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  • Perhaps if I were more of a George Michael fan, this EP would rate higher than three stars. While George does have some wonderful songs, I was never a diehard fan of his work. On this _Five Live_ EP, he teams up with Queen on the fantastic cover of “Somebody To Love,” which was taken from the Freddie Mercury tribute concert (along with one other song here), and is hands down the main reason to get this EP, especially if you’re a diehard Queen fan like myself. This rendition of the song gives me the goosebumps, and nearly sends me to tears — just like the original version does. As a bonus, there’s Queen’s “Dear Friends,” (from their 1974 offering, _Sheer Heart Attack_) which closes out the EP on a touching note. The rest of the tracks, however, aren’t as affecting, and are okay at best. “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” has more of an updated dance/club-mix flavor, as opposed to the original psychedelic-soul flavor of the original done by The Temptations. George’s version of Queen’s “These Are The Days Of Our Lives,” also taken from the Mercury tribute concert, is somewhat affecting in regards to the purpose of the performance itself, but not much beyond that, and the other songs I won’t even comment on. In short, Queen fans will probably want to own it for the commemorative purposes, the goosebump-inducing performance of “Somebody To Love,” and maybe for “These Are The Days of Our Lives” (excluding “Dear Friends”), but will probably not care much for the rest of the album. George Michael fans will probably soak this up.

    Posted on December 31, 2009