- Aug 26, 2014
And before you comb through my post history to find something I said 4-7 years ago that contradicts what I’m saying now — stances change with the presentation of new information. Ten years ago we all thought “Slave to the Rhythm” was recorded in 2003 with Jam and Lewis, and that “I Am a Loser” was from 1999. Things change.
- “You Are a Liar” was first cited in Michael’s 1993 deposition, and as such couldn’t have been written for Invincible. (Your claim seems to be sourced from the infamously unreliable Wikipedia page.) Nothing is known regarding its completion or the album for which it was originally designated.
- “Rampage” was teased by Rodney Jerkins a couple times on Instagram, but interestingly, never once did we hear any extended vocal passages; at best, we’d get a couple microseconds of an unidentifiable vocalist, who sounded nothing like Michael (in my opinion). Its completion is unknown.
- “Man in Black” may or may not exist in a finished state. Bryan Loren played the demo at a fan seminar, but (a) it stands to reason that he would play the full song if it exists, and (b) Loren has a storied history of making things up to fabricate his importance in Michael’s career. I wouldn’t bet that it exists beyond the chorus.
- NOTHING is known about “D.I.E.” beyond the title. We don’t know what the title truly stands for, and we don’t know the state it exists in.
- “Pressure” is, if I recall correctly, a Rodney Jerkins outtake. But, yet again, its completion is unknown.
Just stop making stuff up, mj_frenzy. The vault is already confusing enough as it is, and you’re only worsening the issue.
‘You Are A Liar’ was one of the many songs that Michael Jackson considered recording for his ‘Invincible’ album, as confirmed also by authors Chris Cadman and Craig Halstead.
‘Rampage’ was one of the first finished tracks for the ‘Invincible’ album (it was written, produced and completed in the early recording sessions of the album, i.e., in 1999).
As regards ‘Man In Black’, Adrian Grant confirmed in a fanzine (many years ago) that he actually heard a finished version of the song, he liked it, and he described Michael Jackson’s vocals as amazing.
‘Man In Black’ was one of the few, new songs for the ill-fated ‘Decade’ compilation album.
Later, Michael Jackson was about to include ‘Man In Black’ in his ‘Dangerous’ album (as confirmed by American author Joseph Vogel), but the song was eventually left out from that album.
‘D.I.E.’ (also known as ‘Dance Is Entertainment’ was written in 2006, but the singer did not record vocals on it.
‘Pressure’ (a song that Bryan Loren originally co-wrote with Michael Jackson) was intended for the ‘Dangerous’ album, but the song was shelved.
Then, Michael Jackson handed the ‘Pressure’ song to Rodney Jerkins and his team (LaShawn Daniels, Fred Jerkins III) to update it and to complete it, which they did but the song was eventually left out from the ‘Invincible’ album.