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

71:07 (CD version)

80:20 (Double LP and Cassette 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[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
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
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"     3:51
6. "Careless Whisper" (12" version) Michael, Ridgeley 6:30
7. "Freedom"     5:20
8. "Last Christmas" (Pudding Mix)   6:47
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Everything She Wants" (Remix)   6:30
10. "I'm Your Man" (Extended Stimulation)   6:50
11. "Blue (Armed with Love)"     3:50
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "A Different Corner"     3:59
13. "Battlestations"     5:27
14. "Where Did Your Heart Go?"   David Was, Don Was 5:45
15. "The Edge of Heaven"     4:37

CD[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)"   Michael, Andrew Ridgeley 6:43
2. "Young Guns (Go for It!)"     5:09
3. "Bad Boys"     3:20
4. "Club Tropicana"   Michael, Ridgeley 4:25
5. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"     3:51
6. "Careless Whisper"   Michael, Ridgeley 5:02
7. "Freedom"     5:20
8. "Last Christmas" (Pudding Mix)   6:47
9. "Everything She Wants" (Remix)   6:30
10. "I'm Your Man"     4:04
11. "A Different Corner"     3:59
12. "Battlestations"     5:27
13. "Where Did Your Heart Go?"   David Was, Don Was 5:45
14. "The Edge of Heaven"     4:37

DVD[edit]

  1. "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do?)"
  2. "Young Guns (Go for It!)"
  3. "Bad Boys"
  4. "Club Tropicana"
  5. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
  6. "Careless Whisper"
  7. "Freedom"
  8. "Last Christmas"
  9. "Everything She Wants" (Remix)
  10. "I'm Your Man"
  11. "A Different Corner"
  12. "Where Did Your Heart Go?"
  13. "The Edge of Heaven"

VHS: CBS Fox Video / 3846[edit]

  1. "Freedom" (Not included on UK editions)
  2. "I'm Your Man" (Not included on UK editions)
  3. "The Edge of Heaven"
  4. "A Different Corner"
  5. "Where Did Your Heart Go?"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Promis, Jose F. Review: The Final. Allmusic. Retrieved on 18 July 2010.