‘New’ George Michael single featuring Nile Rodgers is released

A ‘new’ George Michael single was played on Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 show this morning that features the guitar and production talents of Nile Rodgers.

The song is actually a reworked version of an old track called Fantasy, a rare non-album B-side that was issued on the flip-side of Waiting For That Day, the second single from 1990’s Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1. 

Friend and songwriter David Austin (described on the radio as “George’s manager”) wrote a note to Chris Evans, which the DJ read out on air, just before he played the song. The contents were as follows:

Fantasy was originally meant to be on Listen Without Prejudice and was intended to be one of the singles from the album. But somehow, it got lost in the ether in what was going on at the time. Although George did then release it as a B-side in 1990. However, years later – just last year – when looking for a lead single for the reissue of George’s Listen Without Prejudice / MTV Unplugged album – and to accompany the new film Freedom that George had just finished working on, before Christmas – Fantasy was his first and obvious choice. So, George phoned up Nile Rodgers, his good pal, in early 2016, because the two of them have always spoken the same musical language, as long as they’ve known each other, and Nile reworked the record…”

You can listen to the new version below. The compressed horns and ’90s rhythm track of the original are gone and in their place is Rodgers’ trademark rhythm guitar and a lighter touch.

If you don’t know it, here’s the original version:

George clearly loved this track since it was also remixed in 1998 by James Jackman and Niall Flynn for inclusion on George’s Outside single. In fact, Fantasy really got around, since, for no logical reason that anyone can think of, it was also included on the bonus disc of the 2011 reissue of his 1987 album Faith.

So the question you might now be asking is whether this new version of Fantasy going to be included on the delayed reissue of Listen Without Prejudice, or is it just a promotional single?

SDE can confirm that the two CD edition will indeed include it, at the end of the MTV Unplugged performance on CD 2 of the double-disc package. For the four-disc (3CD+DVD) super deluxe edition the sets had already been manufactured, so the song will be included as a download, if you buy that package. The original Fantasy and Fantasy ’98 both feature on CD 3 of the super deluxe edition.

Listen Without Prejudice will be reissued on 20 October 2017. What do you think of this new version of Fantasy? Leave a comment!

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George Michael / Listen Without Prejudice reissue - super deluxe box set

Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1 – 2CD deluxe

CD 1 Listen Without Prejudice remastered
1. Praying for Time
2. Freedom! ’90
3. They Won’t Go When I Go
4. Something to Save
5. Cowboys and Angels
6. Waiting for That Day – George Michael / The Rolling Stones
7. Mothers Pride
8. Heal the Pain
9. Soul Free
10. Waiting (Reprise)

CD 2 – MTV Unplugged
1. Freedom! ’90
2. Fastlove – George Michael / Patrice Rushen
3. I Can’t Make You Love Me
4. Father Figure
5. You Have Been Loved
6. Everything She Wants
7. The Strangest Thing
8. Older
9. Star People
10. Praying for Time
11. Fantasy (featuring Nile Rodgers)

George Michael / Listen Without Prejudice reissue - super deluxe box set

Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1 – 3CD+DVD super deluxe

CD 1 Listen Without Prejudice remastered
1. Praying for Time
2. Freedom! ’90
3. They Won’t Go When I Go
4. Something to Save
5. Cowboys and Angels
6. Waiting for That Day – George Michael / The Rolling Stones
7. Mothers Pride
8. Heal the Pain
9. Soul Free
10. Waiting (Reprise)

CD 2 – MTV Unplugged
1. Freedom! ’90
2. Fastlove – George Michael / Patrice Rushen
3. I Can’t Make You Love Me
4. Father Figure
5. You Have Been Loved
6. Everything She Wants
7. The Strangest Thing
8. Older
9. Star People
10. Praying for Time

CD3: B-Sides And Mixes
1. Soul Free (Special Radio Edit)
2. Freedom! ’90 (Back To Reality Mix)
3. Freedom! ’90 (Back To Reality Mix Edit)
4. Fantasy ’90
5. Freedom! ’90 (Edit)
6. Cowboys and Angels (Edit)
7. If You Were My Woman
8. Too Funky (Edit)
9. Crazyman Dance
10. Do You Really Want to Know
11. Happy
12. Too Funky (Extended)
13. Too Jazzy (Happy Mix)
14. Fantasy ’98
15. Heal the Pain – George Michael with Paul McCartney
16. Desafinado – George Michael with Astrud Gilberto

