The Final (album)

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The Final
Compilation album by Wham!
Released 31 May 1986
Recorded 1981–1986
Genre Pop, dance-pop, post-disco, new wave
Length 80:20 (Double LP and Cassette version)
71:07 (CD version)
Label Epic
88681
Producer George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley, Steve Brown
Wham! chronology
Music From The Edge of Heaven
(1986)
The Final
(1986)
If You Were There (The Best of Wham)
(1997)
Singles from The Final
  1. "The Edge of Heaven"
    Released: 18 June 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Final is a compilation released in 1986 to summarise the career of British pop duo Wham!. The album was not initially released in North America, where Wham's third and final studio album Music from the Edge of Heaven was released instead. Four songs from that album appear on this compilation. For many, it remains the definitive Wham! purchase containing all the hits, most of them in their single mixes. The double LP and cassette versions of the album included all the band's 12" Mixes apart from "Freedom", and also included the "Club Tropicana" B-side, "Blue (Armed with Love)". This was not included on the CD version and was also overlooked for the remaster, and remains only available on CD on a Japanese "Club Tropicana" CD single.

A deluxe edition of the album was released on CD/DVD and download in November 2011, with the DVD featuring all of Wham!'s music videos, including the video for "Young Guns (Go for It!)", "Last Christmas", and a remix version of the video for "Everything She Wants". It follows the track listing of the CD, with the exception of "Battlestations", as it was a B-side and not an official single. The CD omits Blue (Armed With Love) and the extended mixes.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by George Michael, except where indicated.

Double LP/Cassette[edit]

Side one
  1. "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)" (Michael, Andrew Ridgeley) – 6:43
  2. "Young Guns (Go for It!)" – 5:09
  3. "Bad Boys" (12" version) – 4:52
  4. "Club Tropicana" (Michael, Ridgeley) – 4:25
Side two
  1. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" – 3:51
  2. "Careless Whisper" (12" version) (Michael, Ridgeley) – 6:30
  3. "Freedom" – 5:20
  4. "Last Christmas" (Pudding Mix) – 6:47
Side three
  1. "Everything She Wants" (Remix) – 6:30
  2. "I'm Your Man" (Extended Stimulation) – 6:50
  3. "Blue (Armed with Love)" – 3:50
Side four
  1. "A Different Corner" – 3:59
  2. "Battlestations" – 5:27
  3. "Where Did Your Heart Go?" (David Was, Don Was) – 5:45
  4. "The Edge of Heaven" – 4:37

CD[edit]

DVD[edit]

VHS[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (SNEP)[2] Platinum 392,200[3]
Germany (BVMI)[4] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[5] Platinum 147,000[6]
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Platinum 300,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Chart succession[edit]

Preceded by
True Blue by Madonna
Dutch Mega Chart number-one album
2–16 August 1986
Succeeded by
True Blue by Madonna
Preceded by
Street Life: 20 Great Hits by Bryan Ferry / Roxy Music
New Zealand Chart number-one album
17 August – 28 September 1986
Succeeded by
True Stories by Talking Heads

References[edit]

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