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Michael Jackson's This is it [sound recording] : the music that inspired the movie.

by Jackson, Michael; Garrett, Siedah [prf]; Jacksons (Musical group) [prf].
Material type: materialTypeLabelMusicPublisher: New York : Epic, p2009Edition: [Souvenir ed.].Description: 2 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.Other title: This is it.Subject(s): Motion picture music | Dance music | Popular music -- 1971-1980 | Popular music -- 1981-1990 | Popular music -- 1991-2000 | Popular music -- 2001-2010 | Poetry
Contents:
Disc 1. Wanna be startin' somethin' (5:03) -- Jam (5:39) -- They don't care about us (4:44) -- Human nature (4:05) -- Smooth criminal (radio edit) (4:11) -- The way you make me feel (4:58) -- Shake your body (down to the ground) (single version) (The Jacksons) (3:45) -- I just can't stop loving you (feat. Siedah Garrett) (4:12) -- Thriller (5:58) -- Beat it (single version) (4:18) -- Black or white (4:18) -- Earth song (5:46) -- Billie Jean (single version) (4:53) -- Man in the mirror (5:19) -- This is it (3:36) -- This is it (orchestra version) (4:54) -- Disc 2. She's out of my life (demo) (3:19) -- Wanna be startin' somethin' (demo) (5:43) -- Beat it (demo) (2:03) -- Planet Earth (poem) (3:13).
Performed by Michael Jackson.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

An important thing to remember when considering the soundtrack to This Is It: this entire film and CD project was never supposed to happen. This Is It was designed as a comeback tour, not a movie, with the rehearsals taped not for exhibition, but rather instruction, possibly some video bonus down the line. Of course, Michael Jackson's tragic passing created considerable demand for those final rehearsals (no need to get into the financial need, as well), so they were packaged as the This Is It film, released almost five months after his death, with a soundtrack as an accompaniment. Since there were no real live recordings made, at least not any to fill a big-budget blockbuster like this, the soundtrack consists of almost nothing but the hits repackaged one more time, with the title track -- an '80s leftover, co-written by Paul Anka and released under the name "I Never Heard" by Safire -- added as an enticement in two separate versions, the second being orchestral with an opening straight out of Sgt. Pepper's. The song does feel like a demo, right down to how it fades out mid-chorus, but there's no denying the thrill of hearing an unheard vocal track of Michael at his prime, no matter how mediocre the song may be. Whether this makes this worth purchasing is another question entirely. There's a second disc containing demos of "She's Out of My Life" (just Michael and an acoustic, quite nice) "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (full demo, with identical rhythm and guitar lines, close to the final version but lacking its horns), and "Beat It" (a true writer's sketch, all vocals and harmonies, no lyrics or instruments, kind of awesome) plus a "poem" of "Planet Earth." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Compact discs.

Edition statement from packaging.

Disc 1. Wanna be startin' somethin' (5:03) -- Jam (5:39) -- They don't care about us (4:44) -- Human nature (4:05) -- Smooth criminal (radio edit) (4:11) -- The way you make me feel (4:58) -- Shake your body (down to the ground) (single version) (The Jacksons) (3:45) -- I just can't stop loving you (feat. Siedah Garrett) (4:12) -- Thriller (5:58) -- Beat it (single version) (4:18) -- Black or white (4:18) -- Earth song (5:46) -- Billie Jean (single version) (4:53) -- Man in the mirror (5:19) -- This is it (3:36) -- This is it (orchestra version) (4:54) -- Disc 2. She's out of my life (demo) (3:19) -- Wanna be startin' somethin' (demo) (5:43) -- Beat it (demo) (2:03) -- Planet Earth (poem) (3:13).

Performed by Michael Jackson.

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