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Michael [CD]

Michael Jackson Audio CD
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Michael Jackson was born on the 29th of August 1958. He has 8 siblings: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Randy, Rebbie, Janet and La-Toya Jackson.

In 1964, at the young age of 5, Michael became the lead singer of the Jackson Five with his brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon. In 1968 the Jackson Five signed to Motown Records and released singles ... Read more in Amazon's Michael Jackson Store

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  • Audio CD (13 Dec 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B004ASO3W4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,277 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Behind The Mask
2. Hold My Hand
3. Hollywood Tonight
4. Keep Your Head Up
5. (I Like) The Way You Love Me
6. Monster
7. Best Of Joy
8. Breaking News
9. (I Can't Make It) Another Day
10. Behind The Mask
11. Much Too Soon

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BBC Review

For a man who’s now been dead just over a year, Michael Jackson has been awfully productive lately. This is his sixth posthumous release since he collapsed and died on June 25 last year, his body coursing with Propofol and Lorazepam, midway through rehearsals for the This Is It tour. Yet Michael is notable for being the first release thus far with any legitimate claim to containing new, original material. Biographer Ian Halperin claimed that in the March before he died Jackson had recorded over 100 songs he didn’t want released until after he died. The first set of new songs, then; but almost certainly not the last.

Not that it’s a given proud perfectionist Jackson would have wanted many of these songs to have seen the light of day even when he had expired. New, it should be noted, is a word open for manipulation when it comes to deceased multibillion-selling artists. Syrupy closer Too Much Too Soon hails from the Thriller era; Hollywood Tonight, meanwhile, is a scrap of a song dusted off and tarted up from 2001’s Invincible sessions. If there is a heaven, and if Tupac, Cobain, Presley et al made it through the gates, chances are they’re consoling a wincing, visibly embarrassed Jackson, cursing his inability to bolt the demos drawer in Neverland’s vaults just that little bit tighter.

Michael is also a release notable for its special guests. 50 Cent turns up on Monster, a song which is essentially Thriller stripped of everything that’s brilliant about the tune, while Jackson and Akon battle it out to be the dominant force on opener Hold My Hand. Somewhere beneath the Senegalese-American’s "woos" and "yeahs" there’s a passable Michael Jackson B side, but anything that’s good about it spends the entirety of the songs running time battling to break through. Marginally better is the Lenny Kravitz collaboration (I Can’t Make It) Another Day, thanks largely to just how energised Jackson sounds. Though the guitarist does his best to sully matters by noodling all over the top of it.

Last month Jackson’s mother Katherine claimed that many of the songs on Michael contain vocals that belong to voices that aren’t her son’s. Record label Sony refute the claims, assembling a team of former associates – studio engineers and the like – to give creditability to their defence. But for anyone who feels passionately about the legacy of Michael Jackson, his mother’s caution is certainly worth consideration based on the content here, regardless of the facts.

--James McMahon

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MICHAEL JACKSON Michael (2010 UK 10-track CD album - The creative process never stopped for the King of Pop who was always planning for his next album; unbeknownst to many fans around the world Michael was writing and recording songs continuously everywhere from a friends home in New Jersey to studios in Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a small group of handpicked collaborators featuring Akon 50 Cent and Lenny Kravitz. Now through the unique stories that will be told about the songsthat comprise Michael fans will get mind-blowing insight into how this artist worked and a chance to hear the songs he most recently created along with tracks that Michael had a desire to bring to fruition. Includes the singles Breaking News Hold My Hand and comes complete with artwork created by painter Kadir Nelson in 2009. In the oil painting Kadir - who is known for story telling through his art - takes us on a journey through some key moments and important people in Michaels life!)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Farewell My Summer Love Volume 2 7 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD
In 1984 at the height of Michael Jackson's post thriller career, his former record label Motown released an album called Farewell My Summer Love which consisted of songs recording in the 70's overdubbed by an 80's sounding band, presumably in an attempt to pass it off as a new Michael Jackson album. The Producers of "Michael" have attempted the same conceit.

Like Farewell My Summer Love, "Michael" is technically a decent album. It seems to cover all the bases and sounds like how you might imagine a Michael Jackson album to sound. Unfortunately, the listener is left with a rather hollow feeling because a vital element is missing - Michael himself. This is not his vision, he did not make any artistic decisions. As fans know, he would agonise over every note of every album. The fact that he did not do that here means that he is simply being used as a product. This is essentially a remix album - someone else's vision.

This may have been a more interesting album if the producers had provided a bonus disc with the raw tracks that they had used so that listeners are able to identify how the album was put together.

It would always be inevitable that Sony would be issuing posthumous material, particularly given the riches that apparently remain in the vaults. However I would have preferred an album of tracks written and produced by Michael alone. After his collaborations with Quincy Jones and then several other producers, this would have been a more fitting final album rather than a gathering of producers guessing what Michael would have done.

It is encouraging that fans have not responded overwhelmingly to this album and is perhaps a lesson to Sony that Michael's fans are not simply going to buy into everything that they slap Michael's name on.
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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as bad as the press say.. again! 13 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
If you listened to the media, the music press, you'd be inclined to think this album is appalling.

