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 Jazz
Length 43:11
Label Virgin
Producer George Michael, Phil Ramone
George Michael chronology
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
(1998)
Songs from the Last Century
(1999)
Patience
(2004)
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 George Michael, released on 13 December 1999. Co-produced by Phil Ramone, it was his first 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 with Luciano Pavarotti). "Roxanne" was released as a single in other countries except the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

This album is the only in George 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]

The cover album had a hit in The Police's "Roxanne", for which George released a music video, 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 record opener, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", sung by George with popular Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti at one of his famous "Pavarotti and Friends" live shows, and then included on the limited edition of Twenty Five.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" – 4:22
  2. "Roxanne" – 4:11
  3. "You've Changed" – 4:25
  4. "My Baby Just Cares for Me" – 1:45
  5. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" – 5:19
  6. "Miss Sarajevo" – 5:11
  7. "I Remember You" – 4:12
  8. "Secret Love" – 2:39
  9. "Wild Is the Wind" – 4:02
  10. "Where or When" / "It's All Right with Me" (Instrumental) (Hidden track) – 7:00

Personnel[edit]

  • Abe Appleman - Violin
  • Diane Barere - Celli
  • Elena Barere - Concert Master, Violin
  • Herb Besson - Trombone
  • Virgil Blackwell - Clarinet
  • Bono - Composer
  • Arvil Brown - Violin
  • Bill Carey - Composer
  • Adam Clayton - Composer
  • Jacqui Danilow - Bass
  • Marji Danilow - Bass
  • Walter Donaldson - Composer
  • The Edge - Composer
  • Brian Eno - Composer
  • Sammy Fain - Composer
  • Lawrence Feldman - Woodwind
  • Frank Filipetti - Engineer, Mixing
  • David Finck - Bass
  • Barry Finclair - Concert Master, Violin
  • Carl Fischer - Composer
  • Crystal Garner - Viola
  • Maura Giannini - Violin
  • Jay Gorney - Composer
  • Karen Griffen - Flute
  • Juliet Haffner - Viola
  • Corky Hale - Harp
  • Laura Hamilton - Violin
  • Joyce Hammann - Violin
  • E.Y. "Yip" Harburg - Composer
  • Lorenz Hart - Composer
  • Sheryl Henze - Flute
  • Kenneth Hitchcock - Woodwind
  • Jim Hynes - Trumpet
  • Regis Iandiorio - Violin
  • Jean Ingraham - Violin
  • Greg Jakobek - Design
  • Ted Jensen - Mastering
  • Tony Kadleck - Trumpet
  • Gus Kahn - Composer
  • 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
  • Ewan MacColl - Composer
  • Dave Mann - Woodwind
  • Rob Mathes - Arranger, Conductor, Piano
  • Andrew McPherson - Photography
  • Johnny Mercer - Composer
  • George Michael - Design, Liner Notes, Primary Artist, Producer
  • Jeff Mironov - Guitar
  • John Moses - Clarinet
  • Rob Mounsey - Arranger, Conductor, Piano
  • Jan Mullen - Violin
  • Larry Mullen, Jr. - Composer
  • Lewis Nash - Drums
  • Laura Oatts - Violin
  • Caryl Paisner - Celli
  • Scott Parker - Assistant Engineer
  • Shawn Pelton - Drums
  • Charles Pillow - Woodwind
  • Cole Porter - Composer
  • Sue Pray - Viola
  • Phil Ramone - Liner Notes, Producer
  • Tim Ries - Woodwind
  • Richard Rodgers - Composer
  • Marcus Rojas - Tuba
  • Roger Rosenberg - Woodwind
  • Victor Schertzinger - Composer
  • Stacey Shames - Harp
  • Mark Orrin Shuman - Celli
  • Pamela Sklar - Flute
  • Andy Snitzer - Woodwind
  • Jason Stasium - Mixing
  • Sting - Composer
  • Byron Stripling - Trumpet
  • Marti Sweet - Violin
  • Donna Tecco - Violin
  • Dimitri Tiomkin - Composer
  • David Tofani - Woodwind
  • Ned Washington - Composer
  • Carol Webb - Violin
  • Paul Francis Webster - Composer
  • Ellen Westerman - Celli
  • Torrie Zito - Arranger

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[5]

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^
United States (RIAA)[44] 152,000[45]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[46] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*
Worldwide 3,600,000[47]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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