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Michael Jackson the King of Pop has long been renowned for being a leader of the market and pushing the boundaries of pop music to allow a whole new market to access music that truly can affect every emotion in you. Following on from his huge successes he decided to do a remix album that was a limited edition and edged more towards being a concept album so is this worthy of being in the King of Pops back catalogue?
1. Blood On The Dance Floor
3. Supafly Sister
5. Is It Scary
6. Scream Louder (Flyte Tyme Remix)
7. Money (Fire Island Radio Edit)
8. 2 Bad (Refugee Camp Mix)
9. Stranger In Moscow (Tee's In-House Club Mix)
10. This Time Around (D.M. Radio Mix)
11. Earth Song (Hani's Extended Radio Experience)
12. You Are Not Alone (Classic Club Mix)
13. History (Tony Moran's HIStory Lesson)
The album is one of those which will not appeal to all (even those who are Michael Jackson fans) but for me it is an amazing offering from Jackson with such delights as Is It Scary, Morphine, Ghosts, Blood on the Dance Floor all simply amazing offerings that truly do stand as brilliant examples of Jacksons creativity being allowed to run its course and the production of the entire album feels as crisp and perfect as all of his previous releases.
The remixes on offer are suprisingly good and each one stands up well as songs rather than just standing up as ok remixes. For Jackson fans this is something of a novelty as it is not something Jackson has been known for in the past but this offering makes you query why more remixes were not in the pipeline.
Well. This was new. Michael Jackson's 'Blood On The Dance Floor' was released in 1997 and comprises of 5 new songs and a bunch of remixes of the songs from his previous album 'HIStory'. The opening track, the titular 'Blood On the Dance Floor' is a scorcher for sure although it's a departure from the usual Jackson track. An intense track it was Jackson's last Number One in the U.K. prior to his death. The second track 'Morphine' is another unusual track talking about Jackson's dependence on painkillers and the anger on the track is one that jars from his usual melodies. The third track, 'Superfly Sister' is also a catchy track and sounds deceptively light-hearted but the lyrics are explicit (for Jackson anyway). The fourth and fifth tracks 'Ghosts' and 'Is It Scary' merge into one but both are good tracks, once again addressing the invasion of privacy from the media and paranoia. Accompanied with the groundbreaking music video also named 'Ghosts' (the longest music video at 37 minutes along), it features a moonwalking skeleton amongst others. The remixes aren't particularly great with the exception of the final track, Tony Moran's remix of HIStory - both the original and the remix are great tracks. In summary, not the greatest album from Jackson but what can you expect from a remix album? When considered in that perspective, 2 millions copies isn't bad...
In an interesting twist, something that is rarely done by any artist, let alone one who can be as original as Michael Jackson, this album, Blood On The Dance Floor, consists mainly of remixed and covered versions of some of his previous tracks. The first 5 feature newer songs, ones we haven't seen before, but from there on in, we get to hear remade versions of other MJ songs, some hits, some not.
First up: of the original songs, there is some impressive stuff, with the best, lyrically and emotionally, being Superfly Sister, which is written about his sister LaToya Jackson, and her abusive relationship. It's a tuneful track that brings out MJ's true passion in his music: the melodies. Throughout his albums, the melodies are the one thing, for me, that stand out. There is something soothing and a step above a lot of his other work when it comes to the melodic side, and here, he pieces together the different sounds to make a very emotional track.
Ghosts is also an impressive new one. It's a bit faster, and has something very clever about it lyrically. A very catchy track indeed. The title track, Blood on the Dance Floor, again very melodic and reminiscent of some of his earlier work. You can't help look at a lot of the lyrics here and marvel at the way he operates. A lot of people say he is extremely reclusive, but if you look at the lyrics of his work, then he is far more open about things, and this is reinforced with the rest of the album, the remixes.
