To me, THE BIGGEST SELLING ALBUM OF ALL TIME should have the BIGGEST/BEST boxset release ever!! Not just because it’s the “40th anniversary” but in general should be a huge “Thriller Super Deluxe” with tons of unheard unreleased songs, demos, worktapes, alternate mixes, acapellas, instrumentals, and a few remixes! A Huge Short (for TV) and a multi-part documentary! A multi-episode podcast. An opus coffee table book and a small paperback release.
Every year Thriller is already celebrated especially during Halloween time so calling this project Thriller 40 is redundant. The OG is already there for everyone to have access to. Simply making TV/Radio commercials, ads on YouTube and streaming services along with social media post will allow new fans to discover the 9 track album while releasing a Super Deluxe boxset would satisfy his lifelong fans. We don’t know what’s all you come or what exactly in all the estate have planned but a 2 CD album just isn’t enough. This Press Release was underwhelming. (Look back at the Bad 25 Press Release)!!! To me the GREATEST ENTERTAINER to ever walk this planet deserves better.
Also, the tricky part about all these releases are according to people who’ve worked on some of the posthumous projects so far; the reason we haven’t been able to get certain songs is they just aren’t being cleared (bad/tarnished relationships with collaborators, collaborators not agreeing with the estates/Sonys plans and the estate not willing to pay peoples asking prices). We didn’t get the demos/early versions of the songs that made Bad because Quincy wouldn’t sign off on them yet. This makes no sense to me because 9 out of 11 of the tracks WERE CREATED AND RECORDED AT HAYVENHURST. Q had nothing to do with the songs prior to them getting transferred and transported to Westlake. Most of the songs were already in good shape before Quincy and Bruce even heard them. Then while at Westlake when they were zeroing in on what songs would make the final tracklist the songs were re-recorded with Q’s people.
I am excited and eager to see what will be made of the 2nd Disc or even if a boxset will be announced and released later in the year. I do have a feeling we’re gonna get the original Behind The Mask and The Toy (Best Of Joy). Probably the demos of The Girl Is Mine, Billie Jean, Beat It, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, 2 or 3 leaked tracks (Nightline, Trouble, Sunset Driver) and maybe 2 songs we never heard. It’s tough because if Rod Temperton’s Estate and Quincy don’t clear their songs they may not be included.