George Best (album)

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George Best
Studio album by The Wedding Present
Released October 1987
Recorded 1987, England
Genre Jangle pop, Indie pop
Length 38:28
Label Reception Records
Producer Chris Allison
The Wedding Present chronology
George Best
(1987)
Tommy (1985–1987)
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

George Best is the debut album by The Wedding Present. It was released in October 1987 by their own record company, Reception Records.

After self-releasing five singles on Reception Records label, the band turned to recording their first album, continuing their collaboration with producer Chris Allison, who had produced their previous single, "My Favourite Dress". The album's somewhat tinny sound reflects the low recording budget. David Gedge's songwriting chronicles relationships breaking up or never taking off. A digression is CD bonus track "All About Eve", which is about apartheid, a subject Gedge came into contact with during his childhood in South Africa. Disagreement on production values with Allison led to the album being remixed by the band and engineer, Steve Lyon. The larger part of these conflicts seemed to lie with the personal and musical incompatibility of Allison and drummer Charman.

The band sought and received permission to name the album after Northern Irish football legend George Best. Best agreed to appear on promotional shots with the band.

The original Reception Records compact disc release added two bonus tracks from the B-side of single "Anyone Can Make a Mistake". All later CD re-releases of George Best, starting with the 1997 re-release by Canadian reissue label Pearls from the Past, added all tracks of 1988 singles "Nobody's Twisting Your Arm" and "Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?", including a cover of The Beatles' "Getting Better". By the time of the latter single's release, drummer Shaun Charman had been fired and replaced by Simon Smith.

In 2007, the band played a 20th anniversary tour of George Best, performing the album in its entirety.

NME ranked it at number 489 in its 2014 list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Gedge except as noted.

Original album release[edit]

Side A[edit]

  1. Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
  2. What Did Your Last Servant Die Of?
  3. Don't Be So Hard
  4. A Million Miles
  5. All This and More
  6. My Favourite Dress (album version)

Side B[edit]

  1. Shatner
  2. Something and Nothing
  3. It's What You Want That Matters
  4. Give My Love to Kevin
  5. Anyone Can Make a Mistake
  6. You Can't Moan, Can You?

Original CD release[edit]

  1. Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft – 4:10
  2. What Did Your Last Servant Die Of? – 2:43
  3. Don't Be So Hard – 2:43
  4. A Million Miles – 3:33
  5. All This and More – 2:23
  6. Getting Nowhere Fast (Alan, Evans, Oldroyd, Swift) – 1:44
  7. My Favourite Dress (album version) – 4:14
  8. Shatner – 2:07
  9. Something and Nothing – 3:50
  10. It's What You Want That Matters – 3:26
  11. Give My Love to Kevin – 2:46
  12. Anyone Can Make a Mistake – 3:18
  13. You Can't Moan, Can You? – 3:20
  14. All About Eve – 2:13

George Best +9 CD re-release[edit]

  1. Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
  2. What Did Your Last Servant Die Of?
  3. Don't Be So Hard
  4. A Million Miles
  5. All This and More
  6. Getting Nowhere Fast (Alan, Evans, Oldroyd, Swift)
  7. My Favourite Dress (album version)
  8. Shatner
  9. Something and Nothing
  10. It's What You Want That Matters
  11. Give My Love to Kevin
  12. Anyone Can Make a Mistake
  13. You Can't Moan, Can You?
  14. All About Eve
  15. Nobody's Twisting Your Arm
  16. Nothing Comes Easy
  17. Don't Laugh
  18. I'm Not Always So Stupid
  19. Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?
  20. Not from Where I'm Standing
  21. Give My Love to Kevin (acoustic version)
  22. Getting Better (Lennon, McCartney)
  23. Pourquoi Es-Tu Devenue Si Raisonnable?

Has also been released as a 4x10" vinyl-box.

People involved[edit]

The band[edit]

Additional musician[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

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