Music from the Edge of Heaven

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Music from the Edge of Heaven
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Studio album by Wham!
Released 1 July 1986 (Japan and North America only)
Recorded 1984–86
Genre
Length 45:14
Label
Producer George Michael
Wham! chronology
Make It Big
(1984)Make It Big1984
Music from the Edge of Heaven
(1986)
The Final
(1986)The Final1986
Singles from Music from the Edge of Heaven
  1. "Last Christmas"
    Released: 10 December 1984
  2. "I'm Your Man"
    Released: 14 September 1985
  3. "A Different Corner"
    Released: 2 April 1986
  4. "The Edge of Heaven"
    Released: 18 June 1986
  5. "Where Did Your Heart Go?"
    Released: 14 October 1986

Music from the Edge of Heaven is the third and final studio album from British pop duo Wham!. It was released on 1 July 1986 by Columbia Records.

The album was only released in Japan and North America; in other territories, The Final was released instead. Both albums are related and have similar tracks, except The Final also contains all of the band's main singles and is more of a greatest hits album, while Music from the Edge of Heaven is commonly regarded as Wham!'s third studio album. Because it was not released in the UK, it was not included in the CD remastering series, though The Final was.

"The Edge of Heaven", "Battlestations", "Wham Rap! '86" and "Where Did Your Heart Go?", according to the liner notes, are newly recorded for the album, with "The Edge of Heaven", "Battlestations" and "Where Did Your Heart Go?" also appearing on The Final; the other half was slightly changed for the collection, with the exception of the Pudding Mix of "Last Christmas":

  • The version of "A Different Corner" featured has an intro that does not appear elsewhere, aside from the song's music video.
  • The version of "I'm Your Man" is slightly edited down from the Stimulation Mix and features a newly-recorded spoken bridge.
  • This marks the only appearance of "Blue" (live in China) on CD.

A box set of the three studio albums by the band entitled Original Album Classics was released on 20 March 2015, including the album.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[2]
Stylus Magazine (Positive)[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by George Michael, except where noted.

Side one – Hot Side

  1. "The Edge of Heaven" – 4:31
  2. "Battlestations" – 5:25
  3. "I'm Your Man" – 6:05
  4. "Wham Rap! '86" (Michael, Andrew Ridgeley) – 6:33

Side two – Cool Side

  1. "A Different Corner" (with introduction) – 4:30
  2. "Blue" (Live in China) – 5:43
  3. "Where Did Your Heart Go?" (David Was, Don Was) – 5:43
  4. "Last Christmas" (Pudding Mix) – 6:44

Personnel[edit]

  • George Michael – vocals, keyboards, piano, arranger, producer
  • Danny Cummings – drums, percussion
  • Andy Duncan – drums, percussion
  • Charlie Morgan – drums, percussion
  • Trevor Murrell – drums, percussion
  • Deon Estus – bass
  • John McKenzie – bass
  • Bob Carter – keyboards, piano
  • Richard Cottle – keyboards, piano
  • Tommy Eyre – keyboards, piano
  • Elton John – keyboards, piano
  • Danny Schogger – keyboards, piano
  • Andrew Ridgeley – guitar, background vocals
  • Robert Ahwai – guitar
  • David Austin – guitar
  • David Baptiste – saxophone
  • Andy Hamilton – saxophone
  • Guy Barker – horns
  • Simon Gardner – horns
  • Chris Hunter – horns
  • Paul Spong – horns
  • Rick Taylor – horns
  • Shirlie Holliman – background vocals
  • Helen 'Pepsi' DeMacque – background vocals
  • Janet Mooney – background vocals
  • Leroy Osbourne – background vocals
  • Dee C. Lee – background vocals
  • Chris Porter – engineer, mixing

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[8] Platinum 100,000^
Japan (Oricon Charts) 158,000[5]
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Music from the Edge of Heaven at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  2. ^ Fricke, David (28 August 1986). "Wham: Music from the Edge of Heaven: Music Review". Archived from the original on 21 November 2007. 
  3. ^ Inskeep, Thomas (6 December 2005). "Music from the Edge of Heaven – On Second Thought — Stylus Magazine". Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 27 February 2012
  5. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  6. ^ "allmusic ((( Music from the Edge of Heaven > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1986". RPM. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Wham – Edge". Music Canada. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Wham – Edge of Heaven". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 26 February 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH