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There was a “Long Mix” 12″ version but the on The Final it is the standard mix albeit with a unique ‘outro’ when a trumpet comes in. Not a hit in June 1982 when first released, but was subsequently re-released in January 1983 (after Young Guns (Go For It! Each record is housed in a picture sleeve, and a paper insert is also included: 1982 and 1983 (BG1) are the images on the first inner, 1984 and 1985 (BG2) are the images on the second inner, 1986 and the track listing are on the paper insert, which is slightly smaller than the inner sleeves. released in the UK (‘Careless Whisper’, as a George Michael single is not included) and will be available across five physical formats, some of which offer B-sides and remixes. The Singles: Echoes From The Edge Of Heaven is a special, limited edition 7″ vinyl carry case containing all the pair’s singles (A and B sides) in replica sleeves plus a Wham!

Wham! – The Final (1986, Vinyl) - Discogs

This was prior to the filming of the video for Michael's then-forthcoming solo single, " A Different Corner". This is a shame because it has only ever been issued on CD on a rather obscure Japanese CD single of Club Tropicana.An ’86 remix [ Wham Rap ’86] was included as part of the 7″ double-pack and the 12″ of the last single Edge of Heaven. Elsewhere, the boys topped the charts in a host of countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Holland, Italy, Ireland, South Africa and Switzerland. It’s easy to see why, since it’s far superior to the standard version which a whole extra verse at the end.


The lifelong friends who met at secondary school in the small town of Bushey became one of the most globally successful pop acts of the 1980s, selling more than thirty million records worldwide. The US compilation Music From The Edge of Heaven actually contains a unique remix which is very similar to the Extended Stimulation mix but doesn’t have the silly voices talking about ‘magic cars’ in the middle, and instead maintains the 7″ structure at this point. A great song, Battlestations gave the best indication as to the direction George Michael would taking his music post-Wham!

Elsewhere, the boys topped the charts in a host of countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Holland, Italy, Ireland, South Africa and Switzerland! It took in the UK, Ireland, Japan, Australia, United States, Hong Kong and China and in the summer of 1985, their WHAMAMERICA! In fact that version is not even on the UK 12″ single which just contains the standard 7″, the same as The Final. The Big Tour of 1984 and '85, comprised thirty-nine shows in support of the multi-platinum British and American Number One album - Make It Big.

Wham! / The Singles: Echoes From The Edge of Heaven Wham! / The Singles: Echoes From The Edge of Heaven

releases and was actually a really strong single to end on, even if it did feature a somewhat unnecessary guitar solo, that may or may not have been played by Andrew Ridgely. The feature-length film is directed by Chris Smith ( Fyre Fest, Sr) and produced by John Battsek ( The Deepest Breath) and Simon Halfon ( Supersonic). The Final saw the duo depart in a blaze of glory in front of seventy-two thousand people at Wembley Stadium. album, however it was present and correct on The Final back in 1986 which is not surprising since it was the biggest hit from their debut album, reaching no. It’s also on the American compilation Music From The Edge of Heaven (a cut down version of The Final).The Wexler version was given an official release, briefly, on the flipside of a limited edition UK 12″ but has never been released on CD (see video below for this rarely heard version). Some singles simply didn’t have any remixes, so ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ features just the single and the instrumental version.

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