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Michael JacksonThriller

Label:Epic – EPC 85930, Epic – 85930, Epic – QE 38112
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold
Country:Europe
Released:
Genre:Funk / Soul, Pop
Style:Disco

Tracklist

A1Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
Arranged By [Horn Arrangement]Jerry Hey, Michael Jackson
Arranged By [Rhythm Arrangement]Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones
Arranged By [Vocal Arrangement]Michael Jackson
BassLouis Johnson
Co-producerMichael Jackson
Electric Piano [Rhodes], SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Performer [Bathroom Stomp Board]Michael Jackson, Nelson Hayes, Steven Ray (2)
Saxophone, FluteLarry Williams
Trumpet, FlugelhornGary Grant, Jerry Hey
Written-ByMichael Jackson
6:02
A2Baby Be Mine
Arranged By [Horn Arrangement]Jerry Hey
Arranged By [Vocal, Rhythm And Synthesizer Arrangement]Rod Temperton
DrumsNdugu Chancler*
Keyboards, SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
Programmed By [Synthesizer Programming]Anthony Marinelli, Brian Banks, Steve Porcaro
Saxophone, FluteLarry Williams
Trumpet, FlugelhornGary Grant, Jerry Hey
Written-ByRod Temperton
4:20
A3The Girl Is Mine
Arranged By [Rhythm Arrangement]David Paich, Quincy Jones
Arranged By [Strings], Conductor [Strings]Jerry Hey
Arranged By [Synthesizer Arrangement]David Foster
Arranged By [Vocal Arrangement]Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones
BassLouis Johnson
ConcertmasterJerry Vinci*
DrumsJeff Porcaro
Electric Piano [Rhodes]Greg Phillinganes
PianoDavid Paich
Programmed By [Synthesizer Programming]Steve Porcaro
SynthesizerDavid Foster
Vocals [With]Paul McCartney
Written-ByMichael Jackson
3:42
A4Thriller
Arranged By [Horn Arrangement]Jerry Hey
Arranged By [Vocal, Rhythm And Synthesizer Arrangement]Rod Temperton
Featuring, RapVincent Price (2)
Programmed By [Synthesizer Programming]Anthony Marinelli
Saxophone, FluteLarry Williams
Trumpet, FlugelhornGary Grant, Jerry Hey
Vocals [Lyrics Sung By]Michael Jackson
Written-ByRod Temperton
5:57
B1Beat It
Arranged By [Rhythm Arrangement]Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones
Arranged By [Vocal Arrangement]Michael Jackson
Co-producerMichael Jackson
DrumsJeff Porcaro
Electric Piano [Rhodes], SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
Featuring, Soloist, GuitarEddie Van Halen
GuitarPaul Jackson*
Guitar, Electric BassSteve Lukather
KeyboardsBill Wolfer
Percussion [Drum Case Beater]Michael Jackson
Recorded By [Guitar Solo]Don Landee*
Synthesizer [Synclavier]Tom Bahler
Synthesizer [Synergy]Greg Smith
Synthesizer, Programmed By [Synthesizer Programming]Steve Porcaro
Written-ByMichael Jackson
4:17
B2Billie Jean
Arranged By [String Arrangement]Jerry Hey
Arranged By [Vocal, Rhythm And Synthesizer Arrangement]Michael Jackson
BassLouis Johnson
Co-producerMichael Jackson
Conductor [Strings]Jeremy Lubbock
DrumsNdugu Chancler*
Electric Piano [Rhodes], SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
GuitarDean Parks
Sampler [Emulator]Michael Boddicker
SynthesizerGreg Smith
Synthesizer, Programmed By [Synthesizer Programming]Bill Wolfer
Written-ByMichael Jackson
4:57
B3Human Nature
DrumsJeff Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Sampler [Emulator]Michael Boddicker
SynthesizerDavid Paich
Synthesizer, Programmed By [Synthesizer Programming]Steve Porcaro
Written-ByJohn Bettis, Steve Porcaro
4:05
B4P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Arranged ByJames Ingram, Quincy Jones
Backing Vocals [Additional]Howard Hewett, James Ingram
Backing Vocals [P.Y.T.'s]Becky Lopez, Bunny Hull, Janet Jackson, LaToya Jackson*
DrumsNdugu Chancler*
Electric BassLouis Johnson
GuitarPaul Jackson*
Keyboards [Portasound Keyboard]James Ingram
Synthesizer, Programmed By [Synthesizer Programming]Greg Phillinganes
Vocoder, Sampler [Emulator]Michael Boddicker
Written-ByJames Ingram, Quincy Jones
3:58
B5The Lady In My Life
Arranged ByRod Temperton
BassLouis Johnson
DrumsJeff Porcaro
Electric Piano [Rhodes]Greg Phillinganes
GuitarPaul Jackson*
Sampler [Emulator]Michael Boddicker
SynthesizerDavid Paich, Steve Porcaro
Written-ByRod Temperton
4:57
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Notes

