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He compared the songs on the album with the life challenges that the year-old Jackson had faced since Off the Wallwhile observing that he "dropped the boyish falsetto" and was facing his "challenges head-on" with "a feisty determination" and "a full, adult voice". Connelly emphasized Jackson's musical progression from Off the Wallwriting, "Jackson's new attitude gives Thriller a deeper, if less visceral, emotional urgency than any of his previous work, and marks another watershed in the creative development of this prodigiously talented performer.

Rockwell believed it helped breach "the destructive barriers that spring up regularly between white and black music", especially as "white publications and radio stations that normally avoid black music seem willing to pretend he isn't black after all". A year after the album's release, Time summed up the three main singles from the album, saying, "The pulse of America and much of the rest of the world moves irregularly, beating in time to the tough strut of 'Billie Jean', the asphalt aria of 'Beat It', the supremely cool chills of 'Thriller'.

It was a record for the times, brimming with breathless anticipation and a dread fear of the adult world, a brilliant fantasy that pumped with sexual heat, yet made room for serious reflection". Blender described Jackson as the "late 20th century's preeminent pop icon", while The New York Times gave the opinion that he was a "musical phenomenon" and that "in the world of pop music, there is Michael Jackson and there is everybody else".

As a result, Jackson earned record-breaking profits from compact disc sales and from the sale of copies of the documentary, The Making of Michael Jackson's Thrillerproduced by Jackson and John Landis.

Funded by MTV, the film sold overcopies in its first few months. In a market then driven by singles, Thriller raised the significance of albums, yet its multiple hit singles changed perceived notions as to the number of successful singles that could be taken from an individual album. Randy Taraborrelli explains, "At some point, Thriller stopped selling like a leisure item—like a magazine, a toy, tickets to a hit movie—and started selling like a household staple".

Thriller was released at around the peak of the album erawhich had positioned full-length records ahead of singles as the dominant form of recorded-music consumption and artistic expression in the industry. The success of Thriller ' s singles, however, marked a brief resurgence in the sales of the format. The publication described Jackson's influence at that point as, "Star of records, radio, rock video. A one-man rescue team for the music business.

A songwriter who sets the beat for a decade. A dancer with the fanciest feet on the street. A singer who cuts across all boundaries of taste and style and color too".

The '80s were when stars replaced artists as bearers of significance When art is intellectual propertyimage and aura subsume aesthetic substance, whatever exactly that is. When art is capitalsales interface with aesthetic quality— Thriller ' s numbers are part of its experience.

When Thriller and "Billie Jean" were searching to reach their market demographic, MTV and cable TV had a smaller market share than the much larger reach of broadcast television stations in the United States. Thriller had a pioneering impact on black-music genres and crossover. Noting its unprecedented dominance of mainstream pop music by an African-American artist, White goes on to write that "the record's song selection and sound aesthetics played to soul and pop sensibilities alike, appealing to a broad audience and selling across lines of race, gender, class and generation", while demonstrating Jackson's emergence from Motown as "the king of pop-soul crossover".

The album's nervy, outsized blend of pop, rock and soul would send seismic waves throughout radio, inviting both marquee crossovers like Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo on "Beat It" and sneakier attempts at genre-meshing. The album's splashy, cinematic videos — from the John Landis-directed short film that promoted "Thriller" to the West Side Story homage accompanying "Beat It" — legitimized the still-nascent form and forced MTV to incorporate black artists into its playlists.

Its promotional strategy, which led to seven of its nine tracks being released as singles, raised the bar for what, exactly, constituted a "hit-laden" LP. Beyond breaking ground, it broke records, showing just how far pop could reach: the biggest selling album of all time, the first album to win eight Grammys in a single night and the first album to stay in the Top 10 charts for a year.

Epic Records also reflected on the importance of the album: "More than just an album, Thriller has remained a global cultural multi-media phenomenon for both the 20th and the 21st centuries, smashing musical barriers and changing the frontiers of pop forever. The music on Thriller is so dynamic and singular that it defied any definition of rock, pop or soul that had gone before. From the moment Thriller was released, it set the standard for the music industry: artists, record labels, producers, marketers and even choreographers.

