Michael Jackson Instrumental Collection

I got this CD in 1990 or 1991. It’s a Japanese import … instrumental versions of selected Michael Jackson tracks. Since today/tonight is Halloween, I’ve decided to share the instrumental version of Thriller. So many other elements can he heard in this one, which otherwise weren’t as audible when buried under so many layers of vocals. There’s something new to get out of this instrumental than the vocal version. Listen to both and make comparisons.

And of course, why not watch the full-length 14-minute version of Thriller music video in HD. At this video’s 07:16 mark in the timeline … MJ & Zombie Crew start doing their dance moves to Thriller’s breakdown groove … gives me the goose bumps … I jizz in my pants. It is Halloweekend after all — and Thriller still remains to be one of the best music videos of all time, terrorizing your neighborhood. This is the Michael Jackson I once knew.

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Michael Jackson – “Thriller” (Instrumental)…

Artist: Michael Jackson
Title: Thriller (Instrumental)
Year: 1983
Label: Epic Records
Media Source: Extracted directly from Japanese import audio CD: Michael Jackson – Instrumental Version Collection.

Michael Jackson – “Thriller” (Instrumental) (mp3)

 

Michael Jackson – “Thriller” (Vocal)…

Artist: Michael Jackson
Title: Thriller (LP Vocal)
Year: 1983
Label: Epic Records
Media Source: Extracted directly from Japanese import audio CD: Michael Jackson – Instrumental Version Collection.

Michael Jackson – “Thriller” (Vocal) (mp3)

 

Thriller Music Video (Full Length)…

Fat Boys

Beatbox Is Rockin is an amazing fast-paced oldschool electro dance hiphop track on the cutting-edge back in 1986 — A MASTERPIECE. It has all the elements to be electronic and rap: Pounding, dance break-beats from a drum machine; vocoder (either Roland or Sennheiser, pictures below); multi-layered one-shot synth stabs; sampled human beatbox snippets triggered from a sampler; and multi-tracks of real human beatbox. The Fat Boys are fondly regarded as a seminal part of early rap music recording history (click here read Fat Boys wikipedia).

Fat Boys – “Beatbox Is Rockin”…

Artist: Fat Boys
Title: Beatbox Is Rockin
Year: 1986
Label: Sutra Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Fat Boys – “Beatbox Is Rockin” (mp3)

 

Roland vocoder

Roland SVC-350 vocoder

Sennheiser vocoder

Sennheisser vocoder -- one of the best ever made!

Shango - Shango Message

I must be one of the very few bloggers who’s done a good-quality recording of this track and made available on the net. Shango is member of Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force and ZuluNation. In 1984 he released a killer solo album. The front-cover alone convinced me to buy it.  Once I got home and played the record, I was floored to how original all the tracks were. I’m talking about five long tracks with electric beats, cosmo funk, rap & singing vocals, synthesizers, drum machines, vocoders, deep basslines, laser beams and soul mania. You’re gonna love the synth hooks in Shango Message. Play this track nice and loud on beefy speakers.  Stand back, close your eyes and groove deep with it.

Shango – “Shango Message”…

Artist: Shango
Title: Shango Message
Year: 1984
Label: CellulOID
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Shango – “Shango Message” (mp3)

 

Pieces Of A Dream - Say La La 01

Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalThis is a very very RARE 12-inch gem indeed ….. New York Street Mix of “Say La La” by Pieces Of A Dream (1986). Good luck in finding this track anywhere on the net!  Not even on YouTube.  You may find the original-extended version of Say La La, but not this New York Street Mix, especially a good quality recording (high-resolution 320/kbs MP3). I just love the minimal approach to this remix which has a bassline to die for. Each bassline note sounds like staccato one-shot bass-stab thats deep. The drums are factory sounds that of an E-Mu SP12 drum-machine/sampler (picture & info further down below). Nice breakdown and build-up towards the middle and end with nice gradual fade-out. I’m gonna let the music do the talking. Have a listen. I hope you’ve got beefy speakers!

