Posted by DjPaulT on March 25th, 2014
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984
“Freedom” is a song by British pop duo Wham! released in 1984, becoming the group’s second UK #1 hit. It was written and produced by George Michael, one half of the duo.
Wham! had already enjoyed a successful 1984 by the time “Freedom” was released in August of that year. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” had given them their first UK #1 and had then reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA. George had then gone to #1 with a solo single, “Careless Whisper”.
“Freedom” was #1 in the UK for three weeks and featured on the album Make It Big, which was issued at the same time. “Freedom” was the 10th biggest selling single of 1984. This song also reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US the following year. The music video, coinciding with the 1985 US release, features the band touring around Beijing, China. Wham! were the first western pop group to tour that country.
The melody of the song was used by George Michael as an introduction to his song, “Faith”, played on a church organ.
Included as a bonus is the single remix of “Freedom” which was taken from the US 12″ promo. This version contains an alternate ending.
Freedom (Long Version) 7:05
Freedom (Instrumental) 5:04
Freedom (Single Remix) 5:19
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint
U.S. CHART HISTORY:
|1984||Freedom||U.S. Billboard Hot 100||#3|
|1984||Freedom||U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||#4|
Label: Epic – 12•3P- 573
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Credits: Photography By – Chris Craymer
Written-By, Arranged By, Producer – George Michael
Taken from the LP: “MAKE IT BIG”
Find The 12″ On DISCOGS
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi
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