The Final (album)

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The Final
Wham final.jpg
Compilation album / Studio album by Wham!
Released 31 May 1986
Recorded 1981–1986
Genre
Length 80:20 (Double LP and Cassette version)
71:07 (CD version)
Label Epic
88681
Producer George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley, Steve Brown
Wham! chronology
Music From The Edge of Heaven
(1986)
The Final
(1986)
If You Were There (The Best of Wham!)
(1997)
Singles from The Final
  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
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Final is a compilation and the third studio album (in the UK) released in 1986 to summarise the career of British pop duo Wham!. The album was not initially released in North America, where Wham!'s third and final studio album Music from the Edge of Heaven was released instead. Four songs from that album appear on this compilation.

The CD edition omits "Blue (Armed with Love)" and the extended mixes and it was overlooked for the 25 anniversary rerelease. A deluxe edition of the album was released on CD/DVD and download in November 2011, with the DVD featuring all of Wham!'s music videos, including the video for "Young Guns (Go for It!)", "Last Christmas", and a remix version of the video for "Everything She Wants". It follows the track listing of the CD, with the exception of "Battlestations", as it was a B-side and not an official single.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by George Michael, except where indicated.

Double LP/Cassette[edit]

Side one

  1. "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)" (Special US Re-Mix) (Michael, Andrew Ridgeley) – 6:43
  2. "Young Guns (Go for It!)" (12" version) – 5:09
  3. "Bad Boys" (12" version) – 4:52
  4. "Club Tropicana" (Michael, Ridgeley) – 4:25

Side two

  1. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" – 3:51
  2. "Careless Whisper" (12" version) (Michael, Ridgeley) – 6:30
  3. "Freedom" (7" version) – 5:20
  4. "Last Christmas" (Pudding Mix) – 6:47

Side three

  1. "Everything She Wants" (Remix) – 6:30
  2. "I'm Your Man" (Extended Stimulation) – 6:50
  3. "Blue (Armed with Love)" – 3:50

Side four

  1. "A Different Corner" – 3:59
  2. "Battlestations" – 5:27
  3. "Where Did Your Heart Go?" (David Was, Don Was) – 5:45
  4. "The Edge of Heaven" – 4:37

CD[edit]

DVD[edit]

VHS[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[18] Platinum 392,200[19]
Germany (BVMI)[20] Gold 250,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[21] Platinum 20,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[22] Platinum 147,000[7]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[23] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[24] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Platinum 300,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Promis, Jose F. Review: The Final. Allmusic. Retrieved on 18 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ "austriancharts.at Wham! – The Final" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Wham! – The Final" (ASP). Hung Medien. MegaCharts. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste" (in French). infodisc.fr. Archived from the original on 7 May 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2012. Note: user must select 'WHAM !' from drop-down
  6. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia – Gli album più venduti del 1986" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  8. ^ "charts.org.nz Wham! – The Final" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Wham! – The Final" (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "swedishcharts.com Wham! – The Final" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Wham! – The Final – hitparade.ch" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Wham! > Artists > Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Album Search: Wham! – The Final" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Jahreshitparade 1986" (ASP) (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  15. ^ "Dutch charts jaaroverzichten 1986" (ASP) (in Dutch). Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1986 par InfoDisc" (in French). infodisc.fr. Archived from the original (PHP) on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Dutch charts jaaroverzichten 1989" (ASP) (in Dutch). Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "French album certifications – Wham – The Final" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select WHAM and click OK
  19. ^ "Les Albums Platine". infodisc.fr (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Wham; 'The Final')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1988". IFPI Hong Kong. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  22. ^ "Japanese album certifications – ワム! – ザ・ファイナル" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan.  Select 1992年12月 on the drop-down menu
  23. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  24. ^ "Solo Exitos 1959–2002 Ano A Ano: Certificados 1979–1990". Solo Exitos 1959–2002 Ano A Ano. 
  25. ^ "British album certifications – Wham – The Final". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 26 February 2012.  Enter The Final in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
Preceded by
True Blue by Madonna
Dutch Mega Chart number-one album
2–16 August 1986
Succeeded by
True Blue by Madonna
Preceded by
Street Life: 20 Great Hits by Bryan Ferry / Roxy Music
New Zealand Chart number-one album
17 August – 28 September 1986
Succeeded by
True Stories by Talking Heads