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Original Soul Of Michael Jackson


US Single

Twenty-Five Miles
US Promo M 1914, 1987

 

The Original Soul Of Michael Jackson

US LP released October 1987
Europe LP released February 1988

Mastered by John Matousek, Motown Hitsville USA Recording Studios
Made from masters of Motown Records Corporation
Art Direction: Johnny Lee
Design and illustration: Jeff Lancaster and Dick Bouchard

 

Side 1

1. Twenty-Five Miles 3:27
1987 overdubbed version

2. Dancing Machine 3:50
1987 overdubbed version, alternate vocals

3. It's Too Late To Change The Time 3:49
1987 overdubbed version

4. Melodie 3:18
1987 overdubbed version

5. Ain't No Sunshine 3:05
1987 overdubbed version, alternate vocals

6. Got To Be There 3:22
1987 overdubbed version

 

Side 2

1. Doggin' Around 2:19
1987 overdubbed version

2. Rockin' Robin 2:30
1987 overdubbed version

3. If I Don't Love You This Way 3:24
1987 overdubbed version

4. You've Got A Friend 4:36
1987 overdubbed version

5. Forever Came Today 5:54
1987 overdubbed version

 

 

Comme la couverture l'indique, l'album contient de la musique "jamais éditée", mais en réalité, sur les 11 chansons proposées, seul le titre Twenty-Five Miles , reprise du tube d'Edwin Starr de 1969, est inédit.

Ce sera d'ailleurs le seul à être exploité en single dans différents pays (et uniquement pour les radios aux USA).

La version proposée ici n'est malheureusement pas la version originale enregistrée par Michael vers 1969-1970. Une boîte à rythme moderne a été rajoutée, afin d'attirer le maximum d'audience... ce qui n'a pas fonctionné du tout.

Les autres titres sont des versions réarrangées et l'on remarquera des prises vocales différentes pour Ain't No Sunshine et Dancing Machine.

Initialement, une sortie du remix de Melodie était prévue en octobre 1989, mais fut remplacée par Twenty-Five Miles.

As the cover boasts, this album 'contains music never before released', but the only previously unheard song was Michael's version of Edwin Starr's 1969 hit Twenty-Five Miles.

The version included, unfortunately, was not the one Michael originally recorded. Modern drum machine overdubs were added, presumably in an effort to appeal to a late 1980s audience, but it didn't work.

Nor dit the remixed songs compare favourably with the originals although, interestingly, both Michael's Ain't No Sunshine and the Jackson 5's Dancing Machine also featured slightly different, alternate vocals.

Originally, the remix of Melodie was sheduled for release as a single in October 1989 (in the States only) but it was dropped and Twenty-Five Miles issued instead.

 

 

 


The Original Soul Of Michael Jackson
Original LP, 1987
6250 ML
USA
not common

The Original Soul Of Michael Jackson
Promo LP, 1987
6250 ML
USA
not common

The Original Soul Of Michael Jackson
Original CD, 1987
6250 MD
USA
not common

The Original Soul Of Michael Jackson
Original LP (w/ sticker), 1987
ZL 72622
Germany
not common

The Original Soul Of Michael Jackson
Original LP, 1987
R32M 1062
Japan
not common

The Original Soul Of Michael Jackson
Original LP, 1987
SMPR 020
Korea
not common

The Original Soul Of Michael Jackson
Reissue CD, 1988
Sliver Eagle SED 10721
Canada
not common