Heal the Pain

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"Heal the Pain"
Single by George Michael
from the album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
B-side "Soul Free"
Released February 4, 1991
Format CD, 7", 12"
Genre Pop
Length 4:46
Label Epic
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Freedom! '90"
(1990)
"Heal the Pain"
(1991)
"Cowboys and Angels"
(1991)
Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 track listing
  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)"

"Heal the Pain" was a song written and performed by George Michael and released on Epic Records in 1991.

A contemplative, acoustic guitar-based love song, it was the fourth of five UK singles taken from the album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1.

The song entered the UK Singles Chart in February 1991 and peaked at #31. It followed a pattern of being slightly lower than its predecessor (the previous three singles had peaked at #6, #23 and #28). One more single from the album would continue the pattern, by not even breaking the threshold of the Top 40. "Soul Free", also taken from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, appeared as the B-side. For the US, Columbia Records flipped the two songs, with "Soul Free" appearing as the A-side and "Heal the Pain" as the B-side. The single did not chart in the US.

The band Lemon Jelly have used an uncredited sample of the track on the B-side of their single "Rolled/Oats".

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Dutch Singles Chart[1] 16
Irish Singles Chart[2] 16
UK Singles Chart[3] 31

2008 version[edit]

"Heal the Pain"
Single by George Michael and Paul McCartney
from the album Twenty Five (U.S. release)
Released 2008
Format Digital download
Recorded 2005
Genre Pop
Length 4:46
Label Epic
Writer(s) George Michael
Producer(s) George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"This Is Not Real Love"
(2006)
"Heal the Pain"
(2008)
"December Song"
(2008)
Paul McCartney singles chronology
"Ever Present Past"
(2007)
"Heal the Pain"
(2008)
"Sing the Changes"
(The Fireman)
(2008)

In 2005, it was announced that Michael would be recording a version of the track with Paul McCartney, in whose style the song was written. Michael appeared on the Chris Evans show on BBC Radio 2 on December 5, 2005, and announced that he had recorded the song with McCartney "last week" but did not know what he was going to do with it yet. The track was later added to the greatest hits collection Twenty Five.

In 2008, it was released as a single from the U.S. release of George Michael's greatest hits album Twenty Five.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  2. ^ The Irish Charts. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Top 75 Releases. Retrieved May 22, 2011.

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