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]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[8]
PopMatters (6/10)[9]

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).[10]

Overview[edit]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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[13]
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
Symphonica – Deluxe version[14]
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. "Roxanne"   Sting 4:20
10. "One More Try"   Michael 5:14
11. "Going to a Town"   Rufus Wainwright 4:45
12. "Cowboys and Angels"   Michael 7:24
13. "Idol"   Elton John, Bernie Taupin 4:29
14. "Brother Can You Spare a Dime"   E. Y. "Yip" Harburg, Jay Gorney 4:51
15. "You Have Been Loved"   Michael, Austin 5:41
16. "Wild Is the Wind"   Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington 4:15
17. "You've Changed"   Bill Carey, Carl Fischer 4:44

Personnel[edit]

  • Laurence Anslow - Assistant Engineer
  • David Austin - Composer, Executive Producer, Mastering
  • Tom Bailey - Assistant Engineer
  • Chris Barrett - Assistant Engineer
  • Leslie Bricusse - Composer
  • Mike Brown - Guitar
  • Ben Butler - Guitar
  • Chris Cameron - Arranger, Keyboards, Musical Direction
  • Bill Carey - Composer
  • Fiona Cruickshank - Assistant Engineer
  • Danny Cummings - Percussion
  • Terence Trent D'Arby - Composer
  • Walter Donaldson - Composer
  • Frank Filipetti - Engineer
  • David Finck - Bass, Double Bass
  • Carl Fischer - Composer
  • Olga Fitzroy - Assistant Engineer
  • Niall Flynn - Engineer, Mastering, Pro-Tools
  • Geoff Foster - Engineer
  • Gordon Goodwin - Arranger
  • Jay Gorney - Composer
  • Laurence Greed - Assistant Engineer
  • Gavin Greenaway - Conductor
  • Simon Halfon - Design
  • Andy Hamilton - EWI, Keyboards, Saxophone
  • E.Y. "Yip" Harburg - Composer
  • Jay Henry - Vocals (Background)
  • Carlos Hercules - Drums
  • Henry Hey - Arranger, Musical Direction, Piano
  • James Jackman - Programming
  • Lincoln Jean-Marie - Vocals (Background)
  • Elton John - Composer
  • Lucy Jules - Vocals (Background)
  • Gus Kahn - Composer
  • Graham Kearns - Guitar
  • Shirley Lewis - Vocals (Background)
  • Ewan MacColl - Composer
  • Rob Mathes - Arranger, Conductor
  • Mark McLean - Drums
  • George Michael - Composer, Design, Primary Artist, Producer
  • Adam Miller - Assistant Engineer, Pro-Tools
  • Rob Mounsey - Arranger
  • Lea Mullen - Percussion
  • Anthony Newley - Composer
  • Phil Palmer - Guitar
  • Lori Perry - Vocals (Background)
  • Sharon Perry - Vocals (Background)
  • John Prestage - Assistant Engineer
  • Phil Ramone - Producer
  • Steve Sidwell - Conductor
  • Luke Smith - Keyboards
  • Ray Staff - Mastering
  • Symphonica Air Orchestra - Primary Artist
  • Symphonica US Orchestra - Primary Artist
  • Bernie Taupin - Composer
  • Dimitri Tiomkine - Composer
  • Caroline True - Photography
  • Steve Walters - Bass
  • Ned Washington - Composer
  • Torrie Zito - Arranger

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[15]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Poland (ZPAV)[39] Gold 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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