Bad 25Th Anniversary Edition CD (2012)

Artist: Michael Jackson

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Label Epic Records
SKU 235761465
UPC 886919997026
UPC 14 00886919997026
Format CD
Release Date 9/18/2012
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Author Michael Jackson
Compilation Appearance Vol. 2-Motown Singles Collection (1972-1992)
Compilation Appearance Characters
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Collection
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Best Of Motown 1970s
Compilation Appearance From Q With Love
Compilation Appearance More Motown Classics Gold
Compilation Appearance Number 1's
Compilation Appearance Now That's What I Call Music: 80's
Compilation Appearance All Time Greatest Movie Songs
Compilation Appearance Free Willy (ost)
Compilation Appearance 100 Greatest
Compilation Appearance Complete Motown Singles Vol 11B:1971(Limited Edition)
Compilation Appearance Motown 50 Fanthology
Compilation Appearance 2011 Grammy Nominees
Compilation Appearance Duets
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Jermaine Jackso
Associated Artist/Work Akon
Associated Artist/Work Baldwin, Bob
Technical Info
Engineer Craig Johnson; Gary Olazabal; Humberto Gatica; Claudio Ordenes; Matt Forger; Bill Bottrell; Brian Malouf; Bruce Swedien
Producer Michael Jackson; Quincy Jones
CatalogID 88691999702
Lable Name Sony Legacy
Released 09/17/2012
Original Release 1987
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 107m : 43s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886919997026
Musical Guests
Andrae Crouch Choir
Siedah Garrett
The Winans
Pitbull
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Michael Jackson (vocals); Stevie Wonder (vocals, keyboards); The Winans (vocals); David Williams, Eric Gale, Steve Stevens, Bill Bottrell, Dann Huff, Michael Landau, Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar); Larry Williams (saxophone, keyboards, programming); Kim Hutchcroft (saxophone); Gary Grant, Jerry Hey (trumpet); John Barnes (piano, keyboards); Kevin Maloney (piano); Jimmy Smith (Hammond organ); Christopher Currell, Michael Boddicker, David Paich, Greg Phillinganes, Rhett Lawrence, Glen Ballard, Randy Kerber, Denny Jaeger (keyboards); Nathan East (bass); Ollie E. Brown (drums, percussion); John Robinson, Ndugu Chancler, Miko Brando, Humberto Gatica, Bruce Swedien (drums); Paulinho da Costa (percussion); Douglas Getschal, Cornelius Mims, Eric Persing, Steve Porcaro, Casey Young (programming).
Recorded at Westlake Audio Studios, Los Angeles, California. Originally released on Epic (40600).
Digitally remastered by Bernie Grundman (Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles, California).
Audio Mixer: Bruce Swedien.
Liner Note Authors: John Branca; John McClain.
Recording information: Westlake Audio Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/1987-07/1987).
Photographers: Matthew Rolston; Greg Gorman; Neal Preston; Harrison Funk; Sam Emerson.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Laura Raynor; Catherine Ballard.
The downside to a success like Thriller is that it's nearly impossible to follow, but Michael Jackson approached Bad much the same way he approached Thriller -- take the basic formula of the predecessor, expand it slightly, and move it outward. This meant that he moved deeper into hard rock, deeper into schmaltzy adult contemporary, deeper into hard dance -- essentially taking each portion of Thriller to an extreme, while increasing the quotient of immaculate studio craft. He wound up with a sleeker, slicker Thriller, which isn't a bad thing, but it's not a rousing success, either. For one thing, the material just isn't as good. Look at the singles: only three can stand alongside album tracks from its predecessor ("Bad," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"), another is simply OK ("Smooth Criminal"), with the other two showcasing Jackson at his worst (the saccharine "Man in the Mirror," the misogynistic "Dirty Diana"). Then, there are the album tracks themselves, something that virtually didn't exist on Thriller but bog down Bad not just because they're bad, but because they reveal that Jackson's state of the art is not hip. And they constitute a near-fatal dead spot on the record -- songs three through six, from "Speed Demon" to "Another Part of Me" (a sequence that's utterly faceless, lacking memorable hooks and melodies, even when Stevie Wonder steps in for "Just Good Friends") relies on nothing but studio craft. Part of the joy of Off the Wall and Thriller was that craft was enhanced with tremendous songs, performances, and fresh, vivacious beats. For this dreadful stretch, everything is mechanical, and while the album rebounds with songs that prove mechanical can be tolerable if delivered with hooks and panache, it still makes Bad feel like an artifact of its time instead of a piece of music that transcends it. And if that wasn't evident proof that Jackson was losing touch, consider this -- the best song on the album is "Leave Me Alone" (why are all of his best songs paranoid anthems?), a tune tacked on to the end of the CD and never released as a single, apart from a weirdly claustrophobic video that, not coincidentally, was the best video from the album.
