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Aretha Franklin & George Michael – I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (Netherlands 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 6th, 2017


I originally posted this 12″ on December 30, 2011. Like many of my older transfers from the period 2010-13 I was using ClikRepair and inferior equipment. So I am happy to be able to give this record a meticulous 2017 re-rip/remaster.

“I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” is a Grammy Award-winning number-one song performed by Aretha Franklin and George Michael as a duet in 1987. It was written by Simon Climie and Dennis Morgan. It also stands as Franklin’s biggest hit at the Adult Contemporary chart, spending several weeks at number two.

The song was a one-off project that helped Michael achieve his ambition to sing with one of his favorite artists, and it reached number-one in both the UK Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100. The song was Franklin’s first and only UK number-one hit, and only her fourth top ten achievement in the country since “I Say a Little Prayer”, nearly two decades earlier. This was also the last of Franklin’s seventeen top 10 hits in the Billboard Hot 100.

For Michael, it became his third consecutive number-one in the UK since going solo, following 1984’s “Careless Whisper” (though the single was actually from the Wham! album Make It Big) and 1986’s “A Different Corner”. In the US, it was Michael’s fourth number-one hit, counting his Wham! days.

The single was the first Michael had recorded (as a lead artist) that he had not written himself. The co-writer, Simon Climie, was unknown at the time, although he later had success as a performer with Climie Fisher in 1988. On the US Billboard Hot 100, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” debuted at number 59, the week of February 21, 1987, reaching number-one in its ninth week, April 18, 1987, and remaining there for two consecutive weeks.

I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (Extended Remix) 7:30

I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (Percappella) 5:14
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (Edited Remix) 5:29

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1987 I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1987 I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary #2
1987 I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs #12
1987 I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) U.S. Cashbox Top 100 Singles #1


Label: Epic ‎– EPC 650253 6, Epic ‎– 650253 6
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Maxi-Single
Country: Netherlands
Released: 1986
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul
Style: Synth-pop, Soul

Keyboards [Additional] – Ed Terry
Producer, Arranged By – Narada Michael Walden
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Steve Thompson And Michael Barbiero*
Written-By – Morgan*, Climie*

Special versions from the LP “ARETHA”
Aretha Franklin appears courtesy of Arista Records.

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon 2M Bronze
Isolation: Auralex Acoustics ISO-Tone Turntable Isolation Platform
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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13 Responses to “Aretha Franklin & George Michael – I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (Netherlands 12″)”

  1. AnthonyC Says:

    A timeless classic!

    I never tire of this track.

    Great memories.



    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree one of the best AnthonyC. The vinyl sounds great too especially in 24bit.


  2. Junior Says:

    I was just listening to your rip of this last week, this re-rip in 2017 is a must-have. Such a cool duet and one of my faves from that decade.

    Thanks again Paul 🙂


  3. Richard Says:

    What a great record. It brings the spirit of George back. I hope that you upload the 12″ single of I Want Your Sex.

    Regards, Richard
    Thanks Paul…


  4. Peter Says:

    Great Memories, Great rip, many thx~


  5. Song_And_Dance Says:

    Bitter-sweet, this fabulous performance. A tingling sensation. Somebody must be cutting onions as I cannot see clearly now.

    Thanks, Paul.


  6. Sam Lowry Says:

    Good song, bad remix with the typical overuse of added percussion which happened so often in the eighties. I made my own extended version with the 7 inch you posted some time ago so thank you for that one.


    Song_And_Dance Reply:

    Hi Sam
    How about an upload? I´d be interested 🙂



    Sam Lowry Reply:

    Sure, here you go…



  7. Richard the Big Bunny Says:

    Thank you so much!


  8. John Says:

    I remember when this first came out, a really great duet, they both deliver powerful vocals, fantastic post Paul.

    Today would’ve been David Bowie’s 70th, have you got David Bowie’s fame 90, I’m not sure if I asked before. I love the Fame 90 (Absolutely Nothing Premeditated / Epic Mix.


  9. Jay Says:

    Thank you very much for this rare gem. DjPaulT. Anyway, I was just wondering what the difference between 16bit and 24bit is?


  10. Jermajesty Says:

    Thanks Paul!


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