Michael Jackson ‎– Smooth Criminal

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7th Single from Bad was released in the UK on 14 November 1988 on CD, 7", 7" Limited Edition Gatefold Postcard Pack, 12", 12" Limited Edition Advent Calendar.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
34-08044 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(7", Single) Epic 34-08044 US 1988 Sell This Version
PR-653243 Michael Jackson Asesino Discreto = Smooth Criminal (7", Single, Promo) CBS PR-653243 Mexico 1988 Sell This Version
QELEP-18147 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal (12" Dance Remix)(12", Single) Epic QELEP-18147 Philippines 1988 Sell This Version
653026 8 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal (Extended Dance Mix)(12", Single) Epic 653026 8 UK 1988 Sell This Version
653026 6 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal (Special 12" Single Mixes)(12") Epic 653026 6 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
653026 7 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal (7") Epic 653026 7 Ireland 1988 Sell This Version
10·8P-3050 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal (CD, Mini, Single, Promo) Epic 10·8P-3050 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
QY・5P-90039 Michael Jackson = マイケル・ジャクソン* Michael Jackson = マイケル・ジャクソン* - Smooth Criminal = スムーズ・クリミナル(7", Single, Promo) Epic QY・5P-90039 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
10・8P-3050 Michael Jackson = マイケル・ジャクソン* Michael Jackson = マイケル・ジャクソン* - Smooth Criminal = スムーズ・クリミナル(CD, Mini, Single) Epic 10・8P-3050 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
12EXP-07895, 12EXP 7895 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(12") Epic, Epic 12EXP-07895, 12EXP 7895 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
49 007895 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(12") Epic 49 007895 US 1988 Sell This Version
none Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(12", Ace) Epic none US 1988 Sell This Version
653170 6 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(12", Ltd, Moo) Epic 653170 6 UK 1988 Sell This Version
EPC 653026-6 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(12", Maxi) Epic EPC 653026-6 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
EPC 653026 6 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(12", Maxi) Epic EPC 653026 6 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
none Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(12", Promo, TP) Epic Records none 1988 Sell This Version
653026 1 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(12", Single) Epic 653026 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
49 07895 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(12", Single) Epic 49 07895 US 1988 Sell This Version
QY・3P-90123 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(12", Single, Promo) Epic QY・3P-90123 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
EPC 653026-7 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(7", S/Sided, Promo) Epic EPC 653026-7 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
653026 7 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(7", Single) Epic 653026 7 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
EPC 653026 7 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(7", Single) Epic EPC 653026 7 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
34 08044 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(7", Single) Epic 34 08044 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
653026 7 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(7", Single) Epic 653026 7 UK 1988 Sell This Version
EPC 653026 7, 01-653026-00 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(7", Single) Epic, Epic EPC 653026 7, 01-653026-00 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
653026 7 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(7", Single) Epic 653026 7 UK 1988 Sell This Version
6530260 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(7", Single, Ltd) Epic 6530260 UK 1988 Sell This Version
34-08044 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(7", Single, Promo) Epic 34-08044 US 1988 Sell This Version
ESK 1274 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(CD, Maxi, Promo) Epic ESK 1274 US 1988 Sell This Version
653026 3, EPC 653026 3 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(CD, Mini, Maxi) Epic, Epic 653026 3, EPC 653026 3 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
49K-07895 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(CD, Mini, Maxi, Lon) Epic 49K-07895 US 1988 Sell This Version
653026 2 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(CD, Single, Car) Epic 653026 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
20・8P-5161 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(CD, Single, S/Edition) Epic 20・8P-5161 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20・8P-5161 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(CD, Single, S/Edition) Epic/Sony, Epic 20・8P-5161 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
34T 08044, 34T08044 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(Cass, Single) Epic, Epic 34T 08044, 34T08044 US 1988 Sell This Version
8045476 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(12") Epic 8045476 Costa Rica 1989 Sell This Version
ESCA 6616 Michael Jackson = マイケル・ジャクソン* Michael Jackson = マイケル・ジャクソン* - Smooth Criminal = スムーズ・クリミナル(CD, Maxi, RE, S/Edition) Epic ESCA 6616 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
N+T 001 Michael Jackson Smoothie(12", Unofficial) Not On Label (Michael Jackson) N+T 001 UK 2001 Sell This Version
82876725292 Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal(Hybrid, DualDisc, Single, Ltd, Num, PAL) Epic, Sony BMG Music Entertainment 82876725292 UK & Europe 2006 Sell This Version

