Songs from the Last Century

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Songs from the Last Century
Songs from the Last Century (George Michael album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by George Michael
Released 13 December 1999
Recorded 1999
Genre Traditional pop, vocal jazz
Length 43:11
Label
Producer
George Michael chronology
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
(1998)Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael1998
Songs from the Last Century
(1999)
Patience
(2004)Patience2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
BBC (mixed)[2]
NME (3/10)[3]

Songs from the Last Century is the fourth studio album by the English singer-songwriter George Michael, released on 13 December 1999 by Aegean and Virgin Records. Produced by Phil Ramone and George Michael himself, it was his only album of cover versions. It consists mainly of old jazz standards, plus new interpretations of more recent popular songs, such as "Roxanne" (originally by The Police) and "Miss Sarajevo" (originally by U2 and Brian Eno with Luciano Pavarotti). "Roxanne" was released as a single in other countries except the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

This album is the only album in Michael's entire solo catalogue to have not yet reached number one in the UK Albums Chart, peaking at number two instead. It was kept off of the top spot by Shania Twain's Come on Over.[4]

A music video for "Roxanne" was shot in Amsterdam, in the so-called Red District, using ordinary people, not actors, who really live their lives on the street.

Another version exists of the album's opening track, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", sung by Michael with Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti at one of his famous "Pavarotti and Friends" live shows. This version is included on the limited edition of Michael's 2006 greatest hits album, Twenty Five.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" (E.Y. Harburg, Jay Gorney) – 4:22
  2. "Roxanne" (Sting) – 4:11
  3. "You've Changed" (Bill Carey, Carl Fischer) – 4:25
  4. "My Baby Just Cares for Me" (Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson) – 1:45
  5. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (Ewan MacColl) – 5:19
  6. "Miss Sarajevo" (Adam Clayton, Brian Eno, Dave Evans, Larry Mullen, Paul Hewson) – 5:11
  7. "I Remember You" (Johnny Mercer, Victor Schertzinger) – 4:12
  8. "Secret Love" (Paul Francis Webster, Sammy Fain) – 2:39
  9. "Wild Is the Wind" (Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington) – 4:02
  10. "Where or When" / "It's All Right with Me" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart / Cole Porter) (Instrumental) (Hidden track) – 7:00

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[5]

  • Abe Appleman – violin
  • Diane Barere – celli
  • Elena Barere – concert master, violin
  • Herb Besson – trombone
  • Virgil Blackwell – clarinet
  • Arvil Brown – violin
  • Jacqui Danilow – bass
  • Marji Danilow – bass
  • Lawrence Feldman – woodwind
  • Frank Filipetti – engineer, mixing
  • David Finck – bass
  • Barry Finclair – concert master, violin
  • Crystal Garner – viola
  • Maura Giannini – violin
  • Karen Griffen – flute
  • Juliet Haffner – viola
  • Corky Hale – harp
  • Laura Hamilton – violin
  • Joyce Hammann – violin
  • Sheryl Henze – flute
  • Kenneth Hitchcock – woodwind
  • Jim Hynes – trumpet
  • Regis Iandiorio – violin
  • Jean Ingraham – violin
  • Greg Jakobek – design
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Tony Kadleck – trumpet
  • Jeff Kievit – trumpet
  • Chris Komer – French horn
  • Carol Landon – viola
  • Jeff Lang – French horn
  • Kim Laskowski – bassoon
  • Ann Leathers – violin
  • Jeanne LeBlanc – celli
  • Diane Lesser – oboe
  • Richard Locker – celli
  • Dave Mann – woodwind
  • Rob Mathes – arranger, conductor, piano
  • Andrew McPherson – photography
  • George Michael – design, liner notes, primary artist, producer
  • Jeff Mironov – guitar
  • John Moses – clarinet
  • Rob Mounsey – arranger, conductor, piano
  • Nick Murdoch – piano
  • Jan Mullen – violin
  • Lewis Nash – drums
  • Laura Oatts – violin
  • Caryl Paisner – celli
  • Scott Parker – assistant engineer
  • Shawn Pelton – drums
  • Charles Pillow – woodwind
  • Sue Pray – viola
  • Phil Ramone – liner notes, producer
  • Tim Ries – woodwind
  • Marcus Rojas – tuba
  • Roger Rosenberg – woodwind
  • Stacey Shames – harp
  • Mark Orrin Shuman – celli
  • Pamela Sklar – flute
  • Andy Snitzer – woodwind
  • Jason Stasium – mixing
  • Byron Stripling – trumpet
  • Marti Sweet – violin
  • Donna Tecco – violin
  • David Tofani – woodwind
  • Carol Webb – violin
  • Ellen Westerman – celli
  • Torrie Zito – arranger

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[36] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[37] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[38] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[39] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[40] Gold 150,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[41] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[23] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[42] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] 2× Platinum 600,000[44]
United States (RIAA)[45] 152,000[46]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[47] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*
Worldwide 3,600,000[48]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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