Not to be confused with the version Michael Jackson - Thriller that was not distributed to France.

This release includes a one sided colour insert with promotional information about Michael Jackson's and The Jacksons' previous albums released on Epic.

℗ 1982 CBS Inc./© 1982 CBS Inc./EPIC & EPIC (Logo) are Trademarks of CBS Inc./
Made In Holland/Distribué en France par CBS Disques

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

This album is lovingly dedicated to Katherine Jackson

Quincy Jones and James Ingram appear courtesy of Qwest Records
David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Jeff Porcaro and Steve Lukather appear courtesy of CBS Records
Louis Johnson and Janet Jackson appear courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
Greg Phillinganes appears courtesy of Planet Records
Paulinho da Costa appears courtesy of Pablo Records, Inc.
Eddie Van Halen appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Howard Hewett appears courtesy of Solar Records
Bill Wolfer appears courtesy of Constellation Records
Michael Boddicker appears courtesy of Boddifications
Paul McCartney appears courtesy of EMI Records

Labels:
SIDE 1: 33⅓ RPM | STEREO | EPC 85930-1 | AL 38112 | (QE 38112)
SIDE 2: 33⅓ RPM | STEREO | EPC 85930-2 | BL 38112 | (QE 38112)

Catalog numbers:
EPC 85930: Spine & labels
85930: Back cover, gatefold, inner & sticker
QE 38112: Labels (US catalog number)

Publishing (inner sleeve):
A1: ©1982 Mijac Music (BMI) Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
A2: ©1982 Rodsongs (PRS) Administered by Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP) in the U.S. and Canada; In the remaining territories by Rondor Music (London) Ltd. (PRS)
A3: ©1982 Mijac Music (BMI) Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
A4: ©1982 Rodsongs (PRS) Administered by Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP) in the U.S. and Canada; In the remaining territories by Rondor Music (London) Ltd. (PRS)
B1: ©1982 Mijac Music (BMI) Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
B2: ©1982 Mijac Music (BMI) Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
B3: ©1982 Porcara Music and John Bettis Music (ASCAP) John Bettis Music administered by WB Music Corp.
B4: ©1982 Eiseman Music Co., Inc., Hen-Al Music, Kings Road Music (BMI) and YellowBrick Road Music (ASCAP)
B5: ©1982 Rodsongs (PRS) Administered by Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP) in the U.S. and Canada; In the remaining territories by Rondor Music (London) Ltd. (PRS)

Publishing (labels):
A1: Mijac Music Admin. by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
A2: Rodsongs Admin. by Almo Music Corp.
A3: Mijac Music Admin. by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
A4: Rodsongs Admin. by Almo Music Corp.
B1: Mijac Music Admin. by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
B2: Mijac Music Admin. by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
B3: Porcara Music/John Bettis Music Admin. by WB Music Corp.
B4: Nissman Music Co., Inc./Han-Al Music/Kings Road Music/Yellow Brick Road Music [Nissman is a typo of Eiseman]
B5: Rodsongs Admin. by Almo Music Corp.

