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BAD: 25 Years Today!

Although at this point, it is unlikely you are completely unaware of today’s date, I will go ahead and write a post about it anyway! Today marks the (official) twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of BAD (the album and the short film), Michael’s astonishing successor to Thriller. While you can find the politics and controversy over the upcoming releases whenever and wherever, let us instead enjoy a nice break with a compilation of Bad Era gems from YouTube!

The Official Track List of Bad 25 is Out

From MichaelJackson.com:

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED PROJECT TO BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 18

 

New York, NY – Epic/Legacy Recordings in collaboration with the Estate of Michael Jackson today announced the highly anticipated track listing for the September 18th release of Michael Jackson BAD25   that celebrates the legendary album and record breaking BAD tour. Featured in the deluxe package, are three CDs, two collectible booklets, and the first ever authorized DVD release of a concert from the record breaking BAD World Tour – the July 16, 1988 sold out Wembley Stadium show in London.

 

Filled with previously re-mastered versions of iconic hits and un-released recordings from the King Of Pop, the BAD25 anniversary deluxe edition CDs and DVD will include the following:

CD one features re-mastered versions of Michael’s biggest hits on the original BAD album, including, “Smooth Criminal,”  “Man In The Mirror,” “Bad,” “Another Part of Me,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “Dirty Diana” arranged in the same sequence as they appeared on the original album released 25 years ago. “Leave Me Alone” was added to the album as a bonus track following its initial release and has been included on the disc.

CD two offers fans a rare listen to thirteen additional tracks, 6 of which are previously unreleased demo recordings created at Michael’s personal studio built at his then-home on Hayvenhurst Avenue in Encino, California. Also included are all three bonus tracks from the 2001 expanded edition of BAD, the previously un-released French version of Michael performing the classic, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” a high  power version of “Speed Demon” remixed by Nero and the brand new remix of “Bad” worked on as an electrifying collaboration between Pitbull and Dutch DJ Afrojack.

Recordings included in this package reflect the songs and spirit of Michael Jackson’s artistry during BAD’s recording sessions and have been selected to show the different stages of how Michael’s songwriting and recording genius took shape. Some tracks are so complete that any other artist but Michael Jackson – who worked tirelessly to make sure his songs reflected his vision – might consider them finished tracks. Others are less complete but offer insight into Michael’s creative process in its various stages. Included is the demo, “Al Capone,” an early incarnation of what ultimately became “Smooth Criminal,” “Don’t Be Messin’ Around,” an example of a more complete demo, and a song initially titled, “Song Groove.” That song later became known as “Abortion Papers” which according to Michael’s own records, he spent considerable time in weighing how best to thoughtfully address something that was, and remains, a very personal and sensitive issue.

A true highlight of the package is CD three and the DVD – the never seen before live concert on DVD and its accompanying music CD of Michael’s legendary July 16, 1988 concert at Wembley Stadium. The concert is not a compilation of performances, but rather one complete show, exactly as Michael performed it for Prince Charles, Princess Diana and the 72,000 fans who were in the audience for that night’s sold out show. This show was one of the seven record-breaking nights played at the venue attended by more than half a million people – three times that many people tried to purchase tickets. The DVD was sourced from Michael Jackson’s personal VHS copy of the performance as shown on the JumboTrons during the concert. This footage was only recently unearthed and is the only known copy of the show to exist. The visuals have now been restored and the audio quality enhanced so that fans can share in the excitement of that famous night in 5.1 surround sound taken from the original multitrack recordings made that night.

In addition to the complete Wembley Show, the DVD will also contain “The Way You Make Me Feel” from Michael’s July 15th performance at Wembley Stadium. This is the only song not performed on July 16th due to the late start of that night’s show. Also included are the thrilling early performances of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” and “Bad” from the Yokohama Stadium performance in September of 1987 during the first leg of the BAD World Tour.

