Greg Phillinganes ‎– Behind The Mask

Planet Records (5) ‎– RPST 110, Planet Records (5) ‎– YW-14024
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

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A Behind The Mask
Mixed By – Glen Holguin, Jim TractWritten-By – Chris Mosdell, Ryuichi SakamotoWritten-by, Co-producer, Backing Vocals [Uncredited] – Michael Jackson
B1 Behind The Mask (Instrumental)
Written-By – Chris Mosdell, Michael Jackson, Ryuichi Sakamoto
B2 Only You
Written-By – Bill Withers, Greg Phillinganes


Other Versions (5 of 11) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RPS 110, YB 13943 Greg Phillinganes Behind The Mask(7", Single) Planet Records (5), Planet Records (5) RPS 110, YB 13943 UK 1985 Sell This Version
YB-13943 Greg Phillinganes Behind The Mask(7") Planet Records (5) YB-13943 US 1985 Sell This Version
RPST 110 Greg Phillinganes Behind The Mask(12") Planet Records (5) RPST 110 UK 1985 Sell This Version
JD-14024, YW-14024 Greg Phillinganes Behind The Mask(12", Promo) Planet (15), Planet (15) JD-14024, YW-14024 US 1985 Sell This Version
PB 61598 Greg Phillinganes Behind The Mask(7", Single, Promo) Planet Records (5) PB 61598 France 1985 Sell This Version



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August 10, 2010
edited over 9 years ago
(Lost 80s soul classics #1)

Most people know the history behind Behind The Mask, that it was to have been included on Michael Jackson's Thriller, but never made it. (Not that it added much to the Yellow Magic Orchestra/Ryuichi Sakamoto original.) In the UK, most of us only remember the Eric Clapton, erm, cover-cover version anyway!

What most people don't realise is the B-side is an overlooked 80s classic!

Co-written by Greg Phillinganes and Bill Withers, Only You follows a lyric along the lines of his funky early tunes like Use Me and Kissing My Love, but updated to an 80s backing. Sound bad, well no, it works (and better than some of Bill's own tracks when he tried the same thing if memory serves me). To my knowledge, this seems to be the ONLY place it was released.

If you happen to have this single, dig it out and give this B-side a listen! If not, and you're a fan of Bill Withers or obscure (but great) 80s soul, I urge you to buy/track down this song!