Michael Jackson ‎– Thriller

Epic ‎– EPC 504422 2, Epic ‎– 5044222000
CD, Album, Remastered, Special Edition, Carded Sleeve

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1 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
Arranged By [Horn Arrangement] – Jerry Hey, Michael JacksonArranged By [Rhythm Arrangement] – Michael Jackson, Quincy JonesArranged By [Vocal Arrangement] – Michael JacksonBacking Vocals – Becky Lopez, Bunny Hull, James Ingram, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Michael Jackson, Oren WatersBass – Louis JohnsonElectric Piano [Rhodes], Synthesizer – Greg PhillinganesGuitar – David Williams (4)Percussion – Paulinho Da CostaPerformer [Bathroom Stomp Board] – Michael Jackson, Nelson Hayes, Steven RaySaxophone, Flute – Larry WilliamsSynthesizer – Bill Wolfer, Michael BoddickerTrombone – Bill Reichenbach (2)Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Gary Grant, Jerry HeyWritten-By – Michael Jackson
2 Baby Be Mine
Arranged By [Horn Arrnangement] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Vocal, Rhythm And Synthesizer Arrangement] – Rod TempertonDrums – N'dugu Chancler*Guitar – David Williams (4)Keyboards, Synthesizer – Greg PhillinganesProgrammed By [Synthesizer Programming] – Anthony Marinelli, Brian Banks, Steve PorcaroSaxophone, Flute – Larry WilliamsSynthesizer – David Paich, Michael BoddickerTrombone – Bill Reichenbach (2)Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Gary Grant, Jerry HeyWritten-By – Rod Temperton
3 The Girl Is Mine
Arranged By [Rhythm Arrangement] – David Paich, Quincy JonesArranged By [Strings], Conductor [Strings] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Synthesizer Arrangement] – David FosterArranged By [Vocal Arrangement] – Michael Jackson, Quincy JonesBass – Louis JohnsonConcertmaster – Jerry Vinci*Drums – Jeff PorcaroElectric Piano [Rhodes] – Greg PhillinganesGuitar – Dean Parks, Steve LukatherPiano – David PaichProgrammed By [Synthesizer Programming] – Steve PorcaroSynthesizer – David FosterVocals – Paul McCartneyWritten-By – Michael Jackson
4 Thriller
Arranged By [Horn Arrangement] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Vocal, Rhythm And Synthesizer Arrangement] – Rod TempertonEffects – Bruce Cannon, Bruce SwedienGuitar – David Williams (4)Programmed By [Synthesizer Programming] – Anthony MarinelliRap – Vincent Price (2)Saxophone, Flute – Larry WilliamsSynthesizer – Brian Banks, Greg Phillinganes, Rod TempertonTrombone – Bill Reichenbach (2)Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Gary Grant, Jerry HeyWritten-By – Rod Temperton
5 Beat It
Arranged By [Rhythm Arrangement] – Michael Jackson, Quincy JonesArranged By [Vocal Arrangement] – Michael JacksonDrums – Jeff PorcaroElectric Piano [Rhodes], Synthesizer – Greg PhillinganesGuitar – Paul Jackson*Guitar [Solo] – Eddie Van HalenGuitar, Electric Bass – Steve LukatherKeyboards – Bill WolferPercussion [Drum Case Beater] – Michael JacksonRecorded By [Eddie Van Halen's Solo] – Donn LandeeSynthesizer [Synclavier] – Tom BahlerSynthesizer [Synergy] – Greg SmithSynthesizer, Programmed By [Synthesizer Programming] – Steve PorcaroWritten-By – Michael Jackson
6 Billie Jean
Arranged By [String Arrangements] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Vocal, Rhythm And Synthesizer Arrangement] – Michael JacksonBass – Louis JohnsonConductor [Strings] – Jeremy LubbockDrums – N'dugu Chancler*Electric Piano [Rhodes], Synthesizer – Greg PhillinganesGuitar – David Williams (4)Synthesizer – Greg SmithSynthesizer [Emulator] – Michael BoddickerSynthesizer, Programmed By [Synthesizer Programming] – Bill WolferWritten-By – Michael Jackson
7 Human Nature
Arranged By – David Paich, Steve Lukather, Steve PorcaroDrums – Jeff PorcaroGuitar – Steve LukatherPercussion – Paulinho Da CostaSynthesizer – David PaichSynthesizer [Emulator] – Michael BoddickerSynthesizer, Programmed By [Synthesizer Programming] – Steve PorcaroWritten-By – John Bettis, Steve Porcaro
8 P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Arranged By – James Ingram, Quincy JonesBacking Vocals [Additional Background Vocals] – Howard Hewitt*, James IngramDrums – N'dugu Chancler*Electric Bass – Louis JohnsonGuitar – Paul Jackson*Handclaps – Greg Phillinganes, James Ingram, Louis Johnson, Michael Jackson, Steven RayKeyboards [Portasound Keyboard] – James IngramSynthesizer, Programmed By [Synthesizer Programming] – Greg PhillinganesVocoder, Synthesizer [Emulator] – Michael BoddickerVoice [P.Y.T.'s] – Becky Lopez, Bunny Hull, Janet Jackson, LaToya Jackson*Written-By – James Ingram, Quincy Jones
9 The Lady In My Life
Bass – Louis JohnsonDrums – Jeff PorcaroElectric Piano [Rhodes] – Greg PhillinganesGuitar – Paul Jackson*Synthesizer – David Paich, Steve PorcaroSynthesizer [Emulator] – Michael BoddickerWritten-By, Arranged By – Rod Temperton
Special Edition Bonus Material
10 Quincy Jones Interview Part I 2:18
11 Someone In The Dark
Lyrics By – Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman*Music By – Rod Temperton
12 Quincy Jones Interview Part II 2:04
13 Billie Jean (Home Demo From 1981)
Written-By – Michael Jackson
14 Quincy Jones Interview Part III 3:10
15 Rod Temperton Interview Part I 4:02
16 Quincy Jones Interview Part IV 1:32
17 Voice Over Session From "Thriller"
Voice [Spoken By] – Michael Jackson, Vincent Price (2)
18 Rod Temperton Interview Part II 1:56
19 Quincy Jones Interview Part V 2:01
20 Carousel
Written-By – D. Freeman*, M. Sembello*
21 Quincy Jones Interview Part VI 1:17

