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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…  See more details below


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.

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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.

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Performance Credits

Michael Jackson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Stomp Board
Howard Hewett   Background Vocals
James Ingram   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Portasound
Janet Jackson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul McCartney   Vocals,Track Performer,Guest Appearance
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Bill Wolfer   Synthesizer,Keyboards
David Foster   Synthesizer
Toya Jackson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Vincent Price   Vocals,Rap,Guest Appearance
Bunny Hull   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tom Bahler   Keyboards,Synclavier
Brian Banks   Synthesizer
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer,Keyboards,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   Guitar
Louis Johnson   Bass,Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Hand Clapping
Becky Lopez   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Electric Bass
David Paich   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer
Steven Ray   Hand Clapping
Julia Tillman Waters   Vocals
Greg Smith   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Rod Temperton   Synthesizer
Eddie Van Halen   Guitar,Soloist
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
Maxine Willard Waters   Vocals,Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Vocals,Background Vocals
Howard Wewett   Vocals
David Williams   Guitar
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
David Williams   Guitar
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
David E. Williams   Guitar
Larry Williams   Flute,Saxophone,Wind

Technical Credits

James Ingram   Arranger
Michael Jackson   Arranger,Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Bill Wolfer   Programming
David Foster   Synthesizer Arrangements
Brian Banks   Programming,Producer
Matt Forger   Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Nelson Hayes   Sound Effects
Jerry Hey   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Donn Landee   Engineer
Steve Lukather   Arranger
Anthony Marinelli   Programming
David Paich   Arranger,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Greg Phillinganes   Programming
Steve Porcaro   Arranger,Programming
Steven Ray   Sound Effects
Greg "Frosty" Smith   Contributor
Bruce Swedien   Sound Effects,Engineer
Rod Temperton   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Bruce Cannon   Sound Effects
Stephen Saper   Engineer

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Thriller 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a dj for many years and our format is rock, old and new. Thriller is by far, the most requested album in the history of our station and it is my all time favorite CD. Michael Jackson has the moves and the best voice in pop music. I also loved "Bad." On Thriller I have so many fave songs I can't list them here. This female dj has actually learned to moonwalk! Jackson is one of kind and Thriller is the best pop album ever put on a track. Thanks Michael, we still love you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Thriller" is by far the greatest record of all time. Nothing else out there even compares to this album. Michael Jackson is the greatest musician ever! I don't care what other poeple say about him, your mother!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most succesful album ever to be released in history. Elvis Presley, or even James Brown could match success, talent, or celebrity heights. Thriller outlines Jackson's career and is the most enjoyable album ever. Buy it, it is worth every penny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
just an FYI -- this vinyl has the "thriller" cover printed on side 1 & then the zombie picture printed on side 2 ((which is still super cool! just not the original album/vinyl that is pictured))
Anonymous 6 months ago
Great Michael Jackson Album with Cameo Voice Apperances from Paul McCartney and The Late Great Vincent Prince doing the Rap for Thriller
Guest More than 1 year ago
Still one of the most popular albums ever! You can hardly meet anyone 25-30 who did not own this vinyl!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love micheal jackson with all my heart. since i was a young boy at the age of 6years. till now i still like his stely of dancing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LUV MICHAEL JACKSON! All of his albums r great,he is most defenatly the BEST ARTIST THERE IS!!! I'm only 13 years old(a girl ) and I've been a fan of MJ's videos 4 years and just recently got into his music and IT ROCKS!!! Any 1 who loves music should listen 2 this and all his other cd's.Billy Jean and Beat It r 2 of the best songs n my opinion.Also if u luv this cd then u should buy his new cd coming out around September 2001!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
timeless - i will never get sick of this record. i hate pop, i hate mainstream, but this in such a masterful mix of power pop purity - it rewrotw all the rules. nothing comes close except maybe ''pet sounds''. LET IT RIDE - i love this music
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow. this album is the best seen in a long long while, and will last in history forever. I love MJ! he is a genius, noone can compare to him, dance like that, sing like that. My fave track is Billie Jean, that song kicks some serious butt
Guest More than 1 year ago
Micheal has influenced all music we listen to now and his dance styles are classic all of us should see that he was also a great person until that mother wrongly accused him of molesting her child now he is barely seen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album as i can say , is the greatest one i've ever heard.Michael has mastered this album and this prooves that he IS the king of Pop.All the songs in this album are magnificent.The beat never fades in your mind.It stays there........Forever!!!
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Michael Jackson can't sing , that man sang ! This album is all that , the songs are not only good but there also sexy and he even sings sexy too . Now I know why everybody is mean to him , it's because their jealous of him well I got one thing to say to all those haters out there ," get over it because you can't top him anyway , your mother , your father , your brother ,and your sister too , well actually your whole family , now what do you have to say , nothing ! " .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Jackson is HISTERICAL!!!!!!!!!!! Thriller was the first and best cd ever made.I love it and I also love the one with bonus tracks!!