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Format: CD
Sku: 235761465
UPC: 886919997026
UPC 14: 00886919997026
Release Date: 9/18/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Bad ~ Michael Jackson
2. Way You Make Me Feel, The ~ Michael Jackson
3. Speed Demon ~ Michael Jackson
4. Liberian Girl ~ Michael Jackson
5. Just Good Friends ~ Michael Jackson
6. Another Part of Me ~ Michael Jackson
7. Man In the Mirror - (featuring Siedah Garrett/The Winans) ~ Michael Jackson
8. I Just Can't Stop Loving You ~ Michael Jackson
9. Dirty Diana ~ Michael Jackson
10. Smooth Criminal ~ Michael Jackson
11. Leave Me Alone ~ Michael Jackson
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Don't Be Messin' Round ~ Michael Jackson
2. I'm So Blue ~ Michael Jackson
3. Song Groove [AKA Abortion Papers] ~ Michael Jackson
4. Free ~ Michael Jackson
5. Price of Fame ~ Michael Jackson
6. Al Capone ~ Michael Jackson
7. Streetwalker ~ Michael Jackson
8. Fly Away ~ Michael Jackson
9. Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu [I Just Can't Stop Loving You, Spanish Version] ~ Michael Jackson
10. Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous [I Just Can't Stop Loving You, French Version] ~ Michael Jackson
11. Bad [Dj Buddha Edit] - (remix, featuring Pitbull) ~ Michael Jackson
12. Speed Demon - (remix) ~ Michael Jackson
13. Bad [Club Mix] - (remix) ~ Michael Jackson

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Recorded at Westlake Audio Studios, Los Angeles, California. Originally released on Epic (40600).
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Bernie Grundman (Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles, California).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Bruce Swedien.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: John Branca; John McClain.
Muze PNote Recording information: Westlake Audio Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/1987-07/1987).
Muze PNote Photographers: Matthew Rolston; Greg Gorman; Neal Preston; Harrison Funk; Sam Emerson.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: Laura Raynor; Catherine Ballard.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote [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

Producer: Michael Jackson; Quincy Jones

Engineer: Craig Johnson; Gary Olazabal; Humberto Gatica; Claudio Ordenes; Matt Forger; Bill Bottrell; Brian Malouf; Bruce Swedien

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Andrae Crouch Choir
Muze Guest Artist Siedah Garrett
Muze Guest Artist The Winans
Muze Guest Artist Pitbull

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Motown Singles Collection (1972-1992)
Muze Music Compilations Characters
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Collection
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Best Of Motown 1970s
Muze Music Compilations From Q With Love
Muze Music Compilations More Motown Classics Gold
Muze Music Compilations Number 1's
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Music: 80's
Muze Music Compilations All Time Greatest Movie Songs
Muze Music Compilations Free Willy (ost)
Muze Music Compilations 100 Greatest
Muze Music Compilations Complete Motown Singles Vol 11B:1971(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Motown 50 Fanthology
Muze Music Compilations 2011 Grammy Nominees
Muze Music Compilations Duets
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Jermaine Jackso

Associated Artists and Works

Immortal ~ Cirque Du Soleil
Immortal [Deluxe Edition] ~ Cirque Du Soleil
Easy Star All-Stars
Easy Star's Thrillah [Digipak] ~ Easy Star All-Stars
Jackson 5 (The)
The Jacksons Story: Number 1's [Digipak] ~ Jackson, Jermaine
Original Soundtrack
Michael Jackson's This Is It ~ Original Soundtrack
On the Dance Floor ~ Rava, Enrico
The Sunset Lounge Orchestra
Timberlake, Justin

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/17/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1987
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 88691999702
Music Label Name Label : Sony Legacy
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886919997026

Professional Reviews

Q (Magazine)
- "[W]ith Jackson still intent on pushing the limits, from the pulsating title track to 'Man In The Mirror''s baroque gospel finale....Compelling...'

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Jackson,Michael
Product attributeLabel:   Epic Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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