George Michael - Older (Best Songs)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Interpolantics, Oct 12, 2018 at 5:28 AM.

  1. Interpolantics

    Interpolantics Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Pick your faves.
    Is this an underrated album or does it get the credit it's due?
    For me the arrangements and overall feel and style of the record make it a classic.
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  2. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

    For me, the only album as a whole that I ever really loved by George was "Faith", because it was just so "full of energy and life". After "Faith" he had some good songs, off and on, but to me even the best ones seemed to be the same of what we heard before, or of some varying spin of "Careless Whisper".

    The one song that really knocked me out after the "Faith" album, was the "single version" of the song "Let Her Down Easy", which is totally different than the album version.
  3. cmi

    cmi Forum Resident

    Moscow, Russia
    This IS the classic from start to finish. Two non-album tracks are great as well.
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  4. scantregard

    scantregard Well-Known Member

    The correct answer is "every song". This album is a masterpiece, and George's finest work. Sad, beautiful, sexy and concerned. It's one emotional suckerpunch after another.

    "Fastlove" is fascinating; who else has had a UK #1 about cruising whilst mourning his dead boyfriend that's lyrically incisive but which you can also dance to? Also, one of the finest uses of a reinterpolation; having "Forget Me Nots" soundtrack George singing, "I miss my baby"'s just fantastic.

    ETA - and no, it doesn't get the credit it's due. At all.
  5. Maurice

    Maurice Forum Resident

    North Yarmouth, ME
    I voted for Strangest Thing, Older, Jesus To A Child and Fastlove but this of course is the right answer.
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  6. jeffmo789

    jeffmo789 Give The Gift of Music!

    New England
    I hope his heirs continue the DE series and we get a boxset for this album.
  7. Retropsych

    Retropsych Well-Known Member

    I think You Have Been Loved is the best track, and one of his best ever recordings. Always hated Fast Love though.

    A fine album, but Listen Without Prejudice is George's masterpiece (if one expunges Soul Free)
  8. blair207

    blair207 Forum Resident

    Fife, Scotland
    I picked the first four but it is strong right through. GMs best album, right up there as an all time great album for me. I think there will be a Deluxe Edition of this sometime.
  9. Ignominious

    Ignominious Well-Known Member

    North of England
    I bought this album on cassette a few months ago (plus the Older EP) and it sounds absolutely fantastic. Probably the best sounding pre-recorded cassette tape that I own.

    It’s a joy from start to finish as is the EP.
  10. Orthogonian Blues

    Orthogonian Blues Forum Resident

    London, UK
    Listen closely to Fastlove - it's a fantastically detailed track. Also reminds me of the glorious summer of 1996.
  11. qJulia

    qJulia Forum Resident

    This album, to me, is a masterpiece. I like all the songs on it (love 90% of them).

    I first heard the album sometime in the late 90s, way before I became a George Michael fan. At that time, one of my of classmates in the college got the album. He was and still is a huge GM fan. I was impressed by the melody of many songs, but did not pay attention to the lyrics at the time. The melody of Older (instrumental) and The Strangest Thing got stuck in my head for a while after first hearing them.

    Late, after I became a GM fan and listened to all his albums, I still love Older. The songs were so well written, with beautiful melodies, and instrumentally well arranged. I would love to have an instrumental album of the songs, if possible.
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  12. Interpolantics

    Interpolantics Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I was thinking the same thing myself when i was listening to it today. The arrangements and overall production is sublime.
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  13. jamiesjamies

    jamiesjamies I love Abba

    Leeds, England
    George’s masterpiece IMO. My favourite album of all time. I was so lucky to be 16 years old when it came out, and it was the sound of summer 1996. As I get older myself parts of it make sense to me that didn’t when I was younger, before I had known disappointment! The night George died I lit a candle and played it from start to finish. I really hope they make a good job when they do a deluxe edition.
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  14. qJulia

    qJulia Forum Resident

    I also think that Older is under appreciated especially in the US. I know that George did not really promote the album in the US, but it was still sold well in the UK and Europe. I guess that the album was not as critically acclaimed as Faith or LWP vol 1 either. I was always wondering why. Faith and LWP are great albums too.
  15. aravel

    aravel Well-Known Member

    GDL - MEX
    :::... I liked 'Older' More than LWPV1, and the B-Sides from the 'Older' Single (UK) are my favourites (though I always hated that the Hype and the Store stickers was attached to the digipak sleeve of my import copy)

  16. jeffmo789

    jeffmo789 Give The Gift of Music!

    New England
    Love the instrumental version of the title track and would welcome more vox less versions.

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