Intro durations (on labels):
A1 - :24
A2 - :20
A3 - :12
A4 - :15
B1 - :38
B2 - :29
B3 - :10
B4 - :02
B5 - :20
Issued with inner sleeve printed with lyrics & drawing

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Label Code (Cover): LC 0199
  • Label Code (Labels): LC-0199
  • Price Code: CB 281
  • Price Code: 58
  • Rights Society: BIEM/STEMRA
  • Rights Society (Publishing): BMI
  • Rights Society (Publishing): ASCAP
  • Rights Society (Publishing): PRS
  • Other (Manufacturing code, insert & back cover, bottom left): 01-85930-20
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Other Versions (5 of 613)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Thriller (LP, Album, Stereo)Epic, Epic144776, 144.776Brazil1982
Thriller (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold )EpicELPS 4328Australia1982
Thriller (LP, Album, Stereo, Carrollton Pressing, With Co-Producer Credits)EpicQE 38112US1982
Thriller (LP, Album, Gatefold)Epic25·3P-399Japan1982
Thriller (LP, Album, Picture Disc)Epic28・3P-455Japan1982

Reviews

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gary-fixter
This album is awesome ! Love this music ! amaizing
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franckfranck
Edited 2 years ago
Does someone know when the code bar appeared on that album? I've just seen a record sold as a first pressing with the code bar on it.
Thanks!
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bintoki
Arrived pretty quickly and the casing was well kept looked almost like it was the first time I got it. But there were a few skips when I played it which was kind of annoying.
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TimzUneeverse
Sweet! Yesterday was the 35th anniversary of this gorgeous album.
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OGTapes147
I mean talk about classic. I am a hip hop fan but this was kinda a part of hip hop as samples were used etc.
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bg365247
I have the "co-produced" vinyl QE-38112 but mine has P PAL38112-2DF and P PAL38112-2DB in the etched matrix. Is this version listed?
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waengstroem
Ever noticed that Toto is mainly the backing band on the entire album? A shame they never got the credit they deserved, I mean Toto's keyboard player wrote "Human Nature"... Food for thought.
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Siberian_Husky
Edited 5 years ago
By the year 1982, the American singer Michael Jackson had fulfilled one of his most desired aims: the beginning of a promising solo career, with the unprecedented success of his fifth album (the first with Epic Records), 'Off the Wall'. However, there was something connected to that era that had greatly disappointed him. Despite the high number of sales, the two number ones collected on Billboard charts and his emerging stardom as a superstar, he believed to be worthy of a greater number of awards (especially the Grammy ones) because only scored one for the song Don't Stop 'Til Tou Get Enough, in 1980. Distressed and somewhat annoyed by the lack of recognition of his work by critics (in fact, Rolling Stone magazine declined to give an exclusive interview about his album, claiming that a black artist was not salable to the public) to which Michael responded to that refusal with the following statement: "I've been told over and over that black people on the cover of magazines doesn't sell copies... Just wait. Someday those magazines are going to be begging me for an interview. Maybe I'll give them one, and maybe I won't.". Anyway, Jackson felt 'Off the Wall' should have made a much bigger impact, and was determined to exceed expectations with his next release: 'Thriller'.

'Thriller', the sixth studio album in MJ's solo career, was recorded between April and November 1982, being finally released on 8 November of the same year. That was the second collaboration between Michael Jackson and his producer Quincy Jones and at that time began to turn up certain disagreements among them, as a product, perhaps, of the enormous pressure to overcome the previous milestone. For instance, Quincy did not consider Billie Jean good enough (!?) to be included in the album -anecdotally, noting that he wanted to put it Not My Lover as a title-, and he believed that the opening of the song was too long. In addition, Quincy complained that Michael used to spend too much time in preparing the choreographies for each track on his own. The passing of time has fully proved that Michael was completely right in his personal bet. Although Quincy was convinced that the new material did not have any opportunity to surpass the achievement of 'Off the Wall' -because he thought that the music industry was in crisis-, all negative expectations around 'Thriller' were dashed, becoming this album, thanks to the superb work of Quincy and Michael, the best selling of all time (a privilege that still retains), selling among 50-60 million records in the world, reaching the hundred -depending on different estimates-. It is also the most sold in the United States, in tough battle with Eagles' 'Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)'. Another world record in possession of 'Thriller' lies in having remained at number one on the charts for two consecutive years (1983 and 1984, respectively), a feat never emulated to date.

