Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael

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Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
Greatest hits album by George Michael
Released 1 December 1998
Recorded 1984-1998
Genre Pop, dance-pop, pop rock
Length 147:25
Label Epic
Producer George Michael
George Michael chronology
Older
(1996)
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
(1998)
Songs from the Last Century
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Jam! Showbiz 4/5 stars[2]
MSN Music 4.5/5 stars[3]
The Daily Vault A−[4]

Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael is a greatest hits collection released by George Michael in 1998.

The collection of 28 songs (29 songs are included on the European and Australian release) are separated into two halves, with each CD of the double set containing music of a particular theme and mood. The first CD, titled "For the Heart", predominantly contains Michael's hit ballads, while the second CD, "For the Feet", comprises mostly his popular dance tunes.

Ladies & Gentlemen is notable for containing a large number of compilation tracks and duets that have not previously appeared on a George Michael album, including his US number-one duet with Aretha Franklin, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", previously available on Aretha Franklin's 1986 album Aretha; "Desafinado", the duet in Portuguese with Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto; and the Elton John duet "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", from John's 1993 album Duets.

Ladies & Gentlemen was released by Michael through Sony Music Entertainment as a condition of severing contractual ties with the label (Michael departed Sony with a great deal of acrimony and publicity prior to the release of Older in 1996). He would later return to Sony to release his 2004 album Patience, however singles from Older do appear on the album as well.

"Outside" was the first single from the album. The song was a humorous look at his arrest shortly before the release of the album for soliciting a policeman in a public restroom.

"As", Michael's duet with Mary J. Blige, was released as the second single in many territories around the world. It reached number four on the UK Singles Chart. The track was left off the North American release of the album. There were rumours that Blige's label was uncomfortable with Michael being gay, but this is contradicted by Blige's embracing of her large gay fan base.

"A Different Corner" was remixed for this compilation.

To date, the album has reached worldwide sales of approximately 15 million copies.[5]

"Waltz Away Dreaming", Michael's duet with Toby Bourke, was only available on the cassette and MiniDisc versions of the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by George Michael except where indicated.

Disc 1: For the Heart[edit]

  1. "Jesus to a Child" – 6:49 (1995) from Older
  2. "Father Figure" – 5:41 (1988) from Faith
  3. "Careless Whisper" (George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley) – 5:00 (1984) from Make It Big
  4. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with Elton John) (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 5:47 (1991) from Duets
  5. "You Have Been Loved" (Michael, David Austin) – 5:28 (1997) from Older
  6. "Kissing a Fool" – 4:36 (1988) from Faith
  7. "I Can't Make You Love Me" (James Allen Shamblin II, Mike Reid) – 5:20 (1997) from Older
  8. "Heal the Pain" – 4:46 (1991) from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
  9. "A Moment with You" – 5:43 Previously unreleased
  10. "Desafinado" (with Astrud Gilberto) (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça) – 3:19 Previously unreleased
  11. "Cowboys and Angels" – 7:14 (1991) from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
  12. "Praying for Time" – 4:41 (1990) from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
  13. "One More Try" – 5:53 (1988) from Faith
  14. "A Different Corner" (Remix) – 4:05 (1986) from Music from the Edge of Heaven

Disc 2: For the Feet[edit]

European and Australian version[edit]

  1. "Outside" – 4:44 (1998) from Previously unreleased
  2. "As" (with Mary J. Blige) (Stevie Wonder) – 4:47 (1998) from Previously unreleased
  3. "Fastlove" – 5:31 (1996) from Older
  4. "Too Funky" – 3:45 (1992) from Red Hot + Dance
  5. "Freedom '90" – 6:28 (1990) from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
  6. "Star People '97" – 5:39 (1997) from Older
  7. "Killer/Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (Adam Tinley, Seal Henry Samuel, Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong) – 4:16 from Five Live
  8. "I Want Your Sex (Part II)" – 4:38 (1987) from Faith
  9. "The Strangest Thing '97" – 4:41 (1997) from Older
  10. "Fantasy" – 5:02 B-side of Freedom '90
  11. "Spinning the Wheel" (Michael, Douglas) – 6:09 (1996) from Older
  12. "Waiting for That Day" (Michael, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 4:50 (1990) from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
  13. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with Aretha Franklin) (Simon Climie, Dennis Morgan) – 3:58 (1986) from Aretha
  14. "Faith" – 3:14 (1987) from Faith
  15. "Somebody to Love" (with Queen) (Freddie Mercury) – 5:23 (1992) from Five Live

American and Canadian version[edit]

  1. "Outside" – 4:44 (1998)
  2. "Fastlove" – 5:31 (1996)
  3. "Too Funky" – 3:45 (1992)
  4. "Freedom '90" – 6:28 (1990)
  5. "Star People '97" – 5:39 (1997)
  6. "Killer/Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (Adam Tinley, Seal-Henry Samuel / Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong) – 4:16
  7. "I Want Your Sex (Part II)" – 4:38 (1987)
  8. "Monkey" (George Michael) – 4:47 (1987)
  9. "Spinning the Wheel" (George Michael, Jon Douglas) – 6:09 (1996)
  10. "Waiting for That Day/You Can't Always Get What You Want" (George Michael, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 4:50 (1990)
  11. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with Aretha Franklin) (Simon Climie, Dennis Morgan) – 3:58 (1986)
  12. "Hard Day" – 3:43 (1987)
  13. "Faith" – 3:14 (1987)
  14. "Somebody to Love" (with Queen) (Freddie Mercury) – 5:23 (1992)

DVD release[edit]

A DVD release followed in 1999, featuring 23 music videos from Michael's career.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
The Best of 1980–1990 by U2
UK number-one album
15 November 1998 – 9 January 1999
Succeeded by
I've Been Expecting You by Robbie Williams

External Links[edit]

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