Released today (October 20th) in conjunction with tomorrow's Showtime premiere George Michael: Freedom, is the massive Listen Without Prejudice/MTV Unplugged box set commemorating the Wham! singer's 1990 solo album. In addition to such classics as "Freedom '90," "Heal The Pain," and "Praying For Time," the collection is available as both a double disc and three-CD/DVD set, featuring B-sides, remixes and single edits. The set also features the first full-on audio release of George Michael's 1996 MTV Unplugged concert, which features such classics as "Fastlove," "Father Figure," "Everything She Wants," "Older," "Star People," and "Praying For Time, among others." Among the highlights is the new remix by Nile Rodgers of Michael's 1990 B-side of "Fantasy," which was recorded during the Prejudice sessions.
The George Michael: Freedom doc was directed by Michael and includes testimony by such friends as Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Liam Gallagher, Nile Rodgers, Ricky Gervais, Tony Bennett, Mark Ronson, Mary J. Blige, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, and Linda Evangelista, among others.
- Back in 2007, George Michael appeared on Britain's Parkinson show and explained that his free and rebellious nature was a callback to a previous era: "I think I'm of my generation, only most of my generation have got no balls anymore (laughter) -- basically. Y'know, I think my generation were taught that it was okay -- especially as a musician -- to speak your mind, and we're living in a time when it's not okay and we're trying in an effort to return to 'family values' to pretend that some of the things that happened between 1960 and 1985 didn't happen."
The tracklisting to George Michael's Listen Without Prejudice/MTV Unplugged:
Disc One"Praying For Time""Freedom! '90""They Won't Go When I Go""Something To Save""Cowboys And Angels""Waiting For That Day""Mother's Pride""Heal The Pain""Soul Free""Waiting (Reprise)"
Disc Two"Freedom! '90""Fastlove""I Can't Make You Love Me""Father Figure""You Have Been Loved""Everything She Wants""Strangest Thing""Older""Star People""Praying For Time"George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers - "Fantasy"
Disc Three"Soul Free (Special Radio Edit)"Freedom '90 (Back To Reality Mix)"Freedom '90 (Back To Reality Mix Edit)"Fantasy"Freedom '90 (Edit)"Cowboys & Angels"If You Were My Woman"Too Funky (Single Edit)"Crazy Man Dance"Do You Really Want To Know"Happy"Too Funky (Extended)"Too Jazzy (Happy Mix)"Fantasy '98George Michael with Paul McCartney - "Heal The Pain"George Michael with Astrid Gilberto - "Desafinado"
Disc Four - DVD The Southbank Show 1990"Freedom! '90" promo"Praying For Time" promo "Freedom 90" - MTV 10th Anniversary
SOURCE: Press release
- George Michael died of natural causes on Christmas day at age 53, with Darren Salter, the senior coroner for England's Oxfordshire County, stating that Michael's death was caused by dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.
- The coroner's findings stated: "Enquires into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post mortem report received. As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being Dilated Cardiomyopathy with Myocarditis and Fatty Liver, the investigation is being discontinued and there is no need for an inquest or any further enquiries."
- According to The London Times, "Dilated cardiomyopathy develops when the heart’s ventricles enlarge and weaken, a process that usually starts in the left ventricle. The weakening of the heart’s chambers causes the heart muscle to work harder, and over time that reduces its ability to pump blood."
CHECK IT OUT: The new George Michael with Nile Rodgers single "Fantasy". The new video takes clips from the singer’s career - from music videos to live performances - and mashes them together for the remixed single:
My favorite George Michael video: