by George MichaelGeorge Michael


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Gestating for a long time -- at least two years, although George Michael hasn't released an album for a decade -- Symphonica is a curious way for the pop singer to return to action. A live album recorded on his 2011-2012 tour, Symphonica showcases a singer on the supper club circuit, trading in a few of his big hits, all middle-brow favorites ("Praying for Time," "One More Try," "A Different Corner") and spending a lot of time on songs the audience knows and love, whether it's Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," Anthony Newley's "Feeling Good," or the American Popular Songbook standard "My Baby Just Cares for Me." Michael does indulge in some personal favorites -- —he tackles Terence Trent D'Arby's "Let Her Down Easy" and the deep Elton John track "Idol" -- but the context is something familiar: a popular singer luxuriating in a symphonic setting. He doesn't push the limits of this template, choosing to enjoy the lush surroundings, so this winds up slightly anti-climactic: Michael is in good form but he's coasting, doing no more than he needs to, satisfying fans without surprising.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2014
Label: Island
UPC: 0602537699322
catalogNumber: 002019702
Rank: 67633

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Michael   Primary Artist
Shirley Lewis   Background Vocals
Chris Cameron   Keyboards,Musical Direction
Danny Cummings   Percussion
David Finck   Bass,Double Bass
Jay Henry   Background Vocals
Rob Mathes   Conductor
Lori Perry   Background Vocals
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Sharon Perry   Background Vocals
Steve Sidwell   Conductor
Luke Smith   Keyboards
Steve Walters   Bass
Gavin Greenaway   Conductor
Henry Hey   Piano,Musical Direction
Andy Hamilton   Keyboards,Saxophone,EWI
Mark McLean   Drums
Ben Butler   Guitar
Lucy Jules   Background Vocals
Carlos Hercules   Drums
Graham Kearns   Guitar
Lincoln Jean-Marie   Background Vocals
Lea Mullen   Percussion
Mike Brown   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ewan MacColl   Composer
Elton John   Composer
George Michael   Composer,Producer
Gordon Goodwin   Arranger
Rob Mounsey   Arranger
David Austin   Composer,Executive Producer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Chris Cameron   Arranger
Terence Trent D'Arby   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Rob Mathes   Arranger
Anthony Newley   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Torrie Zito   Arranger
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Bill Carey   Composer
Carl Fischer   Composer
Niall Flynn   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Jay Gorney   Composer
Henry Hey   Arranger
James Jackman   Programming
Adam Miller   Pro-Tools
Dimitri Tiomkine   Composer

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