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Thriller Over-Session With Vincent Price

Here is a brief article I've found on an in depth discussion of how Vincent Price was chosen for the rap over-session to wrap-up the finishing touches on Thriller!

 I've included a recording(and the written word) of the rap over-session in acappella with the extra verse included!

On Vincent Price's Thriller Over-Session When I begin reminiscing about recording the song “Thriller”, one of the first things that comes to mind is the Vincent Price Rap. Quincy’s wife, Peggy Lipton, knew Vincent Price. So Quincy and Peggy Jones got it together and called him. Vincent said he would love to do it.

 I remember Rod’s idea, at first was that Vincent would just talk some horror talk from the type of lines he would deliver in some of his famous roles.

 Well, the night before the session with Vincent Price, I remember Quincy and Rod on the phone, talking excitedly about something to do with Vincent’s part in “Thriller”. I was getting the track ready for Vincent to overdub on for “Thri…

Thriller 1982 Def Mix

In the early 90's, David Morales teamed up with Frankie Knuckles in releasing a New Jack Swing remix of Michael Jackson's top signature hit "Thriller"! All part of The Pepsi Maxi Promo launched during The Dangerous Tour.
The single included an outtake during The Dangerous Sessions-"Someone Put Your Hand Out".
1982 Def Remix Review I found the introduction gave you the aura of a Funky graveyard-On a spiced-up exposition without robbing from the original mix. Indeed, most of the track has a hint of Techno, R&B, and Soul blended with distinct playbacks from the one we love(most notably the bridge)!

 However, I was a bit disappointed towards the final part. As I was expecting a grand ending to close-off such a wonderful reinterpretation to a Halloween classic!
But overall, I give these two DJ's a 4 out of 5!

Beat It-Guitar Track Mix Take 6!

While in the studio with Quincy Jones during The Thriller Sessions, Michael Jackson recorded a bunch of takes on each track intended to be on the set(i.e. "Billie Jean" a total of 91 mixes).
Tonight we will be focusing on one of those alternative takes-Specifically "Beat It".

Guitar Track Mix Although not fully completed, this mix featured a rift I was dieing to hear as the prominent tune! It just gives the song a whole new dimension and feel! I seriously thought the bridge was gonna break out on an "I Of The Tiger" rift(lol)!

 I with he left some his ab libs(you know, beat it!!! beat it!! beat it!) off. That's the only complaint I can find. Otherwise, enjoy the demo mix and Merry Christmas!!!

Beat It-Moby's Sub Mix

Included in a maxi single around the early 90's was a few Thriller remixes by a couple of then renown DJ's. Tonight, we will be reviewing a Trance-Electric interpretation of Beat It-A Moby Sub Remix also included on the Zoolander Soundtrack(released Sep. 25th, 2001).

Moby's Sub Mix Review The intro starts off on that famous juicy-rift by Eddie Van Helen we've all come to love. Then takes off into a little bit of Trance and Electro with further bridges of Michael Jackson at his finest. As will most club mixes, Moby infuses a bit of repetitive vocal replays.

 The only problem(I could find) was overusing Mj's ab-libs a bit(he almost sounds like Daffy Duck getting in excitement). But I'll give him credit for keeping it down to a minimum.

 As you already know, I'm not much for club music. But Moby has done a fairly outstanding reinterpretation! I give him a B+!

The Zoolander Soundtrack I couldn't find an MP3 download of Beat It-Moby's Sub Mix(there are f…

The Jackson 5 Ultimate Christmas Collection

Just recently, The Estate authorized a re-release of The Jackson 5 Christmas Album with six bonus tracks plus four specials messages from Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, and Michael Jackson himself!

 These 6 stocking stuffers include:
Little Christmas Tree(A very fine Michael Jackson outtake)A DJ Spinnare-Edit of "Up On The Housetop"Stripped mixes of their interpretations of "Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer" and "Someday At Christmas".An outstanding acappella studio performance of "Give Love On Christmas Day"!And a wonderful J5 Christmas Medley to wrap it all up!
Critique  I really still the stripped mixes with a never before heard J5 Medley to spice-up the albums resolution. I was ecstatic to hear a group acappella version of "Give Love On Christmas Day". A Season's Greeting is invoked inbetween eack bonus track(to add a personal touch)!

