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Thriller Original recording remastered, Special Edition
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|1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'|
|2. Baby Be Mine|
|3. The Girl Is Mine|
|5. Beat It|
|6. Billie Jean|
|7. Human Nature|
|8. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)|
|9. The Lady In My Life|
|10. Interview - Quincy Jones|
|11. Someone In The Dark|
|12. Interview - Quincy Jones|
|13. Billie Jean (Home Demo From 1981)|
|14. Interview - Quincy Jones|
|15. Interview - Rod Temperton/Quincy Jones|
|16. Interview - Quincy Jones|
|17. Voice-Over Session from 'Thriller' - Michael Jackson/Vincent Price|
|18. Interview - Rod Temperton/Quincy Jones|
|19. Interview - Quincy Jones|
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Where Off the Wall was pretty much straight good times, Thriller introduced dread into Michael Jackson's solo work. By 1995's HIStory, this element curdled into overwhelming self-regard and out-of-touchness, but here it's bracing. While Thriller offers its share of cute ("The Girl Is Mine," a duet with Paul McCartney that was the album's first single; "P.Y.T."), the most memorable cuts remain "Billie Jean," "Beat It," and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," all of which meld musical imagination and worried-mind lyrics.
There's also the title track, which takes a cue from Parliament's concept pieces in employing Vincent Price to warn that nonfunky forces will "terrorize y'all's neighborhood." Thriller, of course, continues to battle with the Eagles' first greatest-hits package for the title of biggest-selling U.S. long-player ever. Bonus material on this edition includes "Someone in the Dark," from Jackson's E.T. children's album, and a Quincy Jones interview in which the producer cites "My Sharona" as the inspiration for "Beat It"--and, even better, the real-life Billie Jean's claim that Michael was "the father of one of her twins." --Rickey Wright
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brilliant funky songs, the title track is my absolute fave MJ (& halloween) song, partly for mr price's end rap & wicked howl........
"billie jean" totally infectious, wicked beat, never really undrstood what it was about, but it was a blowaway song (& video)....
"PYT" another excellent tune, & "human nature" just beautiful.
the Michael of this time is sorely missed..........
There are plenty of great songs to be found here just take a look at the track listing; all great songs and nearly all of the album's songs were singles, 7 out of 9 not bad eh? "Wanna Be Startin' Sometin'" is a great opener, the title of this song says it all Michael wanted to start something big and with Thriller he did just that. "Baby be Mine" is a groovy kind of song, very good. "The Girl Is Mine" duet with Paul McCartney is a great collaboration between the two artists. The title track was a monster hit and it seems every Halloween it's all you hear, great song. "Beat It" is one of my personal favorites, a rocking track that features an Eddie Van Halen guitar solo. Then there is of course the unforgettable "Billie Jean", it's hard to believe that producer Quincy Jones initially wanted the long introduction removed. "Human Nature" is another song I really like showcasing a softer side of Michael. "P.Y.T (Pretty Young thing)" and "The Lady In My Life" are not to be forgotten, they're also great songs.
With "Thriller" Michael would not only change the music itself as he pretty much turned by himself the music video from a promotional tool to an art form as has been said.Read more ›
It has earned the world's best-selling album of all-time not because one hit, or even two, or one blockbuster career-establishing hit. It established a new era of pop rock, pushing arena rock and dance rock into a new stratosphere. For me, six songs are favorites, but the rest are still very above average.
Frankly, the interviews were interesting, but not so much that I want to listen to them over and over.
"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" Driving home the refrain like a machine gun, Jackson starts this album with a statement that something was starting. An affair? A great album? Or, a wave that turned Michael from a pretty good entertainer to the "King of Pop."
"The Girl Is Mine," is like receiving the torch from the previous king of pop, Paul McCartney, Michael sings a playful, flirtatious duet with Paul. The memorable line, "I'm a lover, not a fighter," has since become part of Americana.
"Thriller" Funky. Now, it sounds so familiar that I forget how unusual it was in the day. The first few ominous notes tell the listener this is no ordinary radio song. Vincent Price plays off his creepy reputation as a movie ghoul while parodying bad rap to lift this song to that place beyond.
"Beat It" Two words: music video.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is an obvious answer. It's a great album. The first one I got was skipping on Billy jean. But amazon fix the problem right away. Believe it or not . Read morePublished 4 days ago by james cavanaugh
The photos on the vinyl look great, but if you are a true collector, you will be disappointed with the cover. It is a cheap plastic cover. Mine came ripped/unsealed at the bottom.Published 2 months ago by T
The best all-time selling album of all time! None will ever come close again because of the way music is sold now. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Douglas
This review is for the LP format. And it is fantastic. I love the added touch on both sides of the record with the etched in colour photos. Very neat. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kaitlyn P.
Amazing album. Lost mine in a move... and can't live without it. An unforgettable collection of superhits.Published 9 months ago by YodaBear
The only issue I have is the packaging. Not your standard vinyl packaging, comes in a plastic cover. Would rather have the traditional vinyl packaging. Great album though.Published 9 months ago by Bhalinder Dhaliwal