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‘New’ George Michael single featuring Nile Rodgers is released

A ‘new’ George Michael single was played on Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 show this morning that features the guitar and production talents of Nile Rodgers.

The song is actually a reworked version of an old track called Fantasy, a rare non-album B-side that was issued on the flip-side of Waiting For That Day, the second single from 1990’s Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1. 

Friend and songwriter David Austin (described on the radio as “George’s manager”) wrote a note to Chris Evans, which the DJ read out on air, just before he played the song. The contents were as follows:

Fantasy was originally meant to be on Listen Without Prejudice and was intended to be one of the singles from the album. But somehow, it got lost in the ether in what was going on at the time. Although George did then release it as a B-side in 1990. However, years later – just last year – when looking for a lead single for the reissue of George’s Listen Without Prejudice / MTV Unplugged album – and to accompany the new film Freedom that George had just finished working on, before Christmas – Fantasy was his first and obvious choice. So, George phoned up Nile Rodgers, his good pal, in early 2016, because the two of them have always spoken the same musical language, as long as they’ve known each other, and Nile reworked the record…”

You can listen to the new version below. The compressed horns and ’90s rhythm track of the original are gone and in their place is Rodgers’ trademark rhythm guitar and a lighter touch.

If you don’t know it, here’s the original version:

George clearly loved this track since it was also remixed in 1998 by James Jackman and Niall Flynn for inclusion on George’s Outside single. In fact, Fantasy really got around, since, for no logical reason that anyone can think of, it was also included on the bonus disc of the 2011 reissue of his 1987 album Faith.

So the question you might now be asking is whether this new version of Fantasy going to be included on the delayed reissue of Listen Without Prejudice, or is it just a promotional single?

SDE can confirm that the two CD edition will indeed include it, at the end of the MTV Unplugged performance on CD 2 of the double-disc package. For the four-disc (3CD+DVD) super deluxe edition the sets had already been manufactured, so the song will be included as a download, if you buy that package. The original Fantasy and Fantasy ’98 both feature on CD 3 of the super deluxe edition.

Listen Without Prejudice will be reissued on 20 October 2017. What do you think of this new version of Fantasy? Leave a comment!

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George Michael / Listen Without Prejudice reissue - super deluxe box set

Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1 – 2CD 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
11. Fantasy (featuring Nile Rodgers)

George Michael / Listen Without Prejudice reissue - super deluxe box set

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
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
1. The South Bank Show 1990
2. Freedom! ’90
3. Praying for Time
4. Freedom! ’90 (MTV 10th anniversary)

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Ads w smith

Disgusting that when paying double to have the box set with extra tracks that you don’t actually get the physical version of Fantasy ft.Nile Rodgers as clearly stated on all packaging.\Little bit cheated

KevinK

… so the box set doesn’t include the remix on the actual MTV disc … but the packaging all seems to suggest that it does! It’s listed prominently on the sticker on the front of the box and is listed as being the final track on DISC 2 on the tracklisting on the paper stuck to the back.

I can’t find any mention of the remix being download only – are Amazon etc going to be hit (again) with bad reviews and disgruntled purchasers who don’t read SDE and think they have a defective product?

SimonP

I see the Freedom documentary is being promoted on Channel 4 as coming soon.

William_M

short trailer of the upcoming documentary has been released https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYe2waF8tTs

Steve Pain

I am really looking forward to this release and have been since I preordered a year ago (and was hoping it would materialize a year before that on the actual 25th anniversary). It has always been an album close to my heart and I think it is a work of art from beginning to end. Although MTV unplugged does seem out of place in this set I am happy to finally have it in this set. And fantasy ’17 certainly feels out of place at the end of the unplugged set so I am actually glad it’s not on it! (I love the rework by the way). Anyway, with a film looming it looks like this release will see the light of day and we can celebrate the man and the music. I, for one, am waiting for that day.

