Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 is the second solo album from George Michael released in September 1990. Following the massive worldwide commercial success of his first album Faith, this release found Michael awash in an identity crisis, with a sudden bid to quickly create a new image for himself as a serious-minded artist, while still generating sales.
Seemingly torn at first between his previous role as the camera-friendly media darling and his new role as abhorrer of all things visual, the album’s title indicated his desire to be taken more seriously (although cameras were sometimes allowed into the recording studio, the results ending up on an MTV Rockumentary soon afterward). The album was deemed by many as a reverse-psychological tactic to generate renewed interest from an ever larger (and more adult) fan base, but ended up a commercial disappointment compared to Michael’s time in Wham! and debut album Faith.
The album was Michael’s final album of all-new material on Columbia Records until 2004’s Patience. It was the album’s disappointing sales in the U.S. that led to Michael’s legal battles against Sony Music, in which he accused the corporation of not fully supporting him as an artist.
The album cover image is a cropped section of the 1940 photograph Crowd at Coney Island by Weegee the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig (June 12, 1899 ? December 26, 1968), a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography. Weegee worked in the Lower East Side of New York City as a press photographer during the 1930s and ’40s, and he developed his signature style by following the city’s emergency services and documenting their activity. Much of his work depicted unflinchingly realistic scenes of urban life, crime, injury and death. Weegee published photographic books and also worked in cinema, initially making his own short films and later collaborating with film directors such as Jack Donohue and Stanley Kubrick.
Reclaimed Cover mounted onto 9mm MDF
Quartz sweep mechanism runs by 1.5 volt AA battery (supplied)
Front coated with resin to preserve the cover and easy cleaning.
Size 12.5 X 12.5 inches