Pieces Of  A Dream – “Say La La” (New York Street Mix)…

Artist: Pieces Of A Dream
Title: Say La La (New York Street Mix)
Year: 1986
Label: Manhattan Records (via EM)
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Pieces Of A Dream – “Say La La” (New York Street Mix) (mp3)

 

Pieces Of  A Dream – “Say La La” (Extended Album Version)…

Artist: Pieces Of A Dream
Title: Say La La (Extended Album Version)
Year: 1986
Label: Manhattan Records (via EM)
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Pieces Of A Dream – “Say La La” (Extended Album Version) (mp3)

 

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Pieces Of A Dream

About Pieces Of A Dream…

Source of information (click here)

  • Formed 1975, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
  • Pieces Of A Dream are:
  • Cedric Napoleon (bassist)
  • Curtis Harmon (drummer)
  • and James Lloyd (keyboardist)
  • Pieces of a Dream were founded in 1975 in Philadelphia when the principal members were all teenagers.
  • Originally somewhat jazz-oriented, Pieces of a Dream has mostly emphasized R & B although they usually include a few jazz numbers in their performances.
  • Grover Washington, Jr., produced their first three albums (all for Elektra during 1981-83), they have since recorded for Manhattan.
  • The group has also included Lance Webb (lead vocals), Randall Bowland (guitar), Vincent Davis (synths) and Norwood (vocals).
  • Saxophonist Ron Kerber became a member in the 1990′s.
  • Their albums included ‘Pieces Of A Dream’ (1981), including ‘Warm Weather’ featuring the vocals of Barbara Walker, ‘We Are One’ (1982) and ‘Imagine This’ (1983), including ‘Fo-Fi-Fo’, all were a fusion of R & B, jazz and soul.
  • They continued this formula following their switch to Manhattan (via EM]) with ‘Joyride’ (1986), ‘Makes You Wanna’ (1988), including ‘We Belong To Each Other’, and the Gene Griffin, co-produced ‘Bout Dat Time’ (1989).
  • Later releases concentrated more along the smooth jazz vein.

“Say La La” Performed by FAMU’s World Famous Marching 100 Band…

E-Mu SP12  Drum Machine/Sampler…

E-mu SP12

The E-mu SP-12 is the classic drum machine & sampler combo that paved the way for such greats as the E-mu SP-1200 and AKAI MPC series of sampling drum machines. Redesigned from E-mu’s original Drumulator drum machine, the SP-12 is a classic drum machine with built in sampling capability. There is a set of preset drum sounds including kick, snare, hihats, toms, cymbals, handclap and rimshot. These sounds can be mixed and edited using the sliders. Then you can add your own beats and drum sounds using the built-in 12-bit sampler. Sampling time is limited to only a few seconds and the quality is very lo-fi (a sound loved by lo-fi and trip hop). Store your patterns and link them into songs, there’s room for 100 of each! There are mono and individual outputs (no stereo). It’s been used by Madlib, Large Professor, Chicago, and DJ Premiere.

The SP-12 was quickly superceded by the SP-1200 in 1987 which was continuously reissued through 1997. The SP-1200 is undoubtedly the more popular of the two since it has added features and emphasized sampling by eliminating the preset drum sounds.

Source of information (click here)

Fox The Fox 03

Here’s a killer GEM from my vault. The first time I’ve heard this track (the dub remix version) was in May 1985 in my brother’s Jeep. He came back (to Toronto) for the summer after completing his sophomore year at Boston University. One day he came to pick me up after my school was done, and he had this killer dance mix-tape blasting off his Jeep’s system; Precious Little Diamond was the next track; and thank GOD all the track-listing was hand-written on the tape’s cover. I just had to know what and who the track was. Then my brother rushed me to Starsound record store on Young Street ….. went inside … asked Sepe (the owner) to help me find Fox The Fox …. he pulled the last 12-inch out from somewhere. I was just in time, because Precious Little Diamond had been out for quite some time, and almost all existing copies were sold-out everywhere. This remix was produced by Shep Pettibone. Listen to the dub-version first …. oh my god …. gotta LOVE the bassline which starts the track right in your fucking face …. Shep’s signature. I believe it’s a processed bassline preset from one of the Yamaha DX synth series (either DX-1, DX-5, or DX-7) …. which you’ll hear in a lot of Shep’s other remixes between 1984 through 1988, such as George Michael’s Hard Day remix (1987).

