Wham! – Fantastic"Fantastic" is the debut studio album by British pop duo Wham!, released back in the height of the New Wave era in 1983. The album introduced George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley to the music scene, showcasing their energetic blend of pop and post-disco sounds. It was a significant launchpad for their career, setting the stage for their subsequent global success.

Formed in 1981, Wham! quickly gained popularity in the UK with their youthful and vibrant image. "Fantastic" reflects the duo’s early days, characterized by catchy pop tunes infused with a danceable disco beat. George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, both in their early twenties at the time, aimed to create an album that captured the carefree and rebellious spirit of youth.

The album's style is distinctly early 80s new wave pop, with elements of funk and disco. It's known for its upbeat tempo, synthesizer-driven tracks, and catchy hooks. Lyrically, "Fantastic" focuses on themes of youth, fun, and carelessness, often with a humorous and light-hearted approach. The music and lyrics together encapsulate the exuberance of the early 1980s pop scene.

"Fantastic" achieved considerable success, reaching No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart. The four UK top 10 hit singles in ‘Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do?)’, ‘Young Guns (Go for It)’, ‘Bad Boys’ and ‘Club Tropicana’ helped to establish Wham! as leading figures in the new wave of British pop. The album's playful and carefree style was a perfect match for the early MTV era, enhancing its appeal among the youth.

Now some four decades on it is time to relive those youthful days in the modern age of Dolby Atmos with an exclusive edition from Sony Music made available to the Super Deluxe Edition Shop as #19 in the SDE Surround Series. High resolution spatial enthusiasts can now enjoy the album on this region-free Blu-ray mixed in Dolby Atmos by Chris Porter along with a hi-res 96kHz / 24-bit stereo version and 14 bonus tracks, 4 which are also in Atmos and stereo too. Limited edition initially sold during a 14-day pre-order window, with copies still available at the time of this writing.

This edition released April 26, 2024.

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Exlusic Limited Edition Blu-ray featuring Dolby Atmos and 96kHz / 24-bit stereo mixes.  Also available on other formats with different mastering, plus via streaming platforms.

 

 

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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.

 

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