Fantastic (Wham! album)

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Fantastic
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Studio album by Wham!
Released 9 July 1983
Recorded 1981–83
Studio Maison Rouge Studios, London[1]
Genre Pop
Length 36:42
Label
Producer
  • Steve Brown
  • George Michael
  • Bob Carter
Wham! chronology
Fantastic
(1983)
Make It Big
(1984)
Singles from Fantastic
  1. "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)"
    Released: June 1982
  2. "Young Guns (Go for It)"
    Released: September 1982
  3. "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) (US Re-Mix)"
    Released: January 1983
  4. "Bad Boys"
    Released: May 1983
  5. "Club Tropicana" b/w "Blue (Armed)"
    Released: July 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]

Fantastic is the debut studio album by British pop duo Wham! released on 9 July 1983. It reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. It included the previously released singles "Young Guns", "Wham! Rap" and "Bad Boys". "Club Tropicana" was also released as a single, as was "Club Fantastic Megamix". In the U.S., this album was originally released as the group "WHAM! U.K.", due to a conflict with a U.S. group with the same name (Columbia BFC-38911).

The album also features a hidden track (played on a honky-tonk-style piano), which is included in the final 20 seconds of "Young Guns (Go for It!)".

Track listing[edit]

Original[edit]

All tracks written by George Michael, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bad Boys"   3:19
2. "A Ray of Sunshine"   4:43
3. "Love Machine" 3:19
4. "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)"
6:41
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Club Tropicana"
  • Michael
  • Ridgeley
4:28
6. "Nothing Looks the Same in the Light"   5:53
7. "Come On"   4:24
8. "Young Guns (Go for It!)"   3:55

Reissue[edit]

The track listing of the first edition of the CD and the original cassette tape feature three bonus tracks interspersed within the original track listing, consisting of instrumental remixes. This track listing was again used for the 1998 reissue of the CD.

All tracks written by George Michael, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bad Boys"   3:19
2. "A Ray of Sunshine"   4:43
3. "Love Machine" 3:19
4. "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)"
6:41
5. "A Ray of Sunshine" (Instrumental Remix)   5:40
6. "Love Machine" (Instrumental Remix) 3:28
7. "Club Tropicana"
  • Michael
  • Ridgeley
4:28
8. "Nothing Looks the Same in the Light"   5:53
9. "Come On"   4:24
10. "Young Guns (Go for It!)"   3:55
11. "Nothing Looks the Same in the Light" (Instrumental Remix)   6:40

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic.[4]

  • Raoul – horn
  • Robert Ahwai – guitar
  • Jess Bailey – keyboards
  • Baps – horn
  • Guy Barker – horn
  • Graham Broad – drums
  • Steve Brown – producer
  • Bob Carter – keyboards, producer
  • Jimmy Chambers – background vocals
  • George Chandler – background vocals
  • Paul Cox – horn
  • Chris Craymer – photography
  • Geoff Daley – horn
  • Martin Drover – horn
  • Anne Dudley – keyboards
  • Andy Duncan – drums, percussion
  • Deon Estus – bass
  • Tommy Eyre – keyboards
  • Colin Graham – horn
  • Janusz Guttner – photography
  • Linda Hayes – background vocals
  • Shirlie Holliman – background vocals
  • Chris Hunter – horn
  • Tony Jackson – background vocals
  • Josie James – background vocals
  • Luis Jardim – percussion
  • Katie Kissoon – background vocals
  • Brad Lang – bass
  • Stevie Lange – background vocals
  • D.C. Lee – background vocals
  • Roddy Lorimer – horn
  • John McKenzie – bass
  • Iain MacKintosh – horn
  • Sylvia Mason – background vocals
  • George Michael – producer, vocals, background vocals, keyboards on "Nothing Looks the Same in the Light"
  • Tony Moroni – percussion
  • Dave Mortimer – shouts
  • Trevor Murrell – drums
  • Andrew Ridgeley – guitar
  • Paul Ridgeley – guitar, shouts
  • Ian Ritchie – horn

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan 218,000[17]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[18] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] Gold 500,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 June 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-23. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ "Fantastic – Wham! | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Wham! – Fantastic". dutchcharts.nl. MegaCharts. Archived from the original on 30 April 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Yamachan Land (Japanese Chart Archives) – Albums Chart Daijiten – Wham!" (in Japanese). Original Confidence. 30 December 2007. Retrieved 26 February 2012. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "charts.org.nz Wham! – Fantastic". Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original (ASP) on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Wham! – Fantastic". Hung Medien. VG-lista. Archived from the original (ASP) on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "swedishcharts.com Wham! – Fantastic" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Wham! – Fantastic – hitparade.ch". Hung Medien (in German). Swiss Music Charts. Archived from the original (ASP) on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Chart Stats – Wham! – Fantastic" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "allmusic ((( Fantastic > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Album Search: Wham! – Fantastic" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts". Archived from the original on 11 January 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "日本で売れた洋楽アルバムトップ10 (Top-ten international albums on the Japanese Oricon Year-End Charts 1984". Archived from the original on 21 October 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2007. 
  17. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  18. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Wham – Fantastic". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 26 February 2012.  Enter Fantastic in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Wham – Fantastic". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 26 February 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Synchronicity by The Police
UK Albums Chart number one album
9 – 22 July 1983
Succeeded by
You and Me Both by Yazoo
New Zealand Chart number-one album
4 – 18 September 1983
Succeeded by
True by Spandau Ballet