When I bought 'History' in the mid-90s, I was impressed by some of the tracks on the second disc, although I found them harder to listen to, even if it was merely because they weren't as familiar to me as some of the more established and released tracks. It's interesting listening to them on this album, as they are essentially the same, just presented differently. For those of you who are familiar with these tracks from 'History', the thing I noticed more was the power of the lyrics, and how much you notice them more.
This is perhaps not the case with Scream, the duet with his sister Janet. It's an aggressive track, well remixed, but nothing special for me. The haunting and relaxing ballad Stranger in Moscow gets a bit of a club treatment, showing its versatility, as does Earth Song. Both of these songs were originally very vocally leading, with the lyrics doing all of the talking, particularly with Earth Song, in terms of the message being sent out. The club remixes here make it more about the beat and the familiarity of the song. In this respect, they appeal to a wider audience, but perhaps lose their messages somewhat.
Overall, I found this to be an interesting album. Normally, I would have looked with a certain amount of cynicism at an album that mainly features remixes of previous songs - it seems almost lazy, and a money-grabbing concept. But this is almost like having a complete album of new tracks, and I was impressed.
Sure, it's nowhere near his best in terms of the overall musical presentation, but lyrically it is excellent. It's interesting to hear some of the musical variations of recognisable tracks, mixed well with some newer tracks. Blood On The Dance Floor is available for £12.19 from amazon.co.uk, but no doubt you'd be able to find it a lot cheaper if you have a search. I'd recommend listening to this, particularly the remixes.
Now, on the cover, it says History in the Mix... and that correct. This isnt going to appeal to many, because of the way these remixes are conducted. Many are turned into typical Dance Remixes played at your local Night Club, which sort of ruins the experience of Jacksons music for me.
Along with these remixes, are a few new additions, such as Superfly Sister, Morphine and Ghosts.
Now, if nobody actually saw the video for Ghosts, then I would recommend that. It is best described as a 21st Century Thriller, but, again, never really took off, because of the shadow set by Thriller so early on.
Blood on the Dance Floor is a heavier song than many are used to from Jackson, with a deep, sultry feel about it. It seems a lot seedier than his usual stuff, and expresses another side to Jackson that many dont see often.
So, essentially, this is a remix album topped up with some new material, some of which doesnt make sense. But it has that Jackson appeal, which keeps you listening, if you have the interest.
Still, the remixes dont do it for me on the most part.
Two years after the release of Michael Jackson's "History" album he released this collection of new songs and History remixes. There are five new songs and eight remixes from the History album which was recorded in 1995. Michael Jackson dedicated the Blood on the dance floor album to Elton John to thank him for the support Elton had given him during Jackson's struggle with addiction to prescription painkillers.
**Blood on the dance floor**
1 Blood on the Dance Floor
This is trademark Michael Jackson, infectious multi layered melodies and is so catchy. This track has a bass hook that gets stuck in your head so much you can't stop it playing through your mind. A great start to Blood on the dance floor.
Another catch uptempo track which has an infectious beat and melody. Towards the end of the track there is some great guitar work. Another fantastic track to dance to and one of the best on the album.
3 Superfly Sister
This track was written about the abusive relationship between his sister La Toya Jackson and Jack Gordon. Another great melody is the key to this songs catchiness. It also helps to have a beat as good as the one on this track.
This is a great tester for the way your hi-fi reproduces low end as the beat is firm and will provide your speakers with the kind of test you should have come to expect with Michael Jackson albums. Another great uptempo track with a great catchy melody.
5 Is It Scary
The final original track on the album, This is opened with a dramatic feel through the music and then his trademark vocals come in, One of the best uptempo tracks he has ever done. Once in full flow this is so catchy,
6 Scream Louder [Flyte Tyme Remix] - Janet Jackson
This is a remix of one of his most well known duets, Scream which is of course with his sister Janet. This remix is the most similar to the original on the album but is different enough to have a seperate appeal of it's own.
7 Money [Fire Island Radio Edit]
This is a catchy remix which is another track which is just enough of a difference from the original to make it worthwile. Money is one of the best tracks on the History album.