Charlie Waffles

I am fine with a download code. I just wish George was still around. Let’s all enjoy the man’s music…

matt

a good song is a good song is a good song……..! and Nile Rodgers is a master re-mixer. You just have to hear what he did with Duran’s ‘The Reflex’ (really a pretty bland album track) – he totally revamped it and made it an incredible pop single.

Martin Kilroy

Oddly the only one I can think of without his trademark guitar!

Neil Kelly

Not heard the song yet but struggling with this. All the time they’ve had to sort this out and now it’s missing from the SDE but included on the standard 2CD edition. Oh and don’t remind me it’s available for purchasers of that set as a ‘free download’. Who needs that? If you want to actually play your CD’s (as people buying this do), who wants to burn a CD of 1 track and actually eject and play this one song seperately. Seems ridiculous to me.

Something i keep wondering (and i see above that the MTV unplugged is out of place here), does anyone know why we get the audio of MTV unplugged and a DVD but not the MTV unplugged on the DVD? That alone would’ve made me purchase this. As it stands i’m not buying ANY of these products. It’s a big ‘NO’ from me…

bob

What many people don’t realise is that Fantasy was actually recorded in 1987 for the Faith album. Being the perfectionist that he was George wasn’t 100% happy with it and so kept it back for the follow up LWP with the intention of re-working it.
Of course it didn’t make that album either in the end but George obviously liked the song as he kept going back to it. If you listen to the song it actually fits into the Faith era perfectly (though I prefer LWP)
Like Paul I am a little suspicious around this whole Nile Rodgers remix project and also feel there is a bending of reality, however well intended. I am just disappointed that Nile Rodgers of all people has taken a great George Michael song and stripped the best parts away and left it sounding like a demo…

Christophe

So it’s worst than what I thought : that’s a 2017 remix of a *1987* song, shoehorned on a cd which contains a 1996 concert, to celebrate a 1990 album…

Neil Kelly

Lol spot on Christophe!!

Christophe

So, we’re talking about a 2017 remix of a 1990 song, inserted on a cd which contains a 1996 concert to celebrate a 1990 album…

The track listings of the box sets (Faith before this one) baffle me… Too many songs are missing, while others are completely out of place. I’m very disappointed and will not buy them. Thankfully I have all the tracks I need on CD-singles, etc. but it still feels like missed opportunities to me.

That said, I would definitely buy a CD-single of this new version :)

Modernaire

I forgot to say, after I hit the ‘Post Comment’, that I’m kind of surprised, and slightly disappointed, that a ‘Listen Without Prejudice VOL. 2’ wasn’t added to the super deluxe version, or even a LWP UBER version.

That would include many of those songs that ended up as one of singles or part of other benefit releases in the 90s. I mentioned above that one of the songs meant for Vol 2 was ‘Too Funky’, it’s a really prolific time for GM, and after Faith, a kind of masterpiece. Vol. 1 stands as one of my most favorite albums of all time and has a special meaning in my life, growing up at the time into young adult hood, I felt the maturing of GM and matched what I was going through also.

Anyway, let’s hope a Vol 2 will one day be released perhaps with Trojan Souls, it’s George Michael’s OPUS.

Naj

Trojan souls will turn up Andros georgiou has the masters

Modernaire

From the moment I played the CASSINGLE back in 1990 ‘FANTASY’ was always one of my most favorite songs of GM’s. I never told anyone of course, because music and these great music artists were a personal, private joy, way before the socialist social media era we live in now. But this jam was the jam back in ’90.

I always felt it was strong enough to be a single and here it is in a new version but the original will always be the best. The breakdown on the original where George really get’s down is brilliant, I wouldn’t mind hearing a remix with Nile’s playing, with original tracks.

This new version seems thinned out but overall it’s a buns treat as I’m also a big Nile Rodgers fan. The original in my looking back, fit the whole super model vibe of the early 90s era, predating GM’s other Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 2 track ‘Too Funky’.

