The song, “Freedom”, was originally recorded by George Michael in 1990
“Freedom”, or “Freedom ’90” to avoid confusion with the Wham! hit of the same name, was written and recorded by George Michael for his album “Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1”. It was released as the second single at the end of October 1990 and topped the Canadian single chart, became a top ten hit in America (No.8), while being a mid-charting single across the rest of the world – No.28 in the UK.
The song was covered by former Take That star Robbie Williams in August 1996 and released as his debut single, following his departure from the quintet the previous year. His version went to No.2 in the UK and was a top ten hit across most of Europe and in Australia. Oddly, it was not included on his debut album, “Life Thru A Lens”, in 1997, but had to wait until 2010 when it was featured on his retrospective “In And Out Of Consciousness”.
But which one is the best? GEORGE’s original or ROBBIE’s cover?