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nychousedj

nychousedj

September 3, 2018
referencing Smooth Criminal, CD, Maxi, Promo, ESK 1274
-- excerpt from the book "Making Michael: Inside The Career Of Michael Jackson" by Mike Smallcombe (pg 128-129) --

Michael loved Christopher Currell's tour version of 'Smooth Criminal' so much that he told the musician they had to record the album version again with the Synclavier as soon as possible. In New York, Christopher Currell and Bruce Swedien went to the Hit Factory to re-record 'Smooth Criminal' for Michael.

"The Synclavier was set up ready to go, and Bruce had 'Smooth Criminal' all cued up," Currell said. "He turned to me and said 'I have already recorded this twice. I don't know what Michael wants to hear.'" Michael was clearly not satisfied with Bruce and Quincy's Westlake version; like many of the songs on Bad, he felt it sounded better when it was originally recorded with the Synclavier at Hayvenhurst.

"Michael was supposed to come to the studio but changed his mind," Currell added. "He was off playing with some friends. I told Bruce that I know what Michael wants to hear. So Bruce said, 'You mix it then!'" They re-recorded the song with the Synclavier, and Currell performed the final mix before playing it to Michael at his penthouse.

"Everyone was nervous about how Michael would respond to the new mix," Currell said. "I was confident that I got it the way he would like it, because of our work at his house. Bruce started the song, and immediately Michael started to dance. This was a good sign! He danced all the way through until the end. Then he said 'This is great! It sounds the way it's supposed to sound!' Then he turned around and left. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief. This mix was used on later pressings of the 'Bad' album. Basically it has more punch than the first version."
scouse54

scouse54

April 14, 2015
referencing Smooth Criminal, 7", Single, 653026 7
There is also a ltd.edition souvenir postcard pack.
mirojaros

mirojaros

September 13, 2014
referencing Smooth Criminal, CD, Maxi, Promo, ESK 1274
Thi is the only version that contains different mixes than the other releases. Only on this US PROMO you can find different versions of Smooth Criminal (Dance Mix - Extended) + Smooth Criminal (Dance Mix - Radio Edit) both have heavier kick drum, bass louder and the synth strings rather low. Also Smooth Criminal ("Annie" Mix) has ommited some syntetizators that were used in following "Annie" mixes. Great collectot item!!!
andressalinas83

andressalinas83

July 23, 2014
referencing Smooth Criminal (Extended Dance Mix), 12", Single, 653026 8
Pictures included are from a different release (653026 6) instead of 653026 8
donbrantos

donbrantos

October 24, 2013
referencing Smooth Criminal, CD, Maxi, Promo, ESK 1274

One of my favourite's!
Extremely rare! Nice picture silhouette disc!
elinew95

elinew95

May 30, 2011
referencing Smooth Criminal, 7", Single, EPC 653026 7, 01-653026-00
This single also comes with a blue sticker on the front that reads: Doe mee en win kaarten voor de première van Michael's speelfilm "Moonwalker"!
djkmjn

djkmjn

March 27, 2010
referencing Smooth Criminal, 7", Single, 653026 7

Front sleeve has a white stamp sayin: QFH-Promotion Sample

Back sleeve is printed with half-round in the top, and have a picture of the film "Moonwalker"
Note: Taken from the fortcoming film "Moonwalker"
Copyrighty (c) 1988 Ultimate Production

Center of the 7" is white with notes and center-hole