Ivan

Absolutely agree with you, Paul! I call bullshit on David Austin’s “press” release (though dressed up as “heartfelt note”). As a longtime GM fan, we should expect more of this nonsense from now on, just as during George’s lifetime, as he was surrounded by yaysayers professionally and as part of his private life. The “download vs. bonus track on CD2” controversy is even funny, especially considering the drama of GM’s career trend. It infuriates me as much as makes me shake my head in disbelief at George, as I did about most of his life and career, it’s even funny if you think about it.

Naj

10o% true…. I don’t think gm would have allowed this remix out ..7/8 tracks were finished for the new album so let’s seee Wat happens

Shawn

I have to agree with the other posters that releasing a “super deluxe edition” which is missing a track that is included in less “deluxe” editions is total BS – I don’t care what the reason is. If I wanted to download the release I’d just get it through my subscription to Apple Music. I bought the CDs because I want the songs on CD. That said – the Nile Rogers remix of Fantasy is brilliant and I still can’t believe George Michael is gone – one of my all time faves.

Sam Lowry

Every new version of Fantasy is case of diminishing returns. The original is almost as perfect as it gets and I started to prefer it to its A-side a long time ago. 98 is still a pleasant version. It removed a bit funkiness and received a bit of Disco in return. Ironic then that one of the Godfathers of Disco removes all that is good and seems to be turning in something closer to a demo than a finished track. I listened to it but don’t think I will again.

Glenn

They should offer to mail out the revised CD2 to those that purchase the full box set or release a CD single.

Peter Anderson

Pre-ordered the superdeluxe edition when first announced – mainly to see the South Bank Show footage again. Much prefer the original to the Nile remix so not going to get overexcited about missing that. I’d be happy if they added vinyl though and kept it at the same price!!

Daran

I knew I had the original somewhere. It is on the ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ best of. Clearly GM thought highly of this song.

Auntie Sabrina

Here’s the link to SDE’s original article about this release from September 2016 which shows a photo of the Super Deluxe set

http://www.superdeluxeedition.com/news/george-michaels-listen-without-prejudice-reissued-as-super-deluxe/

Michael Khalsa

Sounds good. I heard the original coming from a passing car yesterday. Also the estate seems to know what it is doing. Keeping it classy. Unlike the Michael Jackson estate with their offerings. Adore Nile Rodgers as well.

MusicFan

I agree Michael. His family, friends and [most] fans have been very respectful.

Soon after George passed the family did officially say not to expect any unreleased music, however, the good news is that this week, the family issued a press statement saying….

“Our aim is to carry on, as we know Yog would have wanted, to share and enjoy his precious legacy and to continue to bring you joy – through his extraordinarily beautiful music.

David [Austin], along with Yogs loyal creative team, will continue bringing you all the projects they had been working so hard on for you, exactly as Yog would have wanted…”

This is great news for all of the loyal fans!!!

Gary C

This statement doesn’t sound like the man who only released 5 studio albums in 30 years, one being a covers album. Are we supposed to take what they say at face value? that he had all this stuff they plan to release in the can and up to GM’s high standards?
Never the most prolific, but in his lifetime most of his released music was at such a high standard, what comes across is that he was very guarded about what he put out.
I would be very disappointed if we get some rubbish, and this remix is pretty poor and does not bode well for the future.
Expect a compilation ASAP.

Michael Khalsa

Yes. I’m not sure George would have liked that cover for the 2 cd set though. A better bet would have been that beautiful picture on the inside sleeve or just leave it as is. Also I’m sure that David Austin will include this version of ‘Fantasy’ on an anthology if one is released.

My main wish list is expanded versions of the 3 Wham! albums. They should include the best performances from shows like top of the pops. They were a very visual group. Plus a photography book of Wham! & George Michael with a company like Taschen.

MINO

Hey guys did you know that there is a slow studio resung version of White Light? It’s AMAZING!

Naj

Where ???

alan hansen

why not open-up the deluxe sets that have apparently already been manufactured, remove the 2nd disc (without this bonus track) and insert the removed disc into the lesser 2cd sets. then insert the new edition of the 2nd disc with the bonus track into the deluxe set.

alan hansen

but paul, it’s a nightmare i really, really can get behind!

