George Michael’s ‘Listen Without Prejudice’ Set For Reissue, Film Coming To Showtime
George Michael‘s debut solo album Faith made him a global superstar, gave him four consecutive chart-topping singles in the United States alone and ensured that the British singer, who was 24 years old upon the LP’s release, was an ever-present pop force on MTV throughout 1987 and 1988. However, for his follow-up, 1990’s introspective Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, Michael opted to bow out of the spotlight altogether by refusing to appear on the cover art and shunning any appearances in the music videos for singles like “Praying For Time” and “Freedom 90.” (The iconic, David Fincher-directed clip for the latter famously featured supermodels Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford.)
Today Sony announced an anniversary reissue of the album, titled Listen Without Prejudice 25, which the label says is “coming soon.” (It’s a curious title, given that the LP was actually released 26 years ago this month.) Formats are as follows: A Deluxe, Limited Edition box set with three CDs (including Michael’s 1996 MTV Unplugged special) and a DVD, a two-CD edition and a vinyl edition.
Coinciding with the reissue, Showtime is set to air the Phillip Smith-directed film Freedom: George Michael, which tells the story of the making of Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 — including the singer’s lengthy court battle with Sony that followed — and the events surrounding the loss of Michael’s partner Anselmo Feleppo after the album’s release. Contributors to the film include Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Liam Gallagher, Mark Ronson, Tony Bennett, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Corden and, of course, Michael himself.
Below, catch the full tracklist for the Listen Without Prejudice 25 Deluxe, Limited Edition box set.
CD1 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 7. Mother’s Pride 8. Heal The Pain 9. Soul Free 10. Waiting (Reprise)
CD2 MTV Unplugged album 1. Freedom! ’90 2. Fastlove 3. I Can’t Make You Love Me 4. Father Figure 5. You Have Been Loved 6. Everything She Wants 7. Strangest Thing 8. Older 9. Star People 10. Praying For Time
CD 3 Mixes and b sides 1. Soul Free 2. Freedom! 90 (Back To Reality Mix) 3. Freedom! 90 (Back To Reality Mix Edit) 4. Fantasy 5. Freedom! 90 (Edit) 6. Cowboys & Angels (Edit) 7. If You Were My Woman 8. Too Funky (Edit) 9. Crazy Man 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 (with Paul McCartney) 16. Desafinado (with Astrid Gilberto)
DVD 1. The Southbank Show 1990 2. Freedom! ’90 promo 3. Praying For Time promo 4. Freedom 90 MTV 10th Anniversary