 The only track I thought unnecessary was DJ Spinna's Re-Edit of "Up On The Housetop"(yo…

Thriller Instrumental

As promised, here is the instrumental version to Thriller! Used for the Sobe Life Commercial. Complete with Michael Jackson's background vocals(including ab libs) and the famous reprice from Vincent Price.

 Without the main vocals, you can get a more in-depth look on the structure of this classic and how it was engineered-piece by piece. You can even tell the strings are reminiscent of tunes from the Off The Wall album.

 I wish there was a version without the back-ups-Just a plain old instrumental. If any of you know, give me a holler!:)

Give Me Some Starlight

In 1981, Rod Temperton came in the studio with a song candidate he wrote for Michael Jackson's then upcoming album-What would eventually become Thriller.
The song was inspired by The Jackson's hit "This Place Hotel.

 As with most artists who write for others, all Temperton had was a loop for them to play with. So Greg Philinganes, Quincy Jones, Rob, and Mick all bunched-up in his Enrico Mansion and worked for hours tweaking and arranging the sound on the mixer. In preparation for the live gigs.

 However, Michael wanted a darker, more scarier groove. Something unprecedented-That has never been done before. So Michael went back in(with Quincy) and rewrote the lyrics. He also modified a few things especially the bridge and resolution(to which Vincent Price was invited to perform a rap segment).
The song from then on became known as Thriller(click to learn more on the evolution of this Halloween Blockbuster)!

 Originally, the song was meant to be titled as either "Sta…

Two Off The Wall Home Demos

&nbsp:Today, let me focus your attention on two candid home demos done by Michael Jackson in his original Enrico Mansion. Two rough scratches intended for The "Off The Wall" Sessions.

Don't Stop Til' You Get Enough Demo Michael records the child-pangs of what would become "Off The Wall's" very first track-"Don't Stop Til' You Get Enough".

 Yes, the demo is no where's near complete as the recording is a scratch tape(studio jargon for dumb take or rough draft). The candid delivery does offer a unique spin on Mr. Jackson's musical and vocal techniques.

 Although his mother frowned upon the lyrics(thinking they were about sex), Michael reassured her the interpretation was vague and had nothing to do with promiscuity(In my opinion, I'd say it was puppy love).

Working Day and Night Demo Janet, Randy, and Michael Jackson fart around in The Enrico Studios. Then get serious as MJ sings a rough scratch of "Working Day and N…

They Don't Care About Us-Dallas Main Mix

Dallas Austin partially produced and did his own interpretations to such MJ tracks as "They Don't Care About Us" and "This Time Around".

Dallas Austin Main Mix I appreciate who this does not deviate to much from the original mix. Yet at the same token is not a rehash of the album version. I especially like the tail end bit where a gospel choir vehemently chants "they don't care about us"! Not sure if that's an outtake from the track or something Austin just slipped in.

 I'm assuming it's the former since they sound very much like The Andrea Crouch Singers. Could that be the reason "Really" was dropped from the title of the song?

The Girl Is Mine Demo

Our focus will shift to the exhilarating demo tapes of The Girl Is Mine. A song originally written and thought-out by Michael Jackson one night. Tweaked and manicured unto perfection in the following weeks!

Demo Take 1 Our first draft takes us into the recording studio with Paul McCartney and Mr. Jackson(I've touched a little on their wonderful collaborations over Here).

 As you can tell, Michael is teaching Mecca a thing or two about the symphony playing inside his head. Notice how The Gloved One shares with the former Beatle how inspiration nudges his mind.

 It appears Michael is singing a somewhat different arrangement-Especially towards the end of the tape. I have a feeling we'll hear it in the years to come(assuming they laid it down).

The Girl Is Mine Take 2 About a year prier, Michael records a solo complete with more ab-libs and extra verses. This edition opens up with a distinct subway screech. On a scratched recording.

The Girl Is Mine Demo Take 3 The third tape was…