Michael Jackson ‎– Thriller

Epic ‎– CDEPC 85930
CD, Album, Reissue

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1 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
Arranged By [Horn Arrangement] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Rhyth Arrangement] – Quincy JonesBacking Vocals – Becky Lopez, Bunny Hull, James Ingram, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Michael Jackson, Oren WatersBass – Louis JohnsonCo-producer, Arranged By [Horns, Vocal, Rhythm] – Michael JacksonElectric Piano [Rhodes] – Greg PhillinganesFlugelhorn [Flügelhorn] – Gary Grant, Jerry HeyFlute – Larry WilliamsGuitar – David Williams (4)Other [Bathroom Stomp Board] – Michael Jackson, Nelson Hayes, Steven RayPercussion – Paulinho Da CostaSaxophone – Larry WilliamsSynthesizer – Bill Wolfer, Greg Phillinganes, Michael BoddickerTrombone – Bill Reichenbach (2)Trumpet – Gary Grant, Jerry Hey
2 Baby Be Mine
Arranged By [Horn] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Vocal, Rhythm And Synthesizer] – Rod TempertonArranged By [Vocals, Rhythm, Synthesizer] – Rod TempertonDrums – Ndugu Chancler*Flugelhorn [Flügelhorn] – Gary Grant, Jerry HeyFlute – Larry WilliamsGuitar – David Williams (4)Keyboards, Synthesizer – Greg PhillinganesProgrammed By [Synthesizer] – Anthony Marinelli, Brian Banks, Steve PorcaroSaxophone – Larry WilliamsSynthesizer – David Paich, Michael BoddickerTrombone – Bill Reichenbach (2)Trumpet – Gary Grant, Jerry Hey
3 The Girl Is Mine
Arranged By [Rhythm] – David PaichArranged By [Strings], Conductor [Strings] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Synthesizer] – David FosterArranged By [Vocals] – Michael JacksonArranged By [Vocals], Arranged By [Rhythm] – Quincy JonesBass – Louis JohnsonConcertmaster – Jerry Vinci*Drums – Jeff PorcaroElectric Piano [Rhodes] – Greg PhillinganesFeaturing – Paul McCartneyGuitar – Dean Parks, Steve LukatherPiano – David PaichProgrammed By [Synthesizer] – Steve PorcaroSynthesizer – David Foster
4 Thriller
Arranged By [Horn] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Vocals, Rhythm, Synthesizer] – Rod TempertonFeaturing [Rap] – Vincent Price (2)Flugelhorn [Flügelhorn] – Gary Grant, Jerry HeyFlute – Larry WilliamsGuitar – David Williams (4)Other [Effects] – Bruce Cannon, Bruce SwedienOther [Synthesizer Programming] – Anthony MarinelliSaxophone – Larry WilliamsSynthesizer – Brian Banks, Greg Phillinganes, Rod TempertonTrombone – Bill Reichenbach (2)Trumpet – Gary Grant, Jerry Hey
5 Beat It
Arranged By [Rhythm] – Quincy JonesDrums – Jeff PorcaroElectric Piano [Rhodes] – Greg PhillinganesGuitar – Paul Jackson*Guitar, Bass [Electric] – Steve LukatherKeyboards – Bill WolferOther [Drum Case Beater], Arranged By [Vocal, Rhythm] – Michael JacksonOther [Synclavier] – Tom BahlerOther [Synergy] – Greg SmithPercussion [Drum Case Beater] – Michael JacksonSoloist [Guitar Solo] – Eddie Van HalenSynthesizer – Greg PhillinganesSynthesizer, Programmed By [Synthesizer] – Steve Porcaro
6 Billie Jean
Arranged By [Strings] – Jerry HeyArranged By [Synthesizer, Vocal, Rhythm] – Michael JacksonBass – Louis JohnsonCo-producer – Michael JacksonConductor [Strings] – Jeremy LubbockDrums – Ndugu Chancler*Electric Piano [Rhodes] – Greg PhillinganesGuitar – Dean ParksOther [Emulator] – Michael BoddickerSynthesizer – Greg Phillinganes, Greg SmithSynthesizer, Programmed By [Synthesizer] – Bill Wolfer
7 Human Nature
Arranged By – David Paich, Steve Lukather, Steve PorcaroDrums – Jeff PorcaroGuitar – Steve LukatherOther [Emulator] – Michael BoddickerPercussion – Paulinho Da CostaSynthesizer – David PaichSynthesizer, Programmed By [Synthesizer] – Steve Porcaro
8 P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Arranged By, Written By – James Ingram, Quincy JonesBacking Vocals – Howard HewettBacking Vocals, Keyboards [Portasound Keyboard] – James IngramBass [Electric] – Louis JohnsonDrums – Ndugu Chancler*Guitar – Paul Jackson*Handclaps – Greg Phillinganes, James Ingram, Louis Johnson, Michael Jackson, Steven Ray (2)Keyboards [Portasound] – James IngramOther [P.y.t.'s] – Becky Lopez, Bunny Hull, Janet Jackson, La Toya JacksonSynthesizer, Programmed By [Synthesizer] – Greg PhillinganesVocoder, Other [Emulator] – Michael Boddicker
9 The Lady In My Life
Bass – Louis JohnsonDrums – Jeff PorcaroElectric Piano [Rhodes] – Greg PhillinganesGuitar – Paul Jackson*Other [Emulator] – Michael BoddickerSynthesizer – David Paich, Steve Porcaro



