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Thriller 25th Anniversay Edition: another missed opportunity

 
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The Seventh Taylor



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:36 pm    Post subject: Thriller 25th Anniversay Edition: another missed opportunity Reply with quote

February 2008 will see the reissue of the biggest-selling album of all time, Michael Jackson's Thriller. It's already available for pre-order on Amazon here.



Again, however, like with the previous remaster (the 'Special Edition', probably the 20th Anniversary Edition), no multichannel SACD. No SACD at all, in fact.



It seems however Sony is not to blame in this case, but the artist himself is. According to this article from Fox News, the record company has sunk millions into making remixes of all his albums for SACD, without getting Jackson's approval for release.

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Jackson has spent not only millions on the making of Invincible, but millions more on the planned re-release of his catalogue by Sony this fall. All of his albums, from Off the Wall through HIStory, were remixed for the new Sony Super Audio CD format. But Jackson, working through an engineer, went through 50 different mixes of each song from each album. "He went through them and over and over again. Itís not like they hadnít already been remastered for CD in the first place. And it was the same engineer who did it the first time. The guy just leaks money."


After this year's 20th Anniversary Edition reissue (by Universal) of U2's The Joshua Tree, which was originally reported to contain an SACD (see reports here and here) but in the end has four different new version (vinyl, CD, double CD, and 2CD+DVD) without any SACD, there goes another high-profile chance of bringing SACD to the attention of the masses.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Superman



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The currently available Thriller SACD is considered the best available sound of the album in any format. It is only 2 channel though.
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The Seventh Taylor



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's an interesting article about the 5.1-channel mixes of Thriller here:

http://mixonline.com/mag/audio_mick_guzauski/
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The Seventh Taylor



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just found a third article referring to the 5.1 mixes of Thriller: a much more recent interview with Mick Guzauski in Mix Online:

http://mixonline.com/recording/interviews/audio_mick_guzauski_2

As I noticed that the article about 'Thriller' was today's Featured Article on the Wikipedia homepage and that any information about SACD (be it the stereo release or the withheld multichannel mixes) was missing, I decided to add this bit to the section about reissues:

[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thriller_(album)#Reissues_and_catalog_sales[/url]

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Sony also hired sound engineer and mixer Mick Guzauski to work with Jackson on creating 5.1-channel surround sound mixes of Thriller as well as all his other albums for release on the then new Super Audio CD format yet despite numerous retries the artist never approved any of the mixes. Consequently, Thriller was issued on SACD with the stereo mix only.
including all the relevant references.

I hope lots of people will read it and Sony will take action to release these mixes from the vaults.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For you completists, hardcore fans and other collectors, there are actually two versions of the Thriller SACD available: a Japanese one and an American one. (Note: SACD has no such thing as region codes -- they are universally playable on any SACD player worldwide)

(available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de and other local branches)

(available from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de and other local branches)

The music page has been updated accordingly.
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