The original Soul Mining was a double cassette. Fans back then
who couldn't get this rarity would pick up some of the missing
songs on 12" releases or CD singles. If this album were released
now in it's entirety, It would easily be considered his all time best!
The whole second side is like an odd mirror of the first.
The original tracks were:
I've Been Waitin' For Tomorrow (All Of My Life), This Is The Day,
The Sinking Feeling, Uncertain Smile, The Twilight Hour, Soul Mining,
Giant, Perfect, Three Orange Kisses From Kazan, Nature Of Virtue,
Mental Healing Process, Waitin' For the Upturn, Fruit of the Heart
Three Orange kisses just takes you way below the subdermal of
that skin Matt talks about in Uncertain smile. Mental Healing Process
is a wonderful happy sad tune, all in all a more personal level of
depth to a more mainstream first side. Add his 1984 single "Flesh
& Bones" (the song he played as an encore on the Mind Bomb tour) and
you would have a masterpiece.
Not too economical back then for a double cassette but would have
been entirely appropriate for an "original recording remaster" now.
Like some of the other reviewers I'll stick with my UK version
with the woman on the cover by Andy Dog. Being a fan of MJ is
a bit frustrating because of all the down time between label
switches but the Epic/Columbia years were above the rest in
scope and scale.