George Michael may have had great success as one half of Wham!, but it wasn’t until he went solo that he could truly claim to have become a superstar of the pop world. George left Wham! because he was fed up with catering to a mainly teenage audience, and spurred on by the success of Careless Whisper, arguably a more mature sounding song than most of their repertoire, he finally decided to go it alone in 1986.
1987 then saw the release of his first solo album, entitled Faith, which was entirely written, arranged and produced by George, further cementing the fact that he was a very talented singer and musician. Faith hit the number one spot in the album charts of the UK, USA and several other countries, and went on to sell over 20 million copies!
That impressive sales figure is set to increase now that the album has been remastered and is to be reissued on 27th September 2010. Containing ten tracks, six of which managed to reach the top slot in the singles chart, I’m sure you’ll recognise most of the songs instantly. As well as the song that forms the title of the album, Faith, there’s also Father Figure, Monkey and I Want Your Sex. That last one can probably be played on the radio without any problems these days, but on release many radio stations played the alternative version I Want Your Love instead.
The reissue will be available both as a regular CD release and also in a limited edition numbered box set, a true collectors item for any George Michael fan. As well as the album it also contains a bonus CD of instrumental versions of some of the songs, and a DVD with several of the videos for the songs, plus an interview with George by Jonathan Ross. It also features a hardback book full of photos, a replica of the original Vinyl album, art prints, a poster and some replica tour tickets!
When George first split from Wham! many thought he was making a big mistake, but George proved them wrong and is a shining example of a musician successfully changing their musical style and both retaining their old audience and attracting a new one too. Chances are if he had stayed as part of Wham!, he would not be the household name he is today.
UPDATE 25/09/10! Sony have decided to relaunch the Faith album some time next year now after George’s recent sentencing for driving whilst under the influence of drugs.
UPDATE 31/01/11! The reissue of Faith is now set to go ahead at the end of January 2011.Search for Faith items on Amazon.co.uk