Disc: 4 – DVD
1. The South Bank Show 1990
2. Freedom! ’90
3. Praying for Time
4. Freedom! ’90 (MTV 10th anniversary)

120 responses to ‘New’ George Michael single featuring Nile Rodgers is released

  1. Ads w smith says:

    Disgusting that when paying double to have the box set with extra tracks that you don’t actually get the physical version of Fantasy ft.Nile Rodgers as clearly stated on all packaging.\Little bit cheated

  2. KevinK says:

    … so the box set doesn’t include the remix on the actual MTV disc … but the packaging all seems to suggest that it does! It’s listed prominently on the sticker on the front of the box and is listed as being the final track on DISC 2 on the tracklisting on the paper stuck to the back.

    I can’t find any mention of the remix being download only – are Amazon etc going to be hit (again) with bad reviews and disgruntled purchasers who don’t read SDE and think they have a defective product?

  3. SimonP says:

    I see the Freedom documentary is being promoted on Channel 4 as coming soon.

  4. William_M says:

    short trailer of the upcoming documentary has been released

  5. Steve Pain says:

    I am really looking forward to this release and have been since I preordered a year ago (and was hoping it would materialize a year before that on the actual 25th anniversary). It has always been an album close to my heart and I think it is a work of art from beginning to end. Although MTV unplugged does seem out of place in this set I am happy to finally have it in this set. And fantasy ’17 certainly feels out of place at the end of the unplugged set so I am actually glad it’s not on it! (I love the rework by the way). Anyway, with a film looming it looks like this release will see the light of day and we can celebrate the man and the music. I, for one, am waiting for that day.

  6. Charlie Waffles says:

    I am fine with a download code. I just wish George was still around. Let’s all enjoy the man’s music…

  7. matt says:

    a good song is a good song is a good song……..! and Nile Rodgers is a master re-mixer. You just have to hear what he did with Duran’s ‘The Reflex’ (really a pretty bland album track) – he totally revamped it and made it an incredible pop single.

  8. Neil Kelly says:

    Not heard the song yet but struggling with this. All the time they’ve had to sort this out and now it’s missing from the SDE but included on the standard 2CD edition. Oh and don’t remind me it’s available for purchasers of that set as a ‘free download’. Who needs that? If you want to actually play your CD’s (as people buying this do), who wants to burn a CD of 1 track and actually eject and play this one song seperately. Seems ridiculous to me.

    Something i keep wondering (and i see above that the MTV unplugged is out of place here), does anyone know why we get the audio of MTV unplugged and a DVD but not the MTV unplugged on the DVD? That alone would’ve made me purchase this. As it stands i’m not buying ANY of these products. It’s a big ‘NO’ from me…

  9. bob says:

    What many people don’t realise is that Fantasy was actually recorded in 1987 for the Faith album. Being the perfectionist that he was George wasn’t 100% happy with it and so kept it back for the follow up LWP with the intention of re-working it.
    Of course it didn’t make that album either in the end but George obviously liked the song as he kept going back to it. If you listen to the song it actually fits into the Faith era perfectly (though I prefer LWP)
    Like Paul I am a little suspicious around this whole Nile Rodgers remix project and also feel there is a bending of reality, however well intended. I am just disappointed that Nile Rodgers of all people has taken a great George Michael song and stripped the best parts away and left it sounding like a demo…

  10. Christophe says:

    So, we’re talking about a 2017 remix of a 1990 song, inserted on a cd which contains a 1996 concert to celebrate a 1990 album…

    The track listings of the box sets (Faith before this one) baffle me… Too many songs are missing, while others are completely out of place. I’m very disappointed and will not buy them. Thankfully I have all the tracks I need on CD-singles, etc. but it still feels like missed opportunities to me.