And, certainly, this unanimous acclaim is clearly justified. Going back to the review, nine songs were inserted on the album, being -all of them- practically characterized to reach the perfection down to the smallest detail and accuracy. Pop, R&B, post-disco -it is said that 'Thriller' killed disco music-, rock and funk were used for the occasion. Seven of the nine tracks were singles, being the most notable Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' -#5, the first time that Michael talked about paranoia issues -such as the invasion of privacy by tabloids- (one of his main skills and where, evidently, he was used to giving always the best of himself with remarkable originality and mastery); The Girl Is Mine -#2, a beautiful story of interracial love with Paul McCartney, in which both were vying for the loved girl; Billie Jean -fourth Michael's #1, being, surely, the best song of the 80's and the most emblematic and iconic theme in Jackson's discography, where we could see Michael doing his first 'Moonwalk' to public view in 1983, shining brightly while he was taking part of TV special show 'Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever'-; Beat It -fifth Jackson's #1, becoming his first rock track, with the participation of the famous guitarist Eddie Van Halen, making 'Michaelmania' through MTV possible all around the world-; Thriller - #4, the most popular short film of music history, with the catchy rap, courtesy of Rod Temperton-; Human Nature -#7, very touching and moving as well, with the assistance of Toto in lyrics- and PYT (Pretty Young Thing) -#10, with his sisters Latoya and Janet in the choirs-. I must mention, apart from the others, Baby Be Mine and The Lady in My Life -where we discover a romantic Michael interpreting the song with a magnificent sensuality and intensity almost never seen formerly by him-.

Definitely, another sublime piece to be added to Michael Jackson's solo career and his most recognized work worldwide, even admitted by his critics, that changed music standards forever. I rate this album with five out of five stars (5/5), and for each track:

-Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' -M. Jackson-: 9/10.
-Baby Be Mine -R. Temperton-: 7/10.
-The Girl Is Mine -M. Jackson-: 8/10.
-Thriller -R. Temperton-: 10/10.
-Beat It -M. Jackson-: 10/10.
-Billie Jean -M. Jackson-: 10/10.
-Human Nature -J. Bettis; S. Porcaro-: 10/10.
-PYT (Pretty Young Thing) -J. Ingram; Q. Jones-: 7/10.
-The Lady in My Life -R. Temperton-: 8/10.

Thriler (GLOBAL AVERAGE): 8.78/10.

The best:
a) 'Thriller' followed in the footsteps of 'Off the Wall', improving its advantages even further. 'Thriller''s up-tempo tracks were more addictive and down-tempo ones were much more inspiring.
b) Michael Jackson was in a state of grace, at his peak, a golden era that lasted for fifteen years (aproximately), from 1978 to 1993.
c) Here the reign of the King of Pop began to take shape.
d) The best selling album of all time (even today!).
e) Seven Grammy Awards in one night -a record never beat to date, until that Carlos Santana emulated him, in 2000, with 'Supernatural'- (the eighth was given as a result of Michael's involvement in E.T.'s soundrack).
f) Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean, Human Nature. Each song was intended for all audiences!

The worst:
a) The media and personal pressure the global success of 'Thriller' caused to Michael -with all-known consequences that they provoked to Michael's later life-.

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Apeman
Seeing as it's the greatest selling Pop album of all time, and since MJ is coming to London to perform his final gigs soon, I thought of reviewing this (almost) great record, featuring some of pop's greatest masterpieces.

The album begins fantastically with "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", which is such an awesome track, same goes to "Baby Be Mine".

Unfortinatley, there is the utterly terrible (No Offence) "The Girl is Mine", which is just cheesy to the core. While Paul McCartney (one of my favourite musicians) and Michael Jackson (Another favourite musician) together looks good on paper, but when you hear them together (Shudder!). The spoken bit at the end is just horrible :(

Luckily, that piece of rubbish is turned 360%, and the album's title track comes in, and it is just one of the greatest pop tracks of all time, not to mention it's amazing music video, where MJ turns into a wolf. Billie Jean and Beat It have to be the quintessential straight up pop songs, and they still get played to this day (remember the Moonwalk!).

The last three tracks are decent, and PYT also has a cameo from a young Janet Jackson too, and the album ends on a strong note.

With the exception of "The Girl Is Mine", i'd give this album and A!