HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I

HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I

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by Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson's double-disc HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I is a monumental achievement of ego. The first disc is a collection of his post-Motown hits, featuring some of the greatest music in pop history, including "Billie Jean," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Beat It," and "Rock with…  See more details below


Michael Jackson's double-disc HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I is a monumental achievement of ego. The first disc is a collection of his post-Motown hits, featuring some of the greatest music in pop history, including "Billie Jean," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Beat It," and "Rock with You," and it's filled with enough prime material to be thoroughly intoxicating. The second disc, consisting entirely of new material, is easily the most personal album Jackson has recorded, as references to his scandals permeate almost every song, creating a thick atmosphere of paranoia. Occasionally, Jackson produces some well-crafted pop that ranks with his best material: R. Kelly's "You Are Not Alone" is seductive and "Scream" improves on the slamming beats of his earlier single "Jam."

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Jackson   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sandra Crouch   Background Vocals
Winans   Background Vocals
Elmer Bernstein   Conductor
Boyz II Men   Background Vocals
Siedah Garrett   Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
James Ingram   Background Vocals
Janet Jackson   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Paul McCartney   Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Trevor Rabin   Guitar
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Omar Hakim   Percussion,Drums
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Bill Wolfer   Synthesizer,Keyboards
David Foster   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Nile Rodgers   Guitar
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Bryan Loren   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Vincent Price   Rap
Phil Proctor   Background Vocals
Gregory Martin   Background Vocals,Voiceover
Bunny Hull   Background Vocals
Notorious B.I.G.   Rap
R. Kelly   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Maxi Anderson   Choir Conductor
Andraé Crouch   Background Vocals
Gloria Augustus   Background Vocals
Dallas Austin   Synthesizer,Keyboards
John Bahler   Background Vocals
Tom Bahler   Synclavier
Glen Ballard   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Brian Banks   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Choir Conductor
Bill Bottrell   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Bobby Brooks   Percussion,Drums
Ollie E. Brown   Percussion
Brad Buxer   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards
Lafayette Carthon   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Christopher Currell   Guitar,Percussion,Synclavier
Carolyn Dennis   Background Vocals
Nathan East   Bass
Jackie Gouche   Background Vocals
Steve Ferrone   Percussion,Drums
Jania Foxworth   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Simon Franglen   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Eric Gale   Guitar
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Doug Grigsby   Bass
Richard Heath   Percussion
Marlo Henderson   Guitar
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Conductor,Flugelhorn,Horn
How Now Brown Cow   Percussion
Dann Huff   Guitar
Kim Hutchcroft   Flute,Horn,Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Crystal Jackson   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Randy Jackson   Percussion
Terry Jackson   Bass
Jimmy Jam   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Mortonette Jenkins   Background Vocals
Augie Johnson   Background Vocals
Kimberly Johnson   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Louis Johnson   Bass
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer,Keyboards
L.T.B.   Rap,Voiceover
Christa Larson   Background Vocals
Terry Lewis   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Becky Lopez   Background Vocals
Steve Lukather   Bass,Guitar
Paulette McWilliams   Background Vocals
Marty Paich   Conductor
Jasun Martz   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Michael McCary   Background Vocals
Linda McCrary-Campbell   Background Vocals
Nathan Morris   Background Vocals
Wanya Morris   Background Vocals
David Paich   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Keyboards
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Paul Peabody   Violin,Soloist
