Bad [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

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This Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition includes three CDs, two collectible booklets with unseen photos from the recording sessions, video sets and concert tours, the original BAD cover art, a two-sided poster, and features the first ever authorized DVD

release of a concert from the record breaking BAD tour. DVD - Michael Jackson’s legendary July 16, 1988 concert at Wembley Stadium in London. This DVD is not a compilation of performances, but rather one complete show, exactly as Michael performed it for Prince Charles, Princess Diana and the 72,000 fans who were in the audience for that night’s sold out show. The DVD was sourced from Michael ...
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This Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition includes three CDs, two collectible booklets with unseen photos from the recording sessions, video sets and concert tours, the original BAD cover art, a two-sided poster, and features the first ever authorized DVD

release of a concert from the record breaking BAD tour. DVD - Michael Jackson’s legendary July 16, 1988 concert at Wembley Stadium in London. This DVD is not a compilation of performances, but rather one complete show, exactly as Michael performed it for Prince Charles, Princess Diana and the 72,000 fans who were in the audience for that night’s sold out show. The DVD was sourced from Michael Jackson’s personal VHS copy of the performance as shown on the JumboTrons during the concert. This footage was only recently unearthed and is the only known copy of the show to exist. The visuals have been restored and the audio quality enhanced so that fans can share in the excitement of that famous night.

CD1 - The original re-mastered album

CD2 - A CD containing previously unreleased material recorded in Michael’s personal studio at Hayvenhurst. This material includes early demo versions of songs from the album as well as demos for songs not included on the final album. All of this material is being released as it was recorded during the BAD sessions. Nothing has been added or changed. In addition, this CD also includes new remixes from internationally renowned DJ/producers.

CD3 - A CD showcasing the audio from the sound truck recordings of the July 16th Wembley performance. The first-ever live Michael Jackson CD to be released, this is the only concert from the BAD Tour known to exist on multitracks.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 studio craft. 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") relies on nothing but studio craft. 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 of 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. [This is not the first expanded edition of Bad but the 2001 reissue didn't have much in way of substantive bonus material. Two outtakes called "Streetwalker" and "Fly Away," plus a Spanish version of "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" was about it. That's not the case with this 25th Anniversary Edition, which is a full-fledged deluxe edition, containing a full disc of outtakes and demos in either its simple two-disc iteration or its lavish 3-CD/1-DVD incarnation (there are also some new EDM-flavored remixes from Afrojack and Nero that are perfectly fine for what they are), which adds a third CD of live performances from Jackson's July 16, 1988 performance at Wembley Stadium, along with the entire concert on the accompanying DVD. The bonus material captures two different sides of Jackson: the live material is a dazzling showcase for his skills as a showman while the rough studio outtakes demonstrate his craftsmanship. Although the Wembley show is certainly entertaining -- he makes spectacle seem effortless -- everything revealing on this 25th Anniversary Edition arrives on the unreleased demos, where Jackson is working out song structure, choruses, and words. Some of the darker undercurrents of Bad surface yet again -- he frets over the "Price of Fame," he sings about "Abortion Papers" on a puzzling, compelling "Song Groove" -- and elsewhere it's clear that Jackson is liberated by the process of creating; the rougher, spare sound of these demos comparing quite favorably to the sometimes suffocating polish of Bad. This is particularly true of "Al Capone," an early version of "Smooth Criminal" that's fleet on its feet and considerably less cartoonish, but such lightness can also be heard on "Don't Be Messin'Around" -- a sweetened, concentrated version of "Wanna Be Startin' Something" -- and the smooth, crystalline pop of "I'm So Blue" and "Free," quiet storm numbers that function as bridges between Bad and Thriller. These are the moments that make this expansion worthwhile, illustrating that beneath the glitz and glamour, there was a sharp, canny musician who took considerable pleasure in his work.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 887254009528
  • Catalog Number: 540095
  • Sales rank: 50,713

