Rest In Peace
I've been way too busy to do a proper post in the memory of the King Of Pop, but I wanted to at least post these alternate versions that have been floating around - most notably on this white label 12" that came out a few years ago or so. I think these recordings really capture the very basic, soulful drive of Michael in the creative process, and at a time in his career where he was really starting to go in his own direction musically. Also apparent here is the overlooked talent of youngest Jackson brother Randy (Steven), who proved to be a multi-talented musician on percussion, bass, keys, guitar, etc. Randy wrote "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)" and helped develop many of the songs on "Off The Wall", which can be heard on a couple of these tracks. Despite the somewhat low audio quality some of these grooves are absolutely amazing. Not sure what the story is on the "Rock With You" and "Billie Jean" versions here but they are worth grabbing too.