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Sticker text (front):
"SOMEWHERE IN THE DARK" (available for the first time on a Michael Jackson
solo album) Michael's original demo version of "BILLIE JEAN"
"CAROUSEL" an out-take from the "Thriller" recording sessions
Michael Jackson and Vincent Price voice-over session segment
Vincent Price reading the never-before heard 2nd verse of the "Thriller" rap
All New Interview with Legendary Producer Quincy Jones
Deluxe Special package with New Booklet and Photos

Similar to a later edition of Thriller without carded sleeve, this edition has a gold disc issued with Special Edition sticker and with gold print on a carded sleeve.

Original album
Produced for Quincy Jones Productions. Recorded and mixed using the Acusonic Recording Process.
Additional sound sources recorded at Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Recorded at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA.
Album recording began with the first sessions at Westlake Studios in Los Angeles with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney recording "The Girl Is Mine" at 12:00 noon on Wednesday April 14, 1982 and concluded witht the last day of mixing the album on Monday November 8, 1982.
Originally mastered on Thursday, November 11, 1982.

The original album was released Tuesday, November 30, 1982 by Epic Records (38112).

The Quincy Jones interview:
Part I: About "Someone In The Dark".
Part II: About production, and several tracks on the album.
Part III: About the album and music videos.
Part IV: About how they got Vincent Price to appear on "Thriller".
Part V: About "Carousel"
Part VI: Final thoughts on the album.

The Rod Temperton interview:
Part I: About how they got Vincent Price to appear on "Thriller".
Part II: About "Carousel".

The voice over session from "Thriller" also includes Vincent Price reading a previously unreleased second verse.

© 1982, 2001 MJJ Productions Inc./ ℗ 1982, 2001 MJJ Productions Inc./
Made in Austria (Printed on Disc)

Tracks 1, 3, 5, 6: © 1982 Mijac Music (BMI) All rights on behalf of Mijac Music administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI).
Tracks 2, 4, 9: © 1982 Rodsongs (ASCAP). All rights for Rodsongs controlled and administered by Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP).
Track 7: © 1982 Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP) / WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), John Bettis Music (ASCAP). All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Tunes LLC administered by Sony/ATV Publishing. All rights on behalf of WB Music Corp. and John Bettis Music administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP).
Track 8: © 1982 Eiseman Music Co. Inc. (BMI), Hen-Al Music (BMI), Kings Road Music (BMI)/Yellowbrick Road Music (ASCAP). All rights on behalf of Yellowbrick Road Music administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP).
Track 11: Published by WB Music Corp. on behalf of Threesome Music (ASCAP)/Rodsongs (ASCAP) controlled and administered by Almo Music Corp.
Track 13: Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. on behalf of Mijac Music (BMI).
Track 20: Published by WB Music Corp. on behalf obo itself and Gravity Coat Music (ASCAP)/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. obo itself and Haymaker Music (BMI).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 5 099750 442227
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): Sony Music S5044222000-0101 13 C4 *
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 and 5): IFPI L553
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 941B
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2,3,4): Sony Music S5044222000-0101 21 D5 *
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2,3,4): IFPI L551
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2 and 5): IFPI 944A
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 947A
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 949C
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): Sony Music S5044222000-0101 13 A8 *
  • Label Code: LC 00199
  • Other (Sticker # (front)): 5044222004

Other Versions (5 of 451) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
EPC 85930, 85930, QE 38112 Michael Jackson Thriller(LP, Album, Gat) Epic, Epic, Epic EPC 85930, 85930, QE 38112 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
82876 84898 2 Michael Jackson Thriller(CD, Album, RE, RM, S/Edition) Epic 82876 84898 2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
EK 66073 Michael Jackson Thriller(CD, Album, RM, S/Edition, Gol) Epic EK 66073 US 2009 Sell This Version
none Michael Jackson Thriller 25(31xFile, FLAC, Album, RM, Sup) Epic, Legacy none 2008
EPC 85930 Michael Jackson Thriller(LP, Album, Gat) Epic EPC 85930 UK & Europe 1982 Sell This Version



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May 18, 2016

'Off The Wall' (1979) was an absolutely explosive album by the genius Michael Jackson. Produced by Quincy Jones, the LP was a blockbuster success on both sides of the Atlantic for the late King of Pop and featured a wealth of hit singles, including the stunning 'Rock With You'.