8 2 Bad [Refugee Camp Mix]
This was remixed by Wyclef Jean from The Fugees and features a rap from Rap by John Forte whereas the original version contains a rap from NBA Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal. This is a decent enough remix version.
9 Stranger in Moscow [Tee's In-House Club Mix]
This is another one which is very different from the original and it makes for a very catchy club track. His vocals are the same superb vocals but the beat is very different which makes this version very interesting.
10 This Time Around [D.M. Radio Mix]
This remix is very different from the original too and takes a lot longer to get into full swing. I love the original version but this isnt bad.
11 Earth Song [Hani's Club Experience]
This is a catchy club mix of one of his most epic ballads. Suprisingly this is very good on it's own merits and could be it's own original track.
12 You Are Not Alone [Classic Club Mix]
This R Kelly penned ballad has had somewhat of a makeover on this version. And the "Classic Club Mix" version is a dancefloor classic which changes only the music to create an interesting blend between Jackson's relaxed passionate vocals and the beat.
13 History [Tony Moran's History Lesson]
This is a very different version than the original and works suprisingly well when you consider the difference to the original. A very good track to end the album on.
Selling over six million copies has made this album the biggest selling remix album of all time and is furthermore proof that Michael Jackson can do any type of music and it can be superb. One of the few worthwile remix albums from one artist.
After the almighty success of the 'HIStory' album, Michael Jackson tried his hand at the new dance-club craze with his remix album, 'Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix'. I'm about to tell you what the album is. It is very hard to put together an opinion of this album that most others will agree with. 'BOTDF' is, as I've already said, a remix album and should therefore not be judged otherwise. The opening track of the same name is, quite literally put, a smash hit. One of three singles released from the album, 'Blood on the Dance Floor' is a rolling, striking song that is impossible to dislike. It is original, fast, with stylish vocals and pounding Latin-based techno. The follow up to this success is a song called 'Morphine', a song famously written about Jackson's former addiction to painkillers. You either love or you hate this song. Very similar to Queen's 'We Will Rock You', the heavy guitars, bangs and roaring chorus are not for the easy listeners. Especially if you don't like swearing. This unusually long song also presents a haunting piano piece, for the train to build up some steam. After that, the finale kicks in with music that just won't quit, and massively energetic vocals from the King of Pop. Soppy stuff it isn't. Then, "Whoa, hold on Charlotte!" the album goes somewhere else. 'Superfly Sister' is a questionable mix of different insturments that somehow, in the most excellent way, mananges to actually work. This song will take ages to grow on you, but when it does, you can't go wrong. Vocals come from here, there and everywhere. There are a million different sounds in this song. The chorus is admittedly very repeditive, but that disease is cured somewhat by the ad-libs and continuous ringing of bells. The song ends with a superb breakdown of jingles and thumps, showcasi ng finally that the song really does h
ave no legal structure whatsoever. 'Ghosts' is the second single released from the album and is maybe not as good as its three predecessors. I have heard better, but the song has its moments. The songs backing vocals are its outstanding achievement. The songs robotic tune is agreeable, but depending on who you are, it will either fit or it won't. Unfortunately, Jackson's howls have no place in this song and sound much better when the music is more aggressive, e.g. 'Morphine'. All in all, it is a good song and truly deserves recognition, but it cowers at the feet of its colossal offspring. Cue 'Is It Scary'. Probably the deepest song on the album, Jackson sounds genuinely tormented here. On the brink of madness, almost, which suits us grand as that is basically what the song is all about. "If you want to see eccentric odditites, I'll be grotesque before your eyes. Let them all materialize... Is that scary to you?" I was synical when I first heard the song, but its melody sank in after a while. A big mix of strings, pianos, sound effects, choirs, and even a bit of 'a capella'. It is HERE that Jackson's howls once again enhance the music. He goes a bit farther than usual with his gasps and growls, and you really do think to yourself 'how is it possible to do that with one's vocal chords?' Great song, terrific theme, and a well-composed finish. Now for the remixes. 'Scream Louder' is a breath of fresh air - an astonishing changeover from the original. It is mostly trememdous, with new tunes and new ad-libs. Our remixers take things a bit too far, however, with the 'Superfly Sister'-like guitar twanging. The song has a light-hearted soul to it, which really is not the point at all. It is extrememly likeable once you get used to it, perhaps even more likeable if you haven't heard the original already. If you ha ve heard the original many times,
