Written for Kurrent Music
Published November 12th 2017
With the beginning of the holiday season, I can’t help but look back to last year’s holiday season and the great loss it brought to music. It is no surprise that this season was chosen to release the new reissue of George Michael’s “Listen Without Prejudice Vol I”. This was his favorite time of year.
It’s always bittersweet that we get to know so much more about the person behind the successful artist after they’ve died. Since his passing, many documentaries have been made and more details of his life have been published. Now, almost a year after his death, even more books and special collection cds have been released, in time for Christmas. It always leaves me wishing I’d known all this stuff before, but it’s not like I could’ve stopped his passing from happening. However, George, as well as Michael Jackson and even Prince, to a certain extent, just seemed so unhappy. They even seemed a little lost in life.
In between all of the releases concerning George Michael, there’s only one official release. The “new” “Listen Without Prejudice” is a collection of four albums, including his 1996 set in MTV’s popular (and recently revised) “Unplugged” series, demo versions and remixes and a DVD with a documentary made by George himself.