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    Default Re: Artistic Decisions in Michael Jackson's Career That Are Questionable

    Quote Originally Posted by Themidwestcowboy View Post
    I've always said that MJ sacrificed his live vocals for dancing and movement and in my opinion his dancing in some parts was a bit excessive. I'd rather watch Human Nature from the victory tour and Bad tour (mainly 87 leg) than from the Dangerous Tour.
    Yes, MJ sounds very breathy during the performance of Human Nature at the Dangerous Tour. He sounds like he is out of breath. I really don’t enjoy any of the performances of Human Nature from the Dangerous Tour. I think a big reason why MJ declined as a live vocalist from the 90s onwards is because he was putting way more emphasis on dancing than singing.

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    Default Re: Artistic Decisions in Michael Jackson's Career That Are Questionable

    I always thought it was strange how Michael sounded so out of breath on WBSS and HN and the Dangerous Tour when they were only the 2nd and third songs in the show. Did Jam really take that much out of him?

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    Default Re: Artistic Decisions in Michael Jackson's Career That Are Questionable

    Quote Originally Posted by analogue View Post
    I always thought it was strange how Michael sounded so out of breath on WBSS and HN and the Dangerous Tour when they were only the 2nd and third songs in the show. Did Jam really take that much out of him?
    It could also be due to the headset mic that he used during both WBSS and HN at the Dangerous Tour.

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    Default Re: Artistic Decisions in Michael Jackson's Career That Are Questionable

    - Michael should have carried on singing Bad live in 1988-89, as opposed to resorting to lip syncing. He sounded really good while singing it live in 1987.
    - Another Part of Me was one of Michael’s best live performances and he shouldn’t have dropped it from the setlist after the Bad tour.
    - I think Lady In My Life is a fantastic track, but it was a wrong choice for an album closer. Thriller should have closed with a more upbeat song.

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    Default Re: Artistic Decisions in Michael Jackson's Career That Are Questionable

    Maybe it's for the best that Another Part Of Me wasn't performed after the Bad Tour, because it probably would have been lip synced.

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    Default Re: Artistic Decisions in Michael Jackson's Career That Are Questionable

    Quote Originally Posted by Nite Line View Post
    - Michael should have carried on singing Bad live in 1988-89, as opposed to resorting to lip syncing. He sounded really good while singing it live in 1987.
    - Another Part of Me was one of Michael’s best live performances and he shouldn’t have dropped it from the setlist after the Bad tour.
    - I think Lady In My Life is a fantastic track, but it was a wrong choice for an album closer. Thriller should have closed with a more upbeat song.
    I agree with your third point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by analogue View Post
    I always thought it was strange how Michael sounded so out of breath on WBSS and HN and the Dangerous Tour when they were only the 2nd and third songs in the show. Did Jam really take that much out of him?
    Ever tried to sing and dance at the same time....especially a song as intense as JAM???
    It's likely to be more about adrenalin and the headset microphone, IMO.

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    Default Re: Artistic Decisions in Michael Jackson's Career That Are Questionable

    I think it was my mate Midwestcowboy, who told me to watch the amateur show of Rome 1992, few years back, were MJ uses a handheld mic for WBBS. Midwest was right it's so much better, it's more like the Bad Tour
    So maybe the headset mic was part of the problem with the breathy vocals? Just a guess on my part

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    Default Re: Artistic decisions in Michael Jackson’s career that can be considered wrong or bad

    - not performing with his brothers at all for the J5 Medley...not a single show during his solo tours. Even though they would be in attendance sometimes.

    - MJ & Friends Tour...shouldn't have happened.

    - not releasing any official live stuff other than HBO 1992.

    - not performing songs like PYT, Burn This Disco Out, Can't Let Her Get Away, 2 Bad.

    -not touring the US after Bad Tour.

    That's all I can think of right now.

    Also to everyone saying MJ should have kept singing live...if he could have than he would have....people seem to forgot that he was singing live his entire career from 1965 through the Bad Tour (1987-1989, 123 shows and most of Dangerous Tour) with an exception to BOW, HTW, JAM, TWYMMF, MITM and Bad. Eventually you simply can't do it anymore. Perfect example is Stevie Wonder (who performed sitting down most of his career, NOT DANCING ALSO FOR 2 HRS A SHOW). He's always sang live and his voice is still far better than most singers, but it has been worn down over the decades.
    I know a lot of people saw MJ as more than human but he was simply a man.
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    Hiring Sheryl Crow as backup vocalist... Her vocals in Billie Jean in Yokohama is an example why

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    ^^ On that note, I’ve always felt that Michael’s bands were horribly underwhelming. The musicians were decent enough, but the backing vocalists were horrible (excluding the excellent Darryl Phinnessee). The only time I ever enjoyed listening to a Michael Jackson band was in This Is It; that configuration was borderline perfect (though to this day I’m bitter that he never toured with a live horn section).

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    Quote Originally Posted by datblackboi08 View Post
    -not touring the US after Bad Tour.
    It has widely been noted that this was because his popularity started to decline there (after the BAD Tour).

    The grunge genre (such as, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, etc) was becoming very successful in USA at that time (early ‘90s), and additionally after the Chandler allegations, Michael Jackson was being treated like a pariah in his home country which of course also adversely affected plans for touring there during the ‘90s.

    His tarnished image (because of the allegations) in the USA seems to be also the reason for not including USA in the ‘This Is It’ World Tour plans (after the 50 London shows).

    Quote Originally Posted by datblackboi08 View Post
    Eventually you simply can't do it anymore.
    According to certain accounts, he was planning to sing more songs live and not at the expense of dancing (in his ‘This Is It’ shows).

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    Editing of the Bucharest concert and Another Part of Me music video.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackson Rules View Post
    Hiring Sheryl Crow as backup vocalist... Her vocals in Billie Jean in Yokohama is an example why
    I like her as backing vocalist. Billie Jean got much better in 88. I think she was better than Siedah Garrett on Dangerous Tour.
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    Default Re: Artistic Decisions in Michael Jackson's Career That Are Questionable

    None of us will ever know how much singing would have been done for This Is It, but my guess would be that it would have been similar to the Dangerous Tour.

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    Default Re: Artistic Decisions in Michael Jackson's Career That Are Questionable

    Quote Originally Posted by analogue View Post
    None of us will ever know how much singing would have been done for This Is It, but my guess would be that it would have been similar to the Dangerous Tour.
    I honestly think the first number of shows would be comparable to History given Michael’s health. If they managed to get him better maybe he would’ve sung more.

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