Ken A.

But yet, if this was a 12″ vinyl release only, like a RSD exclusive, I’d be pretty happy with a download.

Charles

Dang it! I read the article and then I listened to that b-side with prejudice! I’m so ashamed.

Paul E.

The original mix is my preferred version. This remix has just un-retro’d the intended 90’s style of the song. Perhaps I can tolerate the removal of horns, deal with a few liberties here and there, BUT don’t jack with George’s vocals. Killed any chance I had for the enjoying the remix. Niles is about as “original” as (current) Pharrell Williams in this production also.

YogLover

This doesn’t make sense. Are they suggesting that George commissioned this remix with a view to it being included in the SDE before he died? Then why isn’t it included in the SDE (which it’s being suggested was manufactured a long time ago)? And why does Nile Rodgers say on his Twitter that he’s only recently remixed the track?

Robert

Uninteresting. Stripped the best instruments and left a vocal that seems rather too fast now. George, you left us too soon. You are greatly missed!

Ian McJannet

Personally I think it’s absolutely hideous ..
I don’t think it fits in with ‘Listen Without Prejudice’ at all ..
(Every track on that is great)
BUT it certainly fits in to ‘Faith’ though …….
Just my humble opinion !!!

Mark

I ordered the deluxe box set when George was still with us
& check regularly that my order is still active, which it is ..after his death I thought all would be lost…but it isn’t ..& I’m grateful for this, love the new art work & the Nile remix. A cd single would be a nice touch, but I’ll be happy for a download or a remix bundle..

Vishal

Love this “new” version as well; Sony should find a way to put this on the physical SDE though!

MikeW

Whilst I’m not that keen on the sampled vocal pitchshifting loops I do agree they should simply replace the second disc on the deluxe box set and apply an easy to remove sticker re bonus track. As they are having to add details re download it would’ve been little extra effort. Daft!

Rough cut

I ordered the deluxe set when it was first announced about a year ago… when GM was still with us. It’s been so long I don’t even know if the order’ active anymore.

Anyway, on the remix, I kind of like the updated sound, but would’ve expected some Chic-esque guitars. And removing the horns? That’s like remivibg the bass line from ‘Billie Jean’, the song is limping without it.

Henrik K

Ok remix
Nobody knew that george wasnt around for this realease
Still so sad
A disaster that the super deluxe not is complete
As much that i love Georges music i dont like these realeases after the artist is gone
Only for the record company and the families

William_M

They need to rectify this anddo it properly, even if they just put it on the deluxe box disc as a ‘hidden track’ then they don’t need to mess with the artwork, simple as that, just replace the disc, put a few quid on the price of the box…covered, I’m sure Paul can speak nicely to Sony

Ivan

This is by far my favorite version of “Fantasy”. The inclusion of the download code on the boxset, instead of adding an extra CD or repressing CD2, is outrageous. I’ve had the box set on preorder for ages, but this mishap is making have second thoughts about cancelling it and stick to the Deluxe iTunes edition.

It should be noted that George performed “Fantasy” live quite frequently during the “25 Live” North American tour. I was at the MSG shows in July 2008 and he performed it both nights during the encore, second to last song.

Those were the days… :-(

Griffin

I like the original more. It’s so 90’s which we’re buying the whole thing for: “the original sound” which is in our memories.

I pre-ordered it & kept waiting. And now they added the new version to the 2CD set & screw us the early birds. It’s their problem produced/manufactured/pressed the whole thing and not releasing it. What they at least can do, is swapping the new CD2 with new version with the previously pressed one. They don’t even have to put the sticker on the package. Just pretend it’s a bonus hidden track like in the 80’s/90’s.

I’m thinking of cancelling my pre-order. Just to show Sony that we don’t like to being screwed this way.

RJS

An awful lot of fuss about ONE track not being included on a 3 CD box set!

