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Wham! – Last Christmas (US 12″ Limited Edition)

Posted by DjPaulT on December 16th, 2015


A. Front

C. Vinyl

Like the sight of new fallen snow or the scent of cookies baking in the oven, “Last Christmas,” the seasonal song by U.K. pop group Wham!, is a yuletide tradition that never gets old. Originally released in 1985 on Epic records “Last Christmas” became an international hit reaching the top ten in several countries including the UK where it peaked at #2. In the Us the single was an Adult Conteporary hit reaching #22.

In 2014 Legacy Records issued a limited 12″ pressed on translucent RED/GREEN vinyl in US to celebrate the singles 30th Anniversary, sold exclusively for Record Store Day. The 12″ included the standard 7″ version of the holiday hit backed with a previously unreleased instrumental version. Only 3,000 copies were pressed.

Last Christmas 4:25

Last Christmas (Instrumental) 4:25

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Columbia ‎– 88875042911, Legacy ‎– 88875042911
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Single, Limited Edition, Reissue, Translucent Red & Green
Country: US
Released: 28 Nov 2014
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

A&R – Jeff James, Michael Duquette
Arranged By, Producer – George Michael
Written-By – George Michael

This release marks the 30th anniversary of “Last Christmas”.

Track B: previously unreleased instrumental version.

Limited to 3,000 copies. Issued in clear plastic sleeve with flap on top, rectangular sticker on top.

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
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 Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

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

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37 Responses to “Wham! – Last Christmas (US 12″ Limited Edition)”

  1. OMAR Says:

    Thanks Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂


  2. Rafiusz Says:

    Thank you. Nice surprise.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Rafiusz 🙂


  3. Stefano Says:

    I was expecting this release last December, but I waited patiently (because I knew you were going to post this one this year). Of course the instrumental version is the rare one here, and I am very glad to finally get this one in Paulity! Thank you Paul, very much appreciated. I hope the coloured vinyl doesn’t have any influence on the sound quality.
    Thanks again.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Actually this record was pretty hard to transfer. There was lots of drop outs and vinyl noise and distortion Legacy did a pretty bad job on this pressing. I had to do lots of work repairing the drop outs etc. I think it turned out quite well probably the best it’s ever going to be . Enjoy! 🙂


    Stefano Reply:

    What kind of drop outs Paul? One channel dropping in volume? That kind of drop outs (caused by dirty tape or dirty heads while transferring the master tape)?


    DjPaulT Reply:

    It was more like a gap in some parts of the music.


  4. Dirk Says:

    Ooh.. the fearsome dragonlady of the christmas-songs that stick in heads for weeks..but.. I still want that instrumental!

    Too bad for all the work you had to do on this pressing (why f.f.s. no need to, it was 2014, they are pressing vinyl since 100 or so years already)..
    but we really appreciate it, Paul.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    It was a bit of work but it needed to be done 🙂


  5. whome Says:

    Thank you! I am afraid that is something wrong in the beginning of the song from side A. But who cares!… 🙂 because Last Christmas (Instrumental) plays perfectly :)!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Whome 🙂


  6. Jeff Says:

    Dear Paul, man, you…are…the….MAN!! What an incredible gift this is to us all. This is the perfect audio Christmas card!! I know you purchased this last year, so it’s a real privilege and honor to receive this single from you this year. Karen and I have such a soft spot for this song and I know it’s become a real Christmas classic over the years. It’s so nice that there’s this nice instrumental flip-side too. I am sorry though that you had to work so hard on this one. I’ve noticed that since vinyl has made a huge comeback over the last few years (mainstream wise) there has been a lot of attention paid to the quality of the vinyl itself. It’s usually a heavier grade and the pressings are state-of-the-art. It is disappointing that such a rarity (and for Record Store Day too) was pressed so dismally. Thankfully we have you, our Master vinyl extractor who really cares about quality and perfection! You are our Saint Rip that’s for sure!! Thanks for filling our stockings and stereos with such a gem. I tip my Santa hat to you DjPaulT.

    Merry Wishes,

    Jeff (Karen too!!)


    Jeff Reply:

    Bonus Beats: I must say that Wham’s version is probably the greatest. I know there have been remakes over the years, but it’s the original that still shines the brightest, especially the “Pudding Mix!” The one version that comes somewhat close, and only in my humble opinion, is Collage’s Freestyle release. It gives the song an urgent dancier edge. But still, it’s nowhere near Wham’s release. Oh Paul, thanks for this instrumental version AGAIN!!



