Honestly, I am going to speak my mind here once and for all.
I'm fed up with this "The original demos are so much better" attitude. It SOLEY appears they are favored because "Michael actually worked on them"
Sure, Michael was good and we are all here for a reason, and we all love Michael's craft. That being said, Michael isn't here to give his final blessing.
I believe some of us haven't accepted that fact. Whatever is put out post-2009 will have a strong bias against it.
EXAMPLE: When Slave To The Rhythm was leaked EVERYBODY was ranting and raving how awesome it was. How different it sounded. They were praising Michael. HOWEVER, once it was learned that Michael had nothing to do with the 2010 STTR. EVERYONE and their mother was like "meh, the mix is okay. Its nothing to write home about."
Did you notice that? Its a double edged sword. Slave To The Rhythm in fact proves my point.
While some of this is personal taste to the listener, and age may be a factor. Im a younger fan and I absolutely love the new mixes. Are they perfect? no. But Michael didn't have perfect releases as well. Michael liked long albums, and long songs. While I think some of Michael's longer songs like Dangerous and Unbreakable get a little repetitive after 4 minutes or so of the same beat. Others may love what I hate and I understand that.
But if we all forget MICHAEL JACKSON, INTEGRITY, ART, etc etc etc and we listen to these mixes with an open-mind and we don't think "psssh these are going to suck because...." then maybe you'll find a little more enjoyment out of this release. I love both versions of Escape. The new remix has a little more smoothness to it that I enjoy over the harsh punching demo.
Now, id like to talk about the Estate hate. Its unbelievable, and frankly its uncalled for now. Imagine, you are Michael Jackson and you dangled a child off the window. (you know what I mean....). Everyone hates you for it. Years later, you learned your lesson and you're smarter now and you'd never do that again. HOWEVER, EVERYONE STILL HATES YOU FOR IT.
You made and mistake, and tried to justify it. People still hound you for it. You cant Escape it, people are dead set on the past and wont look past anything else because of it.
Now, what am I talking about? Estate hate. They make a few mistakes, sure.....("but im only humannn")
The Cascio tracks are a mistake, and Branca has stated they wont see the light of day on future albums. Problem solved. Some people aren't satisfied and demand the songs to be removed from the back-catalog and a full "100" page apology letter.
We will never get that. It is HIGHLY unlikely. Move on people, the show is over with. The Cascio Fiasco is dead.
When and IF the Children decide to take over the Estate. They probably wouldn't do anything about it as well. Maybe they will? but 30 years from now who will remember the Cascio tracks? Nobody. This is it, Stop Hatin'
*PS* Yes, the Estate needs to make money. If Michael was here he wouldn't be putting on shows and giving away albums for free. Right? So the argument "The Estate only wants money" is now invalid. Oh? You don't want the Estate to have money? gosh. That's like saying, "I don't want to give a sum of my money to a children's charity?
Quite literally, proceeds from the Esate's projects are suppose to go toward charity. So in one way or another your either giving, or being selfish