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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Michael Jackson: The Remixes



The world mourns with the passing of Michael Jackson,
one the most successful and influential artists
of the '80s - and even today after his sudden death
with his CD sales skyrocketing up the charts again.

I was never a big fan, but I have an appreciation
for his musical talent and career. I actually had his
1982 album "Thriller" on vinyl and gave it to my lil
sister. I had several requests to play Michael Jackson
on my radio show at KZSC.org and came across the song
"Dirty Diana" from his 1987 album "BAD." Never heard
it before, but found quite catchy after a spin.

I found some cool MJ mixes over at imeem.com:
"Dirty Diana Cure & Cause Remix"
"P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (Ben Cook Remix)"
"Rock With You (Remix)"
"Rock With You (Frankie Knuckles Remix)"

Other bloggers contributed these links:

DJ dreamtime decided to create a DreamTime Mix of
"Dirty Diana" as a tribute to Michael.

DJ dreamtime used the Album Version, the Single
Version, the Instrumental Version and a small snippet
from the DMC Mix.

LostTurntable posted this track that originally
appeared as the B-side to the American version of
the "Who Is It" single, but it later popped up on the
soundtrack to Zoolander. With many of the "Dangerous"
singles it seemed that MJ was taking his back
catalog and giving some prominent electronic
artists of the time a go. Moby got "Beat It,"
the Brothers in Rhythm got "Wanna Be Startin'
Something" and Masters at Work got to mix
"Rock With You."

I think I'm the only person in the world who
likes this remix of "Beat It." It's definitely odd
and not for everyone, but give it a chance, Moby
deconstructs the shit out it, shifting the guitar
solo to the front, chopping up the synth opening
of the original and making the verses very sparse,
cutting out everything but a simple beat and
Michael's voice.

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