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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 12, 2008
This second re-issue of Thriller is a better re-issue than the 2001 Special Edition. The sound quality is a lot better. But I still find it a tad lacking. It is missing "Can't get Outta The Rain" Which appeared on side 2/B of the 45 release of Billie Jean and "Got the hots" (Which is appearing on the Japan Release). Those 2 tracks should have been added. I wouldn't be surprised if the album has a 30th anniversary edition 5 years later with those 2 songs adeed. Also, The Kanye West Remix of Billie Jean was a tad disappointing. Kanye gave the song a great new beat but I was hoping to get a rap verse out of him on the track. The Fergie remix to Beat It wasn't too bad either. I have nothing against Fergie but I think that P!nk would have been a better choice for the song. Anyways, Like I said, this is a big improvement from the 2001 Special Edition for the sound quality. The Interviews on that edition are better bonus features. I think it's well worth getting for the better sound quality. But Even though the sound is better, I find the DVD lacking. Thriller is missing the making of the video. That should have been added.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2008
There isn't much more that can be said about the tracks on this re-release of "Thriller" that are from the original 1983 album. Everything from "Wanna Be Startin' Something" to "The Lady In My Life" holds up extremely well even a quarter of a century later. This 25th Anniversary Edition also gives us both the single release version and the long version of "Billie Jean," as well as a previously unrecorded track called "For All Time." With all new technology employed to clean up the tracks and make the sound crisper, Michael sounds fresh and new and revived (which I'm sure he is hoping will be a metaphor for this stage in his career, as well).

Unfortunately, though, the so-called remixes are very disappointing and do not enhance the value of this album at all. The two tracks that feature will.i.am ("The Girl Is Mine" and "P.Y.T.") suffer from Will's lack of creativity in his verses and really only remind you how great the songs were when they were untouched. "Beat It" featuring Fergie isn't really a remix so much as a few lines in a verse or two laid down by Fergie over the old track. Lame and boring. And don't let the "featuring Kanye West" tag on "Billie Jean" fool you: Kanye does not do a guest rap verse but rather he produced the new mix, adding a heavier beat and a couple of introductory grunts. Ironically, the one stand out was Akon's version of "Wanna Be Startin' Something," which is a unique approach to the song, breathing new life for a new generation, and of course the second disc, which gives you also three music videos ("Beat It," "Billie Jean," and "Thriller") and a live performance by Michael at an awards show, is a must-have for any collector, as well.

It may be a little sad to say the only "new" music you're getting excited about is an album you actually already own, but with the case of this er-release, it's true. Buy this album only if you want to hear rejuvenated versions of classics. You can skip most of the "new" stuff.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2008
Let me start by saying, I'm a huge MJ fan and, of course, Thriller is probably THE album that comes to mind for anyone who thinks Michael Jackson. It's a classic! ...However, the question one has to ask themselves when it comes to re-releases (especially after the recent 2001 re-release) is, what more am I getting? Why am I going to spend another $20 on this project?

Obviously, the newly recorded bonus tracks/remixes are a MAJOR plus! I mean, Michael's recording again!!! And contrary to some negative reviews, if you're familiar with the "Jackson Sound", these tracks are definitely "jammin'"!

...That, however, is where the perks stop. Why he/Sony choose to release a "Casebook Edition" is beyond me. For an extra $5-8 you get... Pictures. Pictures any MJ fan have already seen, if not own elsewhere. To be frank, you may as well buy the "Standard/Classic Edition" for $9-11. You still get all the bonus tracks plus the bonus DVD.

