Having all of the albums, I have to say Bad was my favourite, despite Thriller being the most successful, yet arguably during the Bad tour, Jackson was at his peak.
Bad spanned 5 number ones in the Billboard Charts – “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana”, which is unthinkable these days and with a lack of viral marketing or digital sales back in 1987.
So, would MJ be turning in his grave now at the exploitation of his back catalogue and numerous album releases from Sony, with whom he fell out with over the Invincible album? I believe so. It is now over 3 years since the King of Pop’s life was tragically cut short, and since then Sony have issued several unreleased tracks and digitally remastered box sets. MJ fans are one of the most loyal fans out there and Sony has seen this as an opportunity to generate sales.
There has already been several albums – such as “Michael”, “This Is It” and “Immortal” which mainly just churns out songs we already heard or have in our collection. Jackson fans have been boycotting Sony feeling that anyone who buys their products essentially has the blood of Michael on their hands. Although I didn’t agree with Michael back in 2002 who stated that Sony were not marketing his album correctly because he was black, I do feel that they are now exploiting the fans and exploiting this man’s legacy by ‘milking’ everything he worked so hard for.
So this new box-set, Bad25 containing 3 CDs and a DVD of the Wembley concert, is the latest release from Sony. However, despite another re-release of the Bad album, it comes with a CD dedicated to previously unreleased tracks, this makes for good listening. The track which stood out for me was “I’m So Blue”
This song encapsulates Michael’s broad style of music with this blues number which has a sort of Stevie Wonder sound, which was prominent at the time. The rest of the tracks were definitely ‘Bad-esque’ which had that edgy, passionate sound yet with a touch of vulnerability about them of a man at the very top of his game with the world at his feet.
There are several remixed songs then which includes a remix of Bad by Afrojack and Pitbull. I’m sorry but you cannot remix a timeless classic like Bad. And you most certainly cannot do so with Pitbull. Yet another of Sony’s plans to bring music from the 80’s into today’s market.
The Wembley CD and DVD were also previously unreleased and make for great viewing as he performed in front of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. If anyone has never seen MJ live before then this is where to start. His raw infectious energy, dancing and singing has no comparison to the modern day lip-syncing performers such as Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber.
To celebrate the achievement of the fifth biggest selling album of all time is a great feat in itself and will provide Michael Jackson fans with some new material, however we shouldn’t buy into the shameless fashion in which Sony try’s to squeeze every cent from the King of Pop’s grave.