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Editors’ Notes

Rather than release a standard new studio album to follow up 1991's Dangerous, The King of Pop issued a double album that began with a 15-song summary of his greatest hits and finished with a second album of new material. As the first music released after Jackson's legal controversies had been made public, HIStory features a number of new songs that sound defensive, paranoid, and like a man in crisis. Even the nervous beats on "They Don't Care About Us" sound as jittery as the original lyrics, which had led to allegations of anti-Semitism and were removed at Jackson's expense. His cover of The Beatles' "Come Together" takes on added promise and bite. Sister Janet joins him for "Scream," where their voices blend as one. R. Kelly's "You Are Not Alone" illustrates Michael's inimitable way with a ballad. Throw in such hits as "Rock with You," "Beat It," and "Billie Jean" on the other half, and HIStory is quite a collection.

Customer Reviews

Underrated... :(

HIStory has Michaels' most underrated songs like Stranger In Moscow and Little Susie.... Am I right????

History; past, present

This is such a complete selection of his grown-up career. Hit after hit after hit! I'll never get tired of it. I love you Michael for always!

Very underrated second disc

The second disc to this set is AMAZING! Disc 2 (which is the original material of this set) is some of MJ's most innovative work, yet due to his lifestyle and the controversy surrounding him and his life, the history album was kind of swept under the rug. Hopefully with his death people can listen to his music now without prejudice, since now they do not have to be fascinated with the man. The first disc is classic MJ, only would have wished that Smooth Criminal was on it, but hey now we can just download the extra song from iTunes. Buy this entire album (it's a great deal here) and then buy Smooth Criminal seperately and you'll have the perfect MJ collection for the casual listener.


Born: August 29, 1958 in Gary, IN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Michael Jackson was unquestionably the biggest pop star of the late 20th century, and certainly one of the most popular recording artists of all time. In his prime, Jackson was an unstoppable juggernaut, possessed of all the tools to dominate the charts seemingly at will: an instantly identifiable voice, eye-popping dance moves, stunning musical versatility, and loads of sheer star power. His 1982 blockbuster Thriller became the biggest-selling album of all time (probably his best-known accomplishment),...
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