Do not be fooled into thinking you're getting this huge treat. ...Even if it is Michael Jackson.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2008
This is a classic album reissued for money with a couple of "remixes".
Sony/CBS should have remastered and issued in DTS 96/24 5.1 surround format.
Just imagine the 9 songs including Thriller,Beat it,Billie Jean,Human Nature comming from all round the room and the effects.
Now that would be an album worth re-buying just for DTS surround and a must for any collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2012
In my opinion this CD is not as good as the original Thriller CD. I was hoping for the original recording of the Thriller CD, I don't care much for the revised version of Thriller. Is it possible to purchase the original CD anymore? Is it just pas se? I hope in the near future the release of the original will be available for purchase. If you decide to purchase just this CD, know it's not the same recording as it was in the eighties.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon March 31, 2008
There's no doubt that reissuing yet ANOTHER special edition of Thriller could have been more complete. And the fact the the bonus track Got The Hots is ONLY on the Japanese edition is ridiculous. If the record company wants to really make this a start at a 'comeback' for Michael, then they should start by giving fans what they want. What DO we want? How about this. Include the DVD, but also make this a TWO disc set. Include all the bonus tracks from this edition PLUS the bonus tracks from the previous special edition of Thriller (which are DIFFERENT bonus tracks than these) and FINALLY put the long versions of Billie Jean and Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' ON the Thriller album, as Michael originally intended them to be, but was forced to shorten them due to the lack of room on a vinyl LP back in 1982.

Anyway, skipping over all the modern remakes--which are mostly the vocals of the new artists, so they aren't so much Michael's songs anymore--the track "For All Time" is a ballad that sounds very much like Human Nature, which would explain why they both weren't included on the original LP.

The reason to buy the Japanese edition instead of this US edition is because "Got the Hots" is the better track. It's a standard Michael/Quincey upbeat R&B groove from the early 80s, but it is much better than For All Time. It isn't, however, in my opinion, up to the standards of the Thriller that it was rejected from years ago. Maybe that's just because of the passage of time and it sounding sort of dated, while the Thriller songs still sound fresh and familiar. Even so, for hardcore collectors, the Japanese edition is more bang for your buck.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2008
If you're a Michael Jackson fan there is a chance you already own the original Thriller album. If you are an ocasional fan (like me) this is a good opportunity to own a history making album in a nifty shiny cover. The extra material is a few bits of dialogue by Vincent Price (not very impresive) and a original unreleased song from that time (which is nice). The "new version" songs are not that good. Only one of them feels like a new take on the original song, the rest are basically remixes with no soul or feel to them whatsoever.
From a collector point of view sure, buy it. From a fan that wishes to own the original Thriller sure, buy it. For somebody wanting to hear new takes on old MJ songs, not a good investment.
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on November 5, 2013
The original songs are great. Akon and the black Eyed SUCKS ruined the "bonus tracks". It's not worth the extra money. I had no idea they were on the bonus tracks.
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on September 11, 2009
The album was good but not as good as I thought it would be. Not a lot of Michaels songs that I remember. The transaction was very easy to do and the product was received in a quick time and in good condition.
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2008
"Thriller" has been called the greatest album of all time since it's 1983 release, and there is no wonder why. Almost every song from the album was released and each song was successful on the charts. The music from the original version is absolutely timeless! Michael blended pop and R&B effortlessly and music listeners crowned him "The King of Pop." 25 years after the release of "Thriller", Jackson (and with good reason) found it beneficial to release a special edition of the album, which includes updated versions of his classics and one track that was previously unreleased. Jackson calls on Fergie, Will.I.Am, Kanye West, and Akon to assist him. I was not impressed with what most of them contributed to the re-release. They worsened the quality of timeless classics like "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", "Beat It", and "PYT." Of course, Jackson gets back into the studio to re-do the songs, but they should have left this album the way it was; why would one tamper with something near perfect?

"Thriller's" original version receives a 5 star rating without a shadow of a doubt. However, when combining the old songs with this new stuff, the score is reduced 3 stars. The producers attempted to conform Jackson's classics to the sounds which are in vogue for the moment, and the finished product is not pleasing. Jackson and Akon team up for "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", and it sounds alright, but when paying tribute to something, try to do the original it's justice. The updated version of this song can't hold a candle or a flame to the original. "Beat It" features Jackson and Fergie. Again, its studio beat and attempt to ape such a great song didn't work well. Kanye administers the best song here with his version of "Billie Jean." His beat and slight alteration of the song work quite well; I applaud the two men for a job well done.

I encourage anyone who does not own "Thriller" to purchase as soon as possible and leave this anniversary edition on the shelf. All you need is the 1983 renditions; this new stuff should have stayed at the studio.

Mikeisha's Top 5

"Human Nature"
"PYT"
"Lady in My Life"
"Billie Jean"
"Thriller"
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