BAD25 – COMPLETE TRACKLISTING:

DELUXE BOX TRACK LISTING

CD ONE – Original Album

1. Bad
2. The Way You Make Me Feel
3. Speed Demon
4. Liberian Girl
5. Just Good Friends
6. Another Part Of Me
7. Man In The Mirror
8. I Just Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
9. Dirty Diana
10. Smooth Criminal
11. Leave Me Alone

CD TWO – Bonus Tracks, Unreleased Tracks, Demos, Remixes

1. Don’t Be Messin’ Around
2. I’m So Blue
3. Song Groove (A/K/A Abortion Papers)
4. Free
5. Price Of Fame
6. Al Capone
7. Streetwalker
8. Fly Away
9. Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, Spanish Version)
10. Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous (I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, French Version)
11. Bad (REMIX BY AFROJACK FEATURING PITBULL – DJ BUDDHA EDIT)
12. Speed Demon (REMIX BY NERO)
13. Bad (REMIX BY AFROJACK – CLUB MIX)

CD THREE – CD Live at Wembley Stadium July 16, 1988

1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
2. This Place Hotel
3. Another Part Of Me
4. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
5. She’s Out Of My Life
6. I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I’ll Be There
7. Rock With You
8. Human Nature
9. Smooth Criminal
10. Dirty Diana
11. Thriller
12. Working Day And Night
13. Beat It
14. Billie Jean
15. Bad
16. Man In The Mirror

DVD – DVD Live at Wembley Stadium July 16, 1988

1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
2. This Place Hotel
3. Another Part Of Me
4. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
5. She’s Out Of My Life
6. I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I’ll Be There
7. Rock With You
8. Human Nature
9. Smooth Criminal
10. Dirty Diana
11. Thriller
12. Bad Groove (the Band Jam section)
13. Working Day And Night
14. Beat It
15. Billie Jean
16. Bad
17. Man In The Mirror (Encore)

And Bonus Tracks Include:

  1. 1.     The Way You Make Me Feel (Performed at Wembley the previous night, July 15, 1988)
    2.     I Just Can’t Stop Loving You/Bad (Performed at Yokohama Stadium, September, 1987)

 

www.MichaelJackson.com

Official Statement Regarding the Release of the Wembley Performance

Via MJJUnderground:

It is great to see the overwhelming support and excitement in the fan community for the upcoming BAD 25 release.  A few questions have arisen regarding the Wembley concert DVD. Although the press release wasn’t the place for background details, here is more information:

•  We know that Nocturne captured on Umatic tapes the footage projected onto the JumboTrons at the various concerts including Wembley. These tapes were turned over to Michael’s crew and we have confirmed with Patrick Kelly (who headed Michael’s film crew for the European tour) that everything from Europe was sent to LA to be put in Michael’s storage facilities. The same procedures were followed for the US shows.

•  Unfortunately, record-keeping in the storage facilities was sporadic, at best, so we do not know what happened to a tape once it was sent for storage. In most cases, once a tape was pulled from the box it arrived in, it was not put back in the original box and where it wound up doesn’t always make sense. As a result, 25 years later not all of the Umatic tapes from the various shows can be located, notwithstanding that we have conducted an extensive survey of all of the storage facilities. So while we believe that the Umatic tape for Wembley was initially sent for storage, we have not been able to locate it. And with regard to the Umatic footage of other concerts, the audio is extremely problematic and therefore these concerts are unusable.

•  We know that VHS copies of the Umatics were made when Michael wanted to view a particular concert, but because of the lack of record-keeping, we also didn’t know which concerts existed on VHS. We ultimately did find Michael’s personal VHS viewing copy of the Wembley show attended by Princess Diana and Prince Charles, but not the Umatic. Even finding this VHS felt like a miracle to us!

•  So while we continued the search for the Wembley Umatic master, we also researched the audio recordings that existed from all of the concerts including Wembley. Fortunately, the Wembley audio recordings were made using a sound truck, and appear to be the only multi-track recordings from the tour. The other audio/visual recordings that exist, whether Umatic or VHS, are “front of house” mixes, and therefore there are no separate audio recordings that can be used to create a high quality listening experience. It is for this reason that the Wembley audio is the only one suitable to create a live album.

•  If we were going to include a live concert DVD in the BAD 25 release package, we had only one choice, Wembley. And there were only two options for visual – the Umatics for a different show or the VHS for Wembley. It would certainly be less expensive for the Estate to be able to create a DVD from a Umatic tape than to spend the time and money to painstakingly restore/enhance the VHS footage, but then we would not be delivering a truly authentic experience and we truly believe that watching this concert with the high quality audio will create a magical experience for all the fans as it has for us. We ultimately chose a lab that has developed its own proprietary technology for doing this kind of work (including restoration for NASA of VHS footage) in order to make the visual experience the best it can be under the circumstances.

