Thriller [Special Edition]

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Barnes & Noble - Michael Hill
There was a time when Michael Jackson wasn't merely the self-described King of Pop but the king of the world, in the James Cameron sense of the term. He had artistic acclaim and monumental commercial success, and nothing seemed beyond his reach: music, videos, live performances, movies. Thriller is his "Titanic": a big, bold, glossy, and gripping tour de force that consumed the pop world. It never failed to make you move, from the opening challenge of "Wanna Be Startin' Something," with its "Soul Makossa" groove, to the sleek beats of "Billy Jean" to the funked-up rock of "Beat It" (with a guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen, no less). More than a cavalcade of justly ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Michael Hill
There was a time when Michael Jackson wasn't merely the self-described King of Pop but the king of the world, in the James Cameron sense of the term. He had artistic acclaim and monumental commercial success, and nothing seemed beyond his reach: music, videos, live performances, movies. Thriller is his "Titanic": a big, bold, glossy, and gripping tour de force that consumed the pop world. It never failed to make you move, from the opening challenge of "Wanna Be Startin' Something," with its "Soul Makossa" groove, to the sleek beats of "Billy Jean" to the funked-up rock of "Beat It" (with a guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen, no less). More than a cavalcade of justly deserved hits, 1982's Thriller suggested that Jackson was only beginning to tap into his massive talent, and that was perhaps the most, well, thrilling aspect of it. Here was an album that, in an increasingly fractured culture, almost everyone could favorably agree on; it had a luxurious production sheen, courtesy of Quincy Jones, and the most expensive studio talent that money could buy, yet it never sounded manufactured or contrived. Michael Jackson really meant it, and Thriller remains both his masterwork and a decade-defining album of the '80s. It's a testimony to Jackson's incredible gifts, to what he was, and to what we hoped he could always be.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Off the Wall was a massive success, spawning four Top Ten hits (two of them number ones), but nothing could have prepared Michael Jackson for Thriller. Nobody could have prepared anybody for the success of Thriller, since the magnitude of its success was simply unimaginable -- an album that sold 40 million copies in its initial chart run, with seven of its nine tracks reaching the Top Ten (for the record, the terrific "Baby Be Mine" and the pretty good ballad "The Lady in My Life" are not like the others). This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of Off the Wall by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul -- expanding the approach to have something for every audience. That alone would have given the album a good shot at a huge audience, but it also arrived precisely when MTV was reaching its ascendancy, and Jackson helped the network by being not just its first superstar, but first black star as much as the network helped him. This all would have made it a success (and its success, in turn, served as a new standard for success), but it stayed on the charts, turning out singles, for nearly two years because it was really, really good. True, it wasn't as tight as Off the Wall -- and the ridiculous, late-night house-of-horrors title track is the prime culprit, arriving in the middle of the record and sucking out its momentum -- but those one or two cuts don't detract from a phenomenal set of music. It's calculated, to be sure, but the chutzpah of those calculations (before this, nobody would even have thought to bring in metal virtuoso Eddie Van Halen to play on a disco cut) is outdone by their success. This is where a song as gentle and lovely as "Human Nature" coexists comfortably with the tough, scared "Beat It," the sweet schmaltz of the Paul McCartney duet "The Girl Is Mine," and the frizzy funk of "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)." And, although this is an undeniably fun record, the paranoia is already creeping in, manifesting itself in the record's two best songs: "Billie Jean," where a woman claims Michael is the father of her child, and the delirious "Wanna Be Startin' Something," the freshest funk on the album, but the most claustrophobic, scariest track Jackson ever recorded. These give the record its anchor, and are part of the reason why the record is more than just a phenomenon. The other reason, of course, is that much of this is just simply great music. [The 2001 reissue adds two bonus tracks (the unreleased "Someone in the Dark" and a demo of "Billy Jean,") the voice-over session for Vincent Price's cameo, interviews with producer Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton, and a new booklet]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646607329
  • Catalog Number: 66073
  • Sales rank: 2,687

