Posted by DjPaulT on August 15th, 2013
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984
Re-Rip Newly Remastered!
Originally I posted this one on March 16, 2011. But for those who may have missed it or if you are a new reader just discovering BTG. I decided to give this one a new rip with my newer Ortofon Super 30 stylus. This 12? is also being posted in 24 bit flac for the very first time!
“Careless Whisper” is a 1984 single by George Michael (credited to Wham! featuring George Michael in the US), released by Epic Records in the UK, Japan, and other countries; and by Columbia Records in North
Unlike all the Wham! singles (except “Wham Rap!”), it was co-written by Andrew Ridgeley, the other member of the duo. The two had written it together as unknowns three years earlier, when Michael was working as a cinema usher in Watford, England. In a June 2006 interview on London radio station Magic 105.4, Michael said that he wrote it “in his head” during work and that he recalls coming up with the saxophone riff whilst boarding a number 32 bus on the way home. America. The song was George Michael’s first solo single although he was still performing in Wham! at the time (the song is included on Wham!’s album Make It Big). The song features a prominent saxophone riff, and has been covered by a number of artists since its first release. It was released as a single and became a huge commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic. It reached number one in nearly 25 countries, selling about six million copies worldwide.
The song went through at least two rounds of production. The first was during a trip Michael made to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where he went to work with the legendary producer Jerry Wexler at the venerable Muscle Shoals Studio. Michael was unhappy with the version that was originally produced and decided to re-record and produce the song himself, this time coming up with the version that was finally released. The version Wexler produced did, however, see the light of day, but only later on, as a (4:40) B-side “Special Version” on 12″, released in the UK and Japan.
The officially released single, a mid-tempo ballad with a saxophone solo by Steve Gregory, was issued in August 1984, entering the UK singles chart at number twelve. Within two weeks, it was at number one, ending a nine-week run at the top for “Two Tribes” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. It stayed at number one for three weeks, going on to become the fifth best-selling single of 1984 in the United Kingdom; it was outsold only by the two Frankie Goes to Hollywood tracks “Two Tribes” and “Relax,” Stevie Wonder with “I Just Called to Say I Love You” and Band Aid with “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” The song also topped the charts in 17 other countries, including the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in February 1985 under the credit “Wham! featuring George Michael”. Spending three weeks at the top in America, the song was later named Billboard’s number-one song of 1985.
Careless Whisper (Instrumental) 5:03
Arranged By, Producer – George Michael
OBI Strip: Mint
|1985||Careless Whisper||U.S. Billboard Hot 100||#1|
|1985||Careless Whisper||U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles||#8|
|1985||Careless Whisper||U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||#1|
Label: Epic – 12.3P-570
Format: Vinyl, 45 RPM, 12″
from the lp:
“MAKE IT BIG”
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Cartridge: Ortofon Super
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FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi
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