Thriller (Special Edition)

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Thriller (Special Edition)

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Thriller (Special Edition)

Off the Wall was a massive success, spawning four Top Ten hits (two of them number ones), but nothing could have prepared Michael Jackson for Thriller. Nobody could have prepared anybody for the success of Thriller, since the magnitude of its success was simply unimaginable -- an album that sold 40 million copies in its initial chart run, with seven of its nine tracks reaching the Top Ten (for the record, the terrific "Baby Be Mine" and the pretty good ballad "The Lady in My Life" are not like the others). This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of Off the Wall by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul -- expanding the approach to have something for every audience. That alone would have given the album a good shot at a huge audience, but it also arrived precisely when MTV was reaching its ascendancy, and Jackson helped the network by being not just its first superstar, but first black star as much as the network helped him. This all would have made it a success (and its success, in turn, served as a new standard for success), but it stayed on the charts, turning out singles, for nearly two years because it was really, really good. True, it wasn't as tight as Off the Wall -- and the ridiculous, late-night house-of-horrors title track is the prime culprit, arriving in the middle of the record and sucking out its momentum -- but those one or two cuts don't detract from a phenomenal set of music. It's calculated, to be sure, but the chutzpah of those calculations (before this, nobody would even have thought to bring in metal virtuoso Eddie Van Halen to play on a disco cut) is outdone by their success. This is where a song as gentle and lovely as "Human Nature" coexists comfortably with the tough, scared "Beat It," the sweet schmaltz of the Paul McCartney duet "The Girl Is Mine," and the frizzy funk of "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)." And, although this is an undeniably fun record, the paranoia is already creeping in, manifesting itself in the record's two best songs: "Billie Jean," where a woman claims Michael is the father of her child, and the delirious "Wanna Be Startin' Something," the freshest funk on the album, but the most claustrophobic, scariest track Jackson ever recorded. These give the record its anchor, and are part of the reason why the record is more than just a phenomenon. The other reason, of course, is that much of this is just simply great music. [The 2001 reissue adds two bonus tracks (the unreleased "Someone in the Dark" and a demo of "Billy Jean,") the voice-over session for Vincent Price's cameo, interviews with producer Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton, and a new booklet] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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Record Label: CD
Brand: Anderson
Digital Video Formats: CD
Performer: Michael Jackson
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 0.41 x 4.95 x 5.60 IN
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Track Listing

1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
2. Baby Be Mine
3. The Girl Is Mine - Featuring Paul McCartney
4. Thriller
5. Beat It
6. Billie Jean
7. Human Nature
8. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
9. The Lady In My Life
10. Quincy Jones Interview #1
11. Someone In The Dark
12. Quincy Jones Interview #2/Voice-Over Intro Billie Jean (Demo)
13. Billie Jean (Home Demo From 1981)
14. Quincy Jones Interview #3
15. Rod Temperton Interview #1
16. Quincy Jones Interview #4
17. Voice-Over Session From Thriller - Featuring Rod Temperton & Vincent Price
18. Rod Temperton Interview #2
19. Quincy Jones Interview #5
20. Carousel
21. Quincy Jones Interview #6
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5/3/2008

Customer review by PaperSaver

4.0 stars 5/3/2008 by PaperSaver
by PaperSaver

Some of the best music Michael Jackson has ever made is on this cd. The nine songs on there are really good. There are a ton of extras such as interviews with Quincy Jones, the home demo of "Billy Jean", and deleated songs such as "Carousel".(which is a good song by my standards.) I just wish it had a few more songs, but other than that, there's no problem. This is a great cd to add to any collection, large or small.

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PaperSaver
Stone Mountain,GA
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:18 - 24
Ownership:2 - 3 months
Gender:Male
Usage:Every few days
Hard Work
1/16/2011

Customer review by MichaelJacksonloverfan

5.0 stars 1/16/2011 by MichaelJacksonloverfan
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Michael must have worked very hard on this album-this one has a great beat and good choice of music for anyone!

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Ownership:2 - 3 months
Gender:Female
Usage:Every day
2/1/2010

Customer review by MakeupGuru

5.0 stars 2/1/2010 by MakeupGuru
by MakeupGuru

I love Thriller. It truly is one of Michael's best albums, but honestly, I prefer the original version of the Thriller album than this one. I mean the commentary is okay, but I would have rather much had more music on it than listening to Quincy Jones talk.

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:18 - 24
Ownership:Longer than one year
Gender:Female
Usage:Every day
Love music
4/30/2011

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5.0 stars 4/30/2011 by An anonymous customer
by An anonymous customer

i lov all kinds of music such as nicki minaj or micheal jackson young money and country and gospel rock pop everything

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Would recommend to a friend? No
classic Michael
10/22/2010

Customer review by thunderball

5.0 stars 10/22/2010 by thunderball
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Good classic Michael Jackson music, If you like Michael Jackson this is a gotta have.

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