Son of Albert

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Son of Albert
Andrew Ridgeley Son of Albert album art.JPG
Studio album by Andrew Ridgeley
Released 7 May 1990 (Australia)[1]
22 May 1990 (US)
Recorded 1989–1990
Genre Rock
Length 46:22
Label Columbia

Andrew Ridgeley, Gary Bromham and Martyn "Max" Heyes

Singles from Son of Albert
  1. "Shake"
    Released: Mar 19, 1990
  2. "Red Dress"
    Released: 1990

Son of Albert is the debut and only solo album of Andrew Ridgeley. Originally released in May 1990, Ridgeley's effort was a sharp turn away from his former pop image with Wham! years earlier. Focusing more on guitars and drums, the critical reaction to Ridgeley’s attempt at a solo record was mixed. After rather unimpressive revenue sales from 'Son of Albert', Ridgeley gradually quit playing music professionally.

In addition, two singles from the album, "Red Dress" and "Shake", were released in 1990 with little success. Another song, "Mexico", was scheduled to be released as the album's third single, but was dropped for reasons unknown.[2]

Ridgeley's album is named after himself, as the Son of Albert Ridgeley.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Entertainment Weekly (C+)[4]

Entertainment Weekly praised the instrumental "verve" of the songs, but criticized for lacking conviction: "Ridgeley seems to have redefined himself as a kick-in-the-pants rock & roller, but his songs still come out sounding like manufactured pop."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs arranged and produced by Andrew Ridgeley and Gary Bromham, unless noted otherwise.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Red Dress"   Gary Bromham, Ridgeley 4:09
2. "Shake"   David Austin, Ridgeley 3:29
3. "The Price of Love" (The Everly Brothers cover from the album In Our Image (1966)) Don & Phil Everly 4:08
4. "Flame"   David Austin, Ridgeley 4:58
5. "Hangin'"   Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers 3:21
6. "Mexico"   Gary Bromham, Danny Cummings, Ridgeley 5:46
7. "Big Machine"   Gary Bromham, Ridgeley 4:24
8. "Kiss Me"   Hugh Burns, Ridgeley 4:30
9. "Baby Jane"   Michael Cozzi, Ridgeley 5:09
10. "Shake (Hardcore)"   Ridgeley, Gary Bromham, Martyn "Max" Heyes 6:03
Total length:

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 63
Netherlands (MegaCharts)[6] 66
US (Billboard 200)[7] 130
"Shake" single
Chart (1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 16
Netherlands (MegaCharts)[6] 48
UK Singles Chart[9] 58
US (Billboard Hot 100)[10] 77


  • Lead vocals: Andrew Ridgeley
  • Additional vocals: Andrew Ridgeley, Mary Cassidy, Lauren Fownes, Brie Howard, Miss Johnny, George Michael (on "Red Dress" only), Tessa Niles
  • Spanish vocals on "Mexico": Andrew Ridgeley, Gary Bromham, Danny Cummings, Dan McCafferty, Mark "Bobby" Robinson
  • Guitars: Robert Ahwai, Tony Barnard, Gary Bromham, Hugh Burns, Mike Cozzi, Phil Palmer
  • Electric guitars: Tony Barnard, Mike Cozzi
  • Spanish guitar on "Mexico": Hugh Burns
  • Keyboards: Gary Masters
  • Harmonica: Mark Feltham
  • Bass guitars: Graham Edwards, Deon Estus, Davey Faragher, Jerry Ferguson, Paul Gray, Danny Thompson
  • Double bass: Danny Thompson
  • Drums: Gary Bromham, Pat Torpey, Paul Ridgeley
  • Horns: Laurence Cottell, Dave O'Higgins, Paul Spong
  • Percussion: Danny Cummings
  • Voice box: Andrew Ridgeley, Richard Gibbs


  • Engineered by Harvey Birrell, Jacques Erhardt, Gordon Fordyce, Paul Gomersall, Martyn "Max" Heyes, Russell Leahy and Gary Wilkinson
  • Mixed at Amazon Studios, Liverpool; Comforts Place, Lingfield; Mayfair Studios, London and Olympic Studios, London
  • Mixed by Paul Gomersall, Martyn "Max" Heyes and Tim Weidener
  • Photography by Julian Broad
  • Album design by Andrew Ridgeley and Simon Halfon
  • Management: Lippman Kahane Entertainment
  • Recorded at Comforts Place, Lingfield; Compass Point, Nassau; Eden Studios, London, England; EMI/Pathé Studios, Paris, France; Galaxy Sound Studio, Los Angeles; Ground Control, Los Angeles; Great Linford Studios, Great Linford; Maison Rouge, London; Mayfair Studios, London; Olympic Studios, London; Terminal 24, London and Skylight Studios, London


  1. ^ "New Release Summary > Product Available from: 07/05/90 (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 17)". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Mexico" Song Information
  3. ^ (UK)
  4. ^ a b Sandow, Greg (June 1, 1990). Album review, Entertainment Weekly.
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  6. ^ a b " > Andrew Ridgeley in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  7. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Andrew Ridgeley > Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  8. ^ " > Andrew Ridgeley in Australian Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  9. ^ "Official Charts > Andrew Ridgeley". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  10. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Andrew Ridgeley > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-09-04.