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Should several of the tracks on the 25th anniversary edition ofThrillerfind their way onto your MP3 player, you're going to have to admit: the music holds up. "Beat It" is not about to go stale, at least not without a rumble, and neither are "Billie Jean" and "P.Y.T." Even if you put the record-hurtling hits aside, you're still left with the realization that without MJ, there might not have been a JT [Justin Timberlake], never mind a Ne-Yo (listen closely to "Human Nature" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"). The bonus DVD bundled with the expanded CD includes a digitally redone version of the famous title-track video, among other clips, and it still astonishes with its choreography and attitude. As for the new tracks--Fergie inserts herself into "Beat It," Will.i.am takes on "The Girl Is Mine" and "P.Y.T.," Kanye West remixes "Billie Jean" (with characteristically subtle brilliance), Akon duets with M-Jack on "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," and the unreleased ballad "For All Time" (from the originalThrillersessions) is shined up and tacked on--they will suck you in like it was pop music's hugest year, 1983, all over again. Start brushing up on your moonwalk now.--Tammy La Gorce
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Label:  Sony Music Distribution
ArtistMichael Jackson
Release Date:  February 12, 2008
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I was looking for a special book to mark my 500th review for Amazon and had settled on an excellent VINE book when I paused to watch Michael Jackson's memorial. Actress Brooke Shields moved me to tears with her tribute to her dear friend, as did Martin Luther King III and many others. But when Usher sang, his words rang with magical truth: "Like a comet..." ... "Like a rainbow..."    That's when I decided to review Michael Jackson 25th Anniversary of Thriller which is his most …
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