Five Live (EP)

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Five Live (EP)
EP by George Michael and Queen with Lisa Stansfield
Released 19 April 1993
Recorded 1974, 1991, 1992
Genre Pop rock, dance-pop
Length 28:46
Label Hollywood (U.S./Canada)
Parlophone (Rest of world)
Producer Queen
George Michael
Roy Thomas Baker
George Michael chronology
Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
Five Live (EP)
Queen chronology
Live at Wembley '86
Five Live (EP)
Made in Heaven
Lisa Stansfield chronology
Real Love
Five Live (EP)
So Natural
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Five Live, released in 1993, features five (in some countries, where it is considered to be a reduced-length long-playing album, six) tracks, performed by George Michael, Queen, and Lisa Stansfield. "Somebody to Love" and "These Are the Days of Our Lives" (both also available on video) were recorded at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, held on 20 April 1992, at Wembley Stadium.

All proceeds from the sale of the EP benefited the Mercury Phoenix Trust. Sales of the record were in fact very strong throughout Europe, where it debuted at number one, in the UK Singles Chart, and several European countries, either considered as a single, or charting on album charts as an extended play or an LP. Chart success in the U.S. was far less spectacular, but the EP still peaked at number 30 on the Billboard 200.

An edited shorter version of "Killer" and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone", a live medley performed by Michael at Wembley Arena, was released as a further independent single, in some territories only. The singer also shot a video for it, although he did not personally appear (it was during the time Michael refused to exploit his outward look, which he thought would distract the audience from the music, his main concern). The video was directed by Marcus Nispel.

While "These Are the Days of Our Lives" is played by the remaining members of Queen, it is actually a duet between George Michael and Lisa Stansfield. The version on the EP is not identical to the actual performance on the night, however.

The sixth track—only featured on some releases—is represented by a short performance by Queen, entitled "Dear Friends", originally sung by Freddie Mercury himself. Recorded in 1974, this constitutes the one studio recording on the record. It was not included in the UK vinyl of the EP.

Usually, countries where the six-track work is distributed consider it to be a short LP, whereas those where the five-track (hence, its title) work is available generally tend to see it as an EP or even (if "Killer"/"Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" was not marketed independently in those same territories) as a particularly long or content-rich single. However, no matter its status, whether an EP, a short album or a long single, the work as a whole sold an estimated 5 million copies worldwide.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Somebody to Love" (Freddie Mercury) – 5:17 (U.S. #30)
  2. "Killer" (Adam Tinley/Seal-Henry Samuel) – 5:58
    • Performed by George Michael
  3. "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (Norman Whitfield/Barrett Strong) – 5:24
    • Performed by George Michael
  4. "These Are the Days of Our Lives" (Queen) – 4:43
  5. "Calling You" (Bob Telson) – 6:17
    • Performed by George Michael
  6. "Dear Friends" (Brian May) – 1:07 (some releases only)
  • Note: On some CD releases in the UK, tracks 2 and 3 are grouped together as one.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
France PM 517
The Netherlands 1993 EMI CD 0777 7 89418 2 8
United Kingdom 1993 Hollywood Records CD HR6 1479-2


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g Peak positions. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  3. ^ Top Albums/CDs - Volume 57, No. 18, 15 May 1993. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  4. ^ Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
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  6. ^ Hungarian Albums Chart. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  7. ^ The Irish Charts. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  8. ^ George Michael albums sales ranking. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  9. ^ Spanish Albums Chart. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  10. ^ Top 75 Releases. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  11. ^ Billboard albums. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  12. ^ Gold & Platin. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  13. ^ Les Certifications depuis 1973. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
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  15. ^ Goud/Platina Muziek. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  16. ^ Awards 1993. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  17. ^ Certified awards search. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
Preceded by
"Young at Heart" by The Bluebells
UK Singles Chart number-one single
25 April 1993 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"All That She Wants" by Ace of Base