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  Wham!: Make it Big
  "Make it Big"

Track listing:
  1. Wake me up before you go-go
2. Everything she wants
3. Heartbeat
4. Like a baby
5. Freedom
6. If you were there
7. Credit card baby
8. Careless whisper
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Reviews: 3

Review by analogue June 22, 2010 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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This album was extremely popular in the early to mid 80's. I for one always liked the song 'Careless Whisper'. i never forgot this song and always appreciated its sound and the feeling behind it.

I tend to purchase sacd's from all over the world and JapAnese imports are no exception. Over there the enginerers tend to make some very excellent sacd tranfers. At times it is actually shocking how good sacd;s sound from japan. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU COMPARE THEM TO THEIR AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS.

This sacd is odd. Half of the disc sounds awesome and half of it sounds like it was sourced from another place entirely. Thankfully Careless Whisper is almost astonishing in nature. I have never heard it sound so good. deep bass..nice, rich sax and Michaels voice rendered very realistically. At times you can actually hear him huffing in the mike. The four tracks that sound good all have these same characteristics while the other four tracks sound degraded in quality. Who knows why??

I will be the first of you to admit that some of the stuff on this album is almost ghastly to hear again after all these years. I actually cringed on a few tracks. YIKES!!!! What on earth were we thinking back then?? But there are at least three songs that are very good. And ofcourse Careless Whisper is terrific...............still.

Recommended with reservations.

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Review by emilsjr July 4, 2003 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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The album that introduced the world to Andrew Ridgeley. Oh, and some guy named George Michael. One of the extreme examples of bubblegum pop comes courtesy of Sony Japan with the SACD release of Wham!'s Make it Big.

While the title was approriate, time has not been kind to the material. Some of the stupidest songs of the 80's are here. Both "Credit Card Baby" and "Wake me up before you go-go" are just plain embarassing. How "Wake me" ever became a hit is beyond me. However, all is not lost. "Everything she wants" and "Careless Whisper" are songs that do not seem to belong here. There is a hint of the talent to come with these songs. However, they are over shadowed by the rest of the drivel on this album.

The ironic part is that this stuff has never sounded better. In particular, "Careless Whisper" almost sounds like a new song, in comparison to any redbook version I have heard. The lyrics come through very clean and the disc has a warm and appealing sound that fits the material. Too bad that most of it is not anything you would probably want to listen to today.

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Review by Marc P March 1, 2003 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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When I bought this album I thought it was a good idea. I had not heard it since the late 80ís and had great memories of it.
Well I must admit things change. Wham! (George Micheal and friend) are a great example of why a lot people seem to hate 80ís music. This album is filled with irritatingly over produced music. And is pretty much the 80ís equivalent of the kind of drivel Britney Spears, Blue, Backstreet boys made during the 90ís and are still making. Itís a complete waste of time and money, and only interesting for 12 to 20 year olds with bad taste.

Donít waste your hard earned money on this expensive Japanese Import, which by the way only contains about 30 minutes of music.

Sound quality is not bad, quite decent actually. But good quality sound does not make up for the fact the music is far from interesting.

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