The music video was ahead of its time and it is considered a monumental one—not only in Jackson's career, but also in the history of pop music. Epic Records' approach to creating a song and video that would appeal to the mass market ended up influencing the way that professionals now market and release their songs.

Before the success of Thrillermany felt Jackson had struggled to get MTV airing because he was black. His position persuaded MTV to begin airing " Billie Jean " and later " Beat It ", along with Prince 's " Little Red Corvette " which led to a long partnership and later helped other black music artists to gain mainstream recognition. When the minute-long Thriller video aired, MTV ran it twice an hour to meet demand. They were already pleased with its success, so Jackson convinced MTV to fund the project.

Author, music critic and journalist Nelson George wrote in"It's difficult to hear the songs from Thriller and disengage them from the videos. For most of us the images define the songs. In fact it could be argued that Michael is the first artist of the MTV age to have an entire album so intimately connected in the public imagination with its imagery".

For a black artist in LP) s to that point, Jackson's success was unprecedented. According to The Washington PostThriller paved the way for other African-American artists to achieve mainstream recognition, such as Prince. He is the hottest single phenomenon since Elvis Presley. He just may be the most popular black singer ever.

Thriller has continued to receive positive reviews. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic wrote that it had something to interest everyone. He believed it showcased harder funk and hard rock while remaining "undeniably fun", and wrote that "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", was "the freshest funk on the album [but] the most claustrophobic, scariest track Jackson ever recorded. Thriller had extra musical help in becoming the best-selling non compilation album of all time: Jackson's dancing feet and dazzling stage presence, amplified by the newfound promotional reach of music video and the Reagan era 's embrace of glossy celebrity.

But especially in the album's seven hit singles out of nine songsthe music stands on its own. KellyUsherJustin Joni James - 20 Greatest Hits (Vinyl and countless others with Thriller as a textbook". InThriller was awarded the Special Billboard Award to commemorate its 10th anniversary. The book states; it is the finest example of perfect disco pop, and a record that should be prescribed to musical snobs and manic depressives.

Thriller was reissued on October 16,in an expanded set, Thriller: Special Edition. The album is remastered and includes a new booklet and bonus material, including the songs "Someone in the Dark", "Carousel" and Jackson's original "Billie Jean" demo, as well as audio interviews with Jones and Temperton.

Thriller 25 was a commercial success and did particularly well as a reissue. It peaked at number one in eight countries and Europe. It peaked at number two in the US, number three in the UK and reached the top 10 in over 30 national charts. It was ineligible for the Billboard chart as a re-release but entered the Pop Catalog Charts at number one where it stayed for ten non-consecutive weeks[] with the best sales on that chart since December This brought US sales of the album tocopies, making it the best-selling catalog album of After Jackson's death in JuneThriller set additional records.

It sold more thancopies, placing it at number two on the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart. Songs from Thriller also helped Jackson become the first artist to sell more than one million song downloads in a week. For one week beginning November 20,Google Play Music offered an exclusive free copy of the album to its users in the U. S which included the demo of "Billie Jean" as an additional track. Personnel as listed in the album's liner notes are: [].

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Thriller Michael Jackson album. Michael Jackson. Excerpt of the album's title track and one of Jackson's signature pieces, "Thriller", released as a single in Jackson uses cinematic sound effects, horror film motifs and vocal trickery to convey a sense of danger. It is the most notable ballad on the album, praised for its moody, introspective lyrics and sound. The song was written and co-produced by Jackson. The track mixed uptempo funk and disco with the somber themes of paranoia and obsession.

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San Francisco. Archived from the original on 11 June Retrieved 19 September Archived from the original on 11 October But despite his planning, in the rigors of the live concert setting, with the loud rock music and the hours spent filming the show, there were unscripted film reloads and camera malfunctions.

It was not possible for all songs to be covered. Notably omitted from the film is Stephen Stillswho only performed in a jam session. Both jam sessions were omitted from the film entirely. While Bob Dylan had agreed to perform in the concert, which was being filmed, he decided during the intermission that he did not want his own performance filmed after all.

