Michael Jackson "Thriller" - Anyone spun this recently?

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  1. onwardjames

    onwardjames Hoardimus Maximus Subscriber

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    Sitting here awaiting a dentist appointment on the last day of the year (got a spot on my tongue they're going to give a look-see, don't think it's anything serious) and I received a picture disc of "Thriller" from the maw-in-law.

    Now, I already have an unopened copy that I recently opened and spun, but I figured I'd see if my aversion to picture discs is justified.

    Yep, a little sibilant, and that low rumble I always hear on picture discs is also there, but not too bad.

    Then I start to immerse myself in an album I know all too well, but haven't really listened to in years.

    From Quincy Jones' production, to Eddie Van Halen's kickass solo in "Beat It" and throughout, that supremely talented singer MJ, I can see why this album was the biggest thing the 80's could offer.

    Strange to say, but with the odd tics and mannerisms Michael used in his singing, he didn't actually need
    any gimmicks.
    He was a very talented singer, with a gift for infusing his singing with style and panache.


    Anyway, it's literally 70 degrees here in Ky, tonight to drop to 45, so storms are here until after midnight, and I thought I'd share my very enjoyable ride on this classic.

    Anyone else recently spun it??
     
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  2. JHS2RT

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    Spun mine 2 nights ago.
     
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  3. RhythmGJ

    RhythmGJ Here, But I'm Gone... Subscriber

    Not unless I was DJing, so I'd say, a handful of times in the last couple of years (??)... :dunno:

    The kids do apparently still go crazy for "Beat It" and "Thriller."

    GJ
     
  4. El Pee

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    Classic.
     
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    I was never a fan back when it was released, but I have a copy on vinyl and really enjoy the production and sound quality! I like it much more for the music now too, good songs for sure!
     
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    @JHS2RT and @El Pee good to see you guys chiming in, don't recall seeing you on the boards of late. Hope all is well.
     

     

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  7. Crazy Gnome

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    Gets regular spins at the house on wax and CD. The CD is a special edition with bonus material. Highlight of the bonus material is Vincent Price and Michael doing there voice over with an unheard 2nd verse. My kids love Thriller. Timeless classic.
     
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    @Crazy Gnome the grandson is particularly fond of "Beat It" and tends to dance up a storm when he hears it. He's 6 now, but was 3 when I first played it for him.

    It is easy to get jaded about albums like this that have been so damned overplayed, but listening to it last night and this morning, I got it.

    Easily Michael's best work, even tho "Off The Wall" and "Bad" were both tremendous.
     
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    One of my earliest music memories is my Mom telling us he is on and my sisters and I running into the living room to dance to Beat It. I had to help my youngest sister she could barely walk. Now my kids request Michael frequently especially after his death. Amazing talent.
     
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    I've had difficulty with it for years.
    His real gem, IMO, is Off The Wall.
     
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  11. RhythmGJ

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    A different bag, almost, but yeah, that is a good dance/R&B album from that era. Nice gold lamme jacket, iirc as well...

    GJ
     

     

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  12. Mystic

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    No, but, by coincidence, I was describing for a few Frenchies the MTV "phenomenon" of the '80s in America and -- you already knew it -- "Thriller" came up in the discussion.
     
  13. likebike23

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    I play Thriller pretty often. I think MJ's records sound great, really well recorded and pressed. I'm with Slick Willie though, Off The Wall is my favorite. Thriller is good but does anyone else cringe when you hear "PYT"? :no:
     
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    I know I've played it one or twice within the last year. Well crafted, well sung. Amazing album with amazing talent!
     
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    @likebike23,
    I was going to say the same thing. Even before I was an "audiophile", I noticed the difference!
     
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    This is surely Quincy Jones' at his finest. Billie Jean is easily my favorite cut - about as dynamic as it gets from pop. I have early CD and LPs, which both sound just stunning in every way. It's been a while since I spun either though.
     
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    Always for Halloween, Quincy Jones production masterpiece.
     
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    I played the Video for my two Grandsons about a month ago. They thought it was pretty cool.
     
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    I never knew Toto had a big part to play on this album until recently.
     
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