it's a nice change. Interesting and danceable, so be thankful for that. The '2 Bad' remix is also a very fine spectacle. I wouldn't dare go as far to say that it's better than the original... but some people would. Wyclef Jean gets to fool around with the song this time, and has crafted a brilliant remix worthy of anyone's enjoyment. Some new ad-libs in this song also, and the 'Beat It' tune is used towards the end. From there, though, it's a bit of a mess. The 'Money' remix sounds silly, which to me is a quite harsh thing to say. 'This Time Around' is considerably better but nowhere near as polished as it should be. The 'Stranger in Moscow' dance song is annoying and long. It is merely a retarded beat that sticks in some vocals from the original, just for show. 'Earth Song' is even worse, probably the worst of the album. Which is ironic, considering the original was Jackson's biggest selling single ever. 'You Are Not Alone' is probably not as bad, but you find yourself wondering, 'What possessed the produers into thinking it was a good idea to turn that song into a club sound?' Just when you think it can't get any worse... it doesn't. The 'HIStory' dance mix, the third single from the album, shows the other songs how it's done. Finally, a decent club remix that doesn't make a mockery of the original song. The different tunes go well together with the original vocals, and before you know it, you have a catchy 10-minute extravaganza of good dance music. So that's like what, 4 failures out of thirteen? When you put it that way it suddenly doesn't seem as bad as it's cracked up to be. Yes, the album was a disappointment to many - who expected a brand new spick-and-span Michael Jackson album, with the glitze and the glamour and the high-profile promotion. 'Blood on the Dance Flo or' isn't a complete
ly new and wonderous MJ LP. It's a remix album. Considering the fact that remixes are rarely liked by anyone in this world at all, Jackson does a good job with this collection. I think the negativity towards the album is that it is designed mostly for the dance floor. I seriously do not think even Michael Jackson himself expected colossal sales for this product. It is, however, the biggest selling remix album of all time, which is very good indeed. The first five songs are excellent. Only half the remixes are as enthralling as they should be. It's a remix album, so I'm going to mark it on what it is, not what it should be. 'Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix' gets a 4 out of 5. I would probably give it a 1 if I marked it in comparison to other albums of original music, which is decidedly wrong. What you see is what you get.
INTRODUCTION Michael's career has been a rollarcoaster one. It all started with a steep upwards slant and then seems to have gently come down over the more recent years. Indeed, I have come to expect that Michael's more modern albums would not be as good as those original classics, including "Off the wall" and "Thriller". To be fair, his more recent work has been of a very good standard but has failed to break that trend. However, there is one album that I feel stands out in its own right as a superb masterpiece. Criminally underrated and undersold, in my mind, this album represents the very best of Michael's latest style of music along with some truly inspiring remixes of previous releases. This album is of course "Blood on The Dance Floor". THE CASE We'll start with the first thing you'd see when buying this album; the case. In all honesty, it's nothing spectacular. The basic cover is black. On the front is a picture, showing a large city in background, with an over depiction of a dance floor, with black and white squares. In the centre of this, at the front is a picture of Michael that looks as if it has been painted to look as realistic as possible by an artist. His stance portrays him with his right leg lifted up slightly and both arms thrust out sideways, towards his right, with his head tilted to face the same direction and he looks as if he is in the middle of belting out a song. Nice. The sky is a somewhat eerie darkish blue, with large golden clouds billowing over the city. On the top in scrawled red writing is the album title. It's a nice enough cover but nothing to write home about. The content is good though. Plenty of pictures of the star himself, alogn with song words and plenty of interesting info. Anyway, what matters most is the music. So here we go! THE MUSIC "Blood on the Dancefloor" is a mixture of Michael
