On this day in music history: July 1, 1986 - “Music From The Edge Of Heaven”, the third album by Wham! is released. Produced by George Michael, it is recorded at Sarm West Studios in London, GM Home Studio, Knightsbridge, London, UK, and Worker’s Gymnasium in Beijing, China from August 1982, November 1984 - May 1986. Released in only North America and Japan, the eight song compilation consists of new material, previously released singles and remixes from the duos last UK album, the fifteen-track double LP set “The Final”. The three brand new songs “The Edge Of Heaven” (#10 Pop) (featuring Elton John on piano), “Battlestations”, and “Where Did Your Heart Go?” (#50 Pop), are paired with George Michael’s own recent solo hit “A Different Corner” (#7 Pop), along the previously released Wham! singles “I’m Your Man” (#3 Pop), the seasonal “Last Christmas” (#2 UK) (unreleased in the US prior to its inclusion on this album), a new remix of their UK debut single “Wham Rap”, and the live track “Blue (Armed With Love) (Live In China)”. The US release also differs from its UK counterpart, featuring a longer version of “Different Corner” and a shorter version of the extended mix of “I’m Your Man”. The album is also sequenced with all of the uptempo songs on the first side (HOT SIDE) and the ballads on the second side (COOL SIDE). The packaging for the US LP is also largely redesigned from the artwork prepared for “The Final” in the UK. The US “Heaven” LP jacket features a striking rainbow color spectrum on the front and back designed by George Michael, Peter Saville Associates and Trevor Key (New Order). The album sleeve includes no text other than the artist name, title and catalog number printed on the spine. A removable sticker with a picture of Michael and Ridgeley along with the album track listing and UPC code is affixed in the upper right hand corner. The inner sleeve includes a larger version of the same photo on the sticker, song titles printed on the back, and a separate insert with printed lyrics and credits. “Music From The Edge Of Heaven” peaks at number ten on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.