George Michael’s New Video for Going to a Town

George Michael has released a new video for his single, “Going to a Town.” Unlike the “Let Her Down Easy” video, the video for “Going to a Town” is concert footage from the Symphonica tour.

“Going to a Town” was originally written and recorded by Rufus Wainwright and featured on his 2007 album Release the Stars. It is the second song to be released from the successful Symphonica CD.

George Michael’s Heartfelt Thank You

George Michael took to his Twitter account today with a heartfelt thank you to his fans. George referred to himself as the “luckiest man on earth.”

There are no words that can describe how much I owe each and every one of you, so I shall not try. I sat in my sisters house yesterday and..

watched “Symphonica” for the only the second time. I tried to see and hear it as others do.And I saw the luckiest man on earth. So much love

given to one man.So many beautiful moments with family, friends,and all of you. I felt breathless for a moment.

And as the words and music faded one thought played over and over again in my head.If only I had known,way back then,i’d have been one….

seriously happy kid. I love you. All of you…George Michael x

George Michael Palais Garnier Documentary

George Michael is the first contemporary artist ever to perform a concert at the Palais Garnier Opera House Paris. “George Michael Live at the Palais Garnier Paris” has already aired on the BBC and will be airing on AXS TV on April 13 at 8 ET.

You can enter to win a framed print from George Michael’s personal “Symphonica” collection, signed by George himself and the photographer, Caroline True. The print is one of only 16 photographs that was exhibited in London’s prestigious Hamiltons Gallery in Mayfair.

The program has been sold to Foxtel (Australia), DirecTV (Latin America), Globosat (Brazil) and Phoenix Satellite Television (Hong Kong, China and Macau). 

You can read more about the documentary in these two articles:

Tracks in the documentary include:

  • Through
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • A Different Corner
  • Cowboys and Angels
  • John & Elvis Are Dead
  • You’ve Changed
  • Brother Can You Spare a Dime
  • Let Her Down Easy
  • You’ve Been Loved
  • Roxanne
  • Wild Is the Wind
  • Praying for Time
  • Feeling Good

Symphonica Is Number 1

George Michael is tweeting for the first time in more than a month, and this time it’s about the worldwide success of Symphonica. The new CD with vocals from the Symphonica tour was released this week.

 

Excellent Reviews for George Michael’s Symphonica

The reviews for George Michael’s Symphonica are coming in, and most of them are good.

The Daily Mail gives Symphonica 4 out of 5 stars with the following verdict: poignant and polished.

As befits a man of 50, this record is more refined. With elegant strings and horns adding colour without being intrusive, it places the onus firmly on a smooth, expressive voice that is still in magnificent fettle.

The Telegraph gives Symphonica 4 out of 5 stars as well, saying:

An unadventurous set list reworks some of his most thoughtful and sombre songs with a selection of classic covers, all given a lush production gloss by the late Phil Ramone. What lifts it to a higher plane is Michael’s smooth and expressive singing. He has gorgeous tone and timbre and an instinct for when to introduce a breathy intimacy and when to raise the roof.

The Associated Press headline raves: ‘Symphonica’ Review: George Michael Is As Good As Ever,” saying:

Michael avoids a number of traps on this album, which was produced by the late Phil Ramone, who also teamed with the singer in 1999 on “Songs From the Last Century.” Michael deserves credit for moving deftly into big band and orchestral territory without in any way trying to imitate the master, Frank Sinatra, or taking on the vocal tics of the many other artists who have turned to American standards as a mid-career tonic. The style and phrasings are all his own, confident and understated, and the sparse arrangements allow ample room for his hypnotic voice to soar. By instinct, he shies way from self-dramatizing vocal pyrotechnics, letting the melodies and lyrics carry the day.

 Rolling Stone gives Symphonica 3 out of 5 stars, saying:

Mr. Explore Monogamy lounges it up on “One More Try” and “Praying for Time”; best of all is when he torches up the Wham!-era oldie “A Different Corner,” giving it a touch of autumnal wisdom.

The negative reviews are coming from the U.S., which is not surprising.

The Washington Post has one of the most negative reviews, saying:

Song selection also plagues Michael’s “Symphonica,” which is an unaccountably strange creature — a not-entirely-live collection of covers and little-known originals, many of them drawn from his 1999 release, “Songs From the Last Century.” The last album produced by the legendary Phil Ramone before his death last year, “Symphonica” appears to have undergone more than the standard amount of studio sweetening, with Michael’s 2012 orchestral tour serving as a foundation.

 The New York Daily News has another negative review with a 2 star rating:

George Michael hasn’t put out a new album in seven years — and he hasn’t issued one with a spark of vim or an ounce of vigor in more than 20.

The San Francisco Gate has some positive and negative points, saying:

Let’s not get too excited about “Symphonica,” the first new George Michael album in seven years, because the live recording is made up of well-worn material.

17 Days of George Michael’s Symphonica – Day 17

Symphonica is released today in the U.K. and tomorrow in the U.S.

Today is the last day of 17 Days of Symphonica.  Each day in March, the official George Michael Facebook page has been previewing tracks from the forthcoming album. Today’s clip features “Cowboys and Angels,” “Let Her Down Easy,” and “Through.”

17 Days of George Michael’s Symphonica – Day 16

Today is Day 16 of 17 Days of Symphonica. The new George Michael CD will be released in the U.K. tomorrow and in the U.S. on Tuesday.

George Michael’s official Facebook page is celebrating the release of Symphonica by posting a video a day until March 17, 2014.

“One Day to Go” proclaims the clip today, which is again a compilation of previous clips. The songs featured today are “Praying for Time,” “You Have Been Loved,” and “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime.”