Wayne Pedziwiatr   Bass
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Guy Pratt   Bass
Rene   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Teddy Riley   Synthesizer,Keyboards
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Keith Rouster   Bass
Annette Sanders   Choir Conductor
Seawind Horns   Horn
Slash   Guitar
Greg Smith   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Jimmy Smith   Hammond Organ,Soloist,Hammond B3
Shawn Stockman   Background Vocals
Bruce Swedien   Percussion,Drums
Rod Temperton   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Eddie Van Halen   Guitar
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
Randy Waldman   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Chuck Wild   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Buddy Williams   Percussion,Drums
David Williams   Guitar
Zedric Williams   Background Vocals
Colin Wolfe   Bass
David "Hawk" Wolinski   fender rhodes
Jimmy Wright   Organ,Piano
Shaquille O'Neal   Rap
Jesse Corti   Background Vocals,Voiceover
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama   Conductor
Robert A. Arbittier   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Rodger Bumpass   Background Vocals,Voiceover
Crystal Pounds   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Brian Jones   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
William Ross   Conductor
Wayne Pedzwater   Bass
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone,Horn
Hattie Winston   Background Vocals,Voiceover
Ashley Farrell   Voiceover
Tracy Spindler   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Brandi Stewart   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Bobby Watson   Bass
James "Big Jim" Wright   Organ,Piano
Angela Fisher   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Anna Mathias   Background Vocals,Voiceover
Alan Shearman   Background Vocals,Voiceover
Kandy Johnson   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Rob Hoffman   Guitar
Andraé Crouch Singers   Background Vocals
Leah Frazier   Soloist
Carol Dennis   Background Vocals
Gary Adante   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Ed Wiesnieski   Narrator
Charity Young   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Larry Williams   Flute,Horn,Saxophone
Nikisha Grier   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Reeve Carney   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Chauna Bryant   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Caleena Campbell   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Coi Mattison   Children's Chorus
Caryn Jones   Children's Chorus
John Bahler Singers   Background Vocals
John Barnes   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Bill Ross   Conductor
Maxine Waters   Background Vocals
Andres McKenzie   Voiceover
Greg Smith   Keyboards
Jen Leigh   Guitar
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Susan Silo   Voiceover
Dawn McMillan   Voiceover
Jeff Mirinov   Guitar
Phillip G. Proctor   Voiceover
Natalia Harris   Children's Chorus
Maurice La Marche   Voiceover
Jonathon Ungar   Children's Chorus
Jason Martz   Keyboards
Rob Arbitter   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Omar Hakin   Percussion,Drums
John Robinson   Drums
Daniel Medvedev   Narrator
Crystal Grant   Children's Chorus
Rhonda Hoskins   Children's Chorus
Markita Prescott   Soloist
Jonathan Mackey   Piano

Technical Credits

Elmer Bernstein   Orchestral Arrangements
Siedah Garrett   Composer,Duet
Janet Jackson   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Duet
Michael Jackson   Arranger,Director,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,keyboard arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements,Sequencing Arranger
Paul McCartney   Duet
Quincy Jones   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
David Foster   Producer,Orchestral Arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements
Jacqueline Kennedy   Liner Notes
R. Kelly   Arranger,Producer
Andraé Crouch   Vocal Arrangements
Dallas Austin   Arranger,Producer
John Bahler   Vocal Arrangements
Glen Ballard   Composer,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Michael Boddicker   Programming,Sound Design
Bill Bottrell   Producer,Engineer
Jeff Bova   Programming
Miko Brando   Staff
Bobby Brooks   Programming,Engineer,Sound Design
Brad Buxer   Arranger,Programming,Sound Effects,Orchestration,Soundscape,Sequencing Arranger
David Coleman   Art Direction
Richard Cottrell   Engineer
Christopher Currell   rhythm arrangement
Eddie DeLena   Engineer
Felipe Elgueta   Engineer
Matt Forger   Sound Effects,Engineer,Soundscape
Simon Franglen   Programming,Synclavier Programming
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Douglas Getschall   Programming,drum programming
