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What Are You Listening To?
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GEORGE MICHAEL "older"  cd,  1996:

George's third solo set of just five!...
I own all of Wham's material(all on vinyl except a compilation on cd) and three of
his solo albums....
as much as I prefer "faith" as my go to GM album, this is his penultimate work of genius
in terms of lyrics, music, production and overall sound IMO....
a good mix of pop,dance (kept to a minimum) and mature easy listening tunes...
five singles off this one in the UK, all five made the top3 in his homeland with two of those
being number ones both there and in Australia,
its those two number ones that stand out for ma and show the two sides of his music...
a classy album that sold eight million copies worldwide, probably deserved more but who wouldn't
take eight million if offered it...LOL

the classy pop/dance of this, my favourite off the album:

and the brilliant contrast of this stroke of genius!

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ELTON JOHN  "reg strikes back"  vinyl, 1988:

Reggie's twenty-first studio album....
back on track with this one after an inconsistent 1980s decade....
Bernie Taupin is back in the fold here....
some horrible 1980s synth drums but I can forgive that....
a pretty good, solid album from Elton, he refers to this as his "comeback album",
not that he ever went anywhere, but I tend to agree to a degree....
I love half the album, only disliking one track ("goodbye marlon brando") and liking the remainder...
two favourite tracks weren't released as singles though...

my favourite:

and  my second favourite:

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LEO SAYER  "leo sayer"  vinyl, 1978:

one of the most underrated singer/songwriters of the last forty years IMO...
he could sing like Daltrey or be a balladeer, and do it perfectly,
in fact, I have on occasion mixed him and Daltrey up!...
for a singer/songwriter he sure let a lot of other writers write songs on this one for him,
including Jackson Browne, James Brown, Ray Parker Jnr and Andy Fairweather-Lowe to
name a few...
seems he was respected enough to have the likes of Townshend, Jackson Browne, Lindsay 
Buckingham, Andy Fairweather-Lowe amongst others play on this one also...
a good solid collection of ballads, pop/disco and soft rock on here to keep everyone satisfied...
not my favourite of his but still a good album

one of my favourite Sayer tracks of all time appears on this album
and here it is:


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