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bad (4:07)
  2. 2 The Way You Make Me Feel (4:59)
  3. 3 Speed Demon (4:04)
  4. 4 Liberian Girl (3:49)
  5. 5 Just Good Friends (4:07)
  6. 6 Another Part of Me (3:55)
  7. 7 Man in the Mirror - Linda Green (5:18)
  8. 8 I Just Can't Stop Loving You (4:10)
  9. 9 Dirty Diana (4:42)
  10. 10 Smooth Criminal (4:18)
  11. 11 Leave Me Alone (4:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Don't Be Messin' Around (4:20)
  2. 2 I'm So Blue (4:09)
  3. 3 Song Groove (4:28)
  4. 4 Free (4:27)
  5. 5 Price of Fame (4:35)
  6. 6 Al Capone (3:36)
  7. 7 Streetwalker (5:55)
  8. 8 Fly Away (3:28)
  9. 9 Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu [ (4:11)
  10. 10 Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous [French Ve (4:07)
  11. 11 Bad - Pitbull (4:30)
  12. 12 Speed Demon (4:13)
  13. 13 Bad (7:35)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' [Li (5:18)
  2. 2 This Place Hotel (4:55)
  3. 3 Another Part Of Me (4:02)
  4. 4 I Just Can't Stop Loving You [L (4:22)
  5. 5 She's Out Of My Life (3:16)
  6. 6 I Want You Back/The Love You Save/I'll Be There [Live at Wembley Stadiu (5:06)
  7. 7 Rock With You (4:04)
  8. 8 Human Nature (4:29)
  9. 9 Smooth Criminal (4:41)
  10. 10 Dirty Diana (5:00)
  11. 11 Thriller (4:28)
  12. 12 Working Day And Night (5:55)
  13. 13 Beat It (5:44)
  14. 14 Billie Jean (5:39)
  15. 15 Bad (4:28)
  16. 16 Man In The Mirror (6:22)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' [Li
  2. 2 This Place Hotel
  3. 3 Another Part Of Me
  4. 4 I Just Can't Stop Loving You [L
  5. 5 She's Out Of My Life
  6. 6 I Want You Back /The Love You Save/I'll Be There [Live at Wembley Stadi
  7. 7 Rock With You
  8. 8 Human Nature
  9. 9 Smooth Criminal
  10. 10 Dirty Diana
  11. 11 Thriller
  12. 12 Bad Groove: Band Jam/Layla/Sussudio/You Win Again/Don't STop 'Til You G
  13. 13 Working Day And Night
  14. 14 Beat It
  15. 15 Billie Jean
  16. 16 Bad
  17. 17 Man In The Mirror (Encore) [Liv
  18. 18 The Way You Make Me Feel
  19. 19 I Just Can’t Stop Loving You/Bad [Live at Yokohama Stadium, September,
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Jackson Primary Artist, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Jennifer Batten Guitar
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
Steve Stevens Guitar
Letta Mbulu Chant
Sheryl Crow Background Vocals
Glen Ballard Synthesizer
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Bill Bottrell Guitar, Drums
Don Boyette Bass
Miko Brando Drums
Ollie E. Brown Percussion, Drums, Hand Clapping
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Christopher Currell Keyboards, Synclavier, Finger Snapping
Kevin Dorsey Background Vocals
Nathan East Bass
Eric Gale Guitar
Humberto Gatica Drums
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dorian Holley Background Vocals
Dann Huff Guitar
Kim Hutchcroft Saxophone
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Rory Kaplan Keyboards
Randy Kerber Synthesizer
Michael Landau Guitar
Rhett Lawrence Synthesizer
Ricky Lawson Drums
Kevin Maloney Muted Piano
David Paich Synthesizer
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Keyboards
Darryl Phinnessee Background Vocals
Jimmy Smith Hammond B3
Bruce Swedien Drums
Randy Waldman Synthesizer
David Williams Guitar
Stevie Wonder Synthesizer
Casey Young Synclavier
Dan Huff Guitar
Larry Williams Synthesizer, Saxophone
John Barnes Synthesizer, Piano
Jon Clark Guitar
Denny Jaeger Synclavier
John Robinson Drums
Technical Credits
Rubén Blades Composer
Phil Collins Composer
Siedah Garrett Composer
Michael Jackson Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements, Original Sound Design
Quincy Jones Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Tom Jones Engineer
Robin Gibb Composer
Jim Gordon Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Andraé Crouch Vocal Arrangements
Tom Bahler Composer
Glen Ballard Composer, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
John Bettis Composer
Bill Bottrell Engineer
Terry Britten Composer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Ken Caillat Engineer
Eric Clapton Composer
Christopher Currell rhythm arrangement
Hal David Composer
Matt Forger Engineer
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Douglas Getschall drum programming
Maurice Gibb Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Craig Johnson Engineer, Tape Research
Matthew Kelly Tape Research
Graham Lyle Composer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Brian Malouf Engineer
Cornelius Mims drum programming
Alphonso Mizell Composer
Gary Olazabal Engineer
David Paich Synthesizer Arrangements
Greg Phillinganes Composer
Steve Porcaro Composer
Deke Richards Composer
Caiphus Semenya Arranger
Bruce Swedien Engineer
Rod Temperton Composer
John McClain Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Al Quaglieri Production Director
Tony Lane Art Direction
Nancy Donald Art Direction
Greg Gorman Back Cover Photo
Claudio Ordenes Engineer
Frank Harkins Art Direction
Larry Williams drum programming
Fusako Chubachi Art Direction
Bob West Composer
Sheri Lee Art Direction
John Barnes Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements, Original Sound Design
John Branca Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Willie Hutchison Composer
Frederick Perrin Composer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
Joe Palmaccio Mastering
Antonio "L.A." Reid Executive Producer
Kano Logo, Titles
Jeffrey Spear Logo
Dr. Eric Chevlen Engineer
Christine "Coco" Decroix Composer
Mad Logo
David Powell Engineer
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