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    we know that Michael and Stevie collaborated on a few songs while MJ was at Epic, but apart from I Can't Help It (which imo is one of the greatest songs of all time), i never felt that these tracks had the flare you'd expect from two legends like themselves.

    Just Good Friends (1987)

    Get It (1987)

    but i wasn't that surprised since Stevie had gone downhill compared to the decade before, and the 80s pop scene was all too conventional.

    (Mike also provided backgrounds on All I Do (1980), though this song was done many years before on the superior version by Tammi Terrell in 1966)

    however, just a couple of years before I Can't Help It sprung up, around 1974-75 there was speculation that Stevie was writing and producing either a full Michael Jackson album, or a Jackson 5 project. but i think either way it would have pretty much been an MJ highlight:





    these are the supposed tracks written/recorded circa 1974-75:


    A Pretty Face Is

    Buttercup

    You're Supposed To Keep
    Your Love For Me

    No News Is Good News

    Bumble-Bee Of Love

    Sky Blue Afternoon

    The Future

    If Your Mama Could See You Now

    Would I Live For You,
    Would I Die For You


    two songs from this list were recorded later by other artists.

    Buttercup, which Stevie intended to duet as well as produce for Mike, was given to Carl Anderson and released in 1982:




    Buttercup









    You're Supposed To Keep Your Love For Me, was originally recorded in 1975 with Jermaine on lead and Michael, Jackie and Stevie doing backgrounds (still unreleased). however, Jermaine later recorded it on his own with Stevie producing on their collaborative effort in 1980:




    You're Supposed To
    Keep Your Love For Me










    going by these two tracks alone, i have no doubts as to the quality of this project. word is they're all still in the Wonderland vaults.


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    Jackson 5 & MJ covering Stevie:


    A Place In The Sun (unreleased)
    (1966 original)

    Don't Know Why I Love You (1970)
    (1968 original)

    Fingertips (unreleased)
    (1963 original)

    For Once In My Life (unreleased)
    (1968 original)

    Heaven Help Us All (unreleased)
    (1970 original)

    Higher Ground (unreleased)
    (duet between MJ and Donny Osmond)
    (1973 original)

    I Was Made To Love Her (1970-73)
    (1967 original)

    If You Really Love Me (unreleased)
    (1971 original)

    My Cherie Amour (1969)
    (1968 original)

    Never Had A Dream Come True (1970)
    (1970 original)

    Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day (1972)
    (1968 original)

    Signed, Sealed Delivered I'm Yours (unreleased)
    (1970 original)

    Someday At Christmas (1970)
    (1967 original)

    Superstition (1973)
    (1972 original)

    That's What Christmas Means To Me (unreleased)
    (1967 original)

    Uptight (Everything's Alright) (unreleased)
    (1966 original)

    With A Child's Heart (1973)
    (1966 original)

    Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday (unreleased)
    (1969 original)




    Stevie covering MJ:




    I Can't Help It
    (Live at UNCF 2005)











    Babyface & Stevie
    Gone Too Soon
    (Live, 1997)





    Billie Jean
    (Live, 2008)





    Human Nature
    (Live, 2008)



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    I would love to hear MJ singing Higher Ground.

    You're right in that you'd think that the Jackson/Wonder collaboration on would have turned out to be more iconic songs like Ebony & Ivory w/ McCartney. Even though Get It and Just Good Friends are still good catchy song, theyre not up there with The Girl Is Mine etc. Maybe its the McCartney factor?

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    If Motown wanted to, they could go into the vaults and release a "The Jackson 5 Sings Stevie Wonder" compilation

    A Pretty Face Is was also re-recorded for either Bad or Dangerous, but still wasn't released.


    Janet and I think the other siblings call Stevie their cousin :lol:

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    I've read another article a while ago from the late 70s or the 80s and they asked Michael why these songs were never released, he said he didn't know...

    I'll try to find that article again!

    Damn, I knew I had to save that article on my computer!
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    I found it :

    source: http://www.the-michael-jackson-archives.com/


    These songs have always facinated me so much!!!
    I'd really love to hear them all!
    Read those last 2 lines of the article:
    "I wish those songs coul have been released back then. But they still could be released now and be #1- God -for a long time..."

    This interview is from 1984
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    raisa, you're awesome. i got that first article from you ages ago, i remember. thanks for this clipping.

    and if I Can't Help It is any indication of a Jackson-Wonder flare, then i have no doubt as to Mike's claims in those last lines!

    thanks again


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    here's the hyperfunky extended remix of Get It:




    Get It
    (12" Remix)









    interesting to note that Brad Buxer's on there too (remix overdubs and programming). he worked quite a lot with Stevie in the 80s, then joined Mike in the 90s. could be that's how they met..


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    I am usually on my own on this - But I think Just Good Friends is one of the strongest on the Bad album, and that album has few flaws (if any imo).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxy.. View Post
    I am usually on my own on this - But I think Just Good Friends is one of the strongest on the Bad album, and that album has few flaws (if any imo).

    Great thread.
    It is a damn good song, but as with "Get It" the songs stayed in their decade, I think if they were produced differently without the late 80's synths sound it would be better, I mean if Just God Friends was on OTW or maybe Thriller it would be a different story!

    And lets not forget Stevies appearance when he joined MJ for that song in Australia 87 bad tour would kill to hear them singing that live, may well have been quite different

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxy.. View Post
    I am usually on my own on this - But I think Just Good Friends is one of the strongest on the Bad album, and that album has few flaws (if any imo).
    na you're not on your own, it's all down to tastes at the end of the day.

    but to try and be objective for a moment: even with conventional synths and quantized drums aside, i can't help but feel gobsmacked as to Stevie's output in the mid-late 80s-and-beyond compared to humanity's greatest musical adventure that he was on less than a decade earlier.

    i think their released duets just came at an unfortunate time. plus with Get It, they were never even in the same studio. all done across continents.


    Quote Originally Posted by akonmj View Post
    And lets not forget Stevies appearance when he joined MJ for that song in Australia 87 bad tour
    spurred an iconic-looking snapshot:



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    Quote Originally Posted by arXter View Post

    spurred an iconic-looking snapshot:


    Great picture, arxter!!!!
    I'd love to see them performe live
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    Quote Originally Posted by arXter View Post
    here's the hyperfunky extended remix of Get It:




    Get It
    (12" Remix)









    interesting to note that Brad Buxer's on there too (remix overdubs and programming). he worked quite a lot with Stevie in the 80s, then joined Mike in the 90s. could be that's how they met..

    Wow! I kind of like this remix better than the original. Interesting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by arXter View Post

    Wow I love this picture! :wild: It was an unforgettable meeting. Is there a video on You Tube that Stevie's participation in Bad Tour? Someone was in country?

    I love the Stevie Wonder. I would love to see you working again with Michael on some music or even producing your album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashtanga View Post
    Wow I love this picture! :wild: It was an unforgettable meeting. Is there a video on You Tube that Stevie's participation in Bad Tour? Someone was in country?

    It was in Australia but no one has any footage of it except Michael. Unless some local TV stations in Sydney got some video of it at the time but we dont know about it. Someone in Sydney could call up channel 7, 9 or 10 there and see if they can help out.

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