CJ

We paid forty bucks (or more) for it on pre-order, over a year ago, and have waited patiently this long, and now we’re being told that, while we spent that money and waited that time, the product we’re getting (which is supposed to be “Super Deluxe”) is not going to have material that’s on the standard edition. So, yeah, we’re kind of pissed. Consider the audience–people paying extra for a super-deluxe version want best quality, most content. Paying that kind of money for a compromise tends to piss us off.

Ben williams

I find the outrage a bit confusing too, especially considering the people moaning didn’t know this track existed until about 48 hours ago!

Michael

Precisely RJS. Its only one track, and an updated remix to boot, so its hardly part of the SDE. I only want an assembly of that era’s output.

Dan

Pre-order cancelled. This is like when Kylie released Time Bomb to promote her condensed greatest hits, and didn’t bother to include it on the album track list!

Francis

I prefer the original version rather then this drumless updated Nile Rodgers remix but annoyed it is not being added to the Super Deluxe Edition but will be included in the 2Disc Edition. Download only for the more expensive release – Bloody typical!

MINO

I hope they will release it as a single or I’ll have 2 buy the 2 editions… Poor choice anyway….

Peter Muscutt

At first I thought this might have been a hastily remixed version to promote the new box set, but after hearing the note that George himself had chosen the track, I felt a bit better. Nile has added his trademark guitar sound to it, although I was expecting it sound a little more disco/funk. I must say I’d not heard the original ‘Fantasy’ – although my mum was a massive fan of George’s before she passed away, so I’ll be getting this set as I have fond memories of her playing his material and I think it got drummed into me!! (see also Chris de Burgh and Simply Red!!). Despite the cock up over the download being included with the box set (when you’d have thought that would have got the ‘preferential’ treatment over the 2cd edition) I’m looking forward to this one. Decent price, too!

Jay

Amazon now showing the remix of Fantasy on disc 2 of the 4 disc deluxe issue, as per the 2 disc set

Kevin

Meh. The original version (which I have on the Japanese ‘Freedom 90’ CD single) was better.

Michael Ettengruber

His website is up again with a messegae by his Family. Looks if new music is coming in the future. Very promising!

Keith

Prefer original

Toni Hernandez

Still waiting for ” Older” and ” Patience” on vinyl. Not This!

Mark Markinson

wtf is with that vocoder on the new version? TERRIBLE

Craig

Agreed, it’s complete garbage and the SDE a better off without it. And calling it a ‘new single’ is a joke.

Having said that I find Nile Rodgers the most overrated artist around at the moment so I’m not surprised it’s not to my taste.

Rick

Dammit! I preordered the 2cd set prior to his passing not knowing there would be a 3cd deluxe. Now I have to cancel that and order the deluxe. Grrrrr!

Adriano Cristino

Don’t cancel the order because if you spend more money for a better version you end up getting a BADLY ASSEMBLED edition that was printed a year ago and does not even feature the leading single….Imagine that!!!???

Rickjapan

Let’s face it, it’s not a new single, it’s a remix.

But it’s a bloody good one! I prefer it without the horns and with the funky guitar. Nile Rodgers is a god, whatever the man touches turns to gold lol.

Not so happy with the download only for the deluxe edition, I think they could have handled that better, not least because we (the ones that ordered the thing to start with) have been waiting patiently for quite some time now, even if it is because of things out of the producers’ control. Some kind of physical extra, like a CD single would have been much more appreciated. However, I can live with it, since I’m really aiming for the CD3 contents, and, as I said, this is basically a remix.

Adriano Cristino

Could not agree with you more on the disappointment for the missing track!

Paul

On the revised amazon listing, it’s included at the end of disc 2?

Paul

…of the SDE.

MusicFan

Why do people think this is a download only?

It’s on disc 2 of the re-issue!

It’s just a teaser to get some promotions as the re-issue is out very soon indeed!

Adriano Cristino

who cares about the 2-cd set when there’s a gorgeous boxset next to it on the shelf that is not COMPREHENSIVE any longer?