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In the Studio with Michael Jackson Paperback – 30 Jun 2009
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"...The producer, who worked alongside Jackson and Quincy Jones on such successful solo albums as Bad, Thriller, Off the Wall and Dangerous, is publishing a book based on his experiences with the singer ... the first on the shelves since his death..."
-- The Daily Telegraph, 4 July, 2009
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The first approx 60 pages are about the time Bruce spent with Michael in the studio, which is great, but the rest of the book (approx 200 pages) is about technical details and processes. Don't be fooled by the title, as a fan i was disapointed to find not even a third of the book is about Michael.
There is very little in the way of interest here for the average Michael Jackson fan. I am a musician myself, so was quite interested in the chapters about the recording/mixing process. But really how many people are going to care whether ribbon microphones were used to record Michael's vocals? This book really is a missed opportunity. How great would it be to read first hand what it was like to hear Michael perform Billie Jean for the first time? How did Bruce feel when MJ decided to no longer use Quincy Jones as producer after the Bad album? What was it like working with both Michael and Janet on the song Scream? Unfortunately none of these questions get answered. I bought this book because it was called In The Studio With Michael Jackson, and as that takes up about a third of the book in which the author has nothing particularly interesting to say on the subject I am majorly disappointed. I don't care to hear what his wife, his best friend and his daughter think about Bruce Swedien the person- I want to know what it was like entering the studio with MJ and having the enormous task of having to record the follow-up to the biggest selling album of all time.
If you are a casual MJ fan and have even a passing interest in the recording process then you will find this book fairly interesting- at least in parts. If however you are looking for something deeper on the subject of MJ you will have to look elsewhere I'm afraid. The most interesting anecdote in the whole book was actually submitted by Bruce Swedien's wife on the less than ecstatic reception of MJ's HIStory album by the studio bigwigs. This story takes up half a page, and was more interesting and insightful than anything her husband could contribute over a whole book. Written before but published after MJ's death, I'm going to give Bruce Swedien the benefit of the doubt and suggest that maybe he was just scared of stepping on Jacko's toes, but I simply cannot recommend this lightweight book.
According to reviews all the technical stuff is very well explained in this book.
Actually I was surprised it came out. I though regular fans just want to hear what was Michael thinking when he wrote a song ,not really the technical manual on how the recording of the song developed. So I am vey happy this came out (which I didn't know), it's a dream come true and I am going to buy it right now.
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