Music from the Edge of Heaven

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Music from the Edge of Heaven
Studio album by Wham!
Released 1985 (UK)
1 July 1986
Recorded 1984–86
Genre Dance-pop, adult contemporary, soft rock
Length 45:14
Label Columbia
CK-40825
Producer George Michael
Wham! chronology
Make It Big
(1984)
Music from the Edge of Heaven
(1986)
The Final
(1986)

Music from the Edge of Heaven is the third and final studio album from British pop duo Wham!, in 1986.

The album was only released in Japan and North America; in other territories, The Final was released instead. Both albums are related and have similar tracks, except The Final also contains all of the band's main singles and is more of a greatest hits album, while Music from the Edge of Heaven is commonly regarded as Wham!'s third studio album. Because it was not released in the UK, it was not included in the CD remastering series, though The Final was.

"The Edge of Heaven," "Battlestations," "Wham Rap '86" and "Where Did Your Heart Go?", according to the liner notes, are newly recorded for the album, with "The Edge of Heaven," "Battlestations" and "Where Did Your Heart Go?" also appearing on "The Final"; the other half was slightly changed for the collection, with the exception of the Pudding Mix of Last Christmas:

  • the version of "A Different Corner" featured has an intro that does not appear elsewhere.
  • the version of "I'm Your Man" is slightly edited down from the "Stimulation Mix" and features a newly recorded spoken bridge.
  • this marks the only appearance of "Blue [Live in China]" on CD.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[2]
Stylus Magazine (Positive)[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by George Michael, except where indicated

Side one – Hot Side
  1. "The Edge of Heaven" – 4:31
  2. "Battlestations" – 5:25
  3. "I'm Your Man" – 6:05
  4. "Wham Rap '86" (Michael, Andrew Ridgeley) – 6:33
Side two – Cool Side
  1. "A Different Corner" (with introduction) – 4:30
  2. "Blue" (Live in China) – 5:43
  3. "Where Did Your Heart Go?" (David Was, Don Was) – 5:43
  4. "Last Christmas" – 6:44

Production[edit]

  • Arranged and produced by George Michael
  • Engineered and mixed by Chris Porter

Personnel[edit]

  • Drums, Percussion: Danny Cummings, Andy Duncan, Charlie Morgan, Trevor Murrell
  • Bass: Deon Estus, John McKenzie
  • Keyboards, Piano: Bob Carter, Richard Cottle, Tommy Eyre, Elton John, Danny Schogger
  • Guitars: Robert Ahwai, David Austin
  • Saxophone: David Baptiste, Andy Hamilton
  • Horns: Guy Barker, Simon Gardner, Chris Hunter, Paul Spong, Rick Taylor
  • Backing Vocals: Shirlie Holliman, Helen 'Pepsi' DeMacque, Janet Mooney, Leroy Osbourne, Dee C. Lee

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[4] Platinum 100,000^
Japan (Oricon Charts) 158,000[5]
United States (RIAA)[6] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Music from the Edge of Heaven at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  2. ^ Fricke, David (28 August 1986). "Wham: Music from the Edge of Heaven: Music Review". Archived from the original on 21 November 2007. 
  3. ^ Inskeep, Thomas (6 December 2005). "Music from the Edge of Heaven – On Second Thought — Stylus Magazine". Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Wham – Edge". Music Canada. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Wham – Edge of Heaven". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 26 February 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  7. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 27 February 2012
  8. ^ "allmusic ((( Music from the Edge of Heaven > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1986". RPM. Retrieved 27 February 2012.