    That said, I would definitely buy a CD-single of this new version :)

  11. Modernaire says:

    I forgot to say, after I hit the ‘Post Comment’, that I’m kind of surprised, and slightly disappointed, that a ‘Listen Without Prejudice VOL. 2’ wasn’t added to the super deluxe version, or even a LWP UBER version.

    That would include many of those songs that ended up as one of singles or part of other benefit releases in the 90s. I mentioned above that one of the songs meant for Vol 2 was ‘Too Funky’, it’s a really prolific time for GM, and after Faith, a kind of masterpiece. Vol. 1 stands as one of my most favorite albums of all time and has a special meaning in my life, growing up at the time into young adult hood, I felt the maturing of GM and matched what I was going through also.

    Anyway, let’s hope a Vol 2 will one day be released perhaps with Trojan Souls, it’s George Michael’s OPUS.

  12. Modernaire says:

    From the moment I played the CASSINGLE back in 1990 ‘FANTASY’ was always one of my most favorite songs of GM’s. I never told anyone of course, because music and these great music artists were a personal, private joy, way before the socialist social media era we live in now. But this jam was the jam back in ’90.

    I always felt it was strong enough to be a single and here it is in a new version but the original will always be the best. The breakdown on the original where George really get’s down is brilliant, I wouldn’t mind hearing a remix with Nile’s playing, with original tracks.

    This new version seems thinned out but overall it’s a buns treat as I’m also a big Nile Rodgers fan. The original in my looking back, fit the whole super model vibe of the early 90s era, predating GM’s other Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 2 track ‘Too Funky’.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I had the Fantasy’Cassingle’ too :) Not sure I’ll really buy the story about how George wanted it on LWP but somehow this ‘accidentally’ didn’t happen etc. George knew what he was doing with that album and Fantasy doesn’t really fit the mood/tone. There’s a bit of me that doesn’t even believe that before he died, George asked Nile Rodgers to do the remix, because why have they waited so long to do it (Nile was working on it only a few weeks ago) with all the implications it has had with the box set? However, it would be a bit much to come out publicly and say such a blatant untruth, so I’ll assume it is true. Having said that… with both of these situations (David Austin’s statement read out on the radio and the narrative around Nile and the remix) it does feel as if there is a slight bending of reality to fit a marketing message.

      Anyone agree, or am I being a bit cynical and mean-spirited?

      • Ivan says:

        Absolutely agree with you, Paul! I call bullshit on David Austin’s “press” release (though dressed up as “heartfelt note”). As a longtime GM fan, we should expect more of this nonsense from now on, just as during George’s lifetime, as he was surrounded by yaysayers professionally and as part of his private life. The “download vs. bonus track on CD2” controversy is even funny, especially considering the drama of GM’s career trend. It infuriates me as much as makes me shake my head in disbelief at George, as I did about most of his life and career, it’s even funny if you think about it.

      • Naj says:

        10o% true…. I don’t think gm would have allowed this remix out ..7/8 tracks were finished for the new album so let’s seee Wat happens

  13. Shawn says:

    I have to agree with the other posters that releasing a “super deluxe edition” which is missing a track that is included in less “deluxe” editions is total BS – I don’t care what the reason is. If I wanted to download the release I’d just get it through my subscription to Apple Music. I bought the CDs because I want the songs on CD. That said – the Nile Rogers remix of Fantasy is brilliant and I still can’t believe George Michael is gone – one of my all time faves.

  14. Sam Lowry says:

    Every new version of Fantasy is case of diminishing returns. The original is almost as perfect as it gets and I started to prefer it to its A-side a long time ago. 98 is still a pleasant version. It removed a bit funkiness and received a bit of Disco in return. Ironic then that one of the Godfathers of Disco removes all that is good and seems to be turning in something closer to a demo than a finished track. I listened to it but don’t think I will again.

  15. Glenn says:

    They should offer to mail out the revised CD2 to those that purchase the full box set or release a CD single.

  16. Peter Anderson says:

    Pre-ordered the superdeluxe edition when first announced – mainly to see the South Bank Show footage again. Much prefer the original to the Nile remix so not going to get overexcited about missing that. I’d be happy if they added vinyl though and kept it at the same price!!

  17. Daran says:

    I knew I had the original somewhere. It is on the ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ best of. Clearly GM thought highly of this song.

