Classic Track

George Michael

Faith

George Michael Faith
Recorded: 1987
Released: 30 October, 1987
Producer: George Michael
Recording Engineer: Chris Porter
Mix Engineer: Shep Pettibone

George Michael’s album Faith, written and produced by George Michael, was a massive global hit upon it’s release in 1987. Faith peaked at the number one spot on the UK Album Charts as well as the US Billboard 200. The lead single of the same name was and still is a radio staple and on continuous rotation to this day.

The recording of Faith took place at Puk Studio’s in Denmark which featured a 56 channel SSL E Series console and Mitsubishi 32 track digital recorder. Most of the keyboard sounds were provided by a Roland Juno 106 or a Yamaha DX7, both of which were very popular at that time, as well as a Greengate DS3 sampler.

Throughout the album, there is liberal use of the Lexicon 224 reverb, as well as the two big AMS units of the 1980s, the RMX 16 digital reverb and the DMX 15-80 digital delay. Ironically George Michael insisted the lead vocal of the single Faith should be dry.  For most of the vocals on the album, a digital delay was used.

The AMS DMX 15-80 was set to a 30ms delay on the left, and 45ms delay on the right, with some pitch change added on some tracks. The Lexicon 224 provided the high frequency ‘pings’ to the vocals. After completing vocals for the single Faith, things were moved to Sarm West’s Studio 2 with it’s SSL 4048 E Console.

Faith peaked at the number one spot on the UK Album Charts as well as the US Billboard 200.
After it’s release in October 1987, George Michael became a superstar, selling more than 20 million copies of the album and scoring four number 1 hits in the US. Success continued and winning a Grammy for Record of the year in 1989 topped it all off.

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