Personnel includes: Michael Jackson, Heavy D, Christa Larson (vocals); Teddy Riley (guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, drums); Paul Jackson, Jr., Tim Pierce, David Williams, Slash (guitar); Larry Corbett (cello); Jai Winding (piano, keyboards, programming, bass); David Paich (keyboards, synthesizers, programming); Steve Porcaro (keyboards, synthesizers, programming); Rene Moore, Greg Phillinganes (keyboards); Bryan Loren (Moog synthesizer, drums, percussion); Abraham Laboriel (bass); Jeff Porcaro (drums); Wayne Cobham (sequencing, programming); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Siedah Garrett, Shanice Wilson, The John Bahler Singers, The Andrae Crouch Singers (background vocals).
Producers: Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Bruce Swedien, Bill Bottrell.
Engineers include: Bruce Swedien, Teddy Riley, Matt Forger.
Principally recorded at Record One Studios & Larrabee Studios, Los Angeles, California. Originally released on Epic/Sony (45400).
Digitally remastered by Bernie Grundman (Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles, California).
Lyricists: Michael Jackson; Bill Bottrell; Buz Kohan.
Personnel: Michael Jackson (vocals, soprano, background vocals); Christa Larson, Andra‚ Crouch (vocals); L.T.B., Heavy D (rap vocals); Linda Harmon (soprano); Bill Bottrell (guitar, Mellotron, bass synthesizer, drums, percussion); Paul Jackson, Jr. , Tim Pierce, David E. Williams (guitar); Larry Corbett (cello); Jai Winding (piano, keyboards, keyboard programming); Brad Buxer (keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion, keyboard programming); Rhett Lawrence, Bruce Swedien (keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion); Michael Boddicker (keyboards, synthesizer, keyboard programming, sequencer); David Paich, Steve Porcaro (keyboards, synthesizer, keyboard programming); Marty Paich (keyboards, keyboard programming); John Barnes, Greg Phillinganes, Jasun Martz, Ren‚ Moore (keyboards); Louis Johnson, Terry Jackson (bass guitar); Bryan Loren (drums, percussion); Jeff Porcaro (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Wayne Cobham (programming); Shanice Wilson, Siedah Garrett (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Dave Way; Jean-Marie Horvat; Matt Forger; Bill Bottrell; Bruce Swedien.
Audio Remasterer: Bernie Grundman.
Liner Note Author: Michael Jackson.
Recording information: Chatsworth, CA (06/25/1990-10/29/1991); Larrabee Studios, Los Angeles, CA (06/25/1990-10/29/1991); Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles, CA (06/25/1990-10/29/1991); Pasadena (06/25/1990-10/29/1991); Record One Studios, Los Angeles, CA (06/25/1990-10/29/1991); Record Plant, Hollywood, CA (06/25/1990-10/29/1991); Smoketree (06/25/1990-10/29/1991); Smoketree, Chatsworth (06/25/1990-10/29/1991); Toad Hall, Pasadena, CA (06/25/1990-10/29/1991); Toad Hill (06/25/1990-10/29/1991); Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA (06/25/1990-10/29/1991).
Director: Michael Jackson.
Illustrator: Mark Ryden.
Photographers: Steven Paul Whitsett; Dilip Mehta; Jonathan Exley; Sam Emerson.
Arrangers: Glen Ballard; Jerry Hey; Marty Paich; Michael Jackson; Ren‚ Moore; Rhett Lawrence; Bruce Swedien.
Despite the success of Bad, it was hard not to view it as a bit of a letdown, since it presented a cleaner, colder, calculated version of Thriller -- something that delivered what it should on the surface, but wound up offering less in the long run. So, it was time for a change-up, something even a superstar as huge as Michael Jackson realized, so he left Quincy Jones behind, hired Guy mastermind Teddy Riley as the main producer, and worked with a variety of other producers, arrangers, and writers, most notably Bruce Swedien and Bill Bottrell. The end result of this is a much sharper, harder, riskier album than Bad, one that has its eyes on the street, even if its heart gets middle-class soft on "Heal the World." The shift in direction and change of collaborators has liberated Jackson, and he's written a set of songs that is considerably stronger than Bad, often approaching the consistency of Off the Wall and Thriller. If it is hardly as effervescent or joyous as either of those records, chalk it up to his suffocating stardom, which results in a set of songs without much real emotional center, either in their substance or performance. But, there's a lot to be said for professional craftsmanship at its peak, and Dangerous has plenty of that, not just on such fine singles as "In the Closet," "Remember the Time," or the blistering "Jam," but on album tracks like "Why You Wanna Trip on Me." No, it's not perfect -- it has a terrible cover, a couple of slow spots, and suffers from CD-era ailments of the early '90s, such as its overly long running time and its deadening Q Sound production, which sounds like somebody forgot to take the Surround Sound button off. Even so, Dangerous captures Jackson at a near-peak, delivering an album that would have ruled the pop charts surely and smoothly if it had arrived just a year earlier. But it didn't -- it arrived along with grunge, which changed the rules of the game nearly as much as Thriller itself. Consequently, it's the rare multi-platinum, number one album that qualifies as a nearly forgotten, underappreciated record. [In 2001, a remastered edition was released with a detailed booklet] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rolling Stone (1/9/92, p.50) - 4.5 Stars - Excellent Plus - "...DANGEROUS rises to the impossible challenge set by THRILLER..."
Spin (p.84) - "Teddy Riley produced the first half...juicing 'Can't Let Her Get Awy' with exhilarating disco propulsion, and corralling Heavy D for a roly-poly rap in 'Jam.'"
Q (1/93, p.69) - Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.
Q (Magazine) (p.127) - "[The production] spurred him to his breathless best on urban dance numbers 'Jam' and 'Remember The Time.'"
Perhaps the 1993 scandal may have overshadowed it, or the push towards grunge in the mainstream with Nirvana's 1991 album "Nevermind", but despite all of it, the 30 million selling album "Dangerous" has been described as some critics as Michael Jackson's peak as an artist.
The entire album is full of New Jack Swing music, which was pioneered by the producer of the album Teddy Riley.
"Jam", "Black or White", "Remember the Time", "Heal the World" are just some of the hits that have come out of this album. Others include "Who Is It", "Why You Wanna Trip On Me", and of note, the song that accompanied Mike's raunchiest video, "In the Closet".
Great listening if you want to find out where music would have gone today if Michael didn't shy away from music for so long. Essential listening if you have any interest in Michael Jackson as an artist.
As with the moonwalker dvd I also purchased this cd for my 12 year old grandaughter.
She loves it and I find myself reminiscing and singing along too.
As stated before I thank fishpond for the excellent packaging as we would have been quite ticked off if the coveror cd was dammaged.
yeah this album is pretty good, not the best eg. compare it to thriller which is brilliant. this still has some really good songs on it though, so michael jackson fans who are pretty hardout into his music should really appreciate this. get this if you want to hear more than just his 'greatest hits'.
This is an excellent CD and shows how much talent Michael Jackson has a Hit music artist. Featuring the songs ' Jam', 'why you wanna trip on me', and 'give in to me'. Has excellent pictures through out the word book relating to the songs.
Has the poem 'the Dance' written by michael jackson himself at the begining of the booklet.
this is a pretty average micahel jackson cd, but defnitly a must have if you are a real fan of his songs, such as beat it. this is one of his lesser known albums, probably because it contaisn less of his hit songs, however this is still a really good buy if you are into your michael jackson beats! pretty good album.
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