super deluxe as a ‘pick ‘n’ mix’.

For example, the Japan bonus disc includes ‘Safe’ and ‘You Know That I Want To’ from Upper (CD 2 in the big box) along with the radio edits of both ‘Star People’ and ‘The Strangest Thing 97’ (both also from Upper). The Forthright Dub Remix of ‘Fastlove’ is from CD 5 in the box, while the Forthright 7″ Remix of the same song is from CD 4. The special radio edit of ‘Jesus to a Child’ is from CD3 but this Japanese double CD also includes the other ‘Jesus to a Child’ radio edit (from CD 5 in the box). You get the idea.

While there doesn’t appear to be anything exclusive on this set, if you don’t want to fork out for that expensive box set then it’s a reasonable option, particularly since it appears as if this is a Japan mini-LP CD, since the packaging is described as “original jacket” which normally means ‘paper sleeve’, aka vinyl replica.

The discs in this set are actually the Japanese blu-spec CD2 format, but rest assured that these are compatible with all CD players and so it shouldn’t be an issue.

This special 2CD reissue of Older is released on 8 July 2022

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Tracklisting

George Michael / Older Japanese 2CD reissue

Older George Michael / Japan 2CD blu-spec CD2 double CD set

    • CD 1
      1. Jesus to a Child
      2. Fastlove
      3. Older
      4. Spinning The Wheel
      5. It Doesn’t Really Matter
      6. The Strangest Thing
      7. To Be Forgiven
      8. Move on
      9. Star People
      10. You Have Been Loved
      11. Free
    • CD 2
      1. Star People ’97 (Radio Edit)
      2. Star People (Forthright Radio Edit)
      3. Jesus to a Child (Special Radio Edit)
      4. Jesus to a Child (Radio Edit)
      5. Fastlove (Forthright Dub Remix)
      6. Fastlove (Forthright Remix 7 inch version)
      7. Fastlove (Promo Edit)
      8. Spinning the Wheel (Forthright Extended 12 inch Club Mix)
      9. Spinning the Wheel (Forthright Dub Mix)
      10. Spinning the Wheel (The John Douglas Remix)
      11. You Know That I Want To
      12. The Strangest Thing ’97 (Radio Version)
      13. I’m Your Man (The John Douglas Remix)
      14. Desafinado with Astrud Gilberto
      15. Safe

Tracklisting

Older George Michael / 3LP+5CD super deluxe edition

    • LP 1: Older
      Side A
      1. Jesus to a Child – 06:49
      2. Fastlove – 05:27
      3. Older – 05:32
      Side B
      1. Spinning the Wheel – 06:09
      2. It Doesn’t Really Matter – 04:49
      3. The Strangest Thing – 06:00
    • LP 2: Older
      Side C
      1. To Be Forgiven – 05:21
      2. Move On – 04:45
      3. Star People – 05:15
      Side D
      1. You Have Been Loved – 05:27
      2. Free – 02:59
    • LP 3: Upper
      Side A
      1. Fastlove, Pt. 2 – 04.54
      2. Spinning The Wheel (Forthright Edit) – 04:41
      3. Star People ‘97 (Radio Version) – 05:42
      Side B
      1. The Strangest Thing ’97 (Radio Version) – 04.41
      2. You Know That I Want To – 04.37
      3. Safe – 4.27
    • CD 1: Older
      1. Jesus to a Child – 06:49
      2. Fastlove – 05:27
      3. Older – 05:32
      4. Spinning the Wheel – 06:09
      5. It Doesn’t Really Matter – 04:49
      6. The Strangest Thing – 06:00
      7. To Be Forgiven – 05:21
      8. Move On – 04:45
      9. Star People – 05:15
      10. You Have Been Loved – 05:27
      11. Free – 02:59
    • CD 2: Upper
      1. Fastlove, Pt. 2 – 04.54
      2. Spinning The Wheel (Forthright Edit) – 04:41
      3. Star People ‘97 (Radio Version) – 05:42
      4. The Strangest Thing ’97 (Radio Version) – 04.41
      5. You Know That I Want To – 04.37
      6. Safe – 4.27
    • CD 3: Mixes One
      1. Fastlove (A/C Summer Mix) – 04:55
      2. Star People ‘97 (Radio Edit) – 04:39 *
      3. Freedom ’94 (Live Version) – 06:06
      4. One More Try (Live Gospel Version) – 5.26
      5. Star People (Unplugged) – 06:04
      6. Spinning The Wheel (Radio Edit) – 05:00
      7. Fastlove (Promo Edit) – 04:43 *
      8. Jesus To A Child (Special Radio Edit) – 04:20 *
      9. Spinning The Wheel (Forthright Dub Mix) – 06:48 *
      10. Star People (Forthright Club Mix) – 09:17
      * previously commercially unavailable
    • CD 4: Mixes Two
      1. Fastlove (Forthright Extended 12″ Mix) – 09:23
      2. Star People (Forthright Dub Mix) – 07:40
      3. I’m Your Man (The Jon Douglas Remix) – 04:04
      4. Fastlove Part II (Fully Extended Mix) – 09:36
      5. Spinning The Wheel (Forthright Extended 12″ Club Mix) – 08:36 *
      6. Star People (Galaxy Dub Mix) – 07:11
      7. Fastlove (Forthright Remix 7” Version) – 04:25 *
      8. I Can’t Make You Love Me (Studio Version) – 05:20
      * previously commercially unavailable
    • CD 5: Mixes Three
      1. Desafinado – George Michael with Astrud Gilberto – 03:19
      2. The Strangest Thing (Live) – 06:00
      3. Star People (Forthright Radio Edit) – 04:33 *
      4. The Strangest Thing ‘97 (Loop Ratz Mix) – 08:49
      5. Fastlove (Forthright Dub Remix) – 08:32 *
      6. Jesus to a Child (Radio Edit) – 06:07 *
      7. Spinning The Wheel (The Jon Douglas Remix) – 06.38 **
      8. Star People (Galaxy Mix) – 08.09
      9. Older (Instrumental Version) – 05.29
      * previously commercially unavailable
      ** previously unreleased

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