Kevin Gilbert   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Jean-Marie Horvat   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Craig Johnson   Engineer,Assistant Technical Director
Nathan Kaproff   Orchestral Coordinator
Donn Landee   Engineer
Jesse Levy   Orchestral Coordinator
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Brian Malouf   Engineer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,String Arrangements
Gregg Mangiafico   Programming
Marty Paich   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Harry Maslin   Engineer
Jason Miles   Programming
Peter Mokran   Programming,Engineer,drum programming
Gary Olazabal   Engineer
David Paich   rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Chris Palmaro   Programming
Greg Phillinganes   rhythm arrangement
Steve Porcaro   Programming,Orchestral Realizations
Rene   Producer
Teddy Riley   Producer,Engineer,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Darryl Ross   Sound Design
Rick Sheppard   Programming
Bruce Swedien   Arranger,Sound Effects,Special Effects,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Soundscape
Rod Temperton   Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
John VanNest   Engineer
Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Dan Wallin   Engineer
Chuck Wild   Programming,Sound Effects,Soundscape,Sound Design
Geoff Grace   Orchestration
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Greg Gorman   Artwork
Andrew Scheps   Programming,Sound Effects,Engineer,drum programming,Soundscape,Synclavier Programming
Lester Cohen   Artwork
Harrison Funk   Artwork
Claudio Ordenes   Engineer
Sam Emerson   Artwork
Annie Leibovitz   Artwork
Matthew Rolston   Artwork
Steven Spielberg   Liner Notes
Jonathan Exley   Artwork
Scott Pittinsky   Sound Design
Brad Sundberg   Engineer
Amy Hartman   Staff
Arnie Schulze   Programming
Rob Hoffman   Programming,Engineer
Emily Bernstein   Orchestration
Dave Way   Engineer
Bruce Cannon   Special Effects
Elizabeth Taylor   Liner Notes
Marcus Johnson   Staff
Suzy Vaughan   Sample Clearance
John Turner   Composer
Nate Giorgio   Artwork
Ben Wright   String Arrangements
John Barnes   Vocal Arrangements
Bill Ross   Orchestral Arrangements
Roberta Swedien   Sound Design
Bettye Bailey   Staff
Grace Rwaramba   Staff
Gorrfried Helnwein   Artwork
Gary Hearne   Staff
Evvy Tavasci   Executive Administrator
Diana Walczak   Sculpture
David Nordahl   Artwork
Yannick Allain   Staff
Wayne Nagin   Staff
Steven Paul Whitsitt   Artwork
Stephan Vaughn   Artwork
Scott "House" Shaffer   Staff
Rosemary Chavira   Staff
Reagans Carter   Artwork
Llyswen Vaughan   Sample Clearance
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Jackson did it again. ''HIStory'' is another phenomenal album that includes several ''Nr.1 Hits'' worldwide, such as Billie Jean, Bad, Thriller, Scream, Earth Song, They Don't Care About Us, Beat It, Heal The World, etc. - In addition, for a true fan (as I am), HIStory is a must have in everyones collection...it's brilliant!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
(i love mj)14 years of age my thoughts... Epic records have not only brought out the past and the present of Michael Jackson rather they have accentuated his future in the music industry Michael (45) the youngest member of the 1967 pop sensation the jackson5 has produced countless c.d’s, tapes and records. Yet his talent has never died off. Being voted the king of pop, Michael Jackson is known for his expertise in the music world. Jackson again hasn’t let his fans down with songs expressing everything from politics (Scream) to racism (They Don't Care About Us), to the ecology (Earth Song), to his personal struggles with the press (Tabaloid Junkie), to abuse (Little Suzie), the album ends with his own special statement about his whole experience in a cover of Smile. However this is no ordinary pop c.d. having old and newer hits and the c.d even features a duet with sister Janet Jackson. He may come from the wired and strange fact files of never never land but we all know who is still the KING of Pop
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Jackson has truly expressed his talent in this two disc set, which combines his past hits with excellent new material. Check out the videos to Scream (the most costly video ever made),Childhood, Earth Song (most requested video), & Stranger In Moscow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
HIStory:Past, Present and Future-Book 1 is a great package which contains a total of 150 minutes of music! It combines past hits like Thriller, The Way You Make Me Feel and Black Or White with new ones like Scream, Earth Song and You Are Not Alone. And, this package really goes to show that Michael Jackson's part in making HIStorical recordings is not over yet-it's just begun!
