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
Length 147:25
Label Epic
Producer George Michael
George Michael chronology
Older
(1996)Older1996
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
(1998)
Songs from the Last Century
(1999)Songs from the Last Century1999
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 album by George Michael, released on 1 December 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 and UK 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.

To date, the album has reached worldwide sales of more than 9 million copies.[5]

After his death it was revealed by Geri Halliwell on The One Show that all the British profits of the album went to Terrence Higgins Trust.

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States the album debuted and peaked at number twenty four on the Billboard 200 with 50,000 copies sold during the week of November 28, 1998, the next week it dropped to number thirty nine and remained on the chart for twenty seven weeks.[6][7][8] It was certified two times platinum by the RIAA on October 5, 2000 for shipments of two million units.[9] As of October, 2006 the album has sold 1,100,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.[10] The week after Michael's death, the greatest hits compilation re entered at number eighty four on the Billboard 200 with 11,000 units sold.[11]

In the United Kingdom the album opened at number one on November 21, 1998 and stayed at the top of the chart for eight weeks, it fell off to number two on January 16, 1999 and was present on the top ten for twenty three weeks.[12] It remained on the chart for one hundred and nineteen weeks.[12] It was certified eight times platinum by the BPI on July 22, 2013 denoting shipments of two million four hundred thousand units.[13] As of January 2017 the album has sold 2.5 million copies in the UK and stands as his best selling album there.[14] The week following George's death the album had a 5,625 per cent surge in sales and streams and re entered at number eight on the UK Albums Chart, two weeks later it moved to number four and stayed there for two weeks.[15][12] In 2017 it was present on the chart for twenty three weeks.[12]

As of 2004 it has sold 9 million copies worldwide according to Stringer.[5]

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" (7" version)
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" (new mix) 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

New songs[edit]

Songs appearing on this set which were previously unreleased are:

  • "A Moment With You"
  • "Outside"
  • "As"

Songs appearing for the first time on a George Michael album are:

  • "Careless Whisper"
  • "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
  • "I Can't Make You Love Me"
  • "Desafinado"
  • "A Different Corner"
  • "Too Funky"
  • "Killer / Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"
  • "Fantasy"
  • "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)"
  • "Somebody to Love"
  • "Waltz Away Dreaming", a duet with Toby Bourke, was only included on the cassette and MiniDisc versions of this album.

Singles[edit]

  • "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.

Notable mixes[edit]

Most tracks are the full, unedited original album version.

  • "Careless Whisper" is the single version.
  • "A Different Corner" was remixed for this compilation.
  • "Fantasy" is the original 1990 version, not the "Fantasy 98" remix which appeared on the 'Outside' singles in the same period.
  • "I Want Your Sex" is presented as "Part II – Brass in Love" only, without the more widely publicised "Part I – Lust" section.

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)[64] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[65] 7× Platinum 490,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[66] Platinum 50,000*
Belgium (BEA)[67] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[68] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[69] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[70] 9× Platinum 180,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[71] Gold 33,000[71]
France (SNEP)[72] 2× Platinum 714,300[73]
Germany (BVMI)[74] 3× Gold 750,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[75] 2× Platinum 200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[76] 4× Platinum 60,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[77] Platinum 50,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[78] Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[79] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[80] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[81] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] 8× Platinum 2,500,000[14]
United States (RIAA)[9] 2× Platinum 1,100,000[10]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[82] 6× Platinum 6,000,000*
Worldwide 9,000,000[5]

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

See also[edit]

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