Symphonica (George Michael album)

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Symphonica
Studio album with live tracks by George Michael
Released 14 March 2014 (2014-03-14)
Recorded 2011–12
Genre Pop
Label Aegean, Virgin EMI
Producer Phil Ramone, George Michael, David Austin (exec.)[1]
George Michael chronology
Twenty Five
(2006)
Symphonica
(2014)
Singles from Symphonica
  1. "Let Her Down Easy"
    Released: 4 February 2014[2]
  2. "Going To a Town"
    Released: 2014[3]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 60/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
The Telegraph 4/5 stars[5]

Symphonica is the sixth album and first live album by English singer-songwriter George Michael, released on 14 March 2014 through Aegean and Virgin EMI Records. Symphonica is Michael's first album of new recordings since Patience (2004).[6] The album contains mostly live versions of songs from his 2011–12 Symphonica Tour, including six of his own compositions (the rest being covers). The album was the final work by American producer Phil Ramone, who died in March 2013.[7] The lead single, Let Her Down Easy, debuted at number 53 on the UK singles chart in spite of little promotion. The album debuted at #1 on UK Charts and sold 49,989 in its first week there.[8] Patience, a further song from the tour which does not appear on the final album track listing, was available as a free download for one week only from Amazon.com in the UK to coincide with the album release.

Track listing[edit]

Symphonica – Standard version[9]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Through"   George Michael 5:09
2. "My Baby Just Cares for Me"   Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn 1:56
3. "A Different Corner"   Michael 4:14
4. "Praying for Time"   Michael 4:58
5. "Let Her Down Easy"   Terence Trent D'Arby 3:50
6. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"   Ewan MacColl 5:24
7. "Feeling Good"   Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse 3:15
8. "John and Elvis Are Dead"   Michael, David Austin 4:31
9. "One More Try"   Michael 5:14
10. "Cowboys and Angels"   Michael 7:24
11. "Idol"   Elton John, Bernie Taupin 4:29
12. "Brother Can You Spare a Dime"   E. Y. "Yip" Harburg, Jay Gorney 4:51
13. "Wild Is the Wind"   Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington 4:15
14. "You've Changed"   Bill Carey, Carl Fischer 4:44

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 11
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 4
Croatian Albums Chart[15] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[16] 2
French Albums (SNEP)[17] 15
German Albums (Official Top 100)[18] 6
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[19] 5
Irish Albums (IRMA)[20] 1
Italian Albums (FIMI)[21] 2
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[22] 2
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[23] 14
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[24] 33
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[25] 2
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[26] 8
Scottish Albums (OCC)[27] 2
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[28] 16
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 6
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 1
US Billboard 200[31] 60

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Poland (ZPAV)[32] Gold 10,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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