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Songs from the Last Century is the fourth studio album by the English singer-songwriter George Michael, released on 6 December 1999 by Aegean Records and Virgin Records. Produced by Phil Ramone and George Michael, it was his only album of cover versions. It consists mainly of old jazz standards plus new interpretations of more recent popular songs, such as "Roxanne" by the Police and "Miss Sarajevo" by U2 and Brian Eno with Luciano Pavarotti. "Roxanne" was released as a single in other countries except the United Kingdom.

Songs from the Last Century
Songs from the Last Century (George Michael album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
Released6 December 1999 (1999-12-06)
Recorded1999
GenreJazz [1]
Length43:11
LabelAegean, Virgin
ProducerPhil Ramone, George Michael
George Michael chronology
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
(1998)
Songs from the Last Century
(1999)
Patience
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
BBC(mixed)[2]
NME(3/10)[3]

Contents

HistoryEdit

This album is the only album in Michael's entire solo catalogue to have not yet reached number one in the UK Albums Chart, peaking at number two instead. It was kept off of the top spot by Shania Twain's Come on Over.[4]

A music video for "Roxanne" was shot in Amsterdam, in the so-called Red District, using ordinary people, not actors, who really live their lives on the street.

Another version exists of the album's opening track, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", sung by Michael with Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti at one of his famous "Pavarotti and Friends" live shows. This version is included on the limited edition of Michael's 2006 greatest hits album, Twenty Five.

Track listingEdit

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[5]

  • Abe Appleman – violin
  • Diane Barere – cello
  • Elena Barere – concert master, violin
  • Herb Besson – trombone
  • Yuri Vodovoz – violin
  • Virgil Blackwell – clarinet
  • Arvil Brown – violin
  • Jacqui Danilow – bass guitar
  • Marji Danilow – bass guitar
  • Lawrence Feldman – woodwind
  • Frank Filipetti – engineer, mixing
  • David Finck – bass guitar
  • Barry Finclair – concert master, violin
  • Crystal Garner – viola
  • Maura Giannini – violin
  • Karen Griffen – flute
  • Juliet Haffner – viola
  • Corky Hale – harp
  • Laura Hamilton – violin
  • Joyce Hammann – violin
  • Sheryl Henze – flute
  • Kenneth Hitchcock – woodwind
  • Jim Hynes – trumpet
  • Regis Iandiorio – violin
  • Jean Ingraham – violin
  • Greg Jakobek – design
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Tony Kadleck – trumpet
  • Jeff Kievit – trumpet
  • Chris Komer – French horn
  • Carol Landon – viola
  • Jeff Lang – French horn
  • Kim Laskowski – bassoon
  • Ann Leathers – violin
  • Jeanne LeBlanc – cello
  • Nancy McAlhany – violin
  • Diane Lesser – oboe
  • Richard Locker – cello
  • Dave Mann – woodwind
  • Rob Mathes – arranger, conductor, piano
  • Andrew McPherson – photography
  • George Michael – design, liner notes, primary artist, producer
  • Jeff Mironov – guitar
  • John Moses – clarinet
  • Rob Mounsey – arranger, conductor, piano
  • Nick Murdoch – piano
  • Jan Mullen – violin
  • Lewis Nash – drums
  • Danny Cummings – percussion
  • Phil Palmer – guitar
  • Laura Oatts – violin
  • Caryl Paisner – cello
  • Scott Parker – assistant engineer
  • Shawn Pelton – drums
  • Steve Walters – bass guitar
  • Charles Pillow – woodwind
  • Sue Pray – viola
  • Phil Ramone – liner notes, producer
  • Tim Ries – woodwind
  • Marcus Rojas – tuba
  • Roger Rosenberg – woodwind
  • Stacey Shames – harp
  • Mark Orrin Shuman – cello
  • Pamela Sklar – flute
  • Andy Snitzer – woodwind
  • Jason Stasium – mixing
  • Byron Stripling – trumpet
  • Marti Sweet – violin
  • Donna Tecco – violin
  • David Tofani – woodwind
  • Carol Webb – violin
  • Ellen Westermann – cello
  • Torrie Zito – arranger

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[36] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[37] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[38] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[39] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[40] Gold 150,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[41] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[23] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[42] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] 2× Platinum 600,000[43]
United States (RIAA)[46] 152,000[45]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[47] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*
Worldwide 3,600,000[48]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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