I thought I would start a segment on some of the unreleased tracks that never made Michael’s albums.Michael would write over a hundred songs for each album. However, it is such a statement to Michael Jackson that these songs were worthy of any other album, yet such was the quality of the other songs on his albums, that these songs never made it. If you haven’t heard these songs before, I hope you enjoy them.
Love Never Felt So Good
This beautiful song, written by MJ in 1983, showcased Michael’s great vocals and had a great harmony complimented by his finger snaps. One of my favourite MJ songs, however unfortunately the song didn’t make the Thriller album. This track is definitely worth a listen to hear his range and versatility.
Slave to the Rhythm
This song, which was produced by Tricky Stewart, didn’t make the Invincible album. The dance anthem sound was prominent during the time it was written in 1998. This song is timeless and could well have been in the charts today.
There Must Be More To Life Than This
Michael and Freddie formed a good friendship during this period. This was one of three songs that Michael worked on with Queen’s Freddie Mercury in 1983. Freddie also wrote and performed “State of Shock” with Michael. The duet features two of the world’s greatest ever performers, both of whom passed away far too soon.
We Be Ballin’
Michael wrote this song in 1998, a remix was to be released on a NBA compilation album scheduled for the end of 1997 and was also going to be featured in commercials for NBA’s “I Love This Game” campaign but went unreleased due to a player strike that season. The song featured Ice Cube and Shaquille O’Neal and showcased Michael’s skill as an R’N’B singer.
I hope you enjoyed these songs. There are hundreds more which I will pick from in the coming weeks.
*** Also Happy 30th anniversary to the moonwalk which was showcased yesterday the 26th March for the first time in 1983, at Motown 25. Here’s a reminder of that special performance to enjoy once more.