Sunday, May 30, 2010

B-Side Mixes

 Instead of rehashing the same ol B-sides like he did during the 80's, Michael Jackson opted to hire a handful of DJ's to remix a few golden nuggets from the Off The Wall and Thriller sessions. Many of these remixes can be found on various Dangerous Era singles. Even the Target edition of Thriller 25 has a few of these mixes tucked away inside.
Below is a comprehensive list of MJ's official remixes from his back catalog...

Don't Stop Til' You Get Enough

1. Rodger's Underground Solution

2. Masters At Work

Rock With You

1. Masters At Work

2. Frankie Knuckles Radio Edit

Off The Wall

1. Junior Vasquez Remix


1. 1982 Def Mix

Beat It

1. Moby's Sub Mix

Billie Jean

1. Underground Mix

2. 1982 Club Mix


Stay tuned for part 10-The Scream Mixes!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

In Search of Neverland-An Overview

 Ever wondered who was behind the scenes in purchasing Michael Jackson's grand abode? You know, that ranch named after the place where his favorite Disney mascot lived? Well, allow me to reveal Neverland's real estate agent-Ms. Berlin and her very own autobiographical sketch "In Search of Neverland"!

The Broker Who Made It Happen

 Gloria Rhodes Berlin first started out as a Hollywood actress as a budding youth with Elisabeth Taylor. Since that didn't work out the way she planned, Gloria moved on towards journalism. Dissatisfied with that profession, she endeavored through the waters of celebrity real estate with her husband in Southern California-together they established Merlin Land Investment Corp.

 This career maneuver ultimately set her up to become the agent for "The Sale of The Century" The broker who made it happen!

Michael Jackson-In Search of Neverland

 Gloria Berlin shares her account of the transaction that transpired one winter afternoon in 1988. Going deeper into the origins of Sycamore Valley Ranch and it's associations with Bill Bone. Yet the biographical sketch goes beyond that! She shares with you first hand the journey they both took in finding this lush paradise-searching long and hard for "The home of his dreams".

 Mrs. Berlin even chronicles her own tales of their long-standing companionship. Since she was one of the few he could really trust, Michael intimately opens up on many subjects spanning from faith and philosophy.

 Although she has a slight tendency to repeat herself. However, unlike authors like Kevin Trudeau, this in no way ruins the experience nor the enjoyment in learning something new about the King of Pop!

 If your aching to learn more about Michael Jackson's personal candid side-away from the strobe lights. Then I'd encourage you to grab a copy of Gloria Berlins in book! Revealing the reason and what ultimately led him to purchase Neverland Valley Ranch in Santa Ynez, California!

Update: I did an interview with Gloria Rhodes herself. Click Here to check it out!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Michael Jackson Remixes Pt. 9

 Now that the sounds have evolved heading into the mid-90's, Mr. Jackson accordingly adjusted. Hiring such a plethora of new DJ's into his fold. These mix masters included Dallas Austin, Deep Dish, David Morales, The Basement Boys, Refugee Camp, Jam & Lewis, Fire Island, Hani, DJ Greek, Jon B, Tony Moran, Georgie Porgie, Mouse T, Naughty By Nature, UBQ, Tod Terry, and last but not least R. Kelly. In addition, a few mixers from Jackson's last session were invited for round 2. Frankie Knuckles, Marice Joshua, and Track Masters did their share of remixes for The History Sessions.

Stay tuned next time for a few track remixes to Off The Wall and Thriller albums[Edit: Remixes now Up]. We will also continue our tour through the History mixes. Starting with the first selection-Scream[Edit: The Scream Mixes are now up]!

 Don't forget I'm doing a Michael Jackson book review which should be done real shortly[edit: In Search of Neverland now Up]. In The Meantime, check out the official MJ Megamix-Released by Jackson during this time!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Michael Jackson Remixes Pt. 8

 Dangerous was to be the tenth and final single to come off of it's eponymous album. Yet a few complications(including Those infamous allegations) prompted Sony with no choice but to cancel the project.

 On top of the album track itself(or at least a single edit), the B-side was to contain an "Extended Version", an "Alternate Version"(a.k.a "The Early Version" now on "The Michael Jackson Box Set"), and a few remixes by Roger Sanchez. Most notably "Rogers Rough Dub".
Below are the three mixes The S Man did for Mr. Jackson...

1. Rogers Dangerous Club Mix
2. Rogers Dangerous Edit(Same as above)
3. Rogers Rough Dub

 That concludes our journey though The Dangerous Mixes! Stay tuned for a few remixed classics from the Off The Wall and Thriller eras.

P.S.Also stay tuned in the next week or two as I'll be reviewing a book I've just received entitled "In Search of Neverland". You won't want to miss it!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Michael Jackson Remixes Pt. 7

 "Moby(Richard Melville Hall)", "Brothers In Rhythm(Steve Anderson and Dave Seaman)", "Track Masters(Jean Claude Olivier and Samuel Barnes also known affectionately as Poke & Tone)", and a few other prominent DJ's of the era. Each imparted their own mix to MJ's hit Who Is It. Most of which can be found on a few CD Maxis like This OneWho Is It CD Maxi. Each remix includes the following...
  1. IHS Mix
  2. P-Man Dub
  3. Tribal Version
  4. Lakeside Dub
  5. Moby's Raw Mercy Dub
  6. Patience Mix
  7. Patience Beats
  8. The Most Patient Mix & Edit
  9. Brothers Cool Dub
  10. Brothers In Rhythm House Mix & 7"
  11. Brotherly Dub
  12. Phenom's Mix

Stay tuned for part 8!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Michael Jackson Remixes Pt. 6

 :After producing their smash hit "Everybody Dance Now", Robert Manual Clivilles and David B. Cole teamed up to remix the Dangerous single debut Black Or White. Together they are known as "Clivilles & Cole" or alternately "C+C Music Factory". MJ specifically called on this duo to exclusively add their own flavor to the album track. The results are five C+C interpretations.
  1. The Clivillés & Cole House/Club Mix
  2. The Clivillés & Cole House/Dub Mix
  3. Clivillés & Cole Radio Mix
  4. House With Guitar Radio Mix
  5. Underground Club Mix
  6. Tribal Beats

Stay tuned for part 7!

**Update** The Who Is It Mixes are now up!

Michael Jackson's Father Passes Away at 89!

 On June 27th, 2018 Michael Jackson's dad passed on from a bout of cancer. Although he was very rough with his children and yes abused t...