It's not appalling. It is a somewhat patchy record but on first hearing it's certainly more than merely listenable and is sprinkled with catchy hooks and typical Jackson pop.

Clearly there are many ethical arguments against the album. This isn't the first time though an artists been treated in this way after death, so at some point we have to just accept it and listen to the music.

The ten tracks serve as a sample of all that MJ does musically. There's a gospel track, an anti press track, a ghost and ghouls track, a rock track etc etc.. they've covered all bases basically. As I say, most the tracks are good. Not exceptional, but good.

Hold My Hands fine, if a bit Akon heavy for me. Clearly trying to dip into the Man in the mirror feel it's very run of the mill in comparison but more than listenable.

Hollywood Tonights a more upbeat track, quite a late 90's boy band sound. It has some nice hooks but essentially the chorus becomes a little repetitive. Its a good jack swing beat though.

Keep Your Head Up is one of those Jackson good will songs, featuring a gospel choir, it reminds you of Cry or On The line. It builds to a heartwarming gospel and strings play out but as a song, it never quite hits the heights of something like Will You Be There.

I Like The Way You Love Me is a very easy listening pop song. Like Best of Joy, later in the album, it really reminds me of a Janet Jackson track.. like Whoops Now or others from that time.. it maybe has a key change or two too many but is essentially a fine background track but nothing ground breaking.. its pleasant.. no more no less.

Monster reminds me of 2000 Watts most.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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It almost seems ironic that even in death Michael is able to evoke controversy, And part of me feels cynical that such things are just to help promote the album further but thats neither here now there when it comes to the music.
Firstly the trouble with any artist work thats released after they have died, You can not be certain that they would of wanted the songs to go out to the public in the form they are this album is no different.

Positives
Much too soon- Lovely track

( I Like ) The Way You Love Me- Another track with a lot of charm

Behind The Mask- OK a bit over produced but still a amazing song and interesting to compare to the Eric Clapton version

( I Can't Make It ) Another Day- Just works somehow and Lenny Kravitz is on it so what more could you want?

Negatives
The hype behind the 3 alleged fake tracks, None of which are awful by the way.
Album is too short I am sure there was other tracks that could of made it on the album. I figure they be sold seperately on different albums over next few years.

Judge for yourself guys, Theres enough good stuff on the album to outweigh the controversy over possible fakes and there are far worse albums out there.
I hope Sony is not planning to con the fans with lots more rehashed tracks in the future though, I would rather a box set or something of unreleased tracks etc than Michael's talent abused.
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3.0 out of 5 stars is it him at all? 17 Dec 2010
By Mr. R. G. Prizeman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Its amazing they could only find one track for the this is it album, and yet a year later another ten have been found.Fans of Jackson like Madonna can not bare anything being said against the artist even if it turns out to be true, I like both but like to judge things fairly and honestly.for myself. However with all the chat on the internet, I personally and as a fan think this is a very disrespectful thing for a record company to do, digging up unfinished songs and putting them in the public domain,finished without jackson consent, this is not what Jackson would have wanted, and any true fan would respect that.The authenticity of "Breaking News" has been questioned.Doubts over whether the vocals were actually by Jackson have been raised, reportedly by Katherine Jackson and Jackson's two eldest children, as well as Jackson's sister La Toya, his nephews T.J., Taj, and Taryll, and many of his fans. His brother Randy Jackson posted a series of messages about the album on his Twitter account stating that family members weren't allowed at his studio where the album was being completed. According to Randy, when engineer Teddy Riley played him some of the tracks, "I immediately said it wasn't his voice". In a statement, Sony Music Group countered that it had "complete confidence in the results of our extensive research, as well as the accounts of those who were in the studio with Michael, that the vocals on the new album are his own." Teddy Riley, Frank Dileo and Jackson's estate have since defended Sony's claims that the song is authentic. Producer Teddy Riley who worked on the songs "Hollywood Tonight," "Monster" and "Breaking News", told Reuters the he had to do "more processing to the voice, which is why people were asking about the authenticity of his voice. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
clasic
Published 7 days ago by patricia prile
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael at his best
Love it a very good selection of songs.
Published 13 days ago by C. Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars If this is made up of tracks that wernt seemed good enough to make an...
Seems to be a bit of a "filler" album, but what tracks! If this is made up of tracks that wernt seemed good enough to make an album, what treats are still in the vault?
Published 21 days ago by C. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son is a big fan (so always a winner)
Published 1 month ago by Anne Duckworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael - Michael Jackson
I do like this Album, but after finding out that 3 of the Tracks were not Michael's Vocals I was a little disappointed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by HarrietLovesMJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My sister was delighted.
Published 1 month ago by wendy Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
well pleased.
Published 1 month ago by derek appleby
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Michael
He maybe gone but never forgotten
Published 1 month ago by Susan Woolhouse-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Still brilliant after 4 years
I bought Michael Jackson's Escape and then bought this to complete the collection. First track Hold My Hand is brillant with Akon's vocal complementing Michael's brilliantly. Read more
Published 2 months ago by myname
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as Dangerous
Better than Invincible and Xscape. Good mix of different styles for everyone to enjoy. Hope they get Teddy Riley to make another album.
Published 3 months ago by Israb Ali
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