162 Songs, 12 Hours 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Over the years, Michael Jackson’s classic albums were reissued in various editions that added rare demos, remixes, re-edits, and live versions for the hardcore fan to collect. Here are 162 rarities from the "extras" that once graced Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad, The Ultimate Collection, and This Is It, along with the complete reissues of the albums Michael, Immortal, and Remixes, Rarities & Gems. Considering Jackson’s impact in the clubs—where bodies brought out the physicality in his music that stationary radio listeners could only imagine—the remixes are as integral to Jackson’s legacy as the original versions. The home demos, on the other hand, give aspiring musicians the chance to hear the processes that led to the polished final tracks. Notable are early versions of “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough,” “Billie Jean,” and even a superior take on “We Are the World”—before all the celebrities walked into the room, with only Michael’s voice carrying the melody. For fans who love being behind the scenes or taking an alternate route, this is one definitive way to do so.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Over the years, Michael Jackson’s classic albums were reissued in various editions that added rare demos, remixes, re-edits, and live versions for the hardcore fan to collect. Here are 162 rarities from the "extras" that once graced Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad, The Ultimate Collection, and This Is It, along with the complete reissues of the albums Michael, Immortal, and Remixes, Rarities & Gems. Considering Jackson’s impact in the clubs—where bodies brought out the physicality in his music that stationary radio listeners could only imagine—the remixes are as integral to Jackson’s legacy as the original versions. The home demos, on the other hand, give aspiring musicians the chance to hear the processes that led to the polished final tracks. Notable are early versions of “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough,” “Billie Jean,” and even a superior take on “We Are the World”—before all the celebrities walked into the room, with only Michael’s voice carrying the melody. For fans who love being behind the scenes or taking an alternate route, this is one definitive way to do so.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
139 Ratings
139 Ratings
Brett II ,

MJ 4-EVER!!!!!

I cant believe u guys have Got the Hots and Carousel ive been waiting 4 those 2 songs to be released but can u guys get the following songs: She's Trouble, Hot Street, Work That Body, Blue Gangsta, Xscape, Slave to the Rhythm and Do You Know Where Your Children Are

MisterBond1013 ,

OMG!!! Finally! Some classic remixes!! :)

Some great prevously hard to find remixes and alternate versions here, including Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel and Another Part Of Me but beware, some of them are mis-labled - the two versions of In The Closet are swapped and the remix of Who is It is not the BIR House Mix. But it's great to finally have them on I-Tunes! :)

TheOmey ,

FINALLY THE ESTATE COMES THRU

I have to say if anyone is a Michael Jackson fan at all this set is MANDATORY. Maybe the MJ Estate is finally realizing the fans want the Rarities, Untouched Demo's (outside normal remastering of sound).. The sound Quality on the "iTunes Masters" are Leaps and Bounds better. High Props given to both iTunes and Sony for finally giving us the A+ Material with SUPERIOR Digital Sound. Hopefully we see more Rarities/Demo's come out in the future in sets like this.

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