June 29, 2009

Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

Last week, the world was shocked to learn about the sudden death of one of the most successful pop musicians in history. Although he was beset by many problems during the last years of his life, Michael Jackson was clearly still a huge part of the lives of his fans, and continued to influence countless other musicians.

The Vinyl Resurrection Collection would like to honour the passing of Michael Jackson by featuring two of the biggest-selling albums of his career, Thriller (1982) and Bad (1987). So, if you're not one of the tens of millions of people who already owns these albums anyway, I invite you to take a step back into the 80s and enjoy these super-mega-hits all over again.


Just like countless others, I could not get enough of Michael Jackson's biggest album of all time when it was released in 1982. At the time I was a young lad who was just starting to develop my own musical identity, and this was positively mesmerizing. Never before (and perhaps never again) had I seen such a captivating showman. I watched the revolutionary 14-minute video for the title track over and over and over again, while my brother and I managed to convince our parents to buy us a "Making of Thriller" video, which was also played innumerable times. Thriller went on to become the biggest-selling album of all time, and continues to hold this record to this day, with worldwide sales of over 100 million units. Truly a landmark album by a landmark talent.


Despite phenomenal success and popularity in the mid-80s, the follow-up album to Thriller did not come until five years later, with 1987's Bad. Although it has not sold as many units as its predecessor ("only" about 30 million as opposed to over 100 million), it did have more chart hits - five out of the album's ten tracks became Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles, the first and currently the only album to ever achieve this number.


We hope you find peace, Michael. We just can't stop loving you.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I got to be startin' somethin'.

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