Extra Tracks, Reissued, Remastered
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How do you follow-up the biggest album of all-time? That was MJ's challenge with 1987's Bad . While failing to scale the sales heights of Thriller , Bad boasted a record-breaking 5 #1 singles. This 2001 special edition adds three unreleased tracks, plus interviews with producer Quincy Jones.
"We wanted a tough album," producer Quincy Jones recalls in a bonus interview on this special edition of Bad. Though the 1987 blockbuster would appear to be Michael Jackson's most personal statement to date--9 of its 11 cuts were written solely by him--its appeal also rested more on craft than the idiosyncratic art of Thriller and Off the Wall. At the same time, most of Bad has aged well in spite of its digital brittleness and MIDI treatments of gems like Jimmy Smith's organ solo on the title track. While the third best of his first three Epic solo discs, Bad carries a lot of what people love about Jackson's music. This disc also benefits from two fine outtakes, the exciting, uptempo "Streetwalker" and the Carpenters homage "Fly Away." Either could easily have extended the record's run of hit singles. --Rickey Wright
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REGARDLESS, it is actual concert footage remastered to DVD. I purchased the set for my collection. The unreleased tracks are great. It will be interesting to see how many more previously unreleased albums we will see in the balance of the Estate's posthumous contract with Sony. It is such a bitter sweet experience for many of us. It is difficult to contribute to Sony now, but if one wants the treasures that remain there is little choice. We can only hope that the proceeds will in fact benefit MJ's children and his charities.
Rest in peace Michael.
A well mastered special edition CD. Good sound quality for a 1987 recording. Sony has managed to get the sound quality right with MJ's CDs but failed to get the same impact with his DVDs. I ordered this CD from Amazon in Dec 2008.
I was barely 10 when I first heard this album - 'Bad', back in 1988. The music instantly grabbed my attention. I was spell bound, the music really stood out from all the other kinds of slow & dull music that was popular at that time. To my young ears it was amazing. I did not get hold of this album until May 1992. I borrowed it from my neighbor & recorded it. I played the recorded cassette tape on a Bush 2-in-1 system, (Remember those boom box days? Lol.) almost everyday, till the tape actually wore out.
In 1993, we shifted to another state, I had the opportunity to explore MJ's other albums & videos. Made some great friends with common interest in MJ's music. Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever records one of the best shows ever recorded. It's the one in which MJ first moonwalked on stage while singing Billie Jean. A pioneer in catchy dance, songs & videos. Always in the news & at times for doing weird stuff. MTV & MJ had a very symbiotic relationship they pushed each other to great heights that is unlikely to happen again. He was the greatest entertainer of our time. Period. Today marks a great loss in the history of music.
I think, I would not have gotten so far into audiophilia, as a hobby, if it was not for this gem of an album. Truly a turning point. I like 'Bad' better than MJ's other albums.
If Google is the most powerful information tool of the 21st century & if we were to use it to gauge popularity, then the statistics goes like this: MJ has 80 million articles, Jesus Christ has 40 million articles & The Beatles has 35 million articles. Pls check this for yourself in Google. Alright, I'm not getting into the late 1960s - 'The Beatles vs Jesus Christ' popularity controversy here. Please forgive me if I have offended anyone reading this. I was only presenting facts from Google the way they are. Peace.
I don't want to hear Quincy Jones' commentary / interview in between the last few songs of the CD. That's what this limited edition MJ's 'Bad' CD does & it's very annoying.
Update: 25Jun 2010:
It's been an year since I wrote the above review. Today there are 127 million articles in Google for MJ. That makes him the most popular personality on the planet.