39;s newer songs and remixes of songs from the modern section of his "HIStory" album. The result is a rather pacey, exciting album that gives interesting new riffs and beats to established favourites, whilst interjecting with his new songs. I have reviewed several but not all the tracks here, just to give a general idea of the album. THE TRACKS Kicking off the preceedings is the title track itself: "Blood on the Dancefloor". Instantly setting the pace with a strong beat and some great sounds, the track seems to lull into low-tone verses with an almost sinister feel, inkeeping with the lyrics of the track. The words are very pronounced in order to help endorse this effect. It then builds into the chorus, where the beat builds to an even higher level, with a great riff to the song pushing through. The track continues in this slightly fluctuating tone and style, with the strong beat keeping the pace throughout. This song really is a credit to Michael and is very enjoyable to listen to. Towards the end, the chorus is repeated more often, while Michael interjects with his trademark yips and yelps which do compliment the chorus well. At the very end, the music subsides as the beat remains, still belting as strong as throughout the track, to then fade away and end a superb song. "Morphine" is a rather odd track. It starts with an electricity sound effect. The beat is very industrial but there doesn't seem to be a tune as such. Instead, it feels as if Michael is shouting. It is obvious that this song was designed to make a point concerning Michael's real life but it's a shame that it fails to deliver anything more then what is a painfully average and lost track. Occasionally a tuneful part pushes through but quickly subsides. The track does not flow well at all. It fluctuates to an extreme that makes it somewhat disorientated and confusing. Tunes that do manage to push through are not consistent and this
song just seems to feel like a collection of bits of other songs, with an electrical surging sound passed through. A plethora of yips and yelps have also been thrown in but seem to sound a bit "alone" or "lost" within a track that itself seems to have no direction. "Superfly Sister" is a generally rather brilliant track. It starts off with a gentle clinking sound, where a beat is then implemented with a great basic tune. Percussion is also added in to deepen the ever building sound. The verses are distinctly average but do keep an exciting pace and the background tune still manages to express itself in a low-key way. The chorus is fantastic, with Michael's voice taking on an almost "double" sound. The riff is also more prominent here. The track is consistent but introduces variation on the beat in order to vary the track, as slightly longer intervals are created between verses and the chorus. Towards the middle of the track, a guitar is used with a different tune which still compliments the track perfectly well. Nearer the end, the chorus is repeated with different lyrics and seems to continually be interupted by variations on the tune and beat with more percussion and varying sections of lyrics from Michael. The whole track offers quite a variety within a contained style that keeps the track flowing. The basic tune is frequently referred to in the track to keep a sense of orientation. Finally the track ends with the beat subsiding and Michael singing a few last lyrics. A great song! "Scream Louder (Flyte Tyme Remix)" is a remix of "Scream" from the HIStory album. This new version starts off with a gentle tune that is then broken into by a periodically burst of sound, where Michael lets out a scream to the appropriate backing of instrumental sound. the beat then quickly jumps in, building faster and faster to launch into a very pacey and exciting track. The new re-mix riff at first so
unds like it would make as suitable a combination with "Scream" as Jive Bunny and the megamixers would with "ABBA" but once it gets going, it seems to sound fantastic. The tune stays in the backing as Michael and Janet share loud and passionately presented verses. The basic beat keeps the whole thing moving, while the verse seems to merge into the chorus with an over-voice of Michael humming in the background, with the verse growing louder. The chorus is a blast of what was a building beat and atmosphere, with a repeat of the words: "Stop Pressuring Me". The beat also seems to introduce the sound of breaking of glass when it builds up. It may sound slightly odd but works into the track beautifully. In the middle, the song takes a plunge into what is almost silence while it then instantly regains itself while introducing a variation on the beat and tune, accompanied by Michael's freely applied yelps. The chruses then build to greater heights and repeat as the track takes a turn into it's final moments. It ends suddenely, with the beat bursting to an explosive end. This is one of the best tracks on the entire album. Personally, I find it much better then the original, since it seems to have a little more depth and direction. "Stranger is Moscow (Tee's In-House Club Mix)" is another remix from the "HIStory" album. It starts off with a thumping beat and also rather contraversially starts playing one line from the chorus. This is then switched over to another line from the chrous, while the beat is deepened with a background sound. After switching to yet another line, the track kicks off into its normal routine after a brief quietening. The verse has a magnificent tune, while the beat doesn't change too much. It then moves into the chorus, where more piano sounds are brought in. This track does particular credit to Michael's voice. The interlude where just the beat and a variation on the basi
