Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael

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Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
Ladies & Gentlemen (Cover).jpg
Greatest hits album by George Michael
Released 1 December 1998
Recorded 1984–1998
Genre Pop, dance-pop, pop rock
Length 147:25
Label Epic
Producer George Michael
George Michael chronology
Older
(1996)
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
(1998)
Songs from the Last Century
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Jam! Showbiz 4/5 stars[2]
MSN Music 4.5/5 stars[3]
The Daily Vault A−[4]

Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael is a greatest hits collection released by George Michael in 1998.

The collection of 28 songs (29 songs are included on the European and Australian release) are separated into two halves, with each CD of the double set containing music of a particular theme and mood. The first CD, titled "For the Heart", predominantly contains Michael's hit ballads, while the second CD, "For the Feet", comprises mostly his popular dance tunes.

Ladies & Gentlemen is notable for containing a large number of compilation tracks and duets that have not previously appeared on a George Michael album, including his US number-one duet with Aretha Franklin, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", previously available on Aretha Franklin's 1986 album Aretha; "Desafinado", the duet in Portuguese with Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto; and the Elton John duet "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", from John's 1993 album Duets.

Ladies & Gentlemen was released by Michael through Sony Music Entertainment as a condition of severing contractual ties with the label (Michael departed Sony with a great deal of acrimony and publicity prior to the release of Older in 1996). He would later return to Sony to release his 2004 album Patience, however singles from Older do appear on the album as well.

"Outside" was the first single from the album. The song was a humorous look at his arrest shortly before the release of the album for soliciting a policeman in a public restroom.

"As", Michael's duet with Mary J. Blige, was released as the second single in many territories around the world. It reached number four on the UK Singles Chart. The track was left off the North American release of the album. There were rumours that Blige's label was uncomfortable with Michael being gay, but this is contradicted by Blige's embracing of her large gay fan base.

"A Different Corner" was remixed for this compilation.

To date, the album has reached worldwide sales of approximately 15 million copies.[5]

"Waltz Away Dreaming", Michael's duet with Toby Bourke, was only available on the cassette and MiniDisc versions of the album.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one: For the Heart
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Jesus to a Child"   George Michael Michael 6:49
2. "Father Figure"   Michael Michael 5:41
3. "Careless Whisper"  
Michael 5:00
4. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with Elton John) Michael 5:47
5. "You Have Been Loved"  
Michael 5:28
6. "Kissing a Fool"   Michael Michael 4:36
7. "I Can't Make You Love Me"   Michael 5:20
8. "Heal the Pain"   Michael Michael 4:46
9. "A Moment with You"   Michael Michael 5:43
10. "Desafinado" (with Astrud Gilberto) Michael 3:19
11. "Cowboys and Angels"   Michael Michael 7:14
12. "Praying for Time"   Michael Michael 4:41
13. "One More Try"   Michael Michael 5:53
14. "A Different Corner"   Michael Michael 4:03
15. "Waltz Away Dreaming" (with Toby Bourke) (cassettes only)
  • Bourke
  • Michael
  • Bourke
  • Michael
4:44
Disc two: For the Feet
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Outside"   Michael
  • Michael
  • Jon Douglas
4:44
2. "As" (with Mary J. Blige) Stevie Wonder Babyface 4:47
3. "Fastlove"   Michael
  • Michael
  • Douglas
5:31
4. "Too Funky"   Michael Michael 3:45
5. "Freedom 90"   Michael Michael 6:28
6. "Star People 97"   Michael Michael 5:39
7. "Killer/Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"   Michael 4:16
8. "I Want Your Sex" (Part II) Michael Michael 4:38
9. "The Strangest Thing 97"   Michael Michael 4:41
10. "Fantasy"   Michael Michael 5:02
11. "Spinning the Wheel"  
  • Michael
  • Douglas
  • Michael
  • Douglas
6:09
12. "Waiting for That Day"   Michael 4:50
13. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with Aretha Franklin) Narada Michael Walden 3:58
14. "Faith"   Michael Michael 3:14
15. "Somebody to Love" (with Queen) Freddie Mercury
  • Michael
  • Queen
5:23

DVD release[edit]

A DVD release followed in 1999, featuring 23 music videos from Michael's career.

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[52] Gold 30,000*
Australia (ARIA)[53] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[54] Platinum 50,000*
Belgium (BEA)[55] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[56] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[57] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[58] Gold 33,000[58]
France (SNEP)[59] 2× Platinum 711,800[60]
Germany (BVMI)[61] 3× Gold 750,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[62] 2× Platinum 200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[63] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[64] Platinum 50,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[65] Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[66] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[67] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[68] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[69] 8× Platinum 2,480,000[70]
United States (RIAA)[71] 2× Platinum 1,100,000[72]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[73] 6× Platinum 6,000,000*
Worldwide 9,000,000[74]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

Ladies & Gentlemen: The Songs of George Michael, an album by Anthony Callea.

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