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George Michael – Fantasy (Official Video) ft. Nile Rodgers Premieres Today

George Michael – Fantasy (Official Video) ft. Nile Rodgers

Premieres Today

Taken From Listen Without Prejudice/MTV Unplugged

The Reissue of The Late George Michael’s Iconic album, ‘Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1’ To Release October 20

‘George Michael: Freedom’ will air this Saturday/October 21 at 9pm ET/PT on Showtime

 

A remastered version of George’s stunning 1996 MTV Unplugged performance will also be available as an album for the very first time as part of the Deluxe box set, 2CD and digital editions. The concert took place at the Three Mills Island Studios in East London on Friday 11 October, 1996 and featured George playing ten of his finest songs from theWham!, Faith, Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1 (Freedom ’90) and Older eras in an intimate setting.  Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 will also be reissued on vinyl.

Fantasy a reworked single by George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers is currently available to stream and is on A-list rotation on BBC Radio 2. Preview the video for “Fantasy” HERE.

Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 was Georges second solo album. Arranged, produced and almost completely written by George himself, it eloquently confirmed him as a pioneering, agenda-setting artist. 

The staggering success of George’s first solo album Faith resulted in him becoming one of the few artists who could shift millions of albums worldwide.  This, of course, was a dream scenario for the label but George had different plans.  Unable and unwilling to be a 24-hour pop star, constantly in the media spotlight, George felt he needed to follow his artistic instincts regarding how his work should be presented. He decided he would not appear on Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1s album cover or be available to physically promote the album beyond select interviews, but instead gave the label the David Fincher-directed Freedom! ‘90, which featured five of the most recognizable beauties on the planet, lip-syncing in place of George. This resulted in a difference in opinion between George and the label over how the album was promoted.

A multi-platinum-selling worldwide chart-topper which reached Number 1 in the UK (where it outsold Faith and went 4X platinum), Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 was the sound of a precedent-setting, boundary-pushing global superstar going his own way.

Shortly after the album’s release, George met his great love Anselmo Feleppa. His anger at Anselmos tragic early death, together with his frustration over how the US label had marketed his album contributed to his decision to embark on the traumatic court case with Sony. This left him blocked creatively for almost two years, during which time he made a conscious decision to channel all his energy into challenging the standard recording contract and fighting a corner for all artists. George lost the case but gained the personal and artistic freedom he craved.

Nearly twenty-seven years on, George and Sony have long reconciled. Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 remains a remarkable, timeless work, from the beautifully judged protest songs Praying For Time and Mothers Pride, to the intimate Cowboys & Angels, via the autobiographical Freedom! ‘90. This was music George Michael felt truly committed to.

‘George Michael: Freedom’ tells the gripping, dramatic story of the making of Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1, the court case which followed and George’s personal struggle and pain as he loses Anselmo. Many have tried and failed, but George succeeded in reuniting the Freedom! ’90 videos five supermodels. Other contributors include world famous artists such as Stevie Wonder whose They Won’t Go When I Go was Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1’s only cover; Elton John who describes the album as George’s “masterpiece”; Liam Gallagher who says George has “Lennon in him”; Mary J Blige who reminds us that George “broke all the rules for everybody”; Tony Bennett, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Kate Moss, Tracey Emin, Ricky Gervais, French Vogue editor Emmanuelle Alt, Jean-Paul Gaultier and James Corden. There are contributions from some of the record company executives who were so uncomfortable facing one of their major artists in court and from the case lawyers.

‘George Michael: Freedom’ will air this Saturday/October 21st at 9pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Preview the teaserHERE

George Michael was working on George Michael: Freedom up right until Christmas 2016 and it is his final work.

 

Album: Listen Without Prejudice/MTV Unplugged

Artist: George Michael

Formats: 

Listen Without Prejudice/MTV Unplugged Limited Edition 3CD/1DVD Deluxe Box

Listen Without Prejudice/MTV Unplugged 2CD Edition

Listen Without Prejudice Vinyl Edition

Listen Without Prejudice/MTV Unplugged Digital

Record Company: Sony Music 

 

GEORGE MICHAEL

LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE/MTV UNPLUGGED TRACKLISTINGS

3 CD/1 DVD LIMITED EDITION BOX

Includes download codes

CD1 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

7        Mother’s Pride

8        Heal The Pain

9        Soul Free

10      Waiting (Reprise) 

 

CD2 MTV Unplugged

1        Freedom! ’90

2        Fastlove

3        I Can’t Make You Love Me

4        Father Figure

5        You Have Been Loved

6        Everything She Wants

7        Strangest Thing

8        Older

9        Star People

10      Praying For Time

11       Fantasy featuring Nile Rodgers

 

CD3 B Sides & Rarities

1.       Soul Free (Special Radio Edit)

2.       Freedom! (Back To Reality Mix)

3.       Freedom (Back To Reality Mix Edit)

4.       Fantasy 90

5.       Freedom (Edit)

6.       Cowboys & Angels

7.       If You Were My Woman

8.       Too Funky (Edit)

9.       Crazy Man Dance

10.     Do You Really Want To Know

11.     Happy

12.     Too Funky (Extended)

13.     Too Jazzy (Happy Mix)

14.     Fantasy 98

15.     George Michael with Paul McCartney – Heal The Pain

16.     George Michael with Astrud Gilberto – Desafinado         

 

DVD

1.            The Southbank Show 1990

2.            Freedom! ’90 promo

3.            Praying For Time promo

4.            Freedom 90 MTV 10th Anniversary

 

2CD EDITION

CD1 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

7        Mother’s Pride

8        Heal The Pain

9        Soul Free

10      Waiting (Reprise) 

 

CD2 MTV Unplugged  

1        Freedom! ’90

2        Fastlove

3        I Can’t Make You Love Me

4        Father Figure

5        You Have Been Loved

6        Everything She Wants

7        Strangest Thing

8        Older

9        Star People

10      Praying For Time

11       Fantasy featuring Nile Rodgers

 

LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE

VINYL

SIDE A

1        Praying For Time    

2        Freedom! ’90     

3        They Won’t Go When I Go          

4        Something To Save          

5        Cowboys And Angels

 

SIDE B

1        Waiting for That Day

2        Mothers Pride

3        Heal The Pain  

4        Soul Free    

5        Waiting (Reprise)