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This Is It

Dance & Electronic and Pop album by Michael Jackson

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Nothing new, but second disc and the new single make it worth owning

  • Nov 2, 2009
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This Is It is an album compiling the songs of Michael Jackson's songs that were to be done in his London Concerts, and is presented in the order they were to be performed. My one complaint is that these are the studio versions that many fans already own through Michael's albums instead of something new or updated.

I am disappointed that they did not include a bonus disc of him singing these songs live in his rehearsals. Having seen the This Is It documentary it was clear that Michael was singing all his songs live, even while dancing (he often got out of breath) and a live Michael album is what I think fans would really need.

That being said this album does have some good new things.

This Is It - a sweet, moving ballad by the late King of Pop. Probably not good for casual listeners, but if you're a devoted fan such as myself you'll enjoy it.

Planet Earth - the first time we get to hear Michael reading his poetry aloud. It really shows you the deeper side of Michael's personality; a side we often didn't see.

We then get some demos of his classic songs, the best of which is the demo for Beat It; just fun to hear Michael doing the tune and words all by himself.

This is a good collector's item, but don't expect much new if you already own Michael's previous compilation albums or records.

Remember to always think of love - L.O.V.E - when listening to these songs!

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review by . October 28, 2009
posted in Music Matters
I have to tell you folks: This whole Michael Jackson death thing is getting to be the stuff of parody. As if the release of bloopers as a "major motion picture" wasn't bad enough, but this album release from Sony is so much more offensive on so many levels. Now I don't want to berate Sony too much because there WAS a movie titled "This Is It" released in theaters which meant a soundtrack album was to shortly follow. And from the outside it appears that this was a project of great love and care. …
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Disc one features the original album masters of some of Michael's biggest hits such as "Billie Jean," "Smooth Criminal," "Human Nature," and "Thriller" arranged in the same sequence as they appear in the film. The disc ends with two versions of "This Is It," the original and an orchestral version. "This Is It" is featured in the film's closing sequence and includes backing vocals by Michael's brothers, the Jacksons.

Disc two offers fans a rare listen to the early demo versions of classics "She's Out Of My Life," "Wanna Be Startin'," "Somethin'," and "Beat It." This disc also features a recently discovered spoken word poem from Michael Jackson entitled "Planet Earth."

Michael Jackson's This Is It also includes a 36-page, commemorative booklet featuring exclusive photos of Michael from his last rehearsal.

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Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Artist: Michael Jackson
Genre: Pop, Dance & Electronic
Release Date: October 26, 2009
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