Michael Jackson and Epic are doing a really smart move by bringing back the Thriller album (still the best selling album of all time going 27X Platinum, for those folks bragging about selling ringones and s***) as a diesel re-issue.
After pretty much being known now for being an abnormally pale skinned, broke/not broke, maybe child abusing dude in the news the past few years, some positive spotlight could do him and the Jackson family some good.
NOTE: I don't belive the hype on the last joint - much.
The brother really needs to:
1. have folks who have his back and would have told him FIRMLY not have young a** kiddies in the house alone in the first place
2. invest in some closed-caption cameras so if this occurs again (and if so, he's truly a fool), to pull out the DVD and be like, "HA! Tee-Hee, you wanna be startin' something and I did na-da!" * moonwalk spins to lawyers to sue *
At the very least, it will re-confirm the very impact that the Jackson family had with Black Music in the U.S. in the latter half of the 20th century (via The Jackson 5, The Jacksons and everyone's solo albums - mostly).
It pretty damned crazy to think that this album was put out 25 years ago in 2008.
I was a youngin' when this dropped and remember begging my mom for a MJ Doll (I don't know what the hell happened to that joint - a sis got it though) and the red leather zipper coat (which recieved a firm Black Mother side-eye).
Also, does anyone remember when a MJ video dropping would cause the entire world to pretty much stop for 30 minutes to an hour, even with MTV? That s*** was major - videos premiering on regular TV and whatnot, from "Black or White" to "Scream".
AND MJ was brown! Whether it's a skin disease (doubt it) or him going through mad surgery with his physical change, this era was the best looking MJ besides when he was a Jackson 5 young boy.
Yes, I'm showing my age - whatever. :-P
Anway, folks are rolling all out w/ the re-issue with the DVD, unreleased tracks and remixes with Will.I.Am and Kanye West (all I know is that Fergie f***ing up the remix she's on - why? and whut? for, I don't know - will make people feel mighty froggy).
Here's the info about what's good with this:
Thriller - 25th Anniversary Edition
Available Tuesday, February 12, 2008 (U.S.), worldwide Monday, February 11, 2007
Thriller: Original Tracklisting
1. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" - (#5 Hot 100, #5 R&B)
2. "Baby Be Mine"
3. "The Girl Is Mine" (with Paul McCartney) - (#2 Hot 100, #1 R&B, #1 Adult Contemporary)
4. "Thriller" - (#4 Hot 10, #3 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks)
5. "Beat It" - (#1 Hot 100, #1 R&B)
6. "Billie Jean" - (#1 Hot 100, #1 R&B, #9 A/C)
7. "Human Nature" - (#7 Hot 100, #2 Adult Contemporary)
8. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" - (#10 Hot 100)
9. "The Lady in My Life"
10. Vincent Price
Previously Unreleased Tracks For 25th Anniversary Edition
11. The Girl Is Mine 2008 with will.i.am*
12. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 2008 with Michael Jackson and will.i.am*
13. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008 with Michael Jackson, Akon and will.i.am*
14. Beat It 2008 with Fergie*
15. Billie Jean 2008 with Kanye West*
16. For All Time (unreleased track from original Thriller sessions)*
Bonus DVD: The Videos
2. Beat It
3. Billie Jean
4. Billie Jean performance from Motown 25: Yesterday, Today and Forever
Michael Jackson Official Website
Bonus Flashback Video #1: Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Bonus Flashback Video #2: Michael Jackson' Beatboxing on Oprah Winfrey Show Back in the Day
Michael Jackson Beat Box