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Michael Jackson's This Is It

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This Is It was designed as a comeback tour, not a movie, with the rehearsals taped not for exhibition, but rather instruction, possibly some video bonus down the line. Of course, Michael Jackson's tragic passing created considerable demand for those final rehearsals, so they were packaged as the This Is It film, released almost five months after his death, with a soundtrack as an accompaniment. Since there were no real live recordings made, at least not any to fill a big-budget blockbuster like this, the soundtrack consists of almost nothing but the hits repackaged one more time, with the title track -- an '80s leftover co-written by Paul Anka and released under...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This Is It was designed as a comeback tour, not a movie, with the rehearsals taped not for exhibition, but rather instruction, possibly some video bonus down the line. Of course, Michael Jackson's tragic passing created considerable demand for those final rehearsals, so they were packaged as the This Is It film, released almost five months after his death, with a soundtrack as an accompaniment. Since there were no real live recordings made, at least not any to fill a big-budget blockbuster like this, the soundtrack consists of almost nothing but the hits repackaged one more time, with the title track -- an '80s leftover co-written by Paul Anka and released under the name "I Never Heard" by Safire -- added as an enticement in two separate versions, the second being orchestral with an opening straight out of Sgt. Pepper's. The song does feel like a demo, right down to how it fades out mid-chorus, but there's no denying the thrill of hearing an unheard vocal track of Michael at his prime. There's a second disc containing demos of "She's Out of My Life" just Michael and an acoustic, quite nice, "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" full demo, with identical rhythm and guitar lines, close to the final but lacking its horns, and "Beat It" a true writers' sketch, all vocals and harmonies, no lyrics or instruments, kind of awesome, plus a "poem" of "Planet Earth." All these bonus tracks are a greater enticement to purchase than anything on the album proper.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2009
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 886976067427
  • Catalog Number: 760674
  • Sales rank: 22,317

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Jackson Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping, Soloist
Siedah Garrett Vocals
James Ingram Background Vocals
Gary Foster Alto Clarinet
Steve Kujala Alto Flute
René Moore Keyboards
Vincent Price Rap
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer, Keyboards
Brad Buxer Synthesizer, Keyboards
Lee Callet Bass Clarinet
Mark Cargill Violin
Alvin Chea Bass
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Frank DiLeo Breathing
Assa Drori Concert Master
Jerry Epstein Viola
Brent Fischer Conductor
Maurice Grants Cello
Bunny Hill Background Vocals
Greg Huckins Alto Flute
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Tito Jackson Guitar
Louis Johnson Bass Guitar
Roland Kato Viola
Miran Kojian Violin
L.T.B. Rap
Rhett Lawrence Synthesizer
Becky Lopez Background Vocals
Miguel Martinez Cello
Dennis Molchan Violin
Jorge Moraga Viola
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Rafael Padilla Percussion
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Teddy Riley Synthesizer, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Harry Shirinian Viola
Slash Guitar
Bruce Swedien Drums, Keyboards
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Miwako Watanabe Violin
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
John Yoakum Bass Clarinet
Shari Zippert Violin
Andrew Shulman Cello
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Drew Dembowski Bass
Norm Hughes Violin
Johana Krejci Violin
Agnes Gottschewski Violin
Lynn Grants Viola
Robert Berg Viola
Brian Benning Violin
David E. Williams Guitar
Oscar Hidalgo Bass
Heavy D Rap
Don Shelton Bass Flute
Piotr Jandula Viola
Philip Vaiman Violin
Ed Green Drums, Keyboards
Rodney Wirtz Viola
Sally Berman Violin
Steve Richards Cello
Nicole Garcia Violin
John D. Mitchell Contrabass Clarinet
Michael Farril Violin
Jim Grinta Bugle
Chuck Koontz Tuba, Bugle
Sam Fischer Violin
Jon Lewis Bugle, Piccolo Trumpet
Giovanna Clayton Cello
Technical Credits
Siedah Garrett Vocal Arrangements, Duet
Michael Jackson Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements, Duet
Quincy Jones Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Jeremy Lubbock String Conductor
René Moore Arranger
David Foster Producer
Andraé Crouch Vocal Arrangements
Glen Ballard rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
John Barnes rhythm arrangement
Bill Bottrell Producer
Bobby Colomby Executive Producer
Clare Fischer Orchestral Arrangements
Brent Fischer Orchestral Arrangements
Peter Granet Engineer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Synthesizer Arrangements
Steve Lukather Arranger
Don Murray Engineer
Jon Nettlesbey Engineer
David Paich Arranger, Synthesizer Arrangements
Greg Phillinganes rhythm arrangement
Steve Porcaro Arranger
Teddy Riley Arranger, Producer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Bruce Swedien Arranger
Rod Temperton Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Mervyn Warren Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Alan Yoshida Mastering
John McClain Producer
Brent Averill Engineer
Dave Way Producer
Mike Atkinson Executive Producer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely a true keeper!

    There are no words to describe this truly magical man. This collection sounds so clear, as if you can hear every single instrument, and his voice...OMG, it's simply amazing. When he sings "I Just Can't Stop Loving you", I get chills and tears. You won't regret it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    MICHAEL JACKSON IS THE KING OF POP!

    MICHAEL JACKSON IS THE BIGGEST SELLING ARTIST IN WORLD HISTORY! MICHAEL JACKSON IS THE KING OF POP! HIS MUSIC AND DANCE ARE TIMELESS! HE IS A TRUE GENIUS! THIS IS IT IS SURE TO BE "IT". ENOUGH SAID.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Michael Jackson Turly The King of POP

    Michael Jackson is truly the King of POP, the movie was excellent, well done, and his music will live in our hearts forever

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    r.i.p. michael joseph jackson m.j.j. good

    r.i.p.michael joseph jackson m.j.j. good qualaty you should buy it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get It

    You'll recall years of musical history as you listen to the compilation. It was definitely worth the price, nicely packaged in a book type cover, with lots of interesting pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bought as a Christmas gift for my granddaughter.

    She was just thrilled to get this CD. I couldn't have gotten her anything else that she wanted so much!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This really is it

    A great memory of the movie. I can't wait for the DVD to come out!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    MJ is it

    Loved the movie; love the CD and expect to truly love the upcoming DVD.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This Is It

    After seeing the film and listening to the track This Is It from the CD, it is clear that Michael still had it! You are deeply missed.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This Is It is great!

    This album is a great album, one that I'm thankful came out so soon after MJ's death. It is a perfect compliment to the movie, which I will buy when it comes out. MJ was a musical genius and I will forever miss his talent, his performances, and his love of mankind. If you are a Michael Jackson fan, this album is a must have.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very Moving Songs & Photos

    The two-cd package is incredible! Full of instant classics and sweet demos, this cd is a must have! Behind the scenes photos is an extra touch!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT!!!

    This is a awesome CD!!! I love Michael Jackson and I just had to buy the soundtrack to the This Is It tour! GREAT BUY!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This is it cd

    I havent received this item,still waiting for it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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