    DjPaulT Reply:

    Sometimes I want to rip certain records and initially have trouble with them so I put them aside. I did put this record aside last year because it seemed like a big mess to deal with. Fast forward a tear and here it is. One quibble I have with tis record is that they pressed it at 33 rpm for two short tracks it would have been better to press it at 45 rpm. Anyway Merry Christmas 🙂


  7. Tony Says:

    My favorite Christmas song – much thanks for posting the Instrumental and all the hard work you put into it to make it sound great! 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Tony 🙂


  8. Junior Says:

    One of my all-time Christmas favourites, it is very nice to have the instrumental too.

    Thanks very much, Paul 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂


  9. Hugh Says:

    Thank you so much.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome Hugh 🙂


  10. Steveasian Says:

    Thanks Paul, wasn’t aware of the instrumental track existed but you shared it with everybody. Thanks again for this Christmas present.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Steveasian 🙂


  11. Jonathan Says:

    My favorite christmas music , Hilary duff version is very good also .
    a gift from santa Claus , thanks Paul!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jonathan 🙂


  12. André Says:

    As usual, you’re the man, Paul. Thank you so much for this and, in particular, the excellent work you did on the instrumental!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome André 🙂


  13. johnny42 Says:

    This came just in time! Thanks so much for the rarity!


  14. Davos Via 45 Says:

    PUTIN: Hey Tovarish Paul I ORDER you to delete this sleezy Christmas song

    from this English poof! I send fags like George Mihail to the gulag!

    TRUMP: Just wait a second Mr. Wladimir, nobody gives orders to a white
    American boy, except ME !!! Paul is no Mexican or Muslim.
    Altough, I would send this Geroge Michael dude to an US jail, but
    that poofta just would enjoy that.


    TRUMP: Not in America…


    TRUMP: Nope, not in the U S of A !!!!!!


    TRUMP: No way Hose (uh this fuckin’ Mexicans again), I ment NO CHANCE!
    And Darth Vader is dead!

    PUTIN: Not in the Russian version of Star Wars!

    TRUMP: And since you care about Christmas you red KGB Comi?

    PUTIN: I drink many, many, many wodka and God talk to me!

    GOD: Wladimir the force is very strong in you, much more stronger then in
    the Drone Master Barrack!

    PUTIN: And who da wodka are you Tovarish Donald, you not president, and
    what bird has nest on your head? HAHAHHAAA

    TRUMP: I am the CASINO BIG BOSS, I always get your money!!!!!!

    YODA: Casino Big Boss, powerfull he is!

    TRUMP: Mr. Wladimir I bet I will win the election, and I can always bluff
    you out at poker!

    PUTIN: Wladimir never bluff, Wladimir always win election, Wladimir
    always give offer nobody can refuse!
    Tovarish Donald, let’s play Russian Roulette!

    TRUMP: YES MR. WLADIMIR NOW YA TALKIN’!!!!! Shuffle up and deal, 6 bullets
    for your revolver, you shoot first!

    YODA: Americans, guns they know.

    PUTIN: Revolver Tovarish Donald? Wladimir don’t play with toys!
    Wladimir play with Nukes!

    TRUMP: Well, just wait when I get to be president, I will NUKE YOU!

    PUTIN: Wladimir will nuke you now!

    TRUMP: Damn, and the casinos were running so good…



    Dirk Reply:

    I love how this site has a broad segment of this world’s population as its readers.


  15. Peter Says:

    many thanks ~~~


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Peter 🙂


  16. mr8382004 Says:

    Thanks Paul for this post, especially the instrumental version.
    BTW do you have any Mike Post vinyl like the theme from L A Law?


  17. Umbaka Says:

    Thanks DjPaul, you know this was a hot one and you dropped it at the best time. I’m getting a bit of trouble downloading the file though. The link asks me for the login info but when included the message returns with no other results.

    PS Do you have Domino Dancing by Pet Shop Boys (if it was ever released as a single/vinyl).


  18. Jermajesty Says:

    Hey Paul – sorry I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but thanks for sharing this rarity.

    Your post made me realise, unlike a lot of other Xmas tunes that get trotted out every year, I don’t think I ever tire of hearing this song.

    Possibly because of it’s unusual twist of festively jolly synths and sleigh bells, but with a story all about hurt and regret. I can’t think of too many other ‘sad’ or wistful Xmas songs. It totally stands apart. The genius of George. I didn’t know he produced it too!

    Happy Christmas.


  19. opoder Says:

    HI, Paul
    You are lucky guy. I want say thank you for you share this vinyl. I did’nt know it exist. Sorry about my poor english.
    Any chance you share those tracks without remaster and use any filter and declicker?

    Thank you very much.



    opoder Reply:

    And I forget: I like colored vinyl. Oooh, it´s cool 😀


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