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Wham! – Freedom (Long Mix) (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 10th, 2014

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

A. Front

Just in case you didn’t get enough Wham! during my recent series here is one more to add to your collection. This US 12″ contains a different mix than what appeared on the UK and Japanese releases. Titled “Long Mix” this version is about a minute shorter that the previously posted “Long Version”.

The song finds George Michael telling a girl that he wants to fully commit to her, and not have one of those relationships where they can see other people.

When Wham! went to China in April, 1985, they became the first Western Pop act to play a concert in that country. While there is absolutely nothing political about the song, footage from the trip was used to make a music video for the track, implying a more global meaning of the title.

The video opens with about a minute of the band talking under clips of the Chinese people and the countryside. Wham! was one of the biggest acts on MTV at the time, but the network, fearing the short attention spans of their viewers, wanted to cut out the intro (this was before Michael Jackson changed the game with “Thriller”). The band’s manager, Simon Napier-Bell, refused, and MTV ended up airing the full video. Napier-Bell apparently found the negotiations with MTV much easier than those with the Chinese government.

In an interview with the Christmas 2009 issue of THE BIG ISSUE, Michael said of this song, that when he wrote it he knew he had arrived: “When I was 19, I wrote Freedom – the original version – and I thought, ‘I can’t believe I’ve just done that!’ I was absolutely thrilled. Because until then I had no real understanding of my abilities, but with Freedom, I started to take myself seriously as a writer.”

SIDE A:
Freedom (Long Mix) 6:16

SIDE B:
Heartbeat 4:42
Freedom (Instrumental) 5:04

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1984 Freedom U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #3
1984 Freedom U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #4

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Columbia ‎– 44-05238
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Single, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Arranged By, Producer –  George Michael
Written-By –  G. Michael*

NOTES:
Taken from the Columbia LP: “MAKE IT BIG”
Freedom (Long Mix) different to the ‘Long Version’ on the UK 12″

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
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

SOFTWARE USED:
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

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

Username: btg
Password: burningtheground

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37 Responses to “Wham! – Freedom (Long Mix) (US 12″)”

  1. lupineassassin Says:

    Links come up Error 404 – Not Found

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    They are working now Lupineassassin 🙂

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  2. reda Says:

    thnxx man & the link is working

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Reda 🙂

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  3. omar Says:

    Thanks Paul once again. Now what about posting I want your sex (7″) ?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  4. Disco-D Says:

    24Bit FLAC link not working!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Working now Disco-D 🙂

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  5. Kuba Says:

    Error 404 – Not Found 🙁

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    It’s working now Kuba 🙂

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    Kuba Reply:

    Thank you very much :)! Is there any chance to rip this vinyl : http://www.discogs.com/George-Michael-Killer-Papa-Was-A-Rollin-Stone/release/694453 ?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Kuba. I will get to that one eventually 🙂

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  6. YvAir Says:

    Something missing in the link

    You have to put “/” between BTG and the file name, in the DL link

    for ex : http://burningtheground.net/btg/freedomlongmixmp.rar

    😉

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    not anymore YvAir I have fixed the problem 🙂

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  7. Christian Says:

    Interesting. I never knew the US release was shorter. Curious to listen and find out in what ways it is different. Thanks, Paul! Loved Wham! week, BTW.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Have fun listening Christian 🙂

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  8. JOHN Says:

    muy buen tema…..si el link no funciona pruebe eb Mozilla….

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hola Juan intentar borrar la memoria caché del navegador y reinicie el ordenador. Los enlaces están funcionando.

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  9. Junior Says:

    Great to have more Wham!

    Thanks Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂

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  10. Spring Says:

    Thank you Paul!!! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring 🙂

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  11. Santi Says:

    Amazing as always Paul! Interesting to have a different version of Freedom (although, by all means, I still find this song a doozy to mix, haha).

    Btw, you mentioned some time ago you had another Menudo 12″ in the works; I think it was Like A Cannonball. Any possibility in getting that one up as well? 😀

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Santi. I actually forgot about that Menudo 12″ thanks for reminding me I will try to get it posted as soon as I can 🙂

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  12. Stefano Says:

    Never knew the US 12 inch was shorter. Great addition to the Wham! collection.
    Thanks for this afterthought.

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    Stefano Reply:

    Just been listening to this version, but this is an extended version of the single mix with an additional intro. Never heard it before. Very interesting!

    Conclusion:
    * the European 12 inch mix is an extended version of the album mix.
    * the US 12 inch mix is an extended version of the single mix.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano. Those were my conclusion’s as well 🙂

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  13. Kuba Says:

    I think that the tempo of the first song is a little too fast 🙁

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  14. Brian Says:

    thanks DJPaul, another fantastic Wham! post.
    Keep up the great work 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Brian 🙂

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  15. ric Says:

    Oooh! Thanks for throwing a curve ball at us, Paul!
    I didn’t see this coming…but it’s an excellent surprise!
    Thank you!

    “I don’t want your freedom” is such an unconventional but powerful lyric for a love song.
    If you’re doing a George Michael special, June would be an appropriate month as it’s his birthday month.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ric 🙂

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  16. 80smusic Says:

    Thanks for another treasure from your 80s Collection!

    Any chance for posting this 80s gem from Endgames in the Future?

    http://www.discogs.com/Endgames-Waiting-For-Another-Chance-Desire/release/919705
    or
    http://www.discogs.com/Endgames-Waiting-For-Another-Chance-Desire/release/652746

    it has a other Extended Version of both Tracks as the 12inch here in Europe and was hard to find here!!

    Thanks for your great work on all this 12inches, in High Quality!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome 80smusic. I will see what I can do for you.

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  17. André Says:

    As usual, a 10/10 effort from you, Paul! I have been searching for good copies of these mixes for years, and you come along and deliver in a few weeks! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    I feel a bit sorry for the non-Wham! fans having to endure this boom of Whamania – then again, I don’t! 😉

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome André. I’m sure the non Wham! fans would feel the same way if it was their favorite group I was spotlighting 🙂

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  18. Hugh Says:

    Thank u as always…told ya this version was epic and totally diff to UK… I have a few things for you btw.. I’ll inbox u soon..

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