produced by Quincy Jones (1982)
1. Wanna Be Startin' Something
2. Baby Be Mine
3. The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney)
5. Beat It
6. Billie Jean
7. Human Nature
8. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
9. The Lady In My Life
I was still playing with action figures!!!
I wasn't all that preoccupied with girls, yet - and yet, this album connected with me, on every song! Each track resonated with a deep chord of my being - I may even attribute to tracks 3, 9 and, of course, 6, the awakening of my trademark romanticism!
I had just begun discovering film classics circa 1982, too, and to see the link being made between a bygone era and the then "today" - with Vincent Price (then the host of PBS' Mystery!) appearing on the "Thriller" track, his inimitable baritone voice ever so scary - it injected new life, also, into the fledgling historian in me!
And tracks 1 and 5, of course, stimulated me to simply FIGHT ON... fight the good fight... never give up an inch!
And I never did!
Track 7 wasn't a "classic" - but it still made me think and ponder what human nature was truly all about and, as such, it is the true genesis of my own personal "trust no one" stance - not the X-Files, at all!
Truly an album for the ages, that 1982 vinyl record, that I still own and will not get rid of now, that MJ has passed on; for it is ten times the collector's item it was before!
And to think that he would never again make such an album (BAD and Dangerous are distant seconds - while HIStory contains his true greatest song ever (Earth Song - and the true greatest video he ever did too, I say) but it was not a new album - merely a compilation)
And to think, also, that one could learn so much valuable lessons from such a confused, tortured soul as MJ's; allegedly a pedophile, treated like a "freak" for the last twenty or so years of his, all in all, very short life...
I never even knew he was merely ten years older than I am.
Wish it was 1982...
I bet he does, too.
RIP - MJ.
Labels: commemorative, MJ