He feared it might detract from his film, Renaldo and Clarawhich he directed during the Rolling Thunder Revue tour, which ended months earlier. Levon Helm said that Scorsese "went nuts" upon hearing that Dylan changed his mind, while "Robbie became totally pale.

He, along with Robertson and Scorsese, then went to Graham: " Bill. You're going to have to go and talk to Bob. They wanted Graham to explain to Dylan how dire the situation was, said Helm. As Graham walked toward Dylan's dressing room, he tried to reassure them, "Don't worry, I'm gonna make it happen. Man, they were all biting their nails. I think Bill really pleaded with Bob for us, for the sake of the history of it all.

He was in there for a couple of minutes, but it seemed like an hour. No one could believe this. With about five minutes left, word came down that the last two songs in Bob's part of the show could be filmed, and only the last two. Bill Graham saved their asses that night. Robertson also assured Dylan that the concert film's release would be delayed until after his film.

In a sense, he really saved the day for us. At one point during Dylan's performance, Robertson states that Lou Kemp, a close friend of Dylan, said 'We're not filming this.

According to Kemp, "More or less, Bob got his way. I think they shot a little more than he wanted but they didn't shoot as much as they wanted. As it ended up, everybody came out whole. Oh, we'll go through all this bullshit and in the end, we'll shoot it. I knew the game very well. Thank God for Bill Graham.

In the end, it was shot. And it looked staggering. He looked amazing in the film, Bobby Dylan. Almost like a Christ figure. A Christ in a white hat. I mean, what more could you ask for? Scorsese has said that during this period, he was using cocaine heavily. The Band's performance of " The Weight " with the Staple Singers was included in the film instead of the concert version. The Band and Harris performed "Evangeline", which was also included in the film.

Finally, according to musical director John Simon, during post-production the live recording was altered to clean up "playing mistakes, out-of tune singing, bad horn-balance in the remote truck. More than being a collection of impressively filmed and virtuosically mixed 'live' songs, "The Last Waltz" ranks as probably the finest record of a rock concert ever put on film.

Hartford Courant [22]. The film has been hailed critically, listed among the greatest concert films. The website's critical consensus reads, "Among one of, if not the best rock movie ever made, The Last Waltz is a revealing, electrifying view of the classic band at their height. Levon Helmin his autobiography This Wheel's on Fireexpresses serious reservations about Scorsese's handling of the film, claiming that Scorsese and Robbie Robertson who produced the film conspired to make The Band look like Robbie Robertson's sidemen.

He states that Robertson, who is depicted singing powerful backing vocals, was actually singing into a microphone that was turned off throughout most of the concert a typical practice during their live performances. Helm was also dissatisfied with Manuel and Hudson's minimal screen time and the fact most of the band members never received any money for the various home videos, DVDs and soundtracks released by Warner Bros. His first album, The Progressive Blues Experiment, originally appeared on the regional Sonobeat label and was subsequently reissued nationally on Imperial.

Unlike his brother Edgar, who got caught up in the whole glam rock thing, Johnny Winter remained a respected blues artist for his entire career. In addition to the album's showpiece, the seventeen minute In Held Twas I, the album has several memorable tracks, including Rambling On, which closes out side one of the original LP. The song's rambling first-person lyrics none of which actually rhyme tell the story of a guy who, inspired by a Batman movie, decides to jump off a roof and fly.

Oddly enough, he succeeds. Artist: Southwest F. At the time Coley whose name was originally spelled Colley and Seals were both 20 years old.

They would find success as a soft rock duo in the late s. In the s Seals would become one of the most successful country artists of the decade. The policy at the time in the US was for B sides that got a significant amount of airplay to be rated separately from the A side of the single, and Lady Jane managed to climb to the 24 spot on the Hot Mother's Little Helper peaked at 8. Exascerbating the problem was the band's increasing frustration with the limitations of four-track technology, which often necessitated bouncing tracks from one machine to another to make room for more tracks, resulting in a loss of overall quality.

