Michael Jackson – Thriller

Michael Jackson – Thriller

One of the top selling albums of all time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, was released November 30, 1982. The recording of the album began at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles on April 14, 1982. When Quincy Jones walked into the studio, he said to some of the others involved in the recording, ‘OK guys, we’re going to save the recording industry’. At 12:00 noon the actual recording began with Paul McCartney and Micheal singing ‘The Girl is Mine’. The album spent 37 weeks at number one on the Billboard charts. Thriller consisted of nine tracks, seven of which were released as singles. All seven reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Michael indicated that his inspiration for the album was Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker Suite’ because ‘every song was a killer’. Listen on Spotify:Thriller Backgrounds on some of the songs: Beat It Beat It was written by Jackson and was an attempt to make a clean break with the disco sound of Jackson’s Off the Wall album. Quincy Jones and Jackson wanted to make a rock song that would appeal to all tastes, and after weeks of searching for a guitarist, found Eddie Van Halen. Van Halen would later say about the recording ‘Everybody (from Van Halen) was out of town and I figured, who’s going to know if I play on this kid’s record?’ Billie Jean Michael wrote this song with a particular obsessed fan in mind. The most persistant of his admirers he received dozens of letters from her, including one with a gun and a note indicating that since she and her child (which she...
The Beatles Release Help!

The Beatles Release Help!

Voted 331 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, Help! was the fifth British album and tenth North American album released by The Beatles. The Album was released August 6, 1965. The original photograph on the UK album was printed in reverse. Holding it up to a mirror, it spells, using flag semaphore, the letters LPUS – “Help Us”. (For more information on the History of Semaphore Flags visit the Flag Press blog). The album spent 37 weeks in the Top 20 in the UK (nine as No. 1), and 42 weeks in the Top 20 in the US (nine as No. 1). The album contained fourteen songs, seven of which appeared in the film of the same name. The tracks from the album are listed below. (Click the links, where available, to listen to a sample audio file). To listen to a sample of all fourteen tracks visit the Apple Corps Beatles website: Tracks from the Beatles Help! album – Side One Track Number Title Composer Lead Vocals Length 1 Help! Lennon-McCartney Lennon 2:18 2 The Night Before Lennon-McCartney McCartney 2:33 3 You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away Lennon-McCartney Lennon 2:08 4 I Need You Harrison Harrison 2:28 5 Another Girl Lennon-McCartney McCartney 2:05 6 You’re Going to Lose That Girl Lennon-McCartney Lennon 2:17 7 Ticket to Ride Lennon-McCartney Lennon 3:10 Tracks from the Beatles Help! album – Side Two Track Number Title Composer Lead Vocals Length 1 Act Naturally Russell-Morrison Starr and McCartney 2:29 2 It’s Only Love Lennon-McCartney Lennon 1:54 3 You Like Me Too Much Harrison Harrison 2:35 4 Tell Me What...