c tune is played has a brilliant effect in what is a truly remarkable track and in my mind is easily an improvement on the original. Towards the end, the lines from the beginning are sung in their proper context to add a brilliant variation but yet refer back to something from the beginning which dually gives the track variety and also keeps it consistent. After this, the tune dies off as the basic beat thumps its last beats. My only criticism is that the beat remains pretty much the same throughout but overall it hardly matters in what is a terriffic song. "Earth Song (Hani's Club Experience)" is yet another remixed HIStory hit. Most people will be familiar with the original. This remix is very different. The tune and verses are the same, although a whole new (and all too familiar) beat has been added. It starts off with the classic "jungley garden" sound, with a gentle sound pulasting through. The beat then slowly starts to build with percussion and clapping sounds, but remains low-key. A new sound that sounds like bongos is then added to the mxiture to create a variety of sounds that forms a very pleasant sound. Having established itself, this sound is finally broken by the piano-like sound at the start of Earth Song, with the basic beat then returning to re-build itself. All this then subsides with the first verse. The tune is excellent here, as different sections of the original backing sound return. The classic chorus (which has no actual words) but instead comprises of "aaaahhhh" then comes in with the backing beat and sounds in full swing. This track is very mellow and rather less fluctuating then the original. It never actually goes into the latter stages of the original but instead keeps to the former stages, with the new mellower sound. The result is a truly brilliant slant on a great hit. After a couple of choruses, the track starts to tone down, only to break back into another chrous, with the beat instantly bu
ilding back up stronger then before. After this very pleasant chorus, the track starts to tone-down towards the end, bringing back the original piano-like tune which seems to compliment the ending perfectly. All in all, this track is very different to the original and I neither prefer it or not like it as much. I feel that it is a good track in its own right and deserves to be treated as such. "HIStory (Tony Moran's HIStory Lesson)". This is another track that is very different to the original. Infact more so then any other remix. The song begins with a very deep and frequent beat that starts growing with interjections of sound and vocalistic expressions from Michael. These expressions become more frequent as the beat becomes louder and more prominent. The track then breaks into a very catchy and exciting tune (not found in the original), almost sounding like a dancey techno track. The chorus then kicks in with the basic beat accompanying. The chorus is much more pacey and has a lot more oomf then the original, with the dance-like tune returning to add depth. The whole track seems a lot less disorientated then its predecessor and seems to keep a consistent pace and style, with a brilliant new beat and tunes. Various aspects of the original, including what sounded like snippets of an old news broadcast have not been included in the remix, which in my opinion is not a bad idea, since it allows the track to freely flow and build itself up. Later on, more phrases are repeated to a very strong and repetitive beat, only to be interjected with the chorus again or a new part of the tune. This track incorporates many different tunes and beats that all fit together like a very large jigsaw. The result is a highly original, unique and mindblowing remix of the original song that delivers excitement, pace and inspiration. Stunning! CONCLUSION For many years Michael has set the standard in pop and rock and this album is very fitting for s
uch an artist. To be fair, some of the new tracks don't seem all too brilliant and just feel like something that Michael whipped up in a hurry to fill space. Others are truly unique and excellent and I can safely say that nearly all of the remixes are superb. The whole album is generally very pacey and there aren't really any gentle songs. Some of the tracks feel like they all have the same thumping beat which can let down the overall impression. However, I would have to say that I whole heartedly recommend this album. For any MJ fans, this is a must-have. I actually bought it on special offer at £5 from HMV. In fairness, it does comprise of many remixes of songs from HIStory which lends the idea that this album doesn't have much new to offer. However, I would say that all the remixes are brilliant interpretations of the originals and many of the new songs are great. All in all, this is a wonderful album that in my opinion (unlike Invincible and HIStory) was very underrated and undersold. If you haven't heard it before, you're definitely missing out!