In fact, Mick Jagger has called the entire album "garbage" with the exception of one song that was only included on the British version of the LPdue to the poor audio quality of the finished product. Still, some of the songs, like Complicated, are good representations of where the band was musically at the time the album was recorded. Although, as with all the early Stones releases, there were differences between the US and UK versions of the album, both releases included Think, a song that is fairly representative of the mids Rolling Stones sound.

Part of the reason for this is because it was, by all accounts, a "contractual obligation" album, and only two of the four new songs were actually recorded specifically for use in the film. Meaningless or not, Hey Bulldog is indeed a good sounding record, and one of the few to reflect the same sense of whimsy found on the band's annual Christmas records sent to members of their fan club.

This week it's free-form rock all the way from Procol Harum to Genesis, with a mixture of live recording, B sides, and even an EP track joining the album tracks this time around. One song that probably should have gotten more attention than it did was Bringing Home The Bacon, from the aforementioned Grand Hotel album.

The group would experience a brief return to top 40 radio the following year with the release of their live version of Conquistador, LP) track that originally appeared on the band's debut LP. The LP, released inwas dedicated to the memory of Jimi Hendrix. Indeed, Marino's music in many ways represented possible directions that Hendrix himself may have taken had he lived past the age of Funky Woman is an example of one such direction.

The thing is, it really isn't much of a song at all, just a sequence of ten notes repeated over and over with occasional vocals and guitar solos on top. It was, however, a fun song to jam on, as it only took a few seconds to learn the basic riff. And, as can be heard on the album itself, talented musicians can keep that simple sequence of ten notes intersting for over nine minutes. My reasoning is this: a live recording, no matter how well recorded, is still nothing more than a documentation of a performance that has already taken place.

I believe that there is no possible way to duplicate the actual experience of hearing the song performed live. A studio recording, on the other hand, is a work of, if not art, at least craftmanship. The ability of the artist to go back and make changes to the work until that artist is satisfied with the final product is what makes the studio recording more than just a snapshot of a performance.

Just like a sculpture or painting, a studio recording is a set piece, meant to be repeatedly experienced in its final form. That said, here we have a live track from The Band's most popular album, Rock of Ages.

Well, the main reason is the first part of the recording, The Genetic Method, which is an improvisational piece from Garth Hudson on the organ.

As the two tracks run continuously there was really no choice but to include Chest Fever as well. One small aside: the performances used for Rock of Ages all came from a set of concerts held over the New Year's holidays.

The presence of Auld Lang Syne in the middle of The Genetic Method suggests that Hudson started his performance at just a few minutes before midnight and played the familiar strains as the clock struck twelve. Among the better tracks on the album was a tune called Blood Of The Sun, which the two of them wrote along with Pappaliardi's wife Janet Collins.

The pair of them meshed so well that they decided to form a band with drummer Corky Laing, using the name Mountain. One of the first gigs by the new band was the Woodstock festival, where they played Blood Of The Sun to an enthusiastic crowd. Electric Funeral, from the band's second album, Paranoid, shows that evolution in progress. We figured most everyone in the audience had not yet heard of Pink Floyd, since there were no progressive rock FM stations in that part of the country and damned few AM stations playing anything but country for that matter.

Composer Roger Waters later said of the piece: "It's not actually anything, it's a bit of concrete poetry. Those were sounds that I made, the voice and the hand slapping were all human generated - no musical instruments. In addition to the LP, Pye issued a four-song EP from the album as well, promoted as a "maxi-single", perhaps the first ever use of the term. The opening track from both the album and the EP was God's Children; the song was also released as a single in the UK but did not chart.

None of these records, by the way, were ever given a North American release, resulting in the Percy soundtrack being the best selling Kinks import album in the US for several years. The new group scored its biggest hit in with the song Hold Your Head Up. The original single was released on April 11, and ran 2 minutes and 52 seconds.

They recruited Canada's David Clayton-Thomas, who not only brought a unique vocal sound to the group, but also penned one of their most popular songs, Spinning Wheel. The tune was the band's second consecutive top 5 single and cemented the group's reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the music world. Go figure. This is one of those shows that has no artists sets, instead featuring 32 tracks from 32 different artists, including half a dozen that have never been played on Stuck in the Psychedelic Era before.

