Here’s a real treat for Wham! fans – next week Cherry Pop fires out the first reissue for Andrew Ridgeley’s debut album ‘Son Of Albert’ that was originally released in 1990, four years after the break-up of Wham!
This Special Expanded Edition includes the nine original album tracks from the vinyl release plus 7 related bonus tracks. This includes ‘Shake (Hardcore)’ that was featured on the CD version of the album.
Andrew Ridgeley as one half of the 80’s Super group Wham! sold more than 28 million records worldwide between 1982 and 1986. After exploring other interests in Los Angeles and Monaco he returned to the UK to record his first solo album for CBS Records, working with A&R chief Muff Winwood. He joined forces with various talented session musicians and programmers including Gary Bromham whose role expanded to become co-producer on the album and he co-wrote five tracks on the album with Andrew Ridgeley. ‘Son Of Albert’ was released in May 1990. In the UK it received mixed reviews from a music press struggling to adapt to a post Wham! role for Andrew Ridgeley. It’s fair to say that it didn’t realise its intended potential and resulted in the artist choosing to withdraw from the front line music business to pursue other interests.
Son Of Albert produced two singles:
SHAKE – This collection includes four versions – the album, Hardcore, Accapella and Extended mixes.
RED DRESS – Is featured three times on this CD, the album version, 12” and an additional Extended Mix included. This track features backing vocals by George Michael.
Other bonus material includes two mixes of the Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers penned Hangin’, the Extended and Alternative Extended Versions taken from various 12” releases of ‘Shake’.
This Special Expanded Edition has been remastered using the original production master tapes.
The 24 page full colour booklet features an expanded design of the original artwork, a recent interview with Andrew Ridgeley and Gary Bromham reflecting on the making of the album, album lyrics and a UK Discography.
1. RED DRESS
3. THE PRICE OF LOVE
7. BIG MACHINE
8. KISS ME
9. BABY JANE
10. SHAKE (HARDCORE)
11. RED DRESS (12” MIX)
12. SHAKE (ACCAPELLA VERSION)
13. HANGIN’ (ALTERNATIVE EXTENDED)
14. SHAKE (EXTENDED VERSION)
15. HANGIN’ (EXTENDED VERSION)
16. RED DRESS (EXTENDED VERSION)