Bad - 25th Anniversary Deluxe 1
25th Anniversary ed.
Box Set, 3 CD
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Audio CD, Special Edition, Original recording remastered, 1 Sep 1987
Audio Cassette, 31 Aug 1987
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Seventh studio album from the late American singer-songwriter and musician and the first album to feature five Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles. The album includes: 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You', 'Bad', 'The Way You Make Me Feel', 'Man in the Mirror', 'Dirty Diana', 'Another Part of Me', 'Smooth Criminal', 'Leave Me Alone', 'Liberian Girl' and 'Speed Demon'.
A multi-million-unit-shifter, Bad was (and remains) as important to 1980s pop culture as the rise of the Walkman, the Back to the Future movies, and the shooting of JR. Like 1982’s Thriller, it’s an album that appeared to easily find a home within the record collection of rockers and poppers, punks and poets alike.
Ubiquity comes cheap in 2012 (thanks, internet), but in 1987, it was earned by being the best of the best. And Bad was just that: almost a greatest hits package, it spawned nine hit singles. Its chart campaign didn’t begin with the title cut, but with I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, a number one in both the US and UK. In Britain, Bad (the song) peaked at 3, as Rick Astley sat atop the pile.
The title track rocketed to No.1 in the US, followed by The Way You Make Me Feel, Man in the Mirror and Dirty Diana. Jackson’s star was at its zenith across the 1980s – but fame never guarantees critical approval. Yet Bad was as well-received in the press as it was by Jackson’s fans. It’s a special rarity: a commercial behemoth with nary a lapse in quality across its 48 minutes.
Quincy Jones’ production is tight yet yielding, every song allowed to breathe and never cluttered by needless elements. Dirty Diana is remarkably lean, Steve Stevens’ flamboyant guitar aside, yet powerful too. Speed Demon, deemed “filler” by critics at the time, is fun funk-rock that’d sit happily on a Prince album of the period, compositionally if not lyrically.
Unreleased demos make up the majority of this anniversary release’s second disc. Amongst the most interesting are Song Groove (A/K/A Abortion Papers) and Price of Fame. The former, aggressive of percussion yet light of synth, is about a Christian girl carrying an unwanted pregnancy. “Michael knew (it) could be controversial,” read the accompanying notes; but Jackson handles the subject matter with tenderness.
Price of Fame addresses the pressures Jackson felt as a pop idol. Of his obsessed followers, he wrote: “They’ll do anything and it’s breaking my heart… It’s running me crazy.” It is, perhaps, a first instance of the cracks that’d soon spread. But nothing that was to come in Jackson’s career could ever take the shine off this awesome, evergreen and essential pop masterpiece.
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Bad is all 80s and full of fun. This album makes me happy; it makes me want to dance, it makes me want to have a good time. Each song just feels like a pop masterpiece. This album is varied and has a song for every mood, from the very 80s, feel-good fun of Just Good Friends (why do a lot of people dislike this song?), to the more rocky, sexy Dirty Diana, to the meaningful and emotional Man in the Mirror. If I had to choose between Thriller and Bad, I would choose Bad. Not only does this era have my favourite songs, but my favourite videos!
You probably know the classics like Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, Man in the Mirror, Smooth Criminal and Leave Me Alone. But every song on this album is brilliant - there is no filler here at all. You get two bonus tracks, plus voice-overs from Quincy Jones talking about the making of the album, and why one of the bonus tracks, Streetwalker, didn't make the cut in 1987. I think excluding Streetwalker did the fans of '87 a great disservice - it has quickly become my ultimate favourite, even topping Dirty Diana and The Way You Make Me Feel, which I love. It might be an acquired taste... it's very fun, and suits my tastes perfectly, but others might find it silly... Everyone's different. I'm glad Streetwalker was included on the new release. I have no complaints about this album at all, except for one small thing: I'm So Blue would have been better than Fly Away. But other than that, it's an A+ album.
I believe this was actually MJ's most popular era, and it's easy to see why. He was in his prime here, his element - his music appeals to young, old, male, female, kids and adults. His videos are legendary, his choreography second to none. No one has topped MJ and possibly no one ever will. I'm just sad that I wasn't here to witness this era, and appreciate it, at the time. I would have been right up there at the barrier in my 80s gear, that's for sure.
its got everything all about the very outstanding album of 5 hit single NUMBER #1's.(smooth criminal should of been a NUMBER 1 hit single). BAD was an achievement in the making, I always preferred it to Thriller, but this album got me inspired by him again, got me in to dance even more now, and every track felt amazing to be a single in my opinion as the filler tracks were more up beat than thriller because I thought Thriller's filler tracks had slow ballads and I didn't feel as connected to them than bad.(my opinion)x
the DVD was awesome to watch him still at his best, performing making real people cry not like today where little girls cry for Justin beiber! the best bit I liked in the bad tour Wembley was him performing - 'human nature'. The way he did the robot, the locking and popping with isolation was incredible. finally the poster you get with, I still have displayed on my wall :D
In respect with this album 'Bad', I think it is my favourite of all of them. It is completely filled with great songs, pretty much all of which could have been hits. I think there are at least 7 or 8 singles on there. Not a single filler here.
My personal favourites on here are Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel, Man In The Mirror, I Just Can't Stop Loving You, Dirty Diana, Smooth Criminal, and Leave Me Alone. The special edition of this CD also includes the fantastic Streetwalker. This song is so good it is a shame it missed out on the original album.
What you realise when you buy all his CD's and look throught he booklets is that Michael Jackson actually wrote and composed most of his songs including his biggest hits. That I did not know, he's a music genius.