Months after his death on Christmas Day, a reworking of a lost single from British pop icon George Michael has been released by Sony.
The release of the single, Fantasy, a collaboration with Nile Rodgers, fulfils an ambition held by the former Wham! star for almost thirty years.
First recorded by the superstar in the late ‘80s, Fantasy was intended to feature on George Michael’s second solo album, the multi-platinum, worldwide smash LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE VOL.1 but somehow the track got lost in the ether.
Fantasy found its way onto the B-side of the US release of the single Freedom! ’90 and on the UK version of the single Waiting for That Day in 1990, but as one of his favourite tracks George always intended for Fantasy to be a single in its own right.
George went on to perform Fantasy live during his hugely successful COVER TO COVER tour in 1991 and rewarded his loyal fans with the track on free cassettes placed on every seat in the venues he played during the tour, and later performed it during his 25 Live Tour over a decade later, but neither tour made it to Australia.
In early 2016, George was looking for the perfect single to launch the highly anticipated reissue of LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE VOL.1/MTV UNPLUGGED and Fantasy was his first and obvious choice.
He contacted the hit-maker Nile, the only man on the planet who could give Fantasy more funk than it already had, and the pair reworked his favourite tune.
Fantasy had its first play on UK radio today.
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