August 28, 2016

20,000 Vinyl LPs 64: Michael Jackson ‎– HIStory - Past, Present And Future - Book I


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My vinyl LP copy of HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I by Michael Jackson has never been opened; it is still factory sealed and it is for sale on Discogs (link below). 

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HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (usually shortened to HIStory) is the ninth studio album by American recording artist Michael Jackson. It is his fifth studio album released through Epic Records. It was released on June 18, 1995. This is Jackson's first album on his own label, MJJ Productions, and consists of two discs: the first disc (HIStory Begins) is a compilation of some of his greatest hits from 1979 onward, while the second disc (HIStory Continues) is a studio album composed entirely of new material. Most of the tracks on the second disc were written and produced by Jackson, some in conjunction with collaborators.      

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HIStory is Jackson's most controversial album. Jackson was accused of using anti-Semitic lyrics in They Don't Care About Us. Jackson stated that he did not mean any offense and on multiple occasions denied anti-Semitism. The dispute regarding the lyrics ended with Jackson re-recording them. R. Kelly was accused of plagiarizing one of the album's songs, You Are Not Alone. In 2007 a judge ruled that the song was plagiarized and the song was subsequently banned from radio stations in Belgium. 

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Six singles and two promotional singles were released from HIStory: Scream/Childhood, You Are Not Alone, Earth Song, This Time Around, They Don't Care About Us and Stranger in Moscow. This Time Around was released as a radio-only single, and Earth Song, They Don't Care About Us and Stranger in Moscow were less successful within the United States, but were successful internationally; all three peaked within the top ten in multiple countries.     

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The album was well received by music critics and was also commercially successful, debuting and peaking at number one in many countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, France and the United Kingdom, as well as charting within the top ten in Spain, India and Mexico. The album was certified six times platinum by the end of 1996 in Europe, making it the best selling album of the year in the combined European market. The album was nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning one for Best Music Video – Short Form for Scream. The greatest hits disc of the album was reissued as a single disc on November 13, 2001, under the name, Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I, and has reportedly sold four million copies worldwide as of early 2010. The second half of the album, consisting of 15 new songs, was finally released separately in selected European countries in 2011. HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I is the best selling double disc album of all time with between 20–30 million copies (40–60 million units) sold worldwide.  


Record 1, Side 1:
A1 – Billie Jean    
A2 – The Way You Make Me Feel    
A3 – Black Or White, Guitar – Slash (3)
A4 – Rock With You    
A5 – She's Out Of My Life    
A6 – Bad    

Record 1, Side 2:
B1 – I Just Can't Stop Loving You, performed by Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett
B2 – Man In The Mirror, Backing Vocals – Siedah Garrett
B3 – Thriller    
B4 – Beat It, Guitar – Eddie Van Halen
B5 – The Girl Is Mine, performed by Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney    

Record 2, Side 1:
C1 – Remember The Time    
C2 – Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough    
C3 – Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'    
C4 – Heal The World    

Record 2, Side 2:
D1 – Scream, performed by – Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson    
D2 – They Don't Care About Us    
D3 – Stranger In Moscow    
D4 – This Time Around, Featuring – Notorious B.I.G.
D5 – Earth Song, Producer – David Foster

Record 3, Side 1:    
E1 – D.S.    
E2 – Money    
E3 – Come Together    
E4 – You Are Not Alone, Producer – R. Kelly
E5 – Childhood (Theme From "Free Willy 2")    
E6 – Tabloid Junkie    

Record 3, Side 2:
F1 – 2 Bad    
F2 – History    
F3 – Little Susie    
F4 – Smile    


    Producer – Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (tracks: D1, F1 & F2), Quincy Jones (tracks: A1, A2, A4-A6, B1-B5, C1 & C2)


Box set is accompanied by a 12"x12" 52-page HISstory color booklet.

Michael Jackson ‎– HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I  
Label: Epic ‎– E3 59000
Format: 3 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Album Box Set
Country: US
Released: 1995
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, Rock
Style: RnB/Swing, Pop Rock, Disco

Net links:
Michael Jackson Discography        
 HIStory - Past, Present And Future - Book I on Discogs

HIStory songs on YouTube:    
You Are Not Alone          
Earth Song            
This Time Around               
This Time Around             
They Don't Care About Us              
Stranger in Moscow           

Styrous® ~ Sunday, August 28, 2016  

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