Twenty Five (album)

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Twenty Five
Greatest hits album by George Michael
Released 13 November 2006 (2006-11-13) (UK)[1]
1 April 2008 (2008-04-01) (US)[2]
Recorded 1984–2006
Genre Pop
Length 73:53 (CD1), 73:25 (CD2)
Label Sony BMG
Producer George Michael
George Michael chronology
Patience
(2004)
Twenty Five
(2006)
Symphonica
(2014)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
PopMatters (8/10)[4]
The Times 3/5 stars[5]

Twenty Five is singer George Michael's 2006 greatest hits album, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of his music career.[6] It was released on 13 November 2006 via Sony BMG.[7] It debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart[8] and number twenty-three on the Billboard 200,[9] and it reached the top twenty on most other album charts.

The album contains songs chiefly from George Michael's solo career, but also from his earlier days with Wham!. The album comes in two formats: a 2-CD set and a limited edition 3-CD set. The 2-CD set contains 26 tracks, including four recorded with Wham! and three new songs: "An Easier Affair", "This Is Not Real Love" (a duet with British singer Mutya Buena) and a new version of "Heal the Pain", recorded with Paul McCartney. The limited edition 3-CD version contains an additional 14 lesser known tracks, including one with Wham! and another new song called "Understand".

The 2-CD version was released in the United States on 1 April 2008, with two changes from the international version: "Feeling Good" replaced the Wham! track "Freedom", and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (from Songs from the Last Century) replaced "Round Here", a track from Patience that was not released as a single in the US

A 3-CD limited deluxe version was released in the United States exclusively by Best Buy. The track listing for the third CD is the same as the international version, but unlike the 2-CD US version, the deluxe version includes "Freedom" instead of "Feeling Good". The 3-CD version is packaged in a digipak. It includes a 36-page color booklet with lyrics for every track, along with screen shots from the videos for most of the tracks on the first two CDs.

The Twenty Five DVD was also released.

Track listing[edit]

International release[edit]

Disc 1: For Living[edit]

  1. "Everything She Wants" – 6:33 (1984) from Wham!'s album Make It Big
  2. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" – 3:52 (1984) from Wham!'s album Make It Big
  3. "Freedom" – 5:20 (1984) from Wham!'s album Make It Big
  4. "Faith" – 3:15 (1987) from Faith
  5. "Too Funky" – 3:46 (1992) from Red Hot + Dance
  6. "Fastlove" – 5:28 (1996) from Older
  7. "Freedom! '90" – 6:30 (1990) from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
  8. "Spinning the Wheel" – 6:09 (1996) from Older
  9. "Outside" – 4:44 (1998) from Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
  10. "As" (with Mary J. Blige) – 4:43 (1998) from Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
  11. "Freeek!" – 4:32 (2002) from Patience
  12. "Shoot the Dog" – 5:08 (2004) from Patience
  13. "Amazing" – 4:25 (2004) from Patience
  14. "Flawless (Go to the City)" (vs. The Ones) – 4:50 (2004) from Patience
  15. "An Easier Affair" – 4:38 (2006) Previously unreleased

Disc 2: For Loving[edit]

  1. "Careless Whisper" – 5:04 (1984) from Wham!'s album Make It Big
  2. "Last Christmas" – 4:27 (1984) from Wham!'s albumMusic from the Edge of Heaven
  3. "A Different Corner" – 4:03 (1986) from Music from the Edge of Heaven
  4. "Father Figure" – 5:40 (1988) from Faith
  5. "One More Try" – 5:53 (1988) from Faith
  6. "Praying for Time" – 4:41 (1990) from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
  7. "Heal the Pain" (with Paul McCartney) – 4:43 (2005) Previously unreleased
  8. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with Elton John) – 5:48 (1993) from Duets
  9. "Jesus to a Child" – 6:50 (1995) from Older
  10. "Older" – 5:34 (1996) from Older
  11. "Round Here" – 5:55 (2004) from Patience
  12. "You Have Been Loved" – 5:28 (1997) from Older
  13. "John and Elvis Are Dead" – 4:23 (2005) from Patience
  14. "This Is Not Real Love" (with Mutya) – 4:56 (2006) Previously unreleased

Disc 3: For the Loyal (limited edition only)[edit]

  1. "Understand" – 5:56
  2. "Precious Box" – 7:36
  3. "Roxanne" – 4:10
  4. "Fantasy" – 5:02
  5. "Cars and Trains" – 5:51
  6. "Patience" – 2:52
  7. "You Know That I Want To" – 4:32
  8. "My Mother Had a Brother" – 6:19
  9. "If You Were There" – 3:43
  10. "Safe" – 4:25
  11. "American Angel" – 4:08
  12. "My Baby Just Cares for Me" – 1:43
  13. "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" – 4:27 (Performed at "Pavarotti and Friends")
  14. "Please Send Me Someone (Anselmo's Song)" – 5:25
  15. "Through" – 4:52

Digital download version (2 bonus tracks and 4 videos)[edit]

  1. "I'm Your Man" – 6:52
  2. "Edith & The Kingpin" – 3:41
  3. "I'm Your Man" – 3:59 (video)
  4. "John and Elvis Are Dead" – 4:23 (video)
  5. "An Easier Affair" – 4:31 (video)
  6. "Father Figure" – 5:34 (video)

North American release[edit]

Disc 1: For Living[edit]

  1. "Everything She Wants" – 6:33
  2. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" – 3:52
  3. "Feeling Good" – 2:52
  4. "Faith" – 3:15
  5. "Too Funky" – 3:46
  6. "Fastlove" – 5:28
  7. "Freedom! '90" – 6:30
  8. "Spinning the Wheel" – 6:09
  9. "Outside" – 4:44
  10. "As" (with Mary J. Blige) – 4:43
  11. "Freeek!" – 4:32
  12. "Shoot the Dog" – 5:08
  13. "Amazing" – 4:25
  14. "Flawless (Go to the City)" – 4:50
  15. "An Easier Affair" – 4:38

Disc 2: For Loving[edit]

  1. "Careless Whisper" – 3:57
  2. "Last Christmas" – 4:27
  3. "A Different Corner" – 4:03
  4. "Father Figure" – 5:40
  5. "One More Try" – 5:53
  6. "Praying for Time" – 4:41
  7. "Heal the Pain" (with Paul McCartney) – 4:43
  8. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with Elton John) – 5:48
  9. "Jesus to a Child" – 6:50
  10. "Older" – 5:34
  11. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
  12. "You Have Been Loved" – 5:28
  13. "John and Elvis Are Dead" – 4:23
  14. "This Is Not Real Love" (with Mutya) – 4:56

Disc 3: For the Loyal (Best Buy exclusive)[edit]

  1. "Understand" – 5:56
  2. "Precious Box" – 7:38
  3. "Roxanne" – 4:11
  4. "Fantasy" – 5:03
  5. "Cars and Trains" – 5:51
  6. "Patience" – 2:53
  7. "You Know That I Want To" – 4:32
  8. "My Mother Had a Brother" – 6:20
  9. "If You Were There" – 3:44
  10. "Safe" – 4:25
  11. "American Angel" – 4:09
  12. "My Baby Just Cares for Me" – 1:43
  13. "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" – 4:27 (performed at Pavarotti & Friends)
  14. "Please Send Me Someone (Anselmo's Song)" – 5:25
  15. "Through" – 4:55

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
High Times: Singles 1992–2006 by Jamiroquai
UK number one album
19 November 2006 – 25 November 2006
Succeeded by
The Love Album by Westlife

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