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Wham! Featuring George Michael – Careless Whisper (Japan 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on August 15th, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984

B. Front w obi strip

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!

A. Front

“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.

SIDE A:
Careless Whisper (Extended Mix) 6:29
Arranged By, Producer – George Michael
Written-By – Andrew Ridgeley , George Michael

SIDE B:
Careless Whisper (Special Version) 4:42
Producer – Jerry Wexler
Written-By – Andrew Ridgeley , George Michael

Careless Whisper (Instrumental) 5:03
Arranged By, Producer – George Michael

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Mint
Cover: Mint
OBI Strip: Mint
Insert: Mint

CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
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

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Epic – 12.3P-570
Format: Vinyl, 45 RPM, 12″
Country: Japan
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

NOTES:
from the lp:
“MAKE IT BIG”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

C. Back w obi strip

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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41 Responses to “Wham! Featuring George Michael – Careless Whisper (Japan 12″)”

  1. dave Says:

    with the rare rejected 1983 version. awesome. i missed it the first time round but now i’m getting this for sure. thanks paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Dave. You are definately getting the best rip that I have done of this one. It sounds much better than the old rips. Enjoy!

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  2. Djamora Says:

    Hello, Paul

    Great posting. Long awaited this post.

    Bring on more of the old.

    Big hug.

    mulberry

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Happy to post it Djamora 🙂

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  3. Raff Says:

    OMG OMG OMG!
    This is the best song ever! I almost got heart attack when I had saw this post with this single! 🙂
    Thank you very much for GM songs!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Raff 🙂

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  4. ex15 Says:

    Another excellent upload..:)

    I just can’t get enough of these 12″ singles…thanks again.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Ex15 🙂

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  5. Stefano Says:

    Wow, finally a new rip! Another beauty in Paulity quality 🙂

    Great work Paul. Please keep on re-ripping older posts. More! More! More! Yes! Yes! Yes!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! Stefano lol. I’m trying to incorporate re-rip’s of old posts with new posts that way everyone is happy 🙂

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    dave Reply:

    that is great, i like the new posts but indeed, some older posts aren’t working and the wham single was one of them so i am happy with the re-up, especially for the rare 1983 version.

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    Stefano Reply:

    I know! I know! I know! But we won”t have any problem whatsoever if you did one or two per week…. 🙂

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  6. Dave D Says:

    WOW !!!!! Incredible fidelity on this re-rip !!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Dave D 🙂

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  7. dazz22 Says:

    very good track and post remmber dancing to this in my primary school dance

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Great memories Dazz22 🙂

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  8. Cory Says:

    Thanks Paul!! 😀

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Cory 🙂

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  9. Marco Says:

    Long ago I was looking at your blog for the re-rip of this single from Wham! and today, finally, I found it. Thank DJPaulT and much peace and health for you to continue providing us with these wonderful gifts, made for those who appreciate good music.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Marco I enjoyed re-ripping this one 🙂

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  10. ric Says:

    Wonderful!
    My #2 single of 1984, just behind Prince’s When Doves Cry.
    I’m so glad for your re-rip, Paul. Firstly, your newer equipment is of better quality. Secondly, this Wexler production really needs as much remastering as it can get because it sounds “muffled” to my ears. I have a copy of this Japanese 12″ myself. For the legend that Wexler is, I think he didn’t bring out the song’s best potential. I’m glad George decided to re-record it.
    According to George, he was too nervous meeting Wexler that he didn’t perform to his best at the recording session as well. I guess it’s a classic case of the brilliant parts don’t add up to the expected sum.
    There is supposedly a second recording of Careless Whisper between these two versions here, and that is a hard one to track down.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Would love to hear that other version. It’s amazing that someone like George Michaeal could feel nervousr around his peers because he seems so out going. Cheers Ric!

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    woz Reply:

    I agree completely with Ric. This one needs the best rip available because the production is sketchy. Thankfully, DJ Paul T saved the day with this re-rip 😎

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    woz Reply:

    ‘sketchy’ is probably a bit much – maybe lackluster is a better word for it.

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  11. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul. Keep the new wave coming !

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar. New Wave Rules!

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  12. Jermajesty Says:

    This is the first re-rip of your I’ve downloaded, and even to my deaf old ears it sounds much brighter. 🙂 Thanks.

    I can’t remember if I posted this factoid in the previous comments, but I’m always amused by the fact Careless Whisper was the inspiration for the sudden unexpected half-tempo section at the end of Hit Music by the Pet Shop Boys.

    Could this Wham! post signal a re-rip of all those old Wham Rap mixes? Eg, Unsocial/Social mix, and that elusive mix/edit that was used for the video (dunno if we ever worked out which version it was??)

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for that factoid Jermajesty I never knew that about the pSB song. There is definately going to be Wham! re-rips for sure 🙂 I never found out which version was on the video but I think it might be the 7″ version. If anyone can find out for sure I would love to know.

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    Jermajesty Reply:

    Yeah, Neil reveals it in the liner notes for the Actually reissue from a few years back. The notes are full of gems and nuggets, all written in their trademark sense of humour, a real fun read. 🙂

    Will get digging for info on the Wham Rap versions.

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  13. giorgios-greece Says:

    all time classic hit!!!!!!!!!!!

    thank u dj for your love to the music!!!

    we love u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Giorgio-Greece!

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  14. Rigoletto Says:

    WOOOONNDERFUUUL

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Rigoletto!

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  15. Lordofvhs Says:

    fantastic track for an unforgettable music age.have a nice weekend.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Have a nice weekend Lordofvhs 🙂

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  16. manilla Says:

    WOOOOO I’ve waited so long for this re-up nice one!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Manilla 🙂

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  17. André Says:

    Thanks, Paul! I always get excited when I see Wham!/GM stuff that you post! 🙂

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  18. Hika Says:

    I can’t download it, is it still available? I was 10 years old in those days, so many memories… I’ve just found this site, it’s incredible! I wish you can help me so I can hear this version! When I go to the link it asks for a username and password. I read the pw is burningtheground, but what about the user name? THANKS!

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  19. woz Says:

    One of my favorite all-time DjPaulT posts! I was so excited when you first posted it back in 2011. It’s great to have to new rip. It sounds great!

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  20. gonzalo76 Says:

    Fantastic share Paul!!!
    This song is a classic!
    Thank you so much!

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