When this album was released in 1997, I was at a loss as to why it was made, as it is essentially an album full of past songs (mainly from the HIStory album) remixed by various people, althouh there are some brand new songs on there which had not been released prior to appearing on this album. Maybe Michael Jackson wanted to make his mark on the modern day dance music scene in the same way that he did with 70's and 80's disco. I will put my initial reservations to one side, and shoot from the hip, telling you in my honest opinion whether this change in image and direction worked. The opening track is also the title track, and to be frank it does not bode well. Here Jackson sings about a woman he meets then she betrays him. His experience of this kind of experience is surely limited and the conviction is just not there.If you can bring yourself to listen to the lyrics, it is obvious that he is trying to show his dark side, but try as I might I just cannot take him seriously. He is not hard, he is not tough, he has become a figure that people poke fun at whilst he in encased in his own world, and no track demonstrates this more than 'Morphine', which is a song about drug addiction, and many think that this is Michael getting back at the people who he claimed got him addicted to painkillers. 'Superfly Sister' is the kind of song I am sure die hard fans will love, but his voice sounds uptight (more than normal), and I dread to think what he is thinking about when he sings about 'pushing it in'. Nasty picture in my mind I can tell you! 'Ghosts' is just everything I hate about Michael Jackson. The repetitive beat, the exaggerated 'whoos' and 'ahs' highly pitched backing singers and the stilted breathy vocals coming from the man himself.Is It Scary' is much the same, and they both just sound like second rate versions of the classic songs we all know he is capable of. When he actually does si
ng instead of just making noises, hints of his genius appear, but then are gone before they have the chance to materialise into anything worthy of your time. 'Scream Louder (Slyte Tyme Remix)' is the remixed version of the duet he did with sister Janet. Now I really liked the original, and all they have done here is add a really strange guitar riff which just does not seem to fit, and this seems to be the case with many of the remixes on this album. They have not added anything positive to the songs, they have just added things for the sake of it, and to me this just shows how much contempt he has not only for the media, but for his fans who loyally part with their hard earned cash for this dross. The CD is now becoming a rather lacklustre affair. 'Money (Fire Island Radio Edit)' shows signs of promise, but because the track has been remixed, it just does not deliver on the promise. I can see him in my mind's eye dancing around robotically whilst listening to this, it is totally comical. No remix album would be complete without a touch of Wyclef Jean, and the next track has that touch '2 Bad (Refugee Camp Mix)'. It is quite a funky remix with a good strong beat but still mellow enough to be played in more low key situations. It is apparent immediately that this move has been a very deliberate one to try and recapture the imagination of his old fans who had fallen by the wayside, and also try to pick up some new ones along the way, but it was nothing that a boat load of artists weren't already doing, only it seems Michael has flipped as he talks about the mother of his child as a woman who is now trying to kill him. He has now completely missed the point and lost the plot. 'Stanger In Moscow (Tee's In-House Club Mix) is probably the only remix which works on this CD as the vocals are not drowned out by the thump of the dance beat, and so much of the original song is left untouched with the dance beat
placed over the top of it, even if it is relentless in it's quest to give you a whopper of a headache, because if the music does not succeed, his overly made up face on the cover certainly will! 'This Time Around' just passes you by without incident and it is instantly forgettable. The controversial 'Earth Song' is remixed by the unknown Hani. It is a complete tragedy when a decent song like this is ripped to pieces as it will never sound the same again, and my enthusiasm for the music of Michael Jackson will probably never be the same since I first listened to this diabolical collection of mis matched music. There is a glimmer of light with his ode to ex wife Lisa Marie Presley on the song 'You Are Not Alone', but it is the strength of the ballad that shines through rather than the production being slick enough to make it sound great. The final track is a low key remix of HIStory, and the album limps to a close whilst the listener reflects on a CD which never really lived up to expectations and just botched it's way from song to song leaving disaster in it's wake. I would not recommend this to even the most dedicated fan as it is nothing that you cannot get and to a much higher standard on the double CD HIStory.
