Faith: Special Edition

Why wasn't George Michael's "Hard Day" one of the biggest hits of 1988? Because every other song on his album already seemed to be on the charts. Faith — which produced six Top Five singles — established Michael as a full-grown Brit-funk stud, with "I Want Your Sex" setting up his female fans for years of disappointment. The album holds up as one of the Eighties' smartest megapop statements, full of passion and surefire hooks. This edition adds a CD of 12-inch mixes and B sides (check out Shep Pettibone's nine-minute "Hard Day" mix) and a DVD of videos, so you can see George write "Explore Monogamy" on some lucky lady's bare flesh in lipstick.

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Exclusive Photos: Inside George Michael's Classic LP 'Faith'

From The Archives Issue 1123: February 3, 2011