Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ celebrates 25 years


From Amazon.com:

Should several of the tracks on the 25th anniversary edition of Thriller find their way onto your MP3 player, you’re going to have to admit: the music holds up. “Beat It” is not about to go stale, at least not without a rumble, and neither are “Billie Jean” and “P.Y.T.” Even if you put the record-hurtling hits aside, you’re still left with the realization that without MJ, there might not have been a JT [Justin Timberlake], never mind a Ne-Yo (listen closely to “Human Nature” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”). The bonus DVD bundled with the expanded CD includes a digitally redone version of the famous title-track video, among other clips, and it still astonishes with its choreography and attitude. As for the new tracks–Fergie inserts herself into “Beat It,” Will.i.am takes on “The Girl Is Mine” and “P.Y.T.,” Kanye West remixes “Billie Jean” (with characteristically subtle brilliance), Akon duets with M-Jack on “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” and the unreleased ballad “For All Time” (from the original Thriller sessions) is shined up and tacked on–they will suck you in like it was pop music’s hugest year, 1983, all over again. Start brushing up on your moonwalk now. –Tammy La Gorce

Author: Brian

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15 thoughts on “Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ celebrates 25 years”

  1. @ Wendy: No, but I was just thinking yesterday that I want to learn it. Have you seen the commercial with the lizards doing the Thriller dance? It’s so funny!

  2. I know I’ve told you that, with the exception of animated soundtracks, “Thriller” is the first album I ever owned. I heard the title track yesterday morning on the radio. Anytime I hear any of those songs in passing, I always stop and listen. I love “Billie Jean”, remember when we used to make up songs about people that had similar names, like Rebecca and your mother? LOL.

    And, Vincent Price voice STILL creeps me out. Even yesterday.

  3. @ Alyson: I never get tired of “Billie Jean.” I need to send you the mp3 of Vincent Price’s outtake. He says “Michael Jackson is the Thriller” and does that creepy laugh. I love it!!

  4. Have you seen the movie 13 Going On 30 with Jennifer Garner? The scene where her company is throwing a really lame party turns into a great deal of fun when she has the DJ play Thriller and starts to do the dance. Soon, everyone is doing it–it’s a great scene in an otherwise humdrum movie.

  5. @ Jamie: That was definitely the best part of the movie. There’s a video on YouTube right now of some dancers on a subway car that stand up simultaneously and do the entire routine. The other passengers appear quite dazed and confused, which makes it even more hilarious.

  6. I’ve tried posting this three times (it might have ended up in spam, so you can just delete them!) Anyway, My 2 sisters and I each had this album. we were not good at sharing.

    I feel old now.

  7. I have that concert on DVD and it is simply amazing!! He was soooo on top of his game at that point in his career and put on one heck of a show.

  8. I hate to disappoint, but he used a double to achieve that stunt. If you watch really closely right before the blast-off happens, they move a large box in front of Michael and you can see him step up slightly into it. Then the double appears and is outfitted with the rocket device. The box that contains MJ is quickly wheeled offstage.

    I’m sure it was a safety issue, because is something happened to the rigging with the real MJ flying over the crowd and he fell, he would surely be torn to bits by the thousands of rabid fans! Did you see the condition of that “Billie Jean” hat after he threw it into the crowd? :lol:

  9. @ fightingwindmills: It was quite good. I think it’s kind of funny because so many of the fans are weeping as the fake MJ flies overhead. I would have been crying just because the concert was over. My one big regret is that I never saw that tour live. I was just a little too young and all of the concerts were overseas.

    @ Accountable: This was well after the Pepsi incident. I think that happened in 1984. He claims that he became addicted to pain killers because of the ensuing pain from the burns and was apparently still taking them regularly when this concert was filmed.

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