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Tracklist

HIStory Begins
Michael JacksonBillie Jean4:54
Michael JacksonThe Way You Make Me Feel4:58
Michael JacksonBlack Or White4:16
Michael JacksonRock With You3:41
Michael JacksonShe's Out Of My Life3:38
Michael JacksonBad4:07
Michael Jackson & Siedah GarrettI Just Can't Stop Loving You4:12
Michael JacksonMan In The Mirror5:20
Michael JacksonThriller5:58
Michael JacksonBeat It4:19
Michael Jackson & Paul McCartneyThe Girl Is Mine3:42
Michael JacksonRemember The Time3:59
Michael JacksonDon't Stop 'Til You Get Enough6:05
Michael JacksonWanna Be Startin' Somethin'6:04
Michael JacksonHeal The World6:25
HIStory Continues
Michael Jackson & Janet JacksonScream4:39
Michael JacksonThey Don't Care About Us4:44
Michael JacksonStranger In Moscow5:44
Michael JacksonThis Time Around4:21
Michael JacksonEarth Song6:46
Michael JacksonD.S.4:50
Michael JacksonMoney4:42
Michael JacksonCome Together4:02
Michael JacksonYou Are Not Alone5:46
Michael JacksonChildhood (Theme From "Free Willy 2")4:27
Michael JacksonTabloid Junkie4:33
Michael Jackson2 Bad4:50
Michael JacksonHIStory6:35
Michael JacksonLittle Susie6:14
Michael JacksonSmile4:56

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Notes

"HIStory - Past, Present And Future - Book I" was Michael Jackson's 9th studio album and first published in June 1995. It also included the first officially-called greatest hits compilation on Epic Records. It sold over 40 million copies worldwide and was therefore commercially less successful than his predecessor "Dangerous".

Source of Tracks (HIStory Begins):
- Off The Wall [Tracks 4, 5 & 13]
- Thriller [Tracks 1, 9, 10, 11 & 14]
- Bad [Tracks 2, 6, 7 and 8]
- Dangerous [Tracks 3, 12 & 15]

Singles from the Album: (HIStory Continues):
[Main]
- Scream / Childhood/Childhood
- They Don't Care About Us
- Stranger In Moscow
- Earth Song
- You Are Not Alone
[Miscellaneous]
- This Time Around (Promo-Only)
- Smile (Recalled)

HIStory Begins and HIStory Continues were also released separately.

Reissues of HIStory feature a number of changes when compared to the original 1995 release:
⇒ "Scream" – The future releases of the album censor some parts of the chorus as it features Michael and Janet cursing.
⇒ "They Don't Care About Us" – As this song became controversial for its lyrics containing slurs for Jewish people, like "Scream" those parts were censored.
⇒ "HIStory" omits its original intro and was replaced with a new intro similar to the original.
⇒ "Come Together" is shortened in the album release, but the original full version was released in 1992, included on the "Remember The Time" single.
⇒ "Smile" went through few changes on the album. It was released with the original mix, then reissued with the single edit, which only has a few instrumentation changes. On later reissues it was shorter than the single edit, but had the same instrumentation. Other reissues feature the original release mix.

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    • mkcollector's avatar
      mkcollector
      Funny all the ridiculous prices that are being asked on this one, since it’s not rare at all. There are 33 copies for sale!
      • mkcollector's avatar
        mkcollector
        Very dynamic sound, i’d give it 5 stars if it wasn’t for the lots of pops and background noise in the entire album.
        • ktnrecs's avatar
          ktnrecs
          Edited one month ago
          Some copies came with golden discs made in Brazil. Impossible to know wich is the first issue. No way to identify with sealed copies.
          • isaacmusicman's avatar
            isaacmusicman
            Edited one month ago
            Album Revolution #5: I have an confession to make...When "HIStory - Past, Present And Future - Book I" first came out, I wasn't really a fan...In fact, when I reviewed it about 15 years ago, I gave it a horrible review....I mean horrible!!!! I have come a long way since then....Don't get me wrong, there is filler, but I will get to that later...It was smart to have sort of a hits part with "HIStory Begins"....It has all the classics....I would have included songs like "I Can't help It" and "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), but that's neither here or there...Now, getting to the "HIStory Continues" part...It starts off with the mega hit in "Scream", with the ultimate collaboration with super duper, super duper superstar and baby sister "Janet".....She brought her tried and true producers in "Terry Lewis" & "Jimmy Jam", to get with Mike....It work!!!! In fact he would work with the "Flight Tyme" brothers on other songs like "2 Bad" and the title track...They should have done more in my opinion!!!!! The next single was the R. Kelly produced "You Are Not Alone"....Now I know how people feel about R. Kelly these days (trust me I get it!!!), but at least right here, this song was tailor made for Mike....The next 4 songs I use to dog, but now, not only do I get them, I totally rock them!!!! "They Don't Care About Us", not only makes you get down with it's outstanding drums, but the subject matter on how mankind is getting screwed over and over again was perfect...."Stranger In Moscow" has a haunting melody....It may sound a little spooky, but you can't ignore it...."Earth Song" also has a haunting melody as well with well thought out lyrics.....The next one was obvious in "Childhood"....That one right there is where everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE, should have paid attention to in dealing with his legal issues....There are a couple other songs worth mentioning as well..."This Time Around" featuring "The Notorious B.I.G. is a hyped up joint that's is light and fun...D.S. is a song where it sounds like Mike has had enough!!!! Now, I may make some people mad at me with what I am about to say, but "Smile"....Man!!!! I am sorry!!!! I can't stand this song!!!! I think this is the main reason why I wrote the bad review 15 years ago...I guess I get the concept, but to me it was just terrible!!!! I'm sorry guys!!!! All in all though, I am glad that I adjusted my thinking on this album....It deserves it, because Mike was going through way too much in his life at that time, and he chose this album to get it all out!!!!!!
            • Domin_stax's avatar
              Domin_stax
              When a new reissue of this LP? A few years ago they launched a picture but not everyone likes it.
              • kyle12ellis's avatar
                kyle12ellis
                That second disc, man... probably one of my all time favorite MJ albums. It's incredibly dark overall and really reflects the deep turmoil he was being put through at the time. Songs like "Scream", "This Time Around" and "D.S." were some of the rawest, angriest material he's ever put out (on this album at least, "Morphine" from Blood on the Dance Floor was a great example of this too) and I respect him for that. I feel like these kinds of songs expressed a very emotional side of Michael that had never been seen before. Of course, there's also some other great tracks on here like his incredible cover of the Beatles "Come Together" which he performed at the end of the Moonwalker short film. The title track is a masterpiece and I love the mellow, somber atmosphere that "Stranger in Moscow" provokes. Michael Jackson was and always will be an array of genius, talent, and authenticity, both in his music and personality.
                • argo-brody's avatar
                  argo-brody
                  Does this 1995 pressing / box set have the uncensored TDCAU?
                  • Hunterjohnsongs's avatar
                    I’m looking just to purchase disc 1. If anyone has one or wants to part with disc one please hit me up
                    • .titanism.'s avatar
                      .titanism.
                      Mastering is cool and picture disc is very aesthetic, but god it sounds noisy. This music deserves better.
                      • SlammedZero's avatar
                        SlammedZero
                        I have to say my copy of this album doesn't sound that bad. I have a little bit of crackling, but honestly, not too much that it would really bother me. The picture albums themselves look fantastic. I ultimately bough this album to frame, so I'm not overly concerned with sound quality, but if I ever felt the need to listen to it I wouldn't be annoyed about it.

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