Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/176,4 kHz | Time – 42:19 minutes | 1,78 GB | Genre: Pop, R&B, Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Epic / MJJ Productions, Inc.
The King of Pop’s legendary masterpiece, Thriller, remains the bestselling album of all time. Produced by Quincy Jones, this landmark pop recording showcases Jackson’s undeniable genius. Thriller features the classics “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “The Girl Is Mine,” “Thriller,” “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Human Nature,” “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” and more. The album won an unprecedented seven GRAMMYS and is featured on numerous “Best Of” lists including Rolling Stone, Vibe, Slant Magazine and Q. Thriller is a definitive record in music history. A must-have.
- Won the GRAMMY® for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Male), Best Rock Vocal Performance (Male), Best R&B Vocal Performance (Male), Best Rhythm & Blues Song and Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical.
- “The Girl Is Mine (feat. Paul McCartney)” reached #1 on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary Charts.
- “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” reached #5 on theBillboard Hot 100.
- “Human Nature” reached #2 on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary Charts.
- “Billie Jean” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- “Beat It” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- “Thriller” reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- Reached #1 on the Billboard 200.
- Reached #1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Albums.
- On Rolling Stone‘s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
- #3 on the National Association of Recording Merchandisers’ “Definitive 200 Albums of All Time.”
- #1 on Slant Magazine‘s “Best Albums of the 1980s.”
- On Q‘s “100 Greatest Albums Ever.”
- On Vibe‘s “100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century.”
- Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.
The HDtracks version in 176.4 kHz is killer! Tons of jump, knock-out clarity, bass that hammers your soul, a sense of improved spaciousness, and poundin’ rhythm that had me tapping my foot immediately! The enhanced resolution makes the greatness of Jackson at his height of his art inescapable. – David W. Robinson, Positive Feedback
Off the Wall was a massive success, spawning four Top Ten hits (two of them number ones), but nothing could have prepared Michael Jackson for Thriller. Nobody could have prepared anybody for the success of Thriller, since the magnitude of its success was simply unimaginable — an album that sold 40 million copies in its initial chart run, with seven of its nine tracks reaching the Top Ten (for the record, the terrific “Baby Be Mine” and the pretty good ballad “The Lady in My Life” are not like the others). This was a record that had something for everybody, building on the basic blueprint of Off the Wall by adding harder funk, hard rock, softer ballads, and smoother soul — expanding the approach to have something for every audience. That alone would have given the album a good shot at a huge audience, but it also arrived precisely when MTV was reaching its ascendancy, and Jackson helped the network by being not just its first superstar, but first black star as much as the network helped him. This all would have made it a success (and its success, in turn, served as a new standard for success), but it stayed on the charts, turning out singles, for nearly two years because it was really, really good. True, it wasn’t as tight as Off the Wall — and the ridiculous, late-night house-of-horrors title track is the prime culprit, arriving in the middle of the record and sucking out its momentum — but those one or two cuts don’t detract from a phenomenal set of music. It’s calculated, to be sure, but the chutzpah of those calculations (before this, nobody would even have thought to bring in metal virtuoso Eddie Van Halen to play on a disco cut) is outdone by their success. This is where a song as gentle and lovely as “Human Nature” coexists comfortably with the tough, scared “Beat It,” the sweet schmaltz of the Paul McCartney duet “The Girl Is Mine,” and the frizzy funk of “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).” And, although this is an undeniably fun record, the paranoia is already creeping in, manifesting itself in the record’s two best songs: “Billie Jean,” where a woman claims Michael is the father of her child, and the delirious “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” the freshest funk on the album, but the most claustrophobic, scariest track Jackson ever recorded. These give the record its anchor and are part of the reason why the record is more than just a phenomenon. The other reason, of course, is that much of this is just simply great music.
01 – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
02 – Baby Be Mine
03 – The Girl Is Mine
04 – Thriller
05 – Beat It
06 – Billie Jean
07 – Human Nature
08 – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
09 – The Lady in My Life