Twenty Five (album)

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Twenty Five
TwentyFive Cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by George Michael
Released 13 November 2006 (2006-11-13) (UK)[1]
1 April 2008 (2008-04-01) (US)[2]
Recorded 1984–2006
Genre Pop
Length 73:53 (CD1), 73:25 (CD2), 71:11 (CD3)
Label Sony BMG
Producer George Michael
George Michael chronology
Patience
(2004)
Twenty Five
(2006)
Symphonica
(2014)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
PopMatters (8/10)[4]
The Times 3/5 stars[5]

Twenty Five is a greatest hits album by George Michael released on 2006, celebrating the 25th anniversary of his music career.[6] It was released on 13 November 2006 by Sony BMG.[7] It debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart[8] and number 23 on the Billboard 200,[9] and it reached the top 20 on most other album charts. After Michael's death in December 2016, the album re-entered the Billboard 200 at a new peak position of number 12.[10]

The album mostly contains songs from Michael's solo career, but also from his earlier days with Wham!. The album is sold in two formats: a 2-CD set and a limited edition 3-CD set. The 2-CD set contains 26 tracks, including four recorded with Wham! and three new songs: "An Easier Affair", "This Is Not Real Love" (a duet with the British singer Mutya Buena) and a new version of "Heal the Pain", recorded with Paul McCartney. The limited edition 3-CD version contains an additional 14 lesser known tracks, including one with Wham! and another new song called "Understand".

The 2-CD version was released in the United States on 1 April 2008, with two changes: "Feeling Good" replaced the Wham! track "Freedom", and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (from Songs from the Last Century) replaced "Round Here", a track from Patience that was not released as a single in the US.

A 3-CD limited deluxe version was released in the United States exclusively by Best Buy. The track listing for the third CD is the same as the international version, but unlike the 2-CD US version, it includes "Freedom" instead of "Feeling Good". The 3-CD version is packaged in a digipak. It includes a 36-page colour booklet with lyrics for every track, along with screen shots from the videos for most of the tracks on the first two CDs.

A Twenty Five DVD was also released.

Track listing[edit]

International release[edit]

Disc 1: For Living[edit]

  1. "Everything She Wants (12" remix)" – 6:33 original version on Wham!'s album Make It Big
  2. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" – 3:52 from Wham!'s album Make It Big
  3. "Freedom" – 5:20 from Wham!'s album Make It Big
  4. "Faith" – 3:15 from Faith
  5. "Too Funky" (Single Version) – 3:46 Extended Version appears on Red Hot + Dance
  6. "Fastlove" – 5:28 from Older
  7. "Freedom! '90" – 6:30 from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
  8. "Spinning the Wheel" – 6:09 from Older
  9. "Outside" – 4:44 from Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
  10. "As" (with Mary J. Blige) – 4:43 from Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
  11. "Freeek!" (2002 single version) – 4:32 remixed version "Freeek! 04" appears on Patience
  12. "Shoot the Dog" – 5:08 from Patience (non-USA release)
  13. "Amazing" – 4:25 from Patience
  14. "Flawless (Go to the City)" (vs. The Ones) (Radio Edit) – 4:50 original version from Patience
  15. "An Easier Affair" – 4:38 Previously unreleased
  16. "Kissing a Fool" – 4:34 from Faith / Japanese bonus track

Disc 2: For Loving[edit]

  1. "Careless Whisper" (Single Edit) – 5:04 original version from Wham!'s album Make It Big
  2. "Last Christmas" (Single Edit) – 4:27 original version from Wham!'s album The Final
  3. "A Different Corner" (Single Edit) – 4:03 from Wham!'s The Final
  4. "Father Figure" – 5:40 from Faith
  5. "One More Try" – 5:53 from Faith
  6. "Praying for Time" – 4:41 from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
  7. "Heal the Pain" (with Paul McCartney) – 4:43 Previously unreleased version
  8. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with Elton John) – 5:48 from John's album Duets
  9. "Jesus to a Child" – 6:50 from Older
  10. "Older" – 5:34 from Older
  11. "Round Here" – 5:55 from Patience
  12. "You Have Been Loved" – 5:28 from Older
  13. "John and Elvis Are Dead" – 4:23 from Patience
  14. "This Is Not Real Love" (with Mutya) – 4:56 Previously unreleased
  15. "Club Tropicana" – 4:28 from Wham!'s album Fantastic / Japanese bonus track

