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HIStory - Past, Present and Future Book 1

Michael Jackson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 May 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000024IFB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Billie Jean
2. Way You Make Me Feel
3. Black Or White
4. Rock With You
5. She's Out Of My Life
6. Bad
7. I Just Can't Stop Loving You
8. Man In The Mirror
9. Thriller
10. Beat It
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Scream
2. They Don't Care About Us
3. Stranger In Moscow
4. This Time Around
5. Earth Song
6. DS
7. Money
8. Come Together
9. You Are Not Alone
10. Childhood
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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HIStory's two CDs (one hits, the other new) were Jackson's attempt to connect his glorious past to a dodgy present and--given it's commercial and artistic performance--cast a shadow on his future. Conceived as his formal coronation as the "King of Pop", HIStory's second disc instead presents Jackson as an epauletted, single-gloved Richard III. By turns paranoid, angry, bitter, sentimental, and, in one instance, possibly anti-Semitic, HIStory was less a collection of songs than a case history. A few tracks--mostly those produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis--are sleek, modern pop/soul, but too much of HIStory has the overblown vacuousness of a musician who knows his time is past, but is unsure as to how to react to the situation. --Steven Mirkin

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Original 1995 Epic records 1st release of this double CD compilation - 30 tracks.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
HIStory starts with fifteen greatest hits, and has the curse that only genius can suffer; there aren't enough! Where is Smooth Criminal, Will You Be There, Leave Me Alone, Who Is It... Some greatest hits albums resort to fillers, but HIStory Begins could have been bigger and better and still left you complaining that it wasn't enough!
HIStory Continues, the second disc, has fifteen new tracks, inlcuding the cover of the Beatles' Come Together, previously only available as a B-side to the Remember The Time single. It's slightly more hit-and-miss than his last two albums; of Bad's eleven tracks, nine were released as singles - how's that for quality? But the best songs on the album are among his best ever. Scream is a monumental comeback single. While it was expected he would brush the recent controversies under the carpet, here he is at his angry best, fighting back. The same can be said of They Don't Care About Us, and potential buyers should be aware that the alleged anti-semitism is a myth. Here, any racist words that appear in the lyrics are used to show the stupidity of racism, not to endorse it. Stranger in Moscow is his most adult song to date, a beautiful and haunting ballad that shows how far this album has moved from his 80s heyday. These first three tracks are by far the best on the album, but there are other highlights: the title track is a messy epic; Childhood is MJ at his most open and honest; Tabloid Junkie and 2Bad kick ass; and Earth Song doesn't need anything more written about it!
His previous albums had a little more balance between the best and the slightly-less-best songs, but this is the most important album Michael Jackson has made. It has an honesty in the lyrics which makes his earlier work seem slightly empty, and will make you realise that "King of Pop" is too narrow a title for this guy. I would recommend this album to everyone. The greatest hits and the new tracks are stunning.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not HIS best - but still a classic 6 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
Michael Jackson's HIStory album is constantly labelled a dissapointment. This has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of music on this album and everything to do with the quality of music on his previous albums. In a nutshell, when you've produced masterpiece's of the quality of Off The Wall, Thriller & Bad, people are always going to shoot down any future releases that don't quite meet the impeccably high standards you've reached as an artist.
HIStory contains two quite separate discs. The first being a collection of 15 of Michael Jackson's greatest solo hits. The second containing his most recent music at time of release. The first album is a retrospective showcase of musical genuis. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Billie Jean, Beat It, The Way You make Me Feel, Man in the Mirror, Black or White, etc, etc, etc. This is quite simply a soundtrack to the popular culture that most of us have been exposed to over the last two decades.
It's the 2nd half of HIStory that can only classed as a "proper" Jackson album and when you consider quite how strong many of the tracks really are, it's unfair to discard this as the beginning of the end for "The King Of Pop". The 15 songs that make up the 2nd disc yet again demonstrates MJ's diversity, with several songs almost impossible to categorise. This is both good and bad. Good becasue none of us want to listen to an album where every songs sounds the same, bad however as some songs quite simply don't fit in with the overall vibe of the album.
Onto the actual songs. They Don't Care About Us and Earth Song are breathtaking. There's not another popular artist around in the world releasing music anywhere near this creative. These songs could quite comfortably be wedged between any of Jackson's more famous classics.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Micheal Jackson History 28 Mar 2003
By Tim125
Format:Audio CD
For micheal Jakson fans this album is a must, a compliation of his very best tracks as well as some new ones.
The early stuff such as 'Billie Jean', 'Thriller' and'Bad' are still classics to this day.
My personal favourite track is 'rock with you', it shows to me, how good vocally Jackson really was.
Id recommend this album to anyone who likes his stuff, im sure you wont be disappointed, i know i wasnt.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music! A must have for an MJ Fan!! 11 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Disk 1 is a compilation of all of Michaels greatest hits, in my opinion one or two are left out (smooth criminal, speed demon, leave me alone)!! still the music is wonderful!! Man in the mirror is my personal fave because of its mood. The hits will bring back good memories of the 70s, eighties and early 90s!
Disk 2 is also very good as it is the history album itself. the songs on it are brilliant, esp the touching you are not alone and the gripping HIStory!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath-taking! 12 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Although I was only 11 when I heard this, I was amazed and being 14 now, I am still amazed. This music is thought provoking and the lyrics are fantastic. You just cannot compare it to anything you hear today. Admittedly it took me a while to apreciate it but once you have, it is great!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album! 28 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great double album! In the first CD there are real classics from Michael, although I would have put some more in there, and the second CD is just amaizing new meterial! You can hear his atitude change in every single song. Earth Song is just beautiful, as is the video made for it, fantastic! I reccomend this album to anyone, fan or no fan!
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