Bad [Special Edition Bonus Tracks]

Bad [Special Edition Bonus Tracks]

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by Michael Jackson
     
 

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The downside to a success like Thriller is that it's nearly impossible to follow, but Michael Jackson approached Bad much the same way he approached Thriller -- take the basic formula of the predecessor, expand it slightly, and move it outward. This meant that he moved deeper into hard rock, deeper into schmaltzy adult contemporary, deeper intoSee more details below

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The downside to a success like Thriller is that it's nearly impossible to follow, but Michael Jackson approached Bad much the same way he approached Thriller -- take the basic formula of the predecessor, expand it slightly, and move it outward. This meant that he moved deeper into hard rock, deeper into schmaltzy adult contemporary, deeper into hard dance -- essentially taking each portion of Thriller to an extreme, while increasing the quotient of immaculate studiocraft. He wound up with a sleeker, slicker Thriller, which isn't a bad thing, but it's not a rousing success, either. For one thing, the material just isn't as good. Look at the singles: only three can stand alongside album tracks from its predecessor ("Bad," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"), another is simply OK ("Smooth Criminal"), with the other two showcasing Jackson at his worst (the saccharine "Man in the Mirror," the misogynistic "Dirty Diana"). Then, there are the album tracks themselves, something that virtually didn't exist on Thriller but bog down Bad not just because they're bad, but because they reveal that Jackson's state of the art is not hip. And they constitute a near-fatal dead spot on the record -- songs three through six, from "Speed Demon" to "Another Part of Me," a sequence that's utterly faceless, lacking memorable hooks and melodies, even when Stevie Wonder steps in for "Just Good Friends," relying on nothing but studiocraft. Part of the joy of Off the Wall and Thriller was that craft was enhanced with tremendous songs, performances, and fresh, vivacious beats. For this dreadful stretch, everything is mechanical, and while the album rebounds with songs that prove mechanical can be tolerable if delivered with hooks and panache, it still makes Bad feel like an artifact of its time instead a piece of music that transcends it. And if that wasn't evident proof that Jackson was losing touch, consider this -- the best song on the album is "Leave Me Alone" (why are all of his best songs paranoid anthems?), a tune tacked on to the end of the CD and never released as a single, apart from a weirdly claustrophobic video that, not coincidentally, was the best video from the album. [The 2001 reissue adds three songs that had never been released in America ("Streetwalker," "Todo Mi Amore Eres Tu," and "Fly Away,") interviews with producer Quincy Jones, and a new booklet]

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2001
Label:
Epic Europe
UPC:
5099750442326
catalogNumber:
7504423
Rank:
36512

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Jackson   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Claves,Finger Snapping
Sandra Crouch   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Winans   Background Vocals
Siedah Garrett   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Steve Stevens   Guitar,Soloist
Rose Banks   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Letta Mbulu   Chant
Ron Winans   Background Vocals
Maxi Anderson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Andraé Crouch   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Choir Director,Guest Appearance
Glen Ballard   Synthesizer
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Bill Bottrell   Guitar,Drums
Miko Brando   Drums
Ollie E. Brown   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Christopher Currell   Guitar,Keyboards,Synclavier,Rubboard,Finger Snapping
Nathan East   Bass
Voncielle Faggett   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Geary Faggett   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Eric Gale   Guitar
Humberto Gatica   Drums
Andrew Gouche   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Linda "Peaches" Green   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Francine Howard   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Dann Huff   Guitar
Kim Hutchcroft   Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Jean Johnson   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer
Michael Landau   Guitar
Rhett Lawrence   Synthesizer
Kevin Maloney   Muted Piano
Perry Morgan   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Guest Appearance
David Paich   Synthesizer
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Soloist
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Alfie Silas   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bruce Swedien   Drums,Announcer
Randy Waldman   Synthesizer
Carvin Winans   Background Vocals,Track Performer,Guest Appearance
Marvin Winans   Background Vocals,Track Performer,Guest Appearance
Michael Winans   Background Vocals,Track Performer,Guest Appearance
Stevie Wonder   Synthesizer,Vocals,Soloist
Casey Young   Synclavier
David E. Williams   Guitar
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Drums
Andraé Crouch Choir   Guest Appearance
Larry Williams   Synthesizer,Saxophone,MIDI Sax
Michael Thomas Jackson   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping,Soloist
Jimmy Allen Smith   Hammond Organ,Soloist
Larry Andrew Williams   Synthesizer,Saxophone,Soloist,MIDI Sax
Ronald Winans   Background Vocals,Track Performer
John Barnes   Synthesizer,Piano

Technical Credits

Rubén Blades   Composer
Siedah Garrett   Composer,Duet
Michael Jackson   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Quincy Jones   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Andraé Crouch   Vocal Arrangements
Glen Ballard   Composer,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Bill Bottrell   Engineer
Miko Brando   Staff
Terry Britten   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Ken Caillat   Engineer
David Coleman   Art Direction
David Daoud Coleman   Art Direction
Christopher Currell   rhythm arrangement
Matt Forger   Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Craig Johnson   Engineer
Graham Lyle   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Brian Malouf   Engineer
Cornelius Mims   drum programming
Gary Olazabal   Engineer
David Paich   Synthesizer Arrangements
Caiphus Semenya   Arranger
Bruce Swedien   Engineer,Executive Producer
Stevie Wonder   Duet
Andy Engel   Slipcover Concept
Tony Lane   Art Direction
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Greg Gorman   Cover Photo
Claudio Ordenes   Engineer
Sam Emerson   Cover Photo
Madeline Randolph   Staff
Raoul Roach   Staff
Larry Stessel   Production Director
Bill Bray   Staff
Larry Williams   drum programming
Michael Thomas Jackson   Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements,Duet
Larry Andrew Williams   drum programming
John Barnes   Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements

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