George Michael's first posthumous release is a reworking of a song that was first recorded by the star in the late '80s. The track was originally meant to feature on Michael's second solo album Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1
, but for some unknown reason didn't make it onto the record.
The tune eventually found its way onto the B-side of the US release of the single "Freedom '90
" and on the UK version of the single "Waiting for That Day
" in 1990. It later appeared on the 2011 deluxe edition of Faith
George Michael went on to perform "Fantasy" live during his hugely successful Cover To Cover
tour in 1991 and placed free cassettes with the track on every seat in the venues he played during the tour.
In 2016 Michael was looking to launch the reissue of Listen without Prejudice
and contacted Chic producer Nile Rodgers to give Fantasy more funk. Rodgers completely overhauled the original in favor of a slinky funk groove.