Bad (Bonus Tracks) CD (2001)

Artist: Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson's Bad CD

by Joanne on 8/3/2009

I love all of Michael Jackson's efforts. I ordered this CD to place with other Michael Jackson collectibles. It was received in a timely manner and packaged with care.

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Product Overview


Label Sony
SKU 60508116
UPC 074646607220
UPC 14 00074646607220
Format CD
Release Date 10/16/2001
Author Michael Jackson
Associated Artist/Work Akon
Associated Artist/Work Baldwin, Bob
Associated Artist/Work Cirque Du Soleil
Associated Artist/Work Easy Star All-Stars
Associated Artist/Work Jackson 5 (The)
Associated Artist/Work Jackson, Jermaine
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Rava, Enrico
Associated Artist/Work The Sunset Lounge Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Timberlake, Justin
Technical Info
Engineer Bruce Swedien
Producer Quincy Jones; Michael Jackson
CatalogID 66072
Lable Name Sony Music Distribution (USA)
Released 10/16/2001
Original Release 1987
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 71m : 2s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00074646607220
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).
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 studiocraft. 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," relying on nothing but studiocraft. 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 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. [The album was later reissued with a number of previously unreleased bonus tracks and interview clips.] ~ 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,Bad
2 Way You Make Me Feel, The,Way You Make Me Feel, The
3 Speed Demon,Speed Demon
4 Liberian Girl,Liberian Girl,Liberian Girl
5 Just Good Friends,Just Good Friends
6 Another Part Of Me,Another Part Of Me
7 Man In The Mirror,Man In The Mirror
8 I Just Can't Stop Loving You,I Just Can't Stop Loving You
9 Dirty Diana,Dirty Diana
10 Smooth Criminal,Smooth Criminal
11 Leave Me Alone,Leave Me Alone
12 Quincy Jones Commentary
13 Streetwalker - (previously unreleased, bonus track),Streetwalker - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
14 Quincy Jones Commentary,Quincy Jones Commentary
15 Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu - (previously unreleased, bonus track),Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
16 Quincy Jones Commentary,Quincy Jones Commentary
17 Fly Away - (Intro)
18 Fly Away - (previously unreleased, bonus track),Fly Away - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
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