Editors' Notes Thriller’s late-1982 release marked the beginning of Michael Jackson’s entry into another level of fame; it also saw the end of a great five-year period of creativity that had seen him raise his solo game on the unstoppable Off the Wall and make heavy contributions to the Jacksons’ Destiny and Triumph. Stripping the weight of history from Thriller is a big job, but hearing the record as a statement in itself remains hugely rewarding. Seven of its nine original cuts were Top Ten singles, but more important is the way Jackson and producer Quincy Jones turned the singer’s obsessions into intricate, stunningly sung pop-funk. From the knowing humor of the title track to the dread of “Billie Jean” and “Beat It” and the irresistible cuteness of “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” and “Baby Be Mine,” Thriller finds Jackson at an artistic height. A quarter century later, it still sells. And nostalgia is far down the list of reasons why. This special edition includes “Someone in the Dark” from an E.T. story album, a “Billie Jean” demo, outtakes and numerous intriguing, amusing interview segments with Jones and songwriting collaborator Rod Temperton.

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Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
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6:02
 
Baby Be Mine
2
4:20
 
The Girl Is Mine
3
3:41
 
Thriller
4
5:57
 
Beat It
5
4:18
 
Billie Jean
6
4:54
 
Human Nature
7
4:05
 
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
8
3:58
 
The Lady In My Life
9
4:58
 
Vincent Price Excerpt from "Thriller-Voice-Over-Session"
10
0:24
 
The Girl Is Mine 2008 (Thriller 25th Anniversary Remix) [feat. will.i.am]
11
3:10
 
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 2008 (Thriller 25th Anniversary Remix) [feat. willi.i.am]
12
4:21
 
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008 (Thriller 25th Anniversary Remix) [feat. Akon]
13
4:14
 
Beat It 2008 (Thriller 25th Anniversary Remix) [feat. Fergie]
14
4:11
 
Billie Jean 2008 (Thriller 25th Anniversary Remix) [feat. Kanye West]
15
4:35
 
For All Time (Outtake from the Original "Thriller" Sessions)
16
4:03
 
Billie Jean (Long Version)
17
6:22
 
Voice-Over Intro / Quincy Jones Interview No. 1
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2:17
 
Someone In the Dark
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4:48
 
Voice-Over Intro / Quincy Jones Interview No. 2
20
2:04
 
Billie Jean (1981 Home Demo)
21
2:20
 
Quincy Jones Interview No. 3
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3:10
 
Voice-Over Intro / Rod Temperton Interview No. 1
23
4:02
 
Quincy Jones Interview No. 4
24
1:32
 
Voice-Over Intro / Voice-Over Session from "Thriller-Voice-Over-Session"
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2:52
 
Voice-Over Intro / Rod Temperton Interview No. 2
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1:55
 
Quincy Jones Interview No. 5
27
2:01
 
Carousel
28
1:49
 
Voice-Over Intro / Quincy Jones Interview No. 6
29
1:17
 
Billie Jean (Underground Mix)
30
6:40
 
Thriller (Instrumental)
31
5:57
 
Billie Jean
32
4:54
 
Beat It (Restored Version)
33
4:56
 
Thriller
34
13:33
 

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