It does, however, include a new Advanced Psych segment with a decidedly garage-rock feel to it. McPhee branched out on his own with a band called Herbal Mixture in Eventually Tony McPhee would gain greater fame as leader of the Groundhogs in the early 70s. In June of that year the Beatles came to Adelaide and were greeted by the largest crowd of their career aroundpeople. The popularity of the Beatles among the locals prompted the Mustangs to add vocalist Jim Keays and switch to British-influenced Beat music.

In latehaving been introduced to the blues through records by bands like the Yardbirds and Rolling Stones, the band changed its name to the Masters Apprentices, with Bower explaining that "we are apprentices to the masters of the blues—Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James and Robert Johnson". The band decided to relocate to Melbourne in earlytaking on Steve Hopgood as the band's new drummer when Vaughton decided to stay in Adelaide.

They released their debut LP inalthough the people at Astor Records mistakenly added an apostrophe to Masters on the album cover.

Among the many Bower originals on the album was Buried And Dead, which was also released as the band's second single. Unfortunately, Bower suffered a nervous breakdown in September, and the band was left without a songwriter.

By the end of the Masters Apprentices were on the verge of disintegrating, which led Keays to reorganize the band in January of with several new members, retaining only Gavin Webb from the original Mustangs lineup. He also ended up leaving the group due to stomach ulcers in April of To do so he assembled a group of local musicians, mostly from a local group called Purple Haze and, using the tongue-in-cheek name Steppendog, recorded I'm Feeling Down.

There was no market for the lavishly produced Begin album, which failed to chart despite getting rave reviews from the press. A second Millennium album was shelved, and the members went their separate ways. In more recent years the album has attained legendary status as, in the words of one critic, "probably the single greatest 60s pop record produced in L.

Two sets this week: the first one takes us from toone year at a time, while the second is for the most part centered on Of course it all rocks. Unlike most live albums, the double LP contained no overdubs or remixes, reflecting the band's desire to present an accurate, if flawed, representation of how the band actually sounded in concert. Although most of the songs on the Live Album are also available as studio tracks on their first three albums, one track, the five-minute long instrumental piece called Mark Says Alright, was nearly exclusive to the Live Album.

I say "nearly" because the track was also issued as the B side of the album's first single, Heartbreaker. Originally a Merseybeat band doing Motown covers, the band had slowly been incorporating elements of California bands such as the Byrds and the Association.

With the addition of Ian Whiteman, they began to delve into improvisational rock as well, and by the time they officially became Mighty Baby in they were being hailed as England's answer to the Grateful Dead.

As can be heard on tracks like I've Been Down So Long, they certainly had the talent to pull it off, but even the Dead themselves were generally received with indifference by the British, and Mighty Baby fared no better there than the band that inspired them.

Not long after that my dad got transferred back to the States, and I somehow missed the release of the next TYA album, Cricklewood Green. A friend of mine had a copy, though, that we spent a lot of time listening to, so when I saw the next TYA album, Watt, on the racks I immediately picked it up. I wore that copy out, and only later learned that the album had gotten mostly negative reviews from the rock press.

I think that's when I started to suspect that most rock critics were self-righteous individuals with no talent of their own, because I thought Watt was a good album then and I still think it's a good album. For the most part they succeeded. One of the heavier tunes on the album, Time To Live, was actually put together in the recording studio itself, and tells the story of a man being released from prison after serving a year sentence.

Obviously, the song was not written from personal experience, since the band members were all in their early 20s at the time. The alternate version of Time To Live heard here was mixed and edited for a possible single release, but never issued. Oddly enough, it is actually about 15 seconds longer than the LP version. Among the other things he accomplished with this album was pretty much single-handedly inventing the power pop genre with the song Couldn't I Just Tell You.

Staffell left the band before the group's first LP) replaced by John Deaconbut not before co-writing a song called Doing All Right, which Staffell originally sang lead vocals on.

When Queen finally got a record contract inthey included Doing All Right on the debut LP, with Basada, who by then had taken the stage name Freddie Mercury, doing the vocals in a style deliberately similar to that of Staffell.

