Performer: George Michael
Engineer: Chris Porter; Steve Peck...
Producer: George Michael...
Distributor: Sony Music Distribution (
Notes: Personnel: George Michael (vocals, various instruments); Hugh Burns, Lord Monty, Lee Fothergill, J.J. Belle, Roddy Matthews, Robert Ahwai (guitar); John Altman, Mark Chandler, Steve Waterman, Malcolm Griffiths, Jamie Talbot, Steve Sidwell, Paul Spong, Rick Taylor (horns); Chris Cameron (organ, piano, keyboards); Betsy Cook, Danny Schogger (keyboards); Deon Estus (bass); Ian Thomas (drums); Andy Duncan (percussion); Shirley Lewis, Chris Cameron (backing vocals). Recorded at PUK Studios, Denmark and Sarm West Studios, London, England in 1987. Recorded at Puk Studios, Denmark and Sarm West Studios, London, England in 1987. Before Faith George Michael was, to the record buyer, one half (or more) of Wham!, with its trite pop material and sexy teen image. Faith was crafted to establish him as a mature artist and serious lyricist, and it accomplished exactly that. Having had two years in gestation, it sold over 10 million copies and launched Michael's new personal and artistic image. 'I Want Your Sex' was a guaranteed number 1 hit after being widely banned, and was followed by five more hit singles. Although now seeming dated by its club-style production and spoilt by some embarrassing lyrics, it nevertheless marked the emergence of a major pop talent for the 90s. Personnel: George Michael (vocals, keyboards, background vocals); Robert Ahwai, Lord Monty, Hugh Burns, J.J. Belle, Roddy Matthews, Lee Fothergill (guitar); Steve Waterman, Mark Chandler, Jamie Talbot, John Altman, Richard Taylor , Rick Taylor, Steve Sidwell, Malcolm Griffiths, Paul Spong (horns); Chris Cameron (piano, organ, keyboards, background vocals); Danny Schogger, Betsy Cook (keyboards); Ian Thomas (drums); Andy Duncan (percussion); Shirley Lewis (background vocals). Audio Remixers: Shep Pettibone; Steve Peck. Recording information: P U K Studios, Denmark (1987); Puk Studios, Denmark (1987); Sarm West Studios, London, England (1987). Photographers: Brian Aris; Russell Young; Shep Pettibone. Unknown Contributor Roles: Chris Cameron; Paul Wright ; Paul Gomersall; Steve Peck. Arranger: George Michael.
Rolling Stone (p.68) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The album holds up as one of the Eighties' smartest megapop statements, full of passion and surefire hooks." Rolling Stone - 4 Stars - Excellent - Ranked #84 in the 100 Best Albums of The Eighties survey. Spin (p.84) - "George actually had an album top the U.S. R&B chart. And what a crafty platter it was." Record Collector (magazine) (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's the seamless blend of radio-friendly pop, slick R&B and the occasional jazz shapes that impresses..." Uncut (magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Jazz, Latin and funky flourishes thrived alongside his unique hybrids..."
George Michael rose to worldwide superstardom as part of the cheery dance pop duo Wham! in the 1980s, before going solo after three hit albums. Michael enjoyed even more success on his own, updating older dance styles (soul, '70s disco, etc.) and even dipping into social commentary (1990's LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE). After Freddie Mercury's death, Michael performed a high-profile tribute concert with Queen, taking Mercury's role.
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