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Thriller (25th Anniversary Edition) [Remaster]
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Album: Thriller (25th Anniversary Edition) [Remaster]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
2)    Baby Be Mine
3)    Girl Is Mine, The - (featuring Paul McCartney)
4)    Thriller
5)    Beat It - (featuring Eddie Van Halen)
6)    Billie Jean
7)    Human Nature
8)    P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
9)    Lady in My Life, The
10)    [Vincent Price Excerpt] - (from "Thriller" voice-over session)
11)    Girl Is Mine, The - (previously unreleased, 2008, featuring will.i.am)
12)    P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) - (previously unreleased, 2008, featuring will.i.am)
13)    Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - (previously unreleased, 2008, featuring Akon)
14)    Beat It - (previously unreleased, 2008, featuring Fergie)
15)    Billie Jean - (Kanye West mix, Kanye West Mix, previously unreleased, featuring Kanye West)
16)    For All Time - (previously unreleased, previously unreleased)
1)    Billie Jean
2)    Beat It
3)    Thriller
4)    Billie Jean
 
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Performer 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.
  • Few albums in pop music history have the legacy of Michael Jackson's THRILLER. Not only was the 1983 landmark one of the biggest-selling albums ever, its influence touched R&B, quiet storm, rock, hip-hop, and practically every other genre in the decades that followed. The 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION gives the world the chance to re-evaluate this classic.
  • For starters, the original tracks hold up marvelously. The luster hasn't worn from the pure pop gems "Billie Jean" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," from the taut energy of "Beat It" and "Thriller," or the soft, intimate pulse of "Human Nature." Quincy Jones's crisp, multi-layered production seems even more masterly in hindsight. The set includes seven bonus tracks, including the previously unreleased ballad "For All Time" from the original sessions, while remixes from will i. am, Akon, Fergie, and Kanye West underscore THRILLER's influence on contemporary pop. The package also comes with a bonus DVD featuring digitally restored versions of the album's classic videos, and a 48-page color booklet complete with lyrics, rare photos and a personal greeting from Michael. The album and its colossal legacy come out no worse in the bargain.
  • Personnel: Michael Jackson (vocals, drums, hand claps, background vocals); Paul McCartney (vocals, background vocals); Vincent Price (rap vocals); Steve Lukather (guitar, electric bass); David Williams , Dean Parks, Eddie Van Halen, Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Larry Andrew Williams (flute, saxophone); Tim Izo (saxophone); Gary Grant, Jerry Hey (trumpet, flugelhorn); Printz Board (trumpet); William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); David Paich (piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Greg Phillinganes (Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer, hand claps); will.i.am (keyboards, synthesizer, drums); Keith Harris , Steve Porcaro, Bill Wolfer (keyboards, synthesizer); Anthony Kilhoffer, Anthony Caruso, Jeff Bhasker (keyboards); Michael Boddicker (synthesizer, vocoder); Greg "Frosty" Smith, Anthony Marinelli, Rod Temperton, David Foster, Brian Banks (synthesizer); Tom Bahler (Synclavier); Louis Johnson (electric bass, hand claps); Jeff Porcaro, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler (drums); James Ingram (hand claps, background vocals); Steven Ray (hand claps); Paulinho Da Costa, Chuck Prada (percussion); Giorgio Tuinfort, Aliaume Thiam (programming); Becky Lopez, Howard Hewett, Julia Waters, Maxine Willard Waters, Oren Waters, Bunny Hull (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Bruce Swedien; Mick Guzauski.
  • Audio Remixers: Michael Jackson; Alex Dromgoole; Anthony Kilhoffer; Dylan Dresdow; Mark "Exit" Goodchild; will.i.am.
  • Recording information: Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA (04/14/1982-11/??/2007); Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA (04/14/1982-11/??/2007).
  • Photographer: Dick Zimmerman.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Greg "Frosty" Smith.
  • Arrangers: Quincy Jones; James Ingram ; Rod Temperton.
  • 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.
Professional 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."
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