Wednesday, May 23, 2012

More reissue news: Michael Jackson's 'Bad': 25

Epic/Legacy Recordings, in collaboration with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will celebrate the legendary Bad album and tour on Sept. 18 with the release of a deluxe package - three CDs, two collectible booklets, and the first authorized DVD release of a concert from the Bad tour.

The 25th anniversary deluxe edition will encompass a DVD of Jackson’s July 16, 1988 concert at Wembley Stadium. The concert is not a compilation of performances, but rather one complete show, exactly as Michael performed it for Prince Charles, Princess Diana and the 72,000 fans who were in the London audience for that night’s sold out show.

This show was one of the record-breaking seven nights played at the venue and attended by more than half a million people. The DVD was sourced from Michael Jackson’s personal VHS copy of the performance as shown on the JumboTrons during the concert. This footage was only recently unearthed and is the only known copy of the show to exist. The visuals have been restored and the audio quality enhanced. 

A CD of the re-mastered original album will contain previously unreleased material, including early demo versions of songs from
Bad as well as demos for songs not included on the final album. All of this material is being released as it was recorded during the original sessions. Nothing has been added. In addition, this CD will also include new remixes from internationally renowned DJ/producers. 

A second CD will showcase audio from the sound truck recordings of the July 16/Wembley performance. The first-ever live Michael Jackson CD to be released, this is the only concert from the tour known to exist on multitracks.

This 3 CD/1 DVD box set will also include two extensive booklets with yet unseen photos from the recording sessions, video sets and the concert tour, the original Bad cover art, a two-sided poster and more. A two-CD standard edition featuring the original album plus the CD of demos and new remixes will also be made available as will a stand alone edition of the DVD and a picture disc of the original album.

On June 5 in America, Epic/Legacy Recordings will re-release the original first single from the album, "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," as a CD Single with a previously unreleased bonus track from the same sessions, "Don't Be Messin' 'Round (demo)." This is a Wal-Mart exclusive CD single in the U.S. and will not be available digitally.

Then on June 26, a replica edition of the original 7" vinyl of this single with the original B-side "Baby Be Mine" will be made available to the world. The first single for
Bad, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” was originally released on 7" vinyl in 1987. The 7" single edit of the song has only been available on that original 7" vinyl until now.

Recently, Pepsi announced an exclusive global partnership with the Estate of Michael Jackson as part of its new “Live for Now” campaign. Starting this month, Michael Jackson and Pepsi fans in more than 20 countries around the world will experience this partnership in a variety of ways, including a retail campaign featuring one billion special edition Michael Jackson Bad 25 Pepsi cans, live events, and opportunities for fans to access special edition merchandise and new music from Bad 25.

More details on this and other exciting projects relating to
Bad’s 25th anniversary will be announced soon.

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