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Michael Jackson's This Is It [Vinyl] Import

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Import only four vinyl LP pressing. 2009 release from the late great King Of Pop, the musical companion to the major motion picture of the same name. This Is It: The Movie is made up of intimate and spectacular footage filmed during rehearsals for Jackson's proposed July 2009 comeback shows. When he died in June of 2009, he left behind hundreds of hours of footage, which have been edited together to create a glorious tribute to his majestic talents. The album features some of his biggest hits sequenced in the same order as they appear in the film. Sony.

Disc: 1
1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
2. Jam
3. They Don't Care About Us
4. Human Nature
5. Smooth Criminal
6. The Way You Make Me Feel
7. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) [Single Version]
8. I Just Can't Stop Loving You
9. Thriller
10. Beat It
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. She's Out of My Life [Demo Version]
2. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' [Demo Version]
3. Beat It [Demo Version]
4. Planet Earth (Poem)

Product Details

  • Vinyl (November 17, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Epic Europe
  • ASIN: B002SPCCA6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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170 of 173 people found the following review helpful By Book and Music Lover on October 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
In an attempt to explain what makes this album worth purchasing, I will break it down to 5 simple words: "It's all about the Sound." While it is true that the first CD of this album is a compilation of MJ's greatest hits, it needs to be pointed out that the majority of these songs have been remastered. In order to discern the difference, I took the original and remastered versions of these songs, and played them side-by-side on the same audio equipment with exactly the same settings. The difference is clear and easy to detect. As good as the originals are, once you hear the remastered versions, the originals sound flat and dull. The remastered versions are crisper, deeper, and fuller. It is simply wonderful to be able to hear how much more amazing these classic songs can sound. I have heard these songs hundreds of times over the years, and yet, after listening to these remastered versions, I felt like I was really hearing them for the first time. To all those who love MJ's music, please don't discount this album simply because these songs have been available for years in their earlier versions. These new versions are absolutely fantastic!

As for the demos on the 2nd CD, they are absolute treasures. Hearing the early versions of these songs takes you inside MJ's creative process, which is a rare and special treat. While the song, "This Is It" isn't a towering achievement like "Thriller," it is a lovely song with a catchy tune that will stick in your head.

Regarding the spoken poem, "Planet Earth," MJ released a book back in 1992 called, "Dancing The Dream." This book was a compilation of poetry and short essays that MJ wrote. The poem "Planet Earth" is one of the poems from this book.
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Jools on October 26, 2009
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As a fan, I bought this 2 disc release with mixed feelings and it is with mixed feelings that I rate this 5 stars after listening to the album. I went straight to Disc 2 because I've already heard (and own many times over) the other tracks. I suspect MJ is turning in his grave knowing that this first posthumous release is really just a re-release of tracks to match the movie, almost taking advantage of his fans. However, as a fan, I'll likely buy anything that is released in his name after his death.

Having said that, I'm giving this 5 stars because of the demos. The $9.99 that I've spent is well worth what I've received listening to the demo of "Shes out of my life". It's the first time (aside from Speechless from the Invincible album) you get to hear MJ's voice in all it's purity. It's touching and it's searingly beautiful.

After listening to the "new" tracks (the demos and the poem), you're left with a sad realization that his life truly ended too soon.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on October 26, 2009
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This is a great collection of hits from MJ, and if you take a close listen, you will see that almost all of the songs he selected for his concert have a message. They are not all number ones, but the majority of them tell us something about his philosophy. The exceptions are Thriller and Billie Jean, which were included of course because they are the bestsellers and great dance hits.

Regarding the demos - worth buying the whole album for these. I bought both the CD from Amazon for a keepsake and the iTunes unbundled selection that includes only the demos and poem.

She's out of My Life - "unplugged" version sung to acoustic guitar. Can't wait to get the booklet so I can find out who was playing guitar. It's amazing and so moving.

Wanna Be Startin Something - great to have for the ending, which in this demo has even more energy than the final version because you can hear the individual instruments. What a treat.

Beat It - this shows you the architecture of MJ's song building where he lays down his own vocals to show how the instrumentation should sound.

Planet Earth - gives me goosebumps. It's incredibly intimate, very sensual and unique. MJ had a brilliant mind and this gives you a glimpse. Plus I love hearing his spoken voice.

This is It - I've heard all the critics, but I LOVE this song and even though it was written years ago, the lyrics are like a tribute to MJ's legacy. The vocals are wonderful, especially considering it was an out-take and has minimal production. This is raw MJ.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By B. Hoang on October 28, 2009
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OK. If you're like me, who own every single album of MJ music, and have all his songs, then you MUST have MJ's "THIS IS IT"! It is worth every penny. The booklet is beautifully designed and composed. It just shows how much MJ respected and loved his fans, he always wanted for us to have the best of HIM. When I listened to the first track on disc 2, I became litterally speechless and tears just automatically filled up my eye sockets. OMG, that's all I can say. You have to get the CD and experience it yourself. Michael Jackson is truely the ultimate entertainer of our time. His music and soul are so beautiful, so genuine, so gigantic that overwhelm you, but at the same time you feel you cannot get enough of HIM. MJ, you're still the THRILLER!

I want to add an extra note on "This Is It". Like most of MJ fans, I hate Sony for the way they treated MJ in the past (but I think that period of time got a lot to do with Tommy Mottola). However, I got to give kudos to Sony for the way they technically handled "This Is It". The quality of the sound and mixing techniques is SUPERB! This time around, (putting MJ's angelic vocal aside) the sound engineering on each track is so great that I feel like listening to those songs for the first time. Kudos to whoever did the sound engineering for "This Is It". MJ would have been very happy and proud!
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defect/glitch on "they don't care about us"
That's designed to cover up the offensive lyrics contained in the original version of the song. My version of HIStory includes those sound effects as well, but the original version of the song did not.
Nov 3, 2009 by tomdewcon |  See all 3 posts
This Is It & Paul Anka
Paul Anka should of handle this with common sense, which he does not seem to have. He should go to dumb Sony and state his claim. or was this just a promotion tactic? Anka calling Michael a 'Thief' was not a good idea and McClain stating that Michael cannot write a song like that? huh? well... Read More
Oct 14, 2009 by Jane SJ |  See all 27 posts
Track listing - what a disapointment and missed oportunity.
I'm going to buy this cd because I've ALWAYS bought whatever came out by Michael. I don't care if it's his old stuff. It's Michael and he's not here anymore to make completely new music. All we have to look forward to is what was already recorded and never released. I love his voice, I love... Read More
Oct 12, 2009 by Amazon Customer |  See all 45 posts
"This Is It" Live Audio version?
It would be great to have the movie soundtrack available on CD...I'm watching the DVD played through my home stereo with my Bose headphones on...and the arrangements are killer!
Being a music lover it's a bit frustrating to know there's this wonderful music out there...but not available on... Read More
Mar 20, 2010 by B |  See all 4 posts
the song This Is It ....... what do ya think?
I thought the song wasn't really bad. Michael's brothers did a good job adding the last touches on what would've been a great recording for Michael Jackson that he honestly would have been proud of hearing. Hopefully, the song will get a lot of airplay.
Oct 21, 2009 by Michael Kerner |  See all 5 posts
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