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Michael Jackson: Thriller [Special Edition] [Remaster]

Audio Samples

>Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
>Baby Be Mine
>Girl Is Mine, The
>Thriller
>Beat It
>Billie Jean
>Human Nature
>P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
>Lady in My Life, The
>Interview with Quincy Jones
>Someone in the Dark - (bonus track)
>Interview with Quincy Jones
>Billie Jean - (previously unreleased, 1981 demo)
>Interview with Quincy Jones
>Interview with Rod Temperton
>Interview with Quincy Jones
>Voice-Over Session from Thriller - (previously unreleased)
>Interview with Rod Temperton
>Interview with Quincy Jones
>Carousel - (previously unreleased)
>Interview with Quincy Jones

Track List

>Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
>Baby Be Mine
>Girl Is Mine, The
>Thriller
>Beat It
>Billie Jean
>Human Nature
>P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
>Lady in My Life, The
>Interview with Quincy Jones
>Someone in the Dark - (bonus track)
>Interview with Quincy Jones
>Billie Jean - (previously unreleased, 1981 demo)
>Interview with Quincy Jones
>Interview with Rod Temperton
>Interview with Quincy Jones
>Voice-Over Session from Thriller - (previously unreleased)
>Interview with Rod Temperton
>Interview with Quincy Jones
>Carousel - (previously unreleased)
>Interview with Quincy Jones

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (pp.67-68) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "THRILLER was MJ at his breathiest and most salacious, and his most beautifully fragile....[A] work of genius."

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.98) - Ranked #20 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...There was a time when he was truly the King of Pop. This is it..."

Rolling Stone (11/89) - Ranked #7 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The 80s" survey.

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.98) - Ranked #20 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...There was a time when he was truly the King of Pop. This is it..."

Rolling Stone (11/89) - Ranked #7 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The 80s" survey.

Entertainment Weekly (p.64) - "[A] masterpiece....THRILLER was a collection of songs that cohered as the statement of a young artist proclaiming his freedom..."

Q (1/03, p.56) - Included in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums Ever"

Q (1/00, p.138) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The music stands undimmed by time....delivers some of the greatest ever pop-soul-dance-whatever...hardly a weak moment, and still no one goes 'aow' quite like Michael Jackson."

Q (1/03, p.56) - Included in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums Ever"

Q (1/00, p.138) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The music stands undimmed by time....delivers some of the greatest ever pop-soul-dance-whatever...hardly a weak moment, and still no one goes 'aow' quite like Michael Jackson."

Uncut (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]racks like 'Wanna Be Starting Something' remain slabs of total pop, whose genius should never by obscured by a blizzard of sales stats."

Vibe (12/99, p.164) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century

Vibe (12/99, p.164) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century

Blender (Magazine) (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's genius....This is a profoundly quirky and omnivorous R&B mash-up, making room for hard-rock guitar and soft-serve balladry."

The Word (magazine) (p.113) - "[A] magnificent helping of pop history, due in no small part to Quincy Jones's immaculate production."

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Michael Jackson (vocals, percussion); Paul McCartney (vocals); Vincent Price (spoken vocals); Steve Lukather (guitar, bass); Eddie Van Halen, Dean Parks, Paul Jackson (guitar); Larry Williams (flute, saxophone); Jerry Hey (trumpet, flugelhorn); Bill Reichenbach (trombone); David Paich (piano, synthesizer); Greg Phillinganes (Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer, programming); Steve Porcaro (synthesizer, programming); David Foster, Rod Temperton (synthesizer); Tom Bahler (Synclavier); Louis Johnson (bass); Ndugu Chancler, Jeff Porcaro (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Brian Banks (programming); LaToya Jackson, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters, Becky Lopez, Janet Jackson (background vocals).

Principally recorded at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, California.

Personnel: Vincent Price (rap vocals, spoken vocals); Steve Lukather (guitar, electric bass); Dean Parks, Eddie Van Halen, Paul Jackson, Jr. , David E. Williams (guitar); Larry Andrew Williams (flute, saxophone); Gary Grant, Jerry Hey (trumpet, flugelhorn); William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); David Paich (piano, synthesizer); Greg Phillinganes (Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer, hand claps); Bill Wolfer (keyboards, synthesizer); Tom Bahler (keyboards, Synclavier); Michael Boddicker (synthesizer, vocoder); Greg "Frosty" Smith, Rod Temperton, Steve Porcaro, David Foster, Brian Banks (synthesizer); Jeff Porcaro, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler (drums); James Ingram (hand claps, background vocals); Louis Johnson, Steven Ray (hand claps); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Becky Lopez, Howard Hewett, Janet Jackson, Julia Waters, La Toya Jackson, Maxine Willard Waters, Oren Waters, Bunny Hull (background vocals).

Audio Mixer: Bruce Swedien.

Audio Remasterer: Bernie Grundman.

Recording information: Westlake studios.

Editor: Stuart Brawley.

Photographers: Stephen Vaughan; Dick Zimmerman; Sam Emerson; Ralph Nelson; Lester Cohen.

Arrangers: David Paich; James Ingram ; Quincy Jones; Rod Temperton; Steve Lukather; Steve Porcaro.

The finest example of perfect disco pop, and a record that should be prescribed to musical snobs and manic depressives. The album is a true ambassador of what pop music can be. Jackson whoops and dances through a suite of unforgettable melodies that should be danced to with a smile on your face. Each track offers at least one musical hook, whether it is the beauty of 'Human Nature' (who can resist the 'dada dada da da da') or the 'whoo whoo' of 'Billie Jean'. It's all too good.



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