  18. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Here’s the link to SDE’s original article about this release from September 2016 which shows a photo of the Super Deluxe set

  19. Michael Khalsa says:

    Sounds good. I heard the original coming from a passing car yesterday. Also the estate seems to know what it is doing. Keeping it classy. Unlike the Michael Jackson estate with their offerings. Adore Nile Rodgers as well.

    • MusicFan says:

      I agree Michael. His family, friends and [most] fans have been very respectful.

      Soon after George passed the family did officially say not to expect any unreleased music, however, the good news is that this week, the family issued a press statement saying….

      “Our aim is to carry on, as we know Yog would have wanted, to share and enjoy his precious legacy and to continue to bring you joy – through his extraordinarily beautiful music.

      David [Austin], along with Yogs loyal creative team, will continue bringing you all the projects they had been working so hard on for you, exactly as Yog would have wanted…”

      This is great news for all of the loyal fans!!!

      • Gary C says:

        This statement doesn’t sound like the man who only released 5 studio albums in 30 years, one being a covers album. Are we supposed to take what they say at face value? that he had all this stuff they plan to release in the can and up to GM’s high standards?
        Never the most prolific, but in his lifetime most of his released music was at such a high standard, what comes across is that he was very guarded about what he put out.
        I would be very disappointed if we get some rubbish, and this remix is pretty poor and does not bode well for the future.
        Expect a compilation ASAP.

      • Michael Khalsa says:

        Yes. I’m not sure George would have liked that cover for the 2 cd set though. A better bet would have been that beautiful picture on the inside sleeve or just leave it as is. Also I’m sure that David Austin will include this version of ‘Fantasy’ on an anthology if one is released.

        My main wish list is expanded versions of the 3 Wham! albums. They should include the best performances from shows like top of the pops. They were a very visual group. Plus a photography book of Wham! & George Michael with a company like Taschen.

  20. MINO says:

    Hey guys did you know that there is a slow studio resung version of White Light? It’s AMAZING!

  21. alan hansen says:

    why not open-up the deluxe sets that have apparently already been manufactured, remove the 2nd disc (without this bonus track) and insert the removed disc into the lesser 2cd sets. then insert the new edition of the 2nd disc with the bonus track into the deluxe set.

  22. Ken A. says:

    But yet, if this was a 12″ vinyl release only, like a RSD exclusive, I’d be pretty happy with a download.

  23. Charles says:

    Dang it! I read the article and then I listened to that b-side with prejudice! I’m so ashamed.

  24. Paul E. says:

    The original mix is my preferred version. This remix has just un-retro’d the intended 90’s style of the song. Perhaps I can tolerate the removal of horns, deal with a few liberties here and there, BUT don’t jack with George’s vocals. Killed any chance I had for the enjoying the remix. Niles is about as “original” as (current) Pharrell Williams in this production also.

  25. YogLover says:

    This doesn’t make sense. Are they suggesting that George commissioned this remix with a view to it being included in the SDE before he died? Then why isn’t it included in the SDE (which it’s being suggested was manufactured a long time ago)? And why does Nile Rodgers say on his Twitter that he’s only recently remixed the track?

  26. Robert says:

    Uninteresting. Stripped the best instruments and left a vocal that seems rather too fast now. George, you left us too soon. You are greatly missed!

  27. Ian McJannet says:

    Personally I think it’s absolutely hideous ..
    I don’t think it fits in with ‘Listen Without Prejudice’ at all ..
    (Every track on that is great)
    BUT it certainly fits in to ‘Faith’ though …….
    Just my humble opinion !!!

  28. Mark says:

    I ordered the deluxe box set when George was still with us
    & check regularly that my order is still active, which it is ..after his death I thought all would be lost…but it isn’t ..& I’m grateful for this, love the new art work & the Nile remix. A cd single would be a nice touch, but I’ll be happy for a download or a remix bundle..

  29. Vishal says:

    Love this “new” version as well; Sony should find a way to put this on the physical SDE though!

  30. MikeW says:

    Whilst I’m not that keen on the sampled vocal pitchshifting loops I do agree they should simply replace the second disc on the deluxe box set and apply an easy to remove sticker re bonus track. As they are having to add details re download it would’ve been little extra effort. Daft!

