Guitars: Hugh Burns

  • A great single from the late George Michael. Was it his best?

     A truly great  single by George Michael called Faith.

    We've now reached the first day of the new year which is 2017. 2016 is now a thing of the past; And now we all have to - "look to the future..."

    I was actually thinking of the Slades, Uk - Christmas Number one hit of 1973 when I mentioned that....

    However, during the middle of the day on Christmas day, 2016. I found out that George Michael had just died. It didn't strike me at first as real. Maybe it was a prank I thought. A cruel joke. However, they might be something into this........

    So I casually reached for the remote control device for my television and switch over to BBC News. And there it all was.

    In fact this is how I got the news. Other people/friends and fans that were much closer to George Michael then I could ever be - expressed how sad they were to find out themselves; and what he meant to them. - Please click on this below to read  about this... - http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/george-michaels-wham-band-mates-9515170

    So now I had to believe it It was all official and in black and white. The Funny thing was that I wasn't that much of a George Michael or Wham! fan, apart from a few singles in his Wham! days and this one. Now this one is a bit special.

    The Track in question was/is called "Faith". It was from his first debut albumsince going solo - when he used to be with Wham!. And what a single it was. It was also called "Faith"

    Many music critics thought that his time would over as soon as the band that was Wham ceased to be around any more.

    However he proved them wrong with this track alone. Of all the tracks that he did. This one has to be my favourite.

    Its quite a simple track really. And for the impact it had it’s a very short track indeed. One of the shortest tracks in time length to reach number one that’s for sure.

    This was the second release from the album of the same name. And this was the one that turned heads! It was released during October, 1987, just weeks before the album officially release. And it held the number spot for 4 consecutive weeks on the Usa Billboard Hot 100; and reached number 2 in the Uk singles chart.

    The musicians behind the single were:

    Vocals: George Michael

    Guitars: Hugh Burns

    Bass Guitar: Deon Estus

    Cathedral Organ: Chris Cameron

    The Scottish session player (Hugh Burns) worked wonders here and did all the guitar solo work and rhythm guitar work which was modelled on the "Bo Diddley Beat/Rhythm".

    For the solo Hugh Burns played in the style of a 1950's Rock Roll rhythm guitarist, which the engineer Chris Porter then drenched heavily in reverb effects. George Michael, the ever prefectionist worked hours with Hugh Burns to ge the guitar sound correct to match the vocals that he was preparing for the track. http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2695

    To be fair George Michael couldn't play the guitar, and was completely faking it when we see him brandishing one around within the video for "Faith".

    This was one of the first digital recording that allowed George Michael to put together a song piece by piece. His vocals were done line by line, and sometime - word by word, as he would write the lyrics down at the microphone; and then record them on the spot.

    It  was a tedious process, but it worked and resulted in a outstanding piece of work  http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2695

    "Faith" the single by George Michael, is just one of a number of singles that has used the Bo Diddley Beat/Rhythm. Other songs that come to mind that has used this rhythmn are:

    1. Elvis Presely - Lastest  Flame - 1961

    2. Shirley and Company - Shame, Shame, Shame - 1973

    Bo Diddley (30th Dec, 1928 to 2nd June, 2008) has in himself influenced the crème de la crème in modern day pop music. From Buddy Holly to the Rolling Stones, The Beatles to Elvis Presely, Eric Clapton to  Jimmi Hendrick and from the Yard Byrds to Funkadelic/Parliament.

    He is inducted into Rock N Roll hall of fame, and has received the Life time Achievement award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. He is/was recognized for his technical innovations, including his distinctive rectangular guitar.

    The "Bo Diddley Beat/Rhythm" is essentially the "Clave Rhythm" - one of the common bell patterns found in Sub Saharan African musicTraditions.

    Bo Diddley has given  various accounts on how he came about the "Bo Diddley Beat/Rhythm. In its simpliest form the  it can be counted as either one-bar, or a two bar phrase. Many songs often have no chord changes,; that is musicians play the same chrod progressions thoroughout the song

    As with the rest of the Album also called "Faith" it was produced, written and arranged by George Michael apart from one song on the album.

    Within the video which was directed by Andy Morahan (English Film and Music Producer) - We see George dressed in a black jacket, blue jeans, White tee-shirt, Cowboy books, Shades, Designer Stubble, 1 x black glove and a Guitar.

    The Performance within the musicreminded a little bit of an Elvis Presely performance, or some thing that he would have done.

    Whatever the performance. It was agreat one, and for me it was a case of the Music video truley helping to sell the song.

    Faith" by George Michael

    Well I guess it would be nice
    If I could touch your body
    I know not everybody
    Has got a body like you

    But I've got to think twice
    Before I give my heart away
    And I know all the games you play
    Because I play them too

    Oh but I
    Need some time off from that emotion
    Time to pick my heart up off the floor
    Oh and when that love comes down
    Without devotion
    Well it takes a strong man baby
    But I'm showing you the door‘

    Cause I gotta have faith
    I gotta have faith
    ‘Cause I gotta have faith, faith
    ‘Cause I gotta have faith, faith, faith

    Baby,

    I know you're asking me to stay
    Say please, please, please don't go away
    You say I'm giving you the blues

    Maybe

    You mean every word you say
    Can't help but think of yesterday
    And another who tied me down to loverboy rules

    Before this river

    Becomes an ocean
    Before you throw my heart back on the floor


    Oh oh baby I reconsider
    My foolish notion
    Well I need someone to hold me
    But I'll wait for something more

    Yes I've gotta have faith…

    Mmm, I gotta have faith
    ‘Cause I gotta have faith, faith, faith
    I gotta have faith-a-faith-a-faith

    Before this river

    Becomes an ocean
    Before you throw my heart back on the floor

    Oh oh baby I reconsider
    My foolish notion
    Well I need someone to hold me
    But I'll wait for something more

    Cause I gotta have faith
    Mmm I gotta have faith
    Because I got to have faith-a-faith-a-faith
    I gotta have faith-a-faith-a-faith

    For me that was the best song her did as a Solo artist. Maybe in regards to his whole Career. I know I am going to pounded with disagreements from Loyal fans of Wham! and George Michael Seperately. And if you do please let me know what is your favourite???

    Well that all folks for me now anyway.

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