“Thriller” by Michael Jackson – A Masterpiece
Twenty-five years ago a young man by the name of Michael Jackson recorded an album with the title of “Thriller“. The album won eight Grammy Awards and went on to sell a record number of albums around the world. To commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of that release two new deluxe editions of that album have been released – a deluxe and a super deluxe edition.
After much hallabaloo over the impending anniversary, including a tribut on the Grammy Awards which did not materialize – and since I had not listened to the album in quite some time and decided to give the new releases a listen. I was not impressed with what I heard. In recent years Jackson has had a number of legal issues and other problems which have overshadowed his career and made it easy to overlook his talents. From the time he began singing and dancing as a small child with his brothers Jackson has displayed a sincere musical talent
The first is a collection of the original album along with remixes of some of the songs. Included among the remixes is a remix of Bad which did not appear on the original album but was the title track from the follow up album by the same name. The remixes are a rap/hip-hop style. These remixes seem to take away from the original music. Michael is still singing but for fans of the original release the new album is not a hit but a miss. The remixes may appeal to some members of the younger set who favour hip-hop; but true fans of Michael Jackson’s music will not be converted to the new releases.
The second deluxe release includes the original material, the remixes, and some commentary by Qunicy Jones and others talking about the songs. The album. There is also a song that was cut from the original album and a second verse of the Vincent Price doalog on Thriller. Extra commentary is a nice extra on a DVD but it just doesn’t seem to fit on the album. The extra song and added dialog by Price are a nice addition; however.
With an album that had the succes of Thriller any remixes should have been done by Jackson himself and not by artists whose music are not even in the same catagory much less league.