I was expecting flying colours when "Blood On The Dance Floor" was released. I'd heard that it was mainly packed with remixes, but I didn't let it put me off. So, I put the disk into my player and the end result? Very disappointing: Blood On The Dancefloor is an excellent, full beat dance song with the right strengths to get it to the top of the charts. Morphine is a quite poor attempt of making a Rolling Stone sort of rock song. It has failed deeply, the song's just a load of abusive shouting. Superfly Sister sounds pleasing at first, with a 70's style theme. But, it should of ended at 3 and a half minutes. It goes on for nearly double that time! Ghosts is an average tune which doesn't really have any special power that makes you attracted to it. Is It Scary uses the same lyrics and the same basis as "Ghosts" except it's been slowed down dramatically. Not all that bad. Now, for the even worse bits: "Scream" (Flyte Time Remix)sounds way too similar to the original "Scream" to be classified as a remix. Not worth it one bit! "Money"(Fire Island Radio Edit)is again the exact same sounding track just paced up a tad faster. "2 Bad" (Refugee Mix) is oddly enough, better than the original. It's reasonably funky, and would be worth buying if ever released again. "Stranger In Moscow" (Tee's In The House Club Mix) has an introduction (just average, bland beats) that lasts around 3 minutes. Then, we are welcomed to a terrible faster version of the classic we once liked. "This Time Around" (DM Mix)- Not particulary great. It was already a poor song before the remix, this just makes it dreadful. "Earth Song" (Hanni's Club Expierence)- All I can say is: The tracks over 7 minutes long, yet it doesn't include that shouting and chanting part at
the end! "You Are Not Alone" (Classical Mix) is a pleasing effort after the last few songs. It has a sweeter tone than the original. And finally, as if we hadn't been totally bored out of our heads already: History (Tony Moran Mix) is a whopping 8 MINUTE LONG! How you can sit and listen to the same vibe for that amount of time is beyond me. For about a minute, there's a certain club feel that makes this song "average". So overall, I feel very cheated on. This album cost £10:99, and yet it only included 5 new tracks. I strongly advise you to stay clear, unless you're a huge MJ fan and want to own the whole collection (like me).
This is the album that Wackon Jacko released back in 97, when quite a few artists were trying to sell more albums and singles by making a more 'trendy' dance version of their songs. It seems that some tracks could of been put through a machine which adds a dance element to the song, and this is how all of the tracks on this album song. Nothings that bad, but then most of it is also not that inspirational. Superfly Sister is a good example of that, where Jacko is singing over the top of a typical dance style effect which was probably the default output when pressing the Dance button on the Yamaha keyboard... Some of the tracks here aren't mixes but completely new songs, and even those sound a bit naff! There is one or two songs that aren't that bad and those are the remix of Money and also the new track Blood on the Dance Floor, but even those I wouldn't offer them to Tong to play in a Essential Selection.... Stay well clear if I was you, and stop buying this Jackson stuff!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Blood on the Dance Floor
3 Superfly Sister
5 Is It Scary
6 Scream Louder [Flyte Tyme Remix] - Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson
7 Money [Fire Island Radio Edit]
8 2 Bad [Refugee Camp Mix]
9 Stranger in Moscow [Tee's In-House Club Mix]
10 This Time Around [D.M. Radio Mix]
11 Earth Song [Hani's Club Experience]
12 You Are Not Alone [Classic Club Mix]
13 History [Tony Moran's History Lesson]