This is due in part to the inclusion of a live version of the song on the LP Ummagumma. The original studio version was also included on the compilation album Relics.

It is one of the first songs credited to all four band members following the departure of founder Syd Barrett. Such is the case with the debut Pentangle album from The group, consisting of guitarists John Renbourne and Bert Jansch, vocalist Jacqui McShea, bassist Terry Cox, and drummer Danny Thompson, had more talent than nearly any band in history from any genre, yet never succumbed to the clash of egos that characterize most supergroups. Enjoy all seven minutes of Pentangling. Unfortunately, this idea resulted in excessive tape hiss, which was equalized out during the mastering process, leaving the entire album with a somewhat muddy sound that Mitchell later described as sounding like it was recorded under a Jello bowl.

After his stint in New York he returned to California, where he started hanging out in the Laurel Canyon home of David Crosby, who had been fired from the Byrds in Crosby's house at that time was generally filled with a variety of people coming and going, and Crosby and Stills soon found themselves doing improvised harmonies on each other's material in front of a friendly, if somewhat stoned, audience.

It was not long before they invited Graham Nash, whom they heard had been having problems of his own with his bandmates in the Hollies, to come join them in Laurel Canyon.

The three soon began recording together, and in released the album Crosby, Stills and Nash. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes was chosen as the opening track for the new album and was later released in severely edited form as a single. The first thing that comes to mind for most people when they hear the words "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is a really long rock song with a drum solo.

This week, though, those words describe three other songs from the same album. There are a few more oddities, as well as a healthy dose of classics, on this week's edition of Stuck in the Psychedelic Era. In their case, they were actually tied to two different trends. The first one was a positive thing: it was now possible for a band to be considered successful without a top 40 hit, as long as their album sales were healthy. The second trend was not such a good thing; as was true for way too many bands, It's A Beautiful Day was sorely mistreated by its own management, in this case one Matthew Katz.

What the members of It's A Beautiful Day did not know at the time was that both of the aforementioned bands were desperately trying to get out of their contracts with Katz. Unfortunately for the band, Seattle already had a sound of its own and attendance at their gigs was sparse.

Feeling downtrodden and caged and having no means of transportation to boot classically-trained 5-string violinist and lead vocalist David LaFlamme and his keyboardist wife Linda LaFlamme translated those feelings into a song that is at once sad and beautiful: the classic White Bird. Credit for those goes to one Pattie Santos, the other female band member. A lot of the music was just lost in the mix, a lot of what was really there.

Recently, however, Warner Brothers and Rhino have LP) a limited edition pressing of the original mix on vinyl. Nonetheless, the story of Kak is more unique than most. What started off as a solo project soon turned into a group effort, and by June the band had worked up enough material to start recording.

After only one session, however, the project was delayed and work on the album itself did not begin until September.

During this time the band continued to work up new material written by Yoder, such as I've Got Time, as well as a few songs co-written by Grelecki. The band had very little equipment of their own, however; as a result they did not do any live performances that summer. Once they were able to commence recording in earnest the entire album took about a week to record. Without strong touring support, the album got lost among the many outstanding records released inand Kak disbanded soon after.

The tune has a strong country feel to it, presaging Hillman's future career as a member of the Desert Rose Band in the s.

Guitarist Clarence White, who would soon become a member of the band, makes an early appearance on the track.

After their first few singles failed to chart, the band's label and management convinced them to record the more psychedelic-sounding Kites.

Although the band hated the record, it ended up being their only top 10 single in the UK, and after subsequent records went nowhere, the group, finally realizing that they were not destined to hit the big time as a blue-eyed soul band, disbanded in The Shulman brothers, however, did achieve success in the s with their new band Gentle Giant, which was about as far removed from blue-eyed soul as you can get. Written by Gary Bonner and Al Gordon, the same team that came up with Happy Together, the song is a worthy follow up to that monster hit.

One such band was Red Crayola, a Texas band who found themselves labelmates with the 13th Floor Elevators in Which brings us to this curious single issued in International Artists, a relatively small label owned by a group of Texas businessmen, ceased to exist inand this single is a British import.

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