We also could have chosen to release the Japanese concert from the first leg of the tour as there is a master of that show; but that concert was essentially a reincarnation of the Victory Tour with only two songs – “Bad” and “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” – added at the end. It isn’t what we believe the fans would want.

We could have elected not to release a DVD as part of the BAD 25 celebration (and hold out hope that someday we might find the Umatic of the Wembley concert) or we could share with the fans the chance to relive that magical night with pristine audio. We made the decision to go with the latter and provide the fans with the most authentic viewing experience. We believe that the fans will agree it was the right choice when the package is released in September.

John Branca/The Estate of Michael Jackson 

Help Needed for Opportunity to Win Grant for “Words and Violence” Project

From Reverend B. Kaufmann:

How about some good news about Michael for a change?
Win a grant for Michael!
Hi. Rev. Kaufmann here and I have a favor to ask…
Will you please go to this link:
And vote for Voices Education Project’s “Words and Violence” to win a cash grant for marketing the curriculum dedicated to Michael Jackson and Lady Diana Spencer.

This is round one. In order to get into the finals for a cash prize, we must get enough votes now for “Words and Violence.”
We can do this! We can win some money to use to spread the word!
I will keep you posted when we enter round two.
But we have to get there first. Please go and vote!
Then share it on Facebook and tell all your friends and other fans. We need hundreds of votes!
Go now and vote for “Words and Violence”
Thank you for your support of this mission to end bullying by the press, on television and in our schools. God Bless. ~Rev. B.
Voices Education Project
Creating Peace one story at a time.
Host of “Words and Violence” curriculum
dedicated to Michael Jackson and Lady Diana
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Blood On The Dance Floor Turns 15

March 21, 1997 marked the debut of Michael’s album Blood On The Dance Floor. It’s not wonder how we’ll commemorate the day, but why not throw in a little trivia too? Joe Vogel released a behind the scenes scoop about the album, and even got Teddy Riley to weigh in.

Here is the link: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/03/michael-jacksons-blood-on-the-dance-floor-15-years-later/254877/

A Happy Valentine’s Day…

… To all Michael Jackson fan-mily

Happy Valentine's Day MJ fam!

 

Who Watched Glee?

Last night, the cast of Glee incorporated some of Michael’s greatest hits into nearly every scene of the show. As a result, Michael’s hits rocketed to number one on iTunes such as, Smooth Criminal, Bad and others.  If you want to check it out, this here’s the link to last night’s episode in its entirety:

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Michael’s Children to Make Footprint and Handprint at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (Updated)

According to MichaelJackson.com and the Estate of Michael Jackson, tomorrow will highlight yet another event in immortalizing the legacy of Michael Jackson. The legendary forecourt at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre will now induct Michael’s handprint and footprint into cement using his sequined glove, legendary loafers, and one more thing–his children. That’s right, Prince, Paris, and Blanket will impression his prints tomorrow in Hollywood on behalf of their father. Michael’s prints will sit alongside Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire, and Elizabeth Taylor’s.

Luckily for us who won’t be attending, it will be streamed live at this site: http://www.livestream.com/michaeljackson?rsvptoeventid=426940&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=rsvp1&utm_campaign=michaeljackson&utm_content=MJforever

And just in case you didn’t catch the ceremony live, here is a link to watch the highlights: uffpsiaq

Gardner Elementary Establishes Music Lab in Michael’s Name

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/01/michael-jackson-school-gets-music-lab.html

The Gardner Street Elementary school, where Michael attended sixth grade (and the same school that rededicated the Auditorium to Michael) has now dedicated a music lab to him. In a little something called The Michael Jackson Music Education Lab, students will be taught how to read music, play the piano; and amongst other things, how to arrange music. It is said that the lab was built with donations from various local community organizations and parents. This coming Monday, an open house will be held for students and parents in honor of this special event.

With that in mind, here is the video from Michael’s original dedication ceremony on October 11, 1989.