Expectations were especially high for Jackson's next studio project, which was delivered in 1982. Many cynics suggested that 'Off The Wall' (1979) simply couldn't be bettered. However, the phenomenal success of 'Off The Wall' (1979) was merely mediocre in contrast to 'Thriller' (1982). Again the project was aided by the genius and remarkable production skills of the legendary Quincy Jones. This was Michael Jackson truly in his prime and he could do no wrong. His style was widely emulated but never bettered.

'Thriller' even more than Off The Wall (1979), really conveys Jackson's extraordinary artistic vision showing off his unparalleled talents and shrewd choice of music. Jackson glides through all nine of the original recordings with effortless energy and exuberance, showcasing his highly versatile and rocketing vocal approach that neatly surfboards along the complex and dynamic musical arrangements. These are all literally perfect, flawless disco-pop productions.

The delirious 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'' opens the album on a high with its cool, sparse, slightly claustrophobic production, coated by a jamming, funky vocal from Jackson, his delivery urgent, salacious and breathless. An array of nifty backing harmonies and an electric arrangement containing a wave of synthesizers, pounding percussion, blaring saxophones and slamming drum beats all add to its infectious quality.

'Baby Be Mine', containing undertones of sizzling, pulsating funk, driven by an insistent bass line, is further ignited by Jackson's shimmering vocals. It slows the tempo down from its predecessor, allowing for a smoother R&B arrangement, which, although clearly from the 1980s, still holds up very well today.

Jackson duet's with former Beatle singer Paul McCartney on the vibrant ballad 'The Girl Is Mine'. Both Jackson and McCartney are two such diverse, gifted artists, both among the most revered pop music artists of the twentieth century. They sound perfect together on record with both performances strong and passionate that complements the sweet, lush orchestrations.

The title track 'Thriller' is of course one of Jackson's many landmarks in his musical career. Bubbling with more pure, pulsating funk and swirling, eerie musical arrangements, this track is, without doubt, another classic to Jackson's credit. Jackson embodies his heart and soul into this track and 'Thriller' went on to become another Cross- Atlantic smash hit (and who can forget the video that accompanied it).

Even more compelling musically was the rip-roaring, totally awesome and tough 'Beat It'. From the dazzling, tempo-shifting introduction which brims with electronics, the track leads into a riotously funky affair where Jackson rides along a tidal wave of arrangements consisting of heavy, repetitive drum beats, synthesizers, electric keyboards and a tenor sax solo, not to mention that stunning electric guitar interlude at the bridge of the song. From the shimmering verses to the exalting chorus, 'Beat It' is quite simply another out and out pop classic that possibly, along with 'Billie Jean', stands as the cream of the crop on this album (and indeed his entire recording career).

'Billie Jean' is also THE definitive Michael Jackson classic! Beginning with a hooky groove that is immediately contagious and draws you in, it rapidly pumps out into raw funk that is delivered with an electric and an anguish-filled performance from Jackson of a song depicting a woman who claims the narrator is the father of her child. With undertones of paranoia creeping in, this astounding, timeless classic became a much deserved cross-Atlantic chart topper. Who can ever forget his breathtaking performance of the song on the 'Motown 25' TV concert special.

'Human Nature' is much more lush and exotic with its divine, sweeping instrumental. Though slightly sugary in its content, 'Human Nature' is another instantly memorable recording that is ignited by the smooth vocal approach of Jackson and sits comfortably alongside the hard-driving, raucous selection of tracks.

'P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)' continues in vastly similar vein, holding individual merits of its own, simmering in a soft, fuzzy funk arrangement, whilst things then wind down finishing on a fittingly sophisticated high with the gorgeous, sultry ballad 'The Lady In My Life', quite unlike anything else on the album. Jackson's evocative delivery conveys such style, energy and finesse and proved what a highly adept vocalist he was and shows how adaptable he could be when divulging into varying styles of music.

'Thriller', to date, has sold well over 60,000,000 copies worldwide and remains the biggest selling album in music history. Whatever thoughts and perceptions one might have had on Jackson's rather fragile, odd, child-look demeanour, there's simply no denying that when it came to talent Michael Jackson was/is right there at the top of the list. There will never be another Michael Jackson. He was a genius, his wonderfully-crafted music continuing to be a strong innovator among today's new and upcoming pop stars.

Ian Phillips