Symphonica (George Michael album)

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Symphonica
Symphonica.jpg
Live album with studio tracks by
Released14 March 2014 (2014-03-14)
RecordedAIR Studios, London, England; Legacy Studios, New York City, New York; Royal Albert Hall, London, England
GenrePop
Length64:14
Label
Producer
George Michael chronology
Twenty Five
(2006)
Symphonica
(2014)
Listen Without Prejudice / MTV Unplugged
(2017)
Singles from Symphonica
  1. "Let Her Down Easy"
    Released: 14 March 2014
  2. "Going to a Town"
    Released: 7 April 2014[2]
  3. "Feeling Good"
    Released: 11 August 2014
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic60/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
The Daily Telegraph4/5 stars[5]
The Guardian3/5 stars[6]
PopMatters(6/10)[7]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[8]

Symphonica is a live album by the English singer-songwriter George Michael and the only live album released during his lifetime. Released on 14 March 2014 through Aegean and Virgin EMI Records, Symphonica was Michael's first album of new recordings since Patience (2004).[9] Michael's vocals were recorded at the Royal Albert Hall during his Symphonica Tour (2011–12), while the string arrangements were recorded in a studio.[10]

Background[edit]

The album contains mostly live versions of songs from his 2011–12 Symphonica Tour, including six of his own compositions (the rest being covers). The album was the final work by both American producer Phil Ramone, who died in March 2013,[11] and by Michael himself, who died on Christmas Day (25 December) 2016. The lead single, a cover of the Terence Trent D'Arby song "Let Her Down Easy", debuted at number 53 on the UK Singles Chart in spite of little promotion.[12] The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and sold 49,989 in its first week. "Patience", a further song from the tour which does not appear on the final album track listing, was available as a free download for one week only from Amazon.com in the UK to coincide with the album release.

Track listing[edit]

Symphonica – Standard version[13]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Through"George Michael5:09
2."My Baby Just Cares for Me"1:56
3."A Different Corner"Michael4:14
4."Praying for Time"Michael4:58
5."Let Her Down Easy"Terence Trent D'Arby3:50
6."The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"Ewan MacColl5:24
7."Feeling Good"3:15
8."John and Elvis Are Dead"4:31
9."One More Try"Michael5:14
10."Cowboys and Angels"Michael7:24
11."Idol"4:29
12."Brother Can You Spare a Dime"4:51
13."Wild Is the Wind"4:15
14."You've Changed"
4:44
15."I Remember You" (digital bonus track)4:38

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[15]

  • Laurence Anslow – assistant engineer
  • David Austin – executive producer, mastering
  • Tom Bailey – assistant engineer
  • Chris Barrett – assistant engineer
  • Mike Brown – guitar
  • Ben Butler – guitar
  • Chris Cameron – arranger, keyboards, musical direction
  • Fiona Cruickshank – assistant engineer
  • Danny Cummings – percussion
  • Frank Filipetti – engineer
  • David Finck – bass, double bass
  • Olga Fitzroy – assistant engineer
  • Niall Flynn – engineer, mastering, Pro Tools
  • Geoff Foster – engineer
  • Gordon Goodwin – arranger
  • Laurence Greed – assistant engineer
  • Gavin Greenaway – conductor
  • Simon Halfon – design
  • Andy Hamilton – EWI, keyboards, saxophone
  • E.Y. "Yip" Harburg – composer
  • Jay Henry – background vocals
  • Carlos Hercules – drums
  • Henry Hey – arranger, musical direction, piano
  • James Jackman – programming
  • Lincoln Jean-Marie – background vocals
  • Lucy Jules – background vocals
  • Graham Kearns – guitar
  • Shirley Lewis – background vocals
  • Mark McLean – drums
  • Rob Mathes – arranger, conductor
  • George Michael – design, lead vocals, producer
  • Adam Miller – assistant engineer, Pro Tools
  • Rob Mounsey – arranger
  • Lea Mullen – percussion
  • Phil Palmer – guitar
  • Lori Perry – background vocals
  • Sharon Perry – background vocals
  • John Prestage – assistant engineer
  • Phil Ramone – producer
  • Steve Sidwell – conductor
  • Luke Smith – keyboards
  • Ray Staff – mastering
  • Symphonica Air Orchestra – primary artist
  • Symphonica US Orchestra – primary artist
  • Caroline True – photography
  • Steve Walters – bass
  • Torrie Zito – arranger

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Poland (ZPAV)[46] Platinum 20,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[47] Gold 100,000^

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

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