"Xscape" is an awesome track. It's surprising that it was an album outtake. However, I'm not sure how this is going to sound or what is meant by "contemporized" tracks. The original is fine as it is. According to Wikipedia (not always reliable), there are already confirmed tracks on it. One of which is "Blue Gangsta" which is also a great track in its own. I hope these tracks being "contemporized" does not mean they are completely redone so that they do not sound like the originals. What does everyone think?
I believe I'll have a lot of fun with the album (the deluxe one of course) seeing as it gives us the opportunity to appreciate the original recordings and be curious to see how how the producers "contemporize" them. Even when he was alive, I had always hoped that MJ could have worked with both Timbaland and Stargate at least for one song whenever possible. Though better late than never, I'm very curious to see what they have done. Let's hope it's not bad.
Contemporize means letting Timbaland rework and add his own sound to the songs. This is still great for MJ fans, its still him singing with Timbaland producing the sound. You either except it for what it is or dont buy it and stick with what you got. MJ has songs that he made with Will.I.am or whatever and songs like 11 pm with his favorite keyboard player Brad Buxer in 2009. I think the MJ Estate will hold on to these songs I just mentioned for further album releases, yes MJ will most likely have many posthumous albums and if its his voice and his lyrics from collaborations with great pruduction in sound I will take it.
The songs on Xscape will definitely sound better than the original demo versions because they are finished songs. Of course Michael was not there to oversee the final product but you can still enjoy it and the deluxe edition will have the original demo's for you to compare.
Michael and Whitney are my favorite singers! I have the complete collection of the two. Whitney, with his voice, and incomparable talent, from another planet, there will never be another songstress like it. Michael is simply the most complete artist in the world. The U.S. had the best singers in the world, and gave no value. Always & Forever Michael Jackson & Whitney Houston! <3 <3
MaryK, After hearing the 2014 version of 1983's "Love Never Felt So Good", I have to admit that it sounds like it should have been on BAD (because it was composed in 1983), even though it bears more relation to the best moments of THRILLER and OFF THE WALL. I hope to hear this single on radio. I still say, it would have been even better had Stephanie Mills been the lead duet vocal for the second verse and joined him in the chorus. It would have been a great meeting of two THE WIZ legends. It really would've been very Q.J. then, when you think about it. When I first heard the demo 5 or 6 years ago, I immediately thought, "Stephanie Mills needs to sing this song with him." Either way, it's a good song.
I`ve heard all of the Three versions and some people wonder if it`s Michael`voice but I can hear it so cleary that it`s the real Michael`s vocal ,The Best Male Vocalist in the World,and I`m so glad and happy for that reason.All 3 versions are definitely awesome in different ways but I personally preferr MJ Full Demo with Michael`s laughter at the end of the song.It`s typical Michael who just loved having fun even at work.It may be totally unrespectful to Michael but at the same time Michael gave people nothing but gladness and happiness all through his life and he still can do it until this day!Finally,I think EPIC did the right thing that the Full Demo of Michael`s vocal was released as well in the same Album and I love that concept!
Personally, I thing A place With No Name produced by Stargate, takes the cake for the moment. But from what I've heard so far, I extend my congratulations to the Estate, Epic, and LA Reid for a job well done.
So wonderful to read all of you: thank you. The man was so talented! I hate that the media wrote glowingly of him in one instance, and as soon as the allegations appeared, he was demonized and, well, tortured.
Nice to hear everyone's opinions. I'm currently listening to the "contemporized" version of "Blue Gangsta" and this is nowhere near as good as the original.... I mean it isn't good at all. This and "Love Never Felt So Good" are the only ones I've heard so far. "Love Never Felt So Good" is pretty good though. But I've always enjoyed the original "Blue Gangsta", "Xscape", and "Do You Know Where Your Children Are" in their original forms. I hope the other "contemporized" versions are much better than this...as for me. I'll be happy to purchase the Deluxe for the originals.
It just occured to me that we've all had something, whether negative or positive, to say about this album without considering what other music listeners have actually thought of it so far or how they will perceive once it's released. What does the general music listener think of Xscape? That's the question to be asked.
The original versions are much better that the edited by producers, in my opinion they destroyed the songs. So it's better to buy the deluxe album which also brings the original songs as Michael recorded them.
I agree and I actually really enjoy Timbaland's production. But not so much on this album. The only ones I think are alright so far are "Love Never Felt So Good" and "Chicago" but they are still inferior to the originals. The original versions sound like true MJ songs. The original version of "Xscape" always reminded me of something from Dangerous like the title track with its industrial beats. I think they should have released this the other way around with the original tracks being on the regular edition and the "contemporized" tracks on the deluxe. Who knows what will happen on future releases if good tracks like "Serious Effect" or "She Got It" were released.
Yeah it is pretty bad. The originals are beyond better. However, I noticed the original version of "Do You Know Where Your Children Are" is not the version with Slash...I didn't realize there was another version.