  31. Rough cut says:

    I ordered the deluxe set when it was first announced about a year ago… when GM was still with us. It’s been so long I don’t even know if the order’ active anymore.

    Anyway, on the remix, I kind of like the updated sound, but would’ve expected some Chic-esque guitars. And removing the horns? That’s like remivibg the bass line from ‘Billie Jean’, the song is limping without it.

  32. Henrik K says:

    Ok remix
    Nobody knew that george wasnt around for this realease
    Still so sad
    A disaster that the super deluxe not is complete
    As much that i love Georges music i dont like these realeases after the artist is gone
    Only for the record company and the families

  33. William_M says:

    They need to rectify this anddo it properly, even if they just put it on the deluxe box disc as a ‘hidden track’ then they don’t need to mess with the artwork, simple as that, just replace the disc, put a few quid on the price of the box…covered, I’m sure Paul can speak nicely to Sony

  34. Ivan says:

    This is by far my favorite version of “Fantasy”. The inclusion of the download code on the boxset, instead of adding an extra CD or repressing CD2, is outrageous. I’ve had the box set on preorder for ages, but this mishap is making have second thoughts about cancelling it and stick to the Deluxe iTunes edition.

    It should be noted that George performed “Fantasy” live quite frequently during the “25 Live” North American tour. I was at the MSG shows in July 2008 and he performed it both nights during the encore, second to last song.

    Those were the days… :-(

  35. Griffin says:

    I like the original more. It’s so 90’s which we’re buying the whole thing for: “the original sound” which is in our memories.

    I pre-ordered it & kept waiting. And now they added the new version to the 2CD set & screw us the early birds. It’s their problem produced/manufactured/pressed the whole thing and not releasing it. What they at least can do, is swapping the new CD2 with new version with the previously pressed one. They don’t even have to put the sticker on the package. Just pretend it’s a bonus hidden track like in the 80’s/90’s.

    I’m thinking of cancelling my pre-order. Just to show Sony that we don’t like to being screwed this way.

  36. RJS says:

    An awful lot of fuss about ONE track not being included on a 3 CD box set!

    • CJ says:

      We paid forty bucks (or more) for it on pre-order, over a year ago, and have waited patiently this long, and now we’re being told that, while we spent that money and waited that time, the product we’re getting (which is supposed to be “Super Deluxe”) is not going to have material that’s on the standard edition. So, yeah, we’re kind of pissed. Consider the audience–people paying extra for a super-deluxe version want best quality, most content. Paying that kind of money for a compromise tends to piss us off.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        We haven’t ‘paid’ anything (Amazon don’t charge until it ships). All we’ve done is wait. If we read between the lines… I’m sure George’s team decided late-ish in the day to get Nile to finish this remix (he was still working on it only a few weeks ago) and use it to push the reissue. Sony probably said “er, but we’re already manufactured everything and it’s out in less than two months”. “That’s your problem”. I’m not taking sides here, but feel like there’s a lot of ‘outrage’ which is a bit undeserved. This isn’t something that was planned from the start, a la Flowers in the Dirt.

        • Ben williams says:

          I find the outrage a bit confusing too, especially considering the people moaning didn’t know this track existed until about 48 hours ago!

    • Michael says:

      Precisely RJS. Its only one track, and an updated remix to boot, so its hardly part of the SDE. I only want an assembly of that era’s output.

  37. Dan says:

    Pre-order cancelled. This is like when Kylie released Time Bomb to promote her condensed greatest hits, and didn’t bother to include it on the album track list!

  38. Francis says:

    I prefer the original version rather then this drumless updated Nile Rodgers remix but annoyed it is not being added to the Super Deluxe Edition but will be included in the 2Disc Edition. Download only for the more expensive release – Bloody typical!

  39. MINO says:

    I hope they will release it as a single or I’ll have 2 buy the 2 editions… Poor choice anyway….