Disc 3: For the Loyal (limited edition only)[edit]

  1. "Understand" – 5:56
  2. "Precious Box" – 7:36
  3. "Roxanne" – 4:10
  4. "Fantasy" – 5:02
  5. "Cars and Trains" – 5:51
  6. "Patience" – 2:52
  7. "You Know That I Want To" – 4:32
  8. "My Mother Had a Brother" – 6:19
  9. "If You Were There" – 3:43
  10. "Safe" – 4:25
  11. "American Angel" – 4:08
  12. "My Baby Just Cares for Me" – 1:43
  13. "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" – 4:27 (Performed at "Pavarotti and Friends")
  14. "Please Send Me Someone (Anselmo's Song)" – 5:25
  15. "Through" – 4:52

Digital download version (2 bonus tracks and 4 videos)[edit]

  1. "I'm Your Man" – 6:52
  2. "Edith & The Kingpin" – 3:41
  3. "I'm Your Man" – 3:59 (video)
  4. "John and Elvis Are Dead" – 4:23 (video)
  5. "An Easier Affair" – 4:31 (video)
  6. "Father Figure" – 5:34 (video)

North American release[edit]

Disc 1: For Living[edit]

  1. "Everything She Wants (12" remix)" – 6:33 original version on Wham!'s album Make It Big
  2. "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" – 3:52 from Wham!'s album Make It Big
  3. "Feeling Good" – 5:20 Previously unreleased
  4. "Faith" – 3:15 from Faith
  5. "Too Funky" – 3:46 from Red Hot + Dance
  6. "Fastlove" – 5:28 from Older
  7. "Freedom! '90" – 6:30 from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
  8. "Spinning the Wheel" – 6:09 from Older
  9. "Outside" – 4:44 from Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
  10. "As" (with Mary J. Blige) – 4:43 from Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
  11. "Freeek!" – 4:32 from Patience
  12. "Shoot the Dog" – 5:08 from Patience
  13. "Amazing" – 4:25 from Patience
  14. "Flawless (Go to the City)" (vs. The Ones) – 4:50 from Patience
  15. "An Easier Affair" – 4:38 Previously unreleased

Disc 2: For Loving[edit]

  1. "Careless Whisper" – 5:04 from Wham!'s album Make It Big
  2. "Last Christmas" – 4:27 from Wham!'s album Music from the Edge of Heaven
  3. "A Different Corner" – 4:03 from Wham!'s Music from the Edge of Heaven
  4. "Father Figure" – 5:40 from Faith
  5. "One More Try" – 5:53 from Faith
  6. "Praying for Time" – 4:41 from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
  7. "Heal the Pain" (with Paul McCartney) – 4:43 Previously unreleased
  8. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with Elton John) – 5:48 from John's album Duets
  9. "Jesus to a Child" – 6:50 from Older
  10. "Older" – 5:34 from Older
  11. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – 5:19 from Songs from the Last Century
  12. "You Have Been Loved" – 5:28 from Older
  13. "John and Elvis Are Dead" – 4:23 from Patience
  14. "This Is Not Real Love" (with Mutya) – 4:56 Previously unreleased

Disc 3: For the Loyal (Best Buy exclusive)[edit]

  1. "Understand" – 5:56
  2. "Precious Box" – 7:38
  3. "Roxanne" – 4:11
  4. "Fantasy" – 5:03
  5. "Cars and Trains" – 5:51
  6. "Patience" – 2:53
  7. "You Know That I Want To" – 4:32
  8. "My Mother Had a Brother" – 6:20
  9. "If You Were There" – 3:44
  10. "Safe" – 4:25
  11. "American Angel" – 4:09
  12. "My Baby Just Cares for Me" – 1:43
  13. "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" – 4:27 (performed at Pavarotti & Friends)
  14. "Please Send Me Someone (Anselmo's Song)" – 5:25
  15. "Through" – 4:55

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[52] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[53] Gold 20,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[54] Platinum 20,000^
France (SNEP)[55] Gold 75,000*
Greece (IFPI Greece)[23] Gold 20,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[56] 2× Platinum 12,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[57] 3× Platinum 45,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[58] Gold 7,500^
Poland (ZPAV)[59] 2× Platinum 40,000*
Portugal (AFP)[60] Gold 7,500^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[61] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[62] 3× Platinum 900,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[63] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

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