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    Default Re: Best of Joy - Original Version

    The Best of Joy MJ version seems interesting

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    Default Re: Best of Joy - Original Version

    I may be very late to the party, but there's an ORIGINAL version? The only one I've heard was the one on Michael.

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    Default Re: Best of Joy - Original Version

    Quote Originally Posted by SolarBear View Post
    I may be very late to the party, but there's an ORIGINAL version? The only one I've heard was the one on Michael.
    The Michael version was created using a demo MJ recorded in 08, last full vocal he did.

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    Hey guys, hopefully this post doesn't break any rules and the mods let me post, but I've found what appears to be an original lyrics sheet in Michael's handwriting (although which version of the song the lyrics are for I have no idea, be it the '90-91 or the 2008 version), and I'll put the image here:



    Assuming it's genuine, it looks like Michael wrote the second verse down first (like that was the first part he ever wrote maybe), and then wrote down the first and went from there. I'll bold the stuff I think is different from the version we got on Michael:

    ... You are the sun that lights up the sky
    When things are shady
    Let come what may, we do get by
    I was the only one around
    When things would hurt you

    I am forever.

    I am your joy
    Your best of joy
    I am the moonlight
    You are the spring
    Our love's our sacred thing
    You know I always will love you

    I am forever.

    I am the one who chased the clouds away
    [Baby] I'm[?] here[?] forever and a day or You? have? forever and a day
    Nothing can hurt you

    I am forever.

    I am the one who said that you are free
    It used to be you, but now it's we
    And nothing can hurt you.

    We are forever
    Two of these unheard verses ("I am the one who chased the clouds away" and "It used to be you, but now it's we") seem like fairly good candidates for that missing third verse that got cut. Seeing as though there's slight differences in wording between the released verses and the verses written here, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that this is not the version of the song that Michael would go on to record in 2008. I'd say possibly the '90-91 version, but it could easily be from the 2000s. If we ever get a release of the original version of "Best of Joy" or in the very least part of the original gets leaked, I wouldn't be surprised if some of these lines I bolded would be on there.

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    Default Re: Best of Joy - Original Version

    a couple of words have been crossed out and replaced, so it's actually this:

    I am the one who chased the clouds away
    I'll be here forever and a day
    Nothing can hurt you
    I am forever

    Wasn't I the one who said that you are free
    It used to be you, but now it's we
    And nothing can hurt you.

    We are forever

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    Default Re: Best of Joy - Original Version

    Has Neff-U or Brad Buxer ever spoken about this song, as to whether or not these verses were ever actually recorded?

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    Default Re: Best of Joy - Original Version

    Brad and Neff-U haven’t commented on it, but several fans have heard the original demo and have confirmed that the third verse does indeed exist.

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    Well, hopefully if there's ever a Michael rerelease (not sure how they'd get around the fake stuff though) they might include the original version of "Best of Joy" and other songs like "Behind the Mask", a la Xscape.

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    A re-release of Michael would be the best thing the Estate could ever do. - Then remove the 3 Cascio songs and add demoes and alternate versions instead.

    Stop selling the original Michael album - remove the original version with the 3 fake songs from Spotify and other streaming services. Then after some years the 3 fake songs would be forgotten to have ever existed.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/Ahess/videos - me dancing MJ - many years ago. :)

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    Default Re: Best of Joy - Original Version

    If they re release it then the cascio tracks will be there. They are not going to do anything that makes it look like they think they've done something wrong.

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    Default Re: Best of Joy - Original Version

    They could release the original versions on the deluxe edition of a 50th Anniversary set. Of course, this is only feasible if rumours are true and such a set is indeed in the works.

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    Default Re: Best of Joy - Original Version

    I love best of joy.. the lyrics are so simple but something about his voice and the sweetness in his delivery makes me sad.

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    Default Re: Best of Joy - Original Version

    I think this song is so much more powerful a capella, I mean, some music could be added, the album version sounds overstuffed:


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    Default Re: Best of Joy - Original Version

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxym View Post
    I think this song is so much more powerful a capella, I mean, some music could be added, the album version sounds overstuffed:

    What I don't like on those new recreated tracks is that the "gaps" on MJs LV tracks have been muted. Bruce Swedien used to leave these parts within the final mix.

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    Default Re: Best of Joy - Original Version

    Quote Originally Posted by Hess View Post
    A re-release of Michael would be the best thing the Estate could ever do. - Then remove the 3 Cascio songs and add demoes and alternate versions instead.

    Stop selling the original Michael album - remove the original version with the 3 fake songs from Spotify and other streaming services. Then after some years the 3 fake songs would be forgotten to have ever existed.
    I agree, they could add WHE to then take it to 8 tracks and also include the original demo's of each song on a 16 track fan edition

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