  40. Peter Muscutt says:

    At first I thought this might have been a hastily remixed version to promote the new box set, but after hearing the note that George himself had chosen the track, I felt a bit better. Nile has added his trademark guitar sound to it, although I was expecting it sound a little more disco/funk. I must say I’d not heard the original ‘Fantasy’ – although my mum was a massive fan of George’s before she passed away, so I’ll be getting this set as I have fond memories of her playing his material and I think it got drummed into me!! (see also Chris de Burgh and Simply Red!!). Despite the cock up over the download being included with the box set (when you’d have thought that would have got the ‘preferential’ treatment over the 2cd edition) I’m looking forward to this one. Decent price, too!

  41. Jay says:

    Amazon now showing the remix of Fantasy on disc 2 of the 4 disc deluxe issue, as per the 2 disc set

  42. Kevin says:

    Meh. The original version (which I have on the Japanese ‘Freedom 90’ CD single) was better.

  43. Michael Ettengruber says:

    His website is up again with a messegae by his Family. Looks if new music is coming in the future. Very promising!

  44. Keith says:

    Prefer original

  45. Toni Hernandez says:

    Still waiting for ” Older” and ” Patience” on vinyl. Not This!

  46. Mark Markinson says:

    wtf is with that vocoder on the new version? TERRIBLE

    • Craig says:

      Agreed, it’s complete garbage and the SDE a better off without it. And calling it a ‘new single’ is a joke.

      Having said that I find Nile Rodgers the most overrated artist around at the moment so I’m not surprised it’s not to my taste.

  47. Rick says:

    Dammit! I preordered the 2cd set prior to his passing not knowing there would be a 3cd deluxe. Now I have to cancel that and order the deluxe. Grrrrr!

    • Adriano Cristino says:

      Don’t cancel the order because if you spend more money for a better version you end up getting a BADLY ASSEMBLED edition that was printed a year ago and does not even feature the leading single….Imagine that!!!???

  48. Rickjapan says:

    Let’s face it, it’s not a new single, it’s a remix.

    But it’s a bloody good one! I prefer it without the horns and with the funky guitar. Nile Rodgers is a god, whatever the man touches turns to gold lol.

    Not so happy with the download only for the deluxe edition, I think they could have handled that better, not least because we (the ones that ordered the thing to start with) have been waiting patiently for quite some time now, even if it is because of things out of the producers’ control. Some kind of physical extra, like a CD single would have been much more appreciated. However, I can live with it, since I’m really aiming for the CD3 contents, and, as I said, this is basically a remix.

  49. Paul says:

    On the revised amazon listing, it’s included at the end of disc 2?

  50. MusicFan says:

    Why do people think this is a download only?

    It’s on disc 2 of the re-issue!

    It’s just a teaser to get some promotions as the re-issue is out very soon indeed!

  51. Adriano Cristino says:

    If you delay a release for one year then you also make sure that you re-press the disc with the song you would ideally like to add and you cannot just give a download code for it (at least print a 1-track cd as a bonus cd-single for the best PREJUDICE format!!!) – BOLLOCKS is what i say for choices like that and not a way to honour an artist for sure! Commercial choices and nothing more POOR POOR POOR strategy!

  52. Ronald says:

    So I buy the deluxe edition and I get a download. Why can’t the just replace the disc?
    Leave the package and put a sticker on it or something. On the plastic that is.

    • Adriano Cristino says:

      You buy the pre-order and they run away with your money for a year and give you a DOWNLOAD CODE….looks that way to most people on this page from what i can read!

  53. Kauwgompie says:

    I don’t think Fantasy is a great song to begin with but I definitely prefer Nile Rodgers remix. Definitely much better than the original. Nile’s rhythm guitar makes everything better, it sounds so much crispier and fresher if that makes sense. Will this be released as a physical single? Totally amateuristic move to not include it on the 3cd/1dvd set. Absolutely ridiculous.

    Incredible that Nile Rodgers is still at it. The guy is unbelievably good. From Chic’s “Le Freak” and “Good Times” in the 70’s to Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”, Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” and Duran Duran’s “Notorious” in the 80’s to again Bowie in the 90’s to Tina Arena and Daft Punk in the 2000’s and now George Michael’s Fantasy in 2017. His standard of quality is almost unmatched. One of the most underestimated musicians in music history (together with Giorgio Moroder) in my book. Daft Punk’s album Random Access Memories was excellent but the 3 songs that Nile Rodgers co-wrote and played on were by far the best 3 of the album in my opinion.