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Jackson Primary Artist
Howard Hewett Background Vocals
James Ingram Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Janet Jackson Background Vocals, Track Performer
Paul McCartney Track Performer
Bill Wolfer Synthesizer, Keyboards
David Foster Synthesizer
La Toya Jackson Background Vocals, Track Performer
Vincent Price Rap, Spoken Word
Bunny Hull Background Vocals, Track Performer
Tom Bahler Keyboards, Synclavier
Brian Banks Synthesizer
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer, Emulator, Vocoder
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Gary Grant Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Nelson Hayes Stomp Board
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Conductor, Flugelhorn
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Louis Johnson Bass, Hand Clapping
Becky Lopez Background Vocals, Track Performer
Steve Lukather Bass, Guitar, Electric Bass
David Paich Synthesizer, Piano
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Dean Parks Guitar
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Keyboards, Hand Clapping, fender rhodes
Steve Porcaro Synthesizer
Steven Ray Hand Clapping, Stomp Board
Greg "Frosty" Smith Synthesizer
Rod Temperton Synthesizer
Eddie Van Halen Guitar, Soloist
Gerald Vinci Concert Master
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Julia Waters Background Vocals
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
David E. Williams Guitar
Larry Andrew Williams Flute, Saxophone
Technical Credits
James Ingram Arranger, Composer
Michael Jackson Composer
Quincy Jones Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Jeremy Lubbock String Conductor
John Bettis Composer
David Daoud Coleman Art Direction
Matt Forger Engineer
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering, Remastering
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, String Conductor
Donn Landee Engineer
Steve Lukather Arranger
David Paich Arranger, rhythm arrangement
Steve Porcaro Arranger, Composer
Bruce Swedien Engineer, Executive Producer
Rod Temperton Arranger, Composer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Andy Engel Sleeve Design, Slipcover Concept
Nancy Donald Art Direction
Lane Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fantastic Rhythm on this Album!

    Michael made a lot of great albums and the "Thriller" certainly was a wave of the future, at that time. "Off the Wall" is still my favorite album, but Thriller album is more insightful about Mr. Jackson himself. I like his emotions in his voice in these songs and this is an artist that will always be in a league all his own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great CD

    This is great thats all i can say r.i.p mj

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If only Michael Jackson stayed black

    This is undoubtedly the best record and most "mainstream" record of the 1980's and when everybody loved, before the allegations and his skin turned into a pasty white color. Classics like the mysterious and sexual "Billie Jean" and the daring "Beat It" will forever stay on our landscape no matter what Michael Jackson's reputation and Thriller is well-deserved 5, probably way more, especially with Eddie Van Halen riffing on it. For me, the photograph of the tiger didn't hurt either!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thriller....Nuff Said

    There is an underlying mystery about this album that not many know about...this great mix of genres and attitude in 1 package was astounding especially for it's time period and the fact that it still resonates today as....(in many people's opinion...including mine) the GREATEST album of all time is a testament to how well together this album was done........in only 4 MONTHS mind you..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AN AWESOME, AWESOME ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is definitely Michaels best album ever!!! It was the first MJ album ever got. I loved it! It has a lot of good songs such as Wanna Be Startin' Something, Beat It, The Girl is Mine and of course....THRILLER

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I WISH I COULD RATE IT INFINITY STARS!

    MJ IS NOT THE KING OF POP!HE IS THE KING OF MUSIC!THIS PROVES HE CAN DOMINATE SOUL, ROCK 'N' ROLL, POP, AND ROCK!BUY THIS OR ELSE!THIS IS THE BEST ALBUM EVER AND THAT'S A FACT!NO WONDER IT'S ALSO THE BIGGEST SELLING ALBUM TOO!THRILLER!THRILLER!THRILLER!BUY IT!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thriller [Bonus Tracks]

    Michael Jackson is the best solo artist, period. This is his greatest offering. But this wasn't the first recording of his that I fell in love with. It was 1987's Bad. That was a cool album. But when I listened to this, I couldn't say enough. All the songs were great: some written by Rod Temperton, the duet with Paul McCartney, guitar solo from Eddie Van Halen, a monolog by Vincent Price, just way cool! Nearly everybody I know likes this album and I know you will too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

    While the music is great (of course), this CD does not represent

    While the music is great (of course), this CD does not represent the original album. I don't mind if additional songs are added, but I do not want to sit through five minutes of chatter before I get to hear a song. There is way too much conversation, comments & interviews. When I buy a music CD I want MUSIC on it. I do wish they would come out with a true reproduction of 'Thriller' instead a CD that is more about other people's opinions than it is about the music. This is a great music CD... if you keep your finger near the FastForward button.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    His best work ever!

    jam

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Michael Strikes Again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i love mj.he is the best singer ever.this cd explains it.GGGGGGGGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAATTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Michael's Thriller

    I love michael jackson. I can't quiet remember the jackson 5 cause I wasn't around then I camed around in 87. but I just wanna say that I love michael jackson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thriller [Bonus Tracks]

    Thriller is the very first CD I rate on my 100 favorite CDs. There is not one song on this album that I do not like. Michael Jackson is a great singer, and this is by far his greatest album ever. Next to Bad, of course.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Micheal Jackson is the greatest

    It's the best album I have heard in my life. Its the greatest. Micheal Jackson is surely the emperor of pop. Fans please contact me at me mail ID

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this album is definitely a thriller !

    I love this album, if anyone wants to hear true soul, this is the one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    #1 ARTIST : MICHAEL JACKSON

    Michael jackson is the true king of pop. my favourite artist and dancer I just luv his moonwalker& his leaning feet from SMOOTH CRIMINAL.Your the best Michael!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    thrill me this

    i love thriller too much i think i am in love w/ michael and if i had the chance too do something w/ him i would do anything and everything....

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