17 Days of George Michael’s Symphonica – Day 15

“Two Days to Go” is the theme of today’s 17 Days of Symphonica. Unlike the rest of the clips, today’s video is a compilation of previous videos. Today, we see parts of “A Different Corner,” “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” and “John and Elvis Are Dead.”

George Michael’s official Facebook page is celebrating the release of Symphonica on March 17. Each day in March until the release date, the official George Michael Facebook page will be previewing tracks from the forthcoming album.

17 Days of George Michael’s Symphonica – Day 14

On day 14 of 17 Days of Symphonica, “Going to a Town” is the song of the day.  We’re only three days away from the release of George Michael’s “studio” CD Symphonica.

Today’s clip starts with a lot of behind the scenes footage of the making of Symphonica. It ends with concert footage from the Symphonica tour.

17 Days of George Michael’s Symphonica – Day 13

Day 13 of 17 Days of Symphonica brings us “Through,” a George Michael original from the Patience CD. We’re nearing the end of 17 Days of Symphonica, a celebration of the music of George Michael’s Symphonica on George Michael’s official Facebook page.

The clip for “Through” has George Michael backstage and in concert, as well as a series of “serious” photos of George Michael, ending with a smiling, not posed photo.

17 Days of George Michael’s Symphonica – Day 12

“You’ve Changed” is the song of the day for the twelfth day of 17 Days of Symphonica, the celebration of George Michael’s new CD Symphonica.

Today’s clip shows many photos from the recording of Symphonica as well as concert footage from the Symphonica tour.

As a side note, don’t miss the Symphonica trailer exclusively on Amazon.

17 Days of George Michael’s Symphonica – Day 11

It’s already day 11 of the 17 Days of Symphonica, the celebration of George Michael’s new CD.  The song for today is “Let Her Down Easy,” originally a Terence Trent D’Arby song.

Today’s clip of “Let Her Down Easy” is a departure from past clips.  It is just clips from the music video along with concert footage of George Michael during the Symphonica tour.

17 Days of George Michael’s Symphonica – Day 10

It’s day ten of 17 Days of Symphonica, and today’s song is “Cowboys and Angels,” which was on George Michael’s Listen Without Prejudice.

Until March 17, the release date for Symphonica, George Michael’s official Facebook page is showing clips of concert footage and the making of Symphonica.

“Cowboys and Angels” once again shows concert footage and photos from the Symphonica tour of George Michael smiling.  It also has photos of George in the studio.

17 Days of George Michael’s Symphonica – Day 9

For the ninth day of 17 Days of Symphonica, “You Have Been Loved” is the song of the day. “You Have Been Loved” is originally from 1996s Older CD.

Today’s clip begins with serious, black and white photos of George.  A concert clip from the Symphonica tour, along with a photo from the recording studio complete the video.

17 Days of George Michael’s Symphonica – Day 8

“Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” is the song of the day during the eighth day of 17 Days of Symphonica. George Michael’s official Facebook page is showing a new clip each day until the release of Symphonica on March 17.

Today’s clip is devoted to concert footage of “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” during the Symphonica tour. “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” is from Songs from the Last Century, and this version has a different feel than the CD version.

17 Days of George Michael’s Symphonica – Day 7

We have made it to the seventh day of 17 Days of Symphonica, a series of video clips celebrating the release of George Michael’s Symphonica on March 17.

Today’s song is “Roxanne,” from the Songs from the Last Century CD.  The clip is half concert footage and half video and photos from the recording of Symphonica.

17 Days of George Michael’s Symphonica – Day 6

It’s eleven days until the release of Symphonica, George Michael’s new CD.  On day six, we have “Praying for Time,” originally from the Listen Without Prejudice CD in 1990, as the sample clip of Symphonica from George Michael’s official Facebook page.

“Praying for Time” includes the new lyrics: “I sang 20 years and a day. Nothing changed. The human race found some other god and walked into the flames.” Today’s clip is primarily photos and video footage from the Symphonica tour.

George Michael Misses Symphonica Playback

Although George Michael didn’t show up for the playback of Symphonica at Hamilton’s Gallery in Mayfair yesterday, there were still plenty of articles about the event and the new CD.

George Michael’s PR company is calling the exhibition of photographs taken by his long-term collaborator, Caroline True, and the playback of the album, A Four-Day Celebration.

The Daily Mirror focused on David Austin’s comment that George has quit cannabis: “He has not smoked dope for over a year and a half now. It has completely changed his life.” He also mentioned George’s accident on the M1 last year: “That was just an unfortunate accident – that is all that was.”

The Guardian’s article George Michael’s Symphonica: five things we learned looked at the music:

Billed as his sixth studio album and the follow-up to 2004’s Patience, Symphonica is basically a slightly confused live album. On the one hand we learn that the string arrangements were recorded in a studio, and there are photos of Michael in a studio environment working on the album with the legendary producer Phil Ramone, but on the other we’re told that live vocals from each of the shows on the tour were sent over to Ramone who then selected the best ones and arranged the songs from there.

The Times only gave Symphonica 3 out of 5 stars, saying, “And his new album, his first since 2004’s Patience, is not really a new album at all.”

The Daily Mail has the photographs of all the celebrities attending the event, with the main focus on Hannah Janes, the model in the “Let Her Down Easy” video. Other photos include Jack, George’s father, and Shirlie Kemp.

17 Days of George Michael’s Symphonica – Day 5

It’s day five of 17 Days of Symphonica, and today’s song is “Wild Is the Wind,” which was on George Michael’s 1999 release Songs from the Last Century.

Until March 17, the release date for Symphonica, George Michael’s official Facebook page is showing clips of concert footage and the making of Symphonica.

“Wild Is the Wind” once again shows concert footage and photos from the Symphonica tour as well as George backstage.  It also has photos of George with the orchestra both on tour and in the studio.