This album is lovingly dedicated to Katherine Jackson.

Original album released in 1982.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 099708 593025
  • Label Code: LC 00199
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): S0108593010-0101 95
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): Sony Music S0108593010-0101 95 A00
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 & 6): Sony Music S0108593010-0101 44 A04
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): Sony Music S0108593010-0101 44 A10
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): Sony Music S0108593010-0101 44 A08
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1,2): IFPI L555
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3 & 6): IFPI L544
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 4 & 5): IFPI L554
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 94Z5
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 945T
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 944R
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 6): IFPI 94K6
  • Matrix / Runout (Inlay / booklet): 01-085930-10
  • Price Code: CB 811
  • Other: CDC

Other Versions (5 of 455) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
QE 38112 Michael Jackson Thriller(LP, Album, Pit) Epic QE 38112 US 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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July 18, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
You can call it pop,synth-pop or disco. Eventhough disco had it days in
the end of the 70's this can be called disco. Compared with "Off The Wall" from 1979,
Thriller has less percussions and more synthesizers. Nice FM-sounds blended with Jacksons
incredible voice gave him worldwide fame. In my opinion this is the best pop-album ever
released by any artist. The bassline in the song "Thriller" is simply mindblowing.

The music-video Thriller (the tune) started a new era in the industry. It was more or less a beginning of a new market.


January 14, 2005
edited over 14 years ago

OK --- all the tabloid crap and rumours of the Elephant Man being stowed away somewhere on Neverland Ranch aside, this is one of a handful albums from which every track (singles and album-tracks) got heavy rotation on mainstream radio and every single went top 10 if not top 5 or higher. Aside from sister Janet's "Rhythm Nation 1814", Prince & The Revolution's "Purple Rain," U2's "The Joshua Tree," the soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever" and Whitney Houston's debut album plus probably a couple others I'm forgetting, there really aren't that many. (I'm excluding here, of course, Greatest Hits albums and the album-oriented-rock genre/style of the late 60's/70's/mid 80's - i.e. anything by Pink Floyd, Boston, etc.) Madonna didn't even produce an album that could boast a track record like that for any of her albums... even "Like A Virgin" had a few album tracks you never heard on radio.

Not an incredible feat? Consider the music world at the time Jackson released “Thriller.” Disco was supposedly dead, and album oriented rock ruled the airwaves. MTV had just become the new wave (no pun intended) in the music industry yet boasted (purposefully or not) a then whites-only video line-up. Jackson, along with a handful of other 'non-white' artists of the day (the initial five – Jackson, Prince, the Pointer Sisters, Tina Turner, and Lionel Richie), along with the firm backing of the then giant music labels (Epic/CBS/Columbia, RCA and Warner Bros.) all enjoyed incredible success in the new medium with each artist’s album ultimately selling a minimum of five million copies apiece.

But Michael took it a step further - four steps further, actually - and pulled out of his hat a ‘little’ 20+ million selling album called “Thriller”. Sure, Jackson’s career is nowhere where it was back in the early 80's, but would anyone have really expected any of the aforementioned initial five to last that long? Regardless, with “Thriller” being probably the most incredible achievement in music history given how easily it could have flopped and given the importance it played in changing the face of pop music from thereon out, Mr. Jackson will always have my respect ... regardless what the tabloids or the next episode of "Celebrity Justice" may try and shove in our face for the sake of increased newspaper sales or better Nielsens.