Personnel: Kevin Antunes (keyboards, bass synthesizer, drum programming).
Audio Remixer: Kevin Antunes.
Photographers: Herb Ritts; Jonathan Exley; Eugene Adebari; Alan Messer; Stephen Vaughan; Jim Britt; Duncan Raban; Sam Emerson; Neil Zlozower; Steven Paul Whitsitt.
Unlike the Beatles, Michael Jackson's body of work lends itself to the kind of glitzy mash-up soundtrack Cirque du Soleil requires -- which is a roundabout way of saying the soundtrack to their 2011 production Immortal feels a little sounder than the Beatles' LOVE. Of course, LOVE is by far a more ambitious work, creating new songs out of old samples, whereas Immortal is unabashed Vegas glitz, songs truncated or elongated to the demands of the stage, audio drops of music videos or interviews triple underscoring already apparent sentiment. Producer Kevin Antunes never recontextualizes the original recordings; he favors hits-on-parade medleys, letting the hooks -- the melodies, the rhythms -- sink in before moving on to the next snippet. Perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that roughly half of the album is devoted to music made after Bad: after he parted ways with Quincy Jones, Jackson flitted between attempts to reconcile with hip-hop and old-fashioned showbiz. Here, the latter overwhelms, bending all the disco and dance to its sensibility; it's an effective soundtrack for a lavish, expensive dance production. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Entertainment Weekly (p.71) - "'Immortal Megamix' kind of rules: a perfect pop primer in a nine-minute package." -- Grade: B
Workin' Day and Night [Immortal Version]
Immortal Intro: You Rock My World/In the Closet/Stranger in Moscow/Bad/Smooth Criminal/Dangerous/Another Part of Me/The Way You Make Me Feel/Jam/Scream/I Want You Back/ABC/Rockin' Robin [Immortal Version], The
Childhood [Immortal Version]
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' [Immortal Version]
Dancing Machine/Blame It on the Boogie/Why You Wanna Trip on Me [Immortal Version]
This Place Hotel [Immortal Version]
Smooth Criminal [Immortal Version]
Dangerous/In the Closet [Immortal Version]
Jackson 5 Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save [Immortal Version], The
Speechless/Human Nature [Immortal Version]
Is It Scary/Threatened/Somebody's Watching Me/Ghosts/Monster [Immortal Version] - (featuring 50 Cent)
Thriller [Immortal Version]
You Are Not Alone/Just Can't Stop Loving You/Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu/Remember the Time [Immortal Version]
Beat It/State of Shock/Bad [Immortal Version]
Jam [Immortal Version]
Planet Earth/Earth Song [Immortal Version]
They Don't Care About Us/Tabloid Junkie/Privacy [Immortal Version]
I'll Be There [Immortal Version]
Immortal Megamix: Can You Feel It/Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough/Billie Jean/Black or White [Immortal Version]