  54. Chris Squires says:

    It’s…..OK. As Elliott above says bring on the Make it Big and Fantastic deluxe sets…if there is any material in the bank. (not to be released on April 1st….)
    Sad news that Holger Czukay has just passed, I am really enjoying the CAN singles after dismissing his work with Sylian as nonsense. Can are really quite good.

  55. Gary Hunter says:

    In a word…..horrible!

  56. Rob Deighton says:

    Haven’t listened to the track (yet) but baffled as to why MTV unplugged is being issued with ‘Prejudice ‘ when it dates from the ‘older’ period.

  57. probablyrustin says:

    A bonus CD single with some mixes in a slipcase would have been a nice addition to the super deluxe, but it’s a George Michael reissue so can’t expect too much!

    • Adriano Cristino says:

      This is the first POSTHUMOUS project and already they are making BAD choices for all the GM collectors Worldwide by not including the leading single to the expensive boxset!!!

  58. Ben Williams says:

    Love the single, glad it’s on the 2cd version which I will be getting! I was worried this would be download only so happy they have put it on the second disc :-)

    • Adriano Cristino says:

      It is a download only for all fans that want to purchase what is supposed to be the complete boxset! Cheated out of our hard cash this time for sure.

      • Ben williams says:

        Just get the 2cd as well as the box set. Cost is £40 for both? This is still and always was, a great looking reissue, not to mention amazing value for money.

        I think some people miss the point here – this track was never meant to be on the box. It’s purely a bonus track. This is not the same as Flowers In The Dirt that was always meant to have download-only songs. If you’re willing to pay £30 for a box then an extra £10 if you really want to this one song on disc, whilst not super cheap obviously for one song, won’t break the bank. Or just buy this one song on MP3 (for now) and await the inevitable singles box set or even a cd single of the new Fantasy remix??

      • Klaus says:

        You can still cancel your pre-order.

  59. Auntie Sabrina says:

    What a shame, for £30 couldn’t they just replace Disc 2 in the sets and amend the packaging?

    • Adriano Cristino says:

      It is not even a matter of money but a matter of presenting the boxset as a Comprehensive Presentation of the GM project and that’s gone down the drainpipe now!

  60. Chris says:

    I like it but personally I think it would be loads better with a disco drum track and bass… i.e. the full Chic treatment! Nice to hear anyway. :)

  61. John says:

    A huge dissapointment for the download song for the 4disc deluxe edition.
    Maybe they could add a bonus CDsingle with the new version of the song.
    If the fans wanted an mp3 of the song, they would buy the release from I tunes.

    • bob says:

      I have to say I am a little disappointed, I really wanted to like it but…
      The original is superb and really should have been on the LWP album, let’s face it there was enough room as there were only 10 tracks on the album.
      Like everyone I am just hoping that there are enough completed tracks in the vaults for at least a couple of new albums. There should be as George was often recording yet his last studio album was released in 2004.
      I just can’t get excited over remixed versions of old tracks.

    • Adriano Cristino says:

      NO BRAINS on record company people to antagonise fans that want to buy the boxset and all are given is a download code that no collector is ever going to use. Maybe they should stick the code…on their promo ads instead!

  62. bertielego says:

    Awesome version of an already brilliant track… I wish Nile and George had reworked more songs together, and made an entire album!

    Paul, is there any plan of a CD single release?

  63. Groover says:

    A really poor remix in my opinion – Nile Rodgers has taken away the funky trumpet (which was the hook to the whole song) and the fat bass line and replaced it with very a weedy sounding guitar and a rather tuneless backing track. The only people who will like this are the hardcore fans who would like absolutely anything that was released under the George Michael name.