[This is not the first expanded edition of Bad but the 2001 reissue didn't have much in way of substantive bonus material. Two outtakes called "Streetwalker" and "Fly Away," plus a Spanish version of "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" was about it. That's not the case with this 25th Anniversary Edition, which is a full-fledged deluxe edition, containing a full disc of outtakes and demos in either its simple two-disc iteration or its lavish 3-CD/1-DVD incarnation (there are also some new EDM-flavored remixes from Afrojack and Nero that are perfectly fine for what they are), which adds a third CD of live performances from Jackson's July 16, 1988 performance at Wembley Stadium, along with the entire concert on the accompanying DVD. The bonus material captures two different sides of Jackson: the live material is a dazzling showcase for his skills as a showman while the rough studio outtakes demonstrate his craftsmanship. Although the Wembley show is certainly entertaining -- he makes spectacle seem effortless -- everything revealing on this 25th Anniversary Edition arrives on the unreleased demos, where Jackson is working out song structure, choruses, and words. Some of the darker undercurrents of Bad surface yet again -- he frets over the "Price of Fame," he sings about "Abortion Papers" on a puzzling, compelling "Song Groove" -- and elsewhere it's clear that Jackson is liberated by the process of creating; the rougher, spare sound of these demos comparing quite favorably to the sometimes suffocating polish of Bad. This is particularly true of "Al Capone," an early version of "Smooth Criminal" that's fleet on its feet and considerably less cartoonish, but such lightness can also be heard on "Don't Be Messin'Around" -- a sweetened, concentrated version of "Wanna Be Startin' Something" -- and the smooth, crystalline pop of "I'm So Blue" and "Free," quiet storm numbers that function as bridges between Bad and Thriller. These are the moments that make this expansion worthwhile, illustrating that beneath the glitz and glamour, there was a sharp, canny musician who took considerable pleasure in his work.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Q (Magazine) (p.126) - "[W]ith Jackson still intent on pushing the limits, from the pulsating title track to 'Man In The Mirror''s baroque gospel finale....Compelling...'
Disc 1
1 Bad,Don't Be Messin' Round
2 Way You Make Me Feel, The,I'm So Blue
3 Speed Demon,Song Groove [AKA Abortion Papers]
4 Liberian Girl,Free
5 Just Good Friends,Price of Fame
6 Another Part of Me,Al Capone
7 Man In the Mirror - (featuring Siedah Garrett/The Winans),Streetwalker
8 I Just Can't Stop Loving You,Fly Away
9 Dirty Diana,Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu [I Just Can't Stop Loving You, Spanish Version]
10 Smooth Criminal,Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous [I Just Can't Stop Loving You, French Version]
11 Leave Me Alone,Bad [Dj Buddha Edit] - (remix, featuring Pitbull)
12 Speed Demon - (remix)
13 Bad [Club Mix] - (remix)
Disc 2
1 Bad,Don't Be Messin' Round
2 Way You Make Me Feel, The,I'm So Blue
3 Speed Demon,Song Groove [AKA Abortion Papers]
4 Liberian Girl,Free
5 Just Good Friends,Price of Fame
6 Another Part of Me,Al Capone
7 Man In the Mirror - (featuring Siedah Garrett/The Winans),Streetwalker
8 I Just Can't Stop Loving You,Fly Away
9 Dirty Diana,Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu [I Just Can't Stop Loving You, Spanish Version]
10 Smooth Criminal,Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous [I Just Can't Stop Loving You, French Version]
11 Leave Me Alone,Bad [Dj Buddha Edit] - (remix, featuring Pitbull)
12 Speed Demon - (remix)
13 Bad [Club Mix] - (remix)
Product Attributes
Artist Jackson,Michael
Label Epic Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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