Michael JacksonThriller

Label:Epic – 25・3P-399, Epic/Sony – 25・3P-399
Vinyl, LP, Album, Repress, Gatefold
Genre:Electronic, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style:Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Synth-pop


A1Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
Arranged ByJerry Hey, Quincy Jones
BassLouis Johnson
Co-producer, Arranged By, Backing Vocals, OtherMichael Jackson
Electric Piano, SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
Flute, SaxophoneLarry Williams
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Trumpet, FlugelhornGary Grant, Jerry Hey
Written-ByM. Jackson*
A2Baby Be Mine
Arranged ByRod Temperton
Arranged By, Trumpet, FlugelhornJerry Hey
DrumsNgudu Chancler*
Flute, SaxophoneLarry Williams
Keyboards, SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
Trumpet, FlugelhornGary Grant
Written-ByR. Temperton*
A3The Girl Is Mine
Arranged ByMichael Jackson, Quincy Jones
Arranged By, ConductorJerry Hey
Arranged By, PianoDavid Paich
Arranged By, SynthesizerDavid Foster
BassLouis Johnson
ConcertmasterJerry Vinci*
DrumsJeff Porcaro
Electric PianoGreg Phillinganes
Featuring [With]Paul McCartney
Programmed BySteve Porcaro
Written-ByM. Jackson*
Arranged By, Trumpet, FlugelhornJerry Hey
Flute, SaxophoneLarry Williams
Programmed ByAnthony Marinelli
Trumpet, FlugelhornGary Grant
Written-By, Arranged By, SynthesizerRod Temperton
B1Beat It
Arranged ByQuincy Jones
Arranged By, Co-producer, OtherMichael Jackson
DrumsJeff Porcaro
Electric Bass, GuitarSteve Lukather
Electric Piano, SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
GuitarPaul Jackson*
Guitar [Solo]Eddie Van Halen
KeyboardsBill Wolfer
Programmed By, SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
Recorded By [Guitar Solo]Don Landee*
Written-ByM. Jackson*
B2Billie Jean
Arranged ByJerry Hey
BassLouis Johnson
Co-producer, Arranged ByMichael Jackson
ComputerMichael Boddicker
ConductorJeremy Lubbock
DrumsNgudu Chancler*
Electric Piano, SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
GuitarDean Parks
SynthesizerGreg Smith
Synthesizer, Programmed ByBill Wolfer
Written-ByM. Jackson*
B3Human Nature
Arranged By, GuitarSteve Lukather
Arranged By, Programmed By, SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
Arranged By, SynthesizerDavid Paich
ComputerMichael Boddicker
DrumsJeff Porcaro
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Written-ByJ. Bettis*, S. Porcaro*
B4P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Arranged ByQuincy Jones
Arranged By, Keyboards, Handclaps, Backing VocalsJames Ingram
Computer, VocoderMichael Boddicker
DrumsNgudu Chancler*
Electric Bass, HandclapsLouis Johnson
GuitarPaul Jackson*
Synthesizer, Programmed ByGreg Phillinganes
Written-ByJ. Ingram*, Q. Jones*
B5The Lady In My Life
Arranged ByRod Temperton
BassLouis Johnson
ComputerMichael Boddicker
DrumsJeff Porcaro
Electric PianoGreg Phillinganes
GuitarPaul Jackson*
SynthesizerDavid Paich
Written-ByR. Temperton*

Companies, etc.



WITH co-production credit for MJ on rear of sleeve (see here for version without the co-production credit: Thriller = スリラー)

Issued with obi in gatefold sleeve with 2 inserts: a glossy 10-page fold out booklet + single-page double-sided black and white Japanese information sheet. Last 4 pages of the 10-page booklet fold out into a double-sided poster of MJ (standing in purple tracksuit/reclining in white suit with tiger cub).

Blue obi features a gold star and black box; the gold star advertises "The Girl is Mine", "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" as being 3 major hit singles, thus indicating a repress.

℗&©1982 CBS, Inc.
Manufactured by Epic/Sony Inc., Tokyo, Japan

Recorded and mixed using the Acusonic Recording Process. Recorded at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA.
Additional sound sources recorded at Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA.

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.
Edie 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

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: JASRAC
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: PRS
  • Price Code (List price): ¥2,500
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1 ): 25-3P-399A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): 25-3P-399B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): 25-3P-399A2 〄CS 1 A I2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): 25-3P-399B2 1 B 37
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 3): 25-3P-399 A1 1 A 95 SↃ 〄
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 3): 25-3P-399 B1 1 B 50
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 4): 25-3P-399 A1 1 A 105 SↃ 〄
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 4): 25-3P-399 B1 1 B 64
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 5): 25-3P-399A1 1 A 79 〄CS
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 5): 25-3P-399B2 1 B 16
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 6): 25-3P-399A2 〄CS 1 A 2 +
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 6): 25-3P-399B2 1 B 29
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 7): 25-3P-399A1 〄CS 1 A 41
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 7): 25-3P-399B1 1 B 27
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 8): 25-3P-399 A2 〄CS F 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 8): 25-3P-399 B2 1 G 5

Other Versions (5 of 744)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Thriller (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)Epic, Epic, EpicEPC 85930, 85930, QE 38112Europe1982
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Thriller (LP, Album, Stereo)Epic, Epic144776, 144.776Brazil1982
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Thriller (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)EpicELPS 4328Australia1982
Recently Edited
Thriller (LP, Album, Stereo, Carrollton Pressing, With Co-Producer Credits)EpicQE 38112US1982
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Thriller (LP, Album, Picture Disc)Epic28・3P-455Japan1982



  • psicofante's avatar
    My copy includes a third insert with stickers from the album Victory by the Jackson 5.
    • brussels75's avatar
      Edited 3 months ago
      I can only second the euphoric reviews. The pressing quality is top notch, the vinyl itself plays as silent as a CD. However, it is cut quite hot, high range is a bit more aggressive here than on other e.g. European versions.
      • mosariot's avatar
        Edited 5 months ago
        Absolutely and undoubtedly five stars for this release. Awesome sound - just the right one (soft and tight), thick gatefold, cool additional materials.
        Dead quiet surface.
        • alexcoles's avatar
          Phenomenal! What a fantastic sounding record. Such dynamics, so much punch. Not the biggest MJ fan, but this pressing sounds AMAZING! Would be very interested to know how this compares to the UHQR.
          • gigglerump's avatar
            I impulse-bought this during a recent trip to Japan and can confirm the many good reviews here. I also have a 1982 US pressing and while this Japanese press doesn't blow it out of the water, it is noticeably better, even to my layman's ears. I think the dead silent vinyl contributes a lot towards that. I already loved Thriller, but this pressing makes me want to spin it even more than usual, just because the sound quality is that good.
            • mojorisin577's avatar
              Edited 10 months ago
              What can i say...must have! Great dynamics, balanced, powerful stereo stage! The vinyl is silent, just the usual japanese high pressing quality!
              • martinrockis's avatar
                Want Thriller? This is the pressing to get!
                Record is like you would expect from a Japanese pressing - sounds gorgeous throughout with a wide and dynamic sound and almost non-existent surface noise. Cover is high-quality both visually and physically as well.
                Easily the best sounding record in my possesion, highly recommended.
                • _glenlim's avatar
                  This press kicks ass. Low noise and everything stands out in the mix clearly.
                  • danfigh's avatar
                    Holy crap this sounds good. I’ve not heard any other copies of this but I’m honestly struggling to think how this pressing could be improved on.
                    • Ben1280's avatar
                      Sounds great to me, on every level. Dont have a pro system but this thing kicks!


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