  64. Colin Harper says:

    There’s probably a university thesis waiting to be written on the pervasive but little-remarked-upon influence of Bo Diddley on George Michael. We could probably all have some fun with thinking of a title. ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Bo…’ ‘Guilty Feet Have Got Bo’s Rhythm…’

  65. Willy says:

    This is fantastic!! It really hits home what a loss George is… :(

  66. elliott buckingham says:

    hoping for a cd single at least.
    bring on the wham deluxe reissues please

  67. Peter says:

    Like it! In fact a whole lot more than the original, always disliked the horns and latin feel …

  68. Fady says:

    Brilliant version. I love it! Great job by Nile Rodgers.

  69. Martin Kilroy says:

    I’m preaching to the converted I imagine but as someone who pre-ordered the full box set getting a download is a huge disappointment. Not quite as much as the recent Paul McCarney debacle though! If demon can re-do nearly all the dead or alive box set then surely the same disc 2 as the 2 cd set with a sticker on is not beyond Sony?!

    • Fady says:

      You could always buy a copy of the two-CD version when it goes on sale ;-).

    • Adriano Cristino says:

      Absolutely! a real STUPID choice by Sony that will provoke nothing good for their commercial cause!

      • CJ says:

        This has been on pre-order for over a f-ing year on my Amazon account, and I’m seriously going to have to essentially re-buy it on a 2-disc set for this track? Seriously?

        And if they weren’t going to bother repressing the deluxe box, and they’ve been “already manufactured” all this time and sitting in a warehouse somewhere, why have we been waiting over a year to get it? Sony may possibly be the absolute worst-run major label on the planet.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          I would point out that this set is £70 cheaper than the Queen ‘News of the World” set which only offers a book and a vinyl record more than what you get here. Yes, the download is a bit annoying, but if you focus on what you ARE getting, then there are some big positives. It has been a frustrating wait but so much has been beyond Sony’s control, including of course George’s death. A quite like the new remix, but not so much that I’m devastated that it’s not going to be on CD in the new box.

          • CJ says:

            I am very happy that we are still getting this set, but Sony are idiots. To add the download code, they will have to unseal the packages to put it in anyway, unless they put the download code on an exterior sticker, which means people could get the download without buying the box. So they are essentially telling us “We are going to open all these boxes to put in a slip of paper, but we can’t be bothered to put in a newly pressed CD2, even though we’re pressing a whole bunch of them for the other package anyway.” They have a standard edition that actually has content on it that DOESN’T come on the SDE kind of defeats the purpose of an SDE. They are actually going through, for the most part, the exact same amount of labor to provide lesser content for what is supposed to be the superior package.

            Of course, watch them see us complaining on here and decide to delay it for another four years while they switch the discs out. And then another three years after that because the boxes got dusty.

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            I very much doubt that they will open thousands of box sets to put a code in.

          • Klaus says:

            @Paul Sinclair

            It is GBP 70 cheaper than the NOTW-debacle, that’s why i ordered it late last year already. But come on, the delay has been beyond Sony’s control…seriously?

            I would guess that the main reason for that delay, given that the SDE obviously has been manufactured some time ago, is that a release date in late October is so much nearer to the christmas gift slot than one in early May.
            And, not to forget, the really serious GM collectors will now have to get not only the “new” CD-single of “Fantasy” but also the otherwise pointless (at least to them) 2-CD-version because of one track added on one CD. Honi soit qui mal y pense.

            Would it really be so expensive for Sony if they just manufacture more of CD2 of the 2CD-set to give them away for free with the already manufactured boxes? At least it would be much better for their reputation amongst collectors.

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            What are you talking about!!!? The delay is because George Michael died.

          • Gareth Pugh says:

            Just unwrapping my copy now and interestingly, although there’s a sticker on the shrink wrap directing you to the web page for the download (of all the package’s audio content + the Nile Rogers-mixed track), they *have* included a small insert card inside the book, once you open it all up, with a unique randomly generated code and it lists the Fantasy remix. Which might imply (if these have been sitting in a warehouse for months, as is thought to be the case) then they have unwrapped and then re-shrunk the sets recently.

    • Dan says:

      Here here! I agree – demon did the right thing with DoA so it should not be hard to just replace the MTV cd with the extra song. I have had it pre ordered for 18 months now!

  70. DJ Control says:

    Let’s get it to number 1 people!

  71. Steven Robertson says:

    I love this new version. The original is a favourite of mine since 1990.

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