Walterama More than 1 year ago
HIStory Past, Present and Future Book 1 shows that Michael Jackson has all of his greatest hits taken from his albums OFF THE WALL to DANGEROUS as well as new material on Disc 2.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Micheal Jackson's''HIstory'', is a wonderful album. It shows all of his emotions toward the media, and also some of his more personal emotions. I adore him and all that he does. His songs always make me want to dance, and make me feel great. He is a genius when it comes to business, and song writing. He has come full circle with the media and has took all of the trash talk well. I hope that he comes back with another album as excellent as all of the others. Micheal Jackson is a wonderful person and I hope to be able to meet him one day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved Michael since I was 5 years old my whole world is Michael! he's the man !I LOVE HIM! I'm 16 in a weeks time.and I'm still mad about him.I don't believe in what people say about him. he is the most caring most sensative person the world has!and the best singer.Michael is my role model,he has been through soo much in his life and look at the great hights that he achieved. thats what I call strength,I also think that I relate to him in a way because of my past,I know some of the things that he had felt.and if Michael ever read this I want to say WELL DONE AND CARRY ON YOU HAVE DONE WELL ! He'll always be in my heart !!!!!!! Jessika-South Africa.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in Micheal Jackson but you don't know much about him, I think this CD is great for you because this first CD in the pack includes most of Michael's biggest hits in his past life, and the second CD has all new, but just as great songs as in the previous. I'd like to thank MJ for bringing creative, all-new, wonderful, music into the world!**** Please, if you are a Michael Jackson fan, email me so we can chat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Jackson is one of the most accomplished musical artists I've ever known of. I may be only twelve years old but that doesn't matter. He was awesome when he was around and he still is even though some of us don't now his where abouts. But what can you expect from someone who is probably the most rich singer. I mean him having a secret tunnel into Disneyland, and his own theme park and zoo. But none the less he is the greatest singer and he will be forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael is the best person who is ever to hit this planet.He is a true quality man who is sensative and caring.His music is music to my ears.I Love you. Keep up the hard work.Love Matt y xxx (Forever fan) God bless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has all of MJ's greatest hits plus some newer songs! There is not one song on here that won't get me dancing and singing along! Michael is truly the King of Pop and the best entertainer ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is awesome!! It has all of Michael's hits plus some great new songs! In this album Michael has new songs that mostly explain the things that go on in the world. For instance, "Scream" tells how annoying politics can be, "Money" tells about how people can be greedy, and "Tabloid Junkie" is a strong song which is based on his problems with the press. Besides that it is really good!!!
CosmoCountryGirl More than 1 year ago
Much like the spare tire and a flash light this CD has become an ever present staple in my car. I simply keep it there so I never leave home without it. Both discs of the set are awesome though I must confess a preference for the 2nd disc. I'm still grieving over Michael's passing and it makes me feel a little better to hear him singing some of his more aggressive tunes. I particulary love hearing him do his version of Come Together and he and Janet doing Scream. RIP Precious MJ... RIP.
melissa5328 More than 1 year ago
When I first listened to this album I was mad at myself for not getting it sooner!! This is the BEST CD! All of the songs portray deep feelings of life's situations that Michael was having to deal with during that time in his life. I learned a great deal more about MJ while listening to the the words of these songs and I love him so much for sharing all his inner most feelings with the world in such a way that touchs the whole spectrum of emotions but yet keeps my spirits up...the music ROCKS and what goes around comes around so..."DS"...you'll get yours! I totally recommend this CD, it's incredible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This cd is very good I liked everything about it. I loved his voice, and i loved the music, and it was very danceable. His music makes me simle all the time. Everytime I pop the cd in it makes me happy. i love michael jackson rest his soul
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