Fox The Fox – “Precious Little Diamond” (Remix Dub)…

Artist: Fox The Fox
Title: Precious Little Diamond (Remix Dub)
Year: 1984
Label: Epic
Remix Prodicer: Shep Pettibone
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Fox The Fox – “Precious Little Diamond” (Remix Dub) (mp3)

 

Fox The Fox – “Precious Little Diamond” (Remix)…

Artist: Fox The Fox
Title: Precious Little Diamond (Remix Dub)
Year: 1984
Label: Epic
Remix Prodicer: Shep Pettibone
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Fox The Fox – “Precious Little Diamond” (Remix) (mp3)

 

Fox The Fox 02

Fox The Fox 01

Roxanne Shante - Bite This 01

The first time I’ve ever heard of Roxanne Shante was in 1985 in 8th-grade at my boarding-school Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. At that time, I was listening to very few rap artists (such as Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five; Sugar Hill Gang, to name a few) and had only limited rap records/tapes in my personal music collection, considering that the Rap genre was practically unheard of in Canada where it also was very difficult to find any rap music at any Canadian record shop. Then one day, in early 1985, there was this Bahamian kid (who lived in the dorm-room next to mine) who played me his NYC underground rap mix-tape which he’d brought over from his trip to NYC …… and ….. OH MY GOD ….. the first track ….. blew my mind …..Roxanne Shante’s “Queen Of Rox”  ….. harder-edge ….. drum machine beat/groove, scratches, one-shot stab hits and edgy rap vocals ….. slightly more hardcorish than any other rap I’ve ever heard before. When school was over for the Summer, I went back to England and ordered all of Shante’s 12-inch records from local record shop. Less two weeks later ….. I went to pick up my imported Shante records …..  the guy handed me the stuff with a nice surprise on top: Shante’s spanking-new latest release (UK release, mind you!) Bite This. The single so new …… that even Streetsounds (Electro-7 mix compilation) haven’t picked it up yet!

Here’s what I need you to do:

  1. First, play this youtube video of Roxanne Shante’s “Queen Of Rox
  2. And then play Bite This tracks (Flash player below) and at the same time read her wiki and the next article The Story Behind The Story Behind The Roxanne Shante Story.
  • Roxanne Shante is known for improvising her rap lyrics on the spot …. recorded in one-takes.

Roxanne Shante – “Bite This” (Extended)…

Artist: Roxanne Shante
Title: Bite This (Extended)
Year: 1985
Label: 10 Records
Beat Producer & Shante’s close friend: Marley Marl
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Roxanne Shante – “Bite This” (mp3)

 

Roxanne Shante – “Dub This”…

Artist: Roxanne Shante
Title: Dub This
Year: 1985
Label: 10 Records
Beat Producer & Shante’s close friend: Marley Marl
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Roxanne Shante – “Dub This” (mp3)

 

Roxanne Shante - Bite This 02

Links…

YouTube Video: Roxanne Shante – “Queen Of Rox”…

Roxanne Shante 01

Roxanne Shante

Marley Marl 01

Marley Marll -- Shante's beat producer and personal friend.

T.C. Curtis – “Let’s Make Love”

TC Curtis - Lets Make Love

Ah yes. This one is one hell-of-a-gem.  I bought this 12-inch in December 1986 at HMV record store in Piccadilly, London. What a huge record store it was. They had a whole wing of nothing but 12-inch singles. Christmas-time in England is very lively and bright with night-lights everywhere. You can walk everywhere and window-shop, and that’s exactly what I was doing …. shopping for records. I was just browsing all the singles … just looking at the covers …. seeing which one would grab my attention. I remember seeing this record and had this inner buzz go off. I had no idea who TC Curtis is (other than he’s a British artist), but I had this inner feeling that his track would get me hooked with its bassline.

T.C. Curtis – “Let’s Make Love” (Extended)…

Artist: T.C. Curtis
Title: Let’s Make Love (Extended)
Year: 1986
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.
Label: Hot Melt Records

T.C. Curtis – Let’s Make Love (Extended) (mp3)

 

T.C. Curtis – “Let’s Make Love” (Dub)…

Artist: T.C. Curtis
Title: Let’s Make Love (Extended)
Year: 1986
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

T.C. Curtis – Let’s Make Love (Dub) (mp3)

 

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