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George Michael – A Different Corner (Japan 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on September 25th, 2013


A. Front

C. Insert

Re-Rip Newly Remastered!

Originally I posted this one on April 29, 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 Different Corner” is a song written and performed by George Michael which was released on Epic Records (Columbia Records in the U.S.) in 1986.

At the time of its release in April 1986, Michael was still a member of pop duo Wham!, though he and partner Andrew Ridgeley had announced that they would split in the summer after a farewell single, album and concert. Michael had already enjoyed a solo #1 in the UK singles chart in 1984 with “Careless Whisper,” and when he went back to the top with “A Different Corner,” he became the first solo act in the history of the UK chart to reach #1 with his first two releases, although he was hardly an unknown or new act on either occasion. The song was also credited with being the second #1 (after “I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder) which was written, sung, played, arranged and produced by the same person. The song reached #7 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first single credited solely to Michael to become an American top-ten hit.

The video is set in a sparse white room with a window. George is dressed in white as well and is shown sitting and wandering around the room singing the song.

After Simon Bates first aired A Different Corner on Radio 1, he rated the song so highly that he immediately played it again from the beginning.

A note on the back of the sleeve proclaims, “This record is dedicated to a memory.”

A Different Corner 3:57

A Different Corner (Instrumental) 4:13

Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint
Obi Strip: Near Mint
Insert: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1986 A Different Corner U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #7
1986 A Different Corner U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #6


Label: Epic – 12-3P-740
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: Japan
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Downtempo, Synth-pop
Credits: Engineer – Chris Porter
Performer [All Instruments By] – George Michael
Written-By, Lyrics By, Producer, Arranged By – George Michael

This record is dedicated to a memory
Comes with gatefold insert lyric sheet and obi strip
1986 CBS Records

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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

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15 Responses to “George Michael – A Different Corner (Japan 12″)”

  1. Stefano Says:

    Hey, a new re-rip. Always happy to see that 🙂
    Great to have the instrumental in Paulity.

    No doubt another tough one to rip neatly. Thanks for your continuous hard work!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano. This one was indeed time consuming luckily my copy is very clean 🙂


  2. dazz22 Says:

    love this track simon bates was correct one of his best may i say


    DjPaulT Reply:



  3. antbee Says:

    Thank you, Paul! I love this song! Seems like I “love” a lot of songs, eh? LOL!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Antbee 🙂


  4. tmthydunne Says:

    i cannot thank you enough.
    your effort truly means a lot.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Glad to do it Tmthydunne 🙂


  5. ric Says:

    Great choice for re-rip, Paul!
    I’m in the midst of preparing my annual list for 1986, and this is in my Top 10!
    So classy and timeless.

    According to George, this song is about a very quick relationship he had, and it amazes him how emotional he got into it in a short span of time, and yet it took him a long time to get over it and be back on his feet.

    When this hit #1 in the UK and became George’s second solo #1, everyone was dead certain he would match the record tied by Gerry & The Pacemakers and Frankie Goes To Hollywood for having their first three singles all go #1.
    But alas, as I Want Your Sex got restricted airplay when released, it only managed to peak at #3.

    Also, this song had a chance to be used as the Love Theme for Top Gun, but George turned down the offer as he thought the song is strong enough to top the Billboard charts. He was wrong and he regretted it not being a US #1.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I love this song one of my all time favorites. Sounds like George had a missed opportunity with “Top Gun”.


    Jermajesty Reply:

    You mean they wanted to use this instead of Take My Breath Away?


    ric Reply:

    I’m not sure if they wanted A Different Corner specifically, but they wanted George Michael to do the Love Theme, and had he agreed, would’ve used A Different Corner.
    I think it was quite a shock to him in the end, when A Different Corner, despite a high debut, only managed to peak at #7.
    He learnt his lesson and allowed I Want Your Sex for use in Beverly Hills Cop 2, and that move paid off…a Billboard #2 and the mega-era that is Faith.


  6. Yog Says:

    Thanks for the great re-rip.

    This song was written at a time when George was still in the closet. When looking back it seems this song was written about a missed opportunity with a guy who he was close to.

    Nonetheless this song is a pure genius track , although not as famous as Careless Whisper , it shows the genius of George Michael as a song writer , singer and producer.


  7. Jonathan Says:

    I hated Careless Whisper, but loved this. There’s a great live version from his performance on the Parkinson TV show too.


  8. Raff Says:

    One of the best songs ever!
    Thank you Paul for the great rip of G.Michael songs!


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