Songs from the Last Century

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Songs from the Last Century
Studio album by George Michael
Released 13 December 1999
Recorded 1999
Genre Jazz
Length 43:11
Label Virgin
Producer George Michael, Phil Ramone
George Michael chronology
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
(1998)
Songs from the Last Century
(1999)
Patience
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
BBC (mixed)[2]
NME (3/10)[3]

Songs from the Last Century is the fourth album by singer George Michael, released on 13 December 1999. Co-produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, it became his first album of cover versions. It consists mainly of old jazz standards, plus new interpretations of more recent popular songs, such as "Roxanne" (originally by The Police) and "Miss Sarajevo" (originally by U2 with Luciano Pavarotti). "Roxanne" was released as a single in other countries except the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

This album is the only in George Michael's entire solo catalogue to have not yet reached number one in the UK Albums Chart, peaking at number two instead. It was kept off of the top spot by Shania Twain's Come on Over.[4]

The cover album had a hit in The Police's "Roxanne", for which George released a music video, shot in Amsterdam, in the so-called Red District, using ordinary people, not actors, who really live their lives on the street.

Another version exists of the record opener, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", sung by George with popular Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti at one of his famous "Pavarotti and Friends" live shows, and then included on the limited edition of Twenty Five.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" – 4:22
  2. "Roxanne" – 4:11
  3. "You've Changed" – 4:25
  4. "My Baby Just Cares for Me" – 1:45
  5. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" – 5:19
  6. "Miss Sarajevo" – 5:11
  7. "I Remember You" – 4:12
  8. "Secret Love" – 2:39
  9. "Wild Is the Wind" – 4:02
  10. "Where or When" / "It's All Right with Me" (Instrumental) (Hidden track) – 7:00

Charts and certifications[edit]

External Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ BBC review
  3. ^ NME review
  4. ^ 1999 Top 40 Official Albums Chart UK Archive, 18th December 1999. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Peak positions. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  6. ^ Top Albums/CDs – Volume 70, No. 9, 20 December 1999. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  7. ^ Longplay-Chartverfolgung. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  8. ^ Hungarian Albums Chart. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  9. ^ George Michael albums sales ranking. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  10. ^ Spanish Albums Chart. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  11. ^ Top 75 Releases. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  12. ^ Songs from the Last Century – George Michael. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  13. ^ Accreditations. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  14. ^ Awards 2000. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  15. ^ Canadian Certifications. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  16. ^ IFPI Awards. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  17. ^ Certifications Albums Double Or – année 2000. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  18. ^ Gold-/Platin-Datenbank. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  19. ^ Top 40 Albums Chart. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  20. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  21. ^ Awards 1999. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  22. ^ Certified awards search. Retrieved 3 May 2011.