Fantastic (Wham! album)

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Fantastic
Studio album by Wham!
Released 9 July 1983
Recorded 1981–1983
Genre Pop
Length 36:42
Label Innervision
25328
Columbia
CK-38911
Producer Steve Brown, George Michael, Bob Carter
Wham! chronology
Fantastic
(1983)
Make It Big
(1984)
Singles from Fantastic
  1. "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)"
    Released: June 1982
  2. "Young Guns (Go for It)"
    Released: September 1982
  3. "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) (US Re-Mix)"
    Released: January 1983
  4. "Bad Boys"
    Released: May 1983
  5. "Club Tropicana" b/w "Blue (Armed)"
    Released: July 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

Fantastic is the debut album by British pop duo Wham! Released on 9 July 1983, it reached No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart. It included the previously released singles "Young Guns", "Wham! Rap" and "Bad Boys". "Club Tropicana" was also released as a single, as was "Club Fantastic Megamix".

The album also features a hidden track (played on a honky tonk-style piano), which is included in the final 20 seconds of "Young Guns (Go for It!)".

Track listing[edit]

Original[edit]

All songs written and composed by George Michael, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bad Boys"     3:19
2. "A Ray of Sunshine"     4:43
3. "Love Machine"   Pete Moore, Billy Griffin 3:19
4. "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)"   Michael, Andrew Ridgeley 6:41
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Club Tropicana"   Michael, Ridgeley 4:28
6. "Nothing Looks the Same in the Light"     5:53
7. "Come On"     4:24
8. "Young Guns (Go for It!)"     3:55

Reissue[edit]

The track listing of the first edition of the CD and the original cassette tape feature 3 bonus tracks interspersed within the original track listing, consisting of instrumental remixes. This track listing was again used for the 1998 reissue of the CD.

All songs written and composed by George Michael, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bad Boys"     3:19
2. "A Ray of Sunshine"     4:43
3. "Love Machine"   Pete Moore, Billy Griffin 3:19
4. "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)"   Michael, Andrew Ridgeley 6:41
5. "A Ray of Sunshine" (Instrumental Remix)   5:40
6. "Love Machine" (Instrumental Remix) Pete Moore, Billy Griffin 3:28
7. "Club Tropicana"   Michael, Ridgeley 4:28
8. "Nothing Looks the Same in the Light"     5:53
9. "Come On"     4:24
10. "Young Guns (Go for It!)"     3:55
11. "Nothing Looks the Same in the Light" (Instrumental Remix)   6:40

Personnel[edit]

  • Drums, percussion – Graham Broad, Andy Duncan, Luis Jardim, Tony Moroni, Trevor Morrell
  • Bass – Brad Lang, John McKenzie, Deon Estus
  • Guitars – Robert Ahwai, Andrew Ridgeley, Paul Ridgeley
  • Keyboards – Jess Bailey, Bob Carter, Anne Dudley, Tommy Eyre
  • Lead vocals – George Michael
  • Backing vocals – George Michael, Ruby Mason, D.C. Lee, Deon Estus, Jimmy Chambers, Tony Jackson, George Chandler, Katie Kassoon, Sylvia James, Stevie Langer, Linda Hayes, Josie James, Shirlie Holliman
  • Horns – Raoul, Dave "Baps" Baptiste, Guy Barker, Paul Cox, Geoff Daley, Martin Drover, Colin Graham, Chris Hunter, Roddy Lorimer, Iain MacKintosh, Ian Ritchie, B. Ezard, J. Healy
  • String arrangements – Linton Ace
  • Shouts – Dave Mortimer (David Austin), Paul Ridgeley, Andy Duncan, Bob Carter, George Michael

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
Synchronicity by The Police
UK Albums Chart number one album
9 – 22 July 1983
Succeeded by
You and Me Both by Yazoo
New Zealand Chart number-one album
4 – 18 September 1983
Succeeded by
True by Spandau Ballet

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
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