Thriller

~ Release group by Michael Jackson

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Thriller 12" Vinyl 9 Epic QE-38112 074643811217
Thriller CD 9 Epic CDEPC 85930 9399708593022
Thriller 12" Vinyl 9 Epic EPC 85930 [none]
Thriller CD 9 Epic 35.8P-11 [none]
Thriller 12" Vinyl 9 Epic EPC 85930 [none]
Thriller 12" Vinyl 9 Epic EPC 85930 [none]
Thriller CD 9 Epic EK 38112 074643811224
Thriller CD 9 Epic CDEPC 85930 5099708593025
Thriller CD 9 Epic CDEPC 85930 [none]
Thriller CD 9 Epic CD 85930, CDEPC 85930 5099708593025
Thriller SACD 9 Epic ES 38112 074643811262
Thriller CD 9 Epic MILLEN4 4952162000 [none]
Thriller (special edition) CD 21 Epic EPC 504422 2 5099750442227
Thriller (special edition) CD 21 Epic EK 66073 074646607329
Thriller (special edition) CD 21 Epic 5044222000 9399700091946
Thriller (special edition) CD 21 Epic EK 66073 074646607329
Thriller 25 CD + DVD 16 + 4 Epic 88697 17987 2 886971798722
Thriller 25 (deluxe edition) Digital Media 35 Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) [none] 888880436016
Thriller 25 CD + DVD-Video 16 + 4 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88697 17986 2 886971798623
Thriller 25 CD 16 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88697 17987 2 886971798722
Thriller 25 CD + DVD-Video 16 + 4 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88697 22096 2 886972209623
Thriller 25 CD 16 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88697 34566 2 886973456620
Thriller 25 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 7 Epic 88697233441 886972334417
Thriller 25 Digital Media 16 Legacy (Legacy Recordings)
Thriller 25 (Best Buy edition) CD + DVD-Video 17 + 4 Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88697 17986 2 886772334028
Thriller 25 CD 16 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88697 17986 2 886971798623
Thriller 25 CD 16 Legacy (Legacy Recordings) 88697 17987 2 886971798722
Thriller 25 CD + DVD-Video 17 + 4 Epic EICP-961, EICP-962 4547366036466
Thriller 25: The World’s Biggest Selling Album of All Time (スリラー25周年記念リミテッド・エディション/期間限定生産) CD + DVD-Video 17 + 4 Epic, MJJ Productions (logo / imprint / label) EICP-963, EICP-964 4547366036473
Thriller CD 9 Epic CDEPC 85930 5099708593025
Thriller 25 (super deluxe) Digital Media 30
Thriller CD 21 Epic EICP 1195 4547366047301
Thriller (HDTracks HiRes version of Epic ES38112) Digital Media 9 Epic HX886443819757 886443819757
Thriller (Mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 9 Epic 074643811224
Thriller (24bit/176.4kHz) Digital Media 9 Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.) SIXX01837B00Z 4547366206043
Thriller CD 9 Epic 88875043862 888750438621
Thriller (Google Play exclusive version) Digital Media 10 Epic
Thriller 25 Digital Media 21
Thriller CD 9 Epic CDEPC 85930 5099708593025
Bootleg
Thriller (25th anniversary edition) 2×CD 19 + 13 [no label] (Special purpose label – white labels, self-published releases and other “no label” releases) [none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Beat It
Billie Jean
The Girl Is Mine by Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
Thriller
covers: Thriller Recovered by Various Artists
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 20)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000056882 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/8883 [info]
Wikidata: Q44320 [info]
Q745960 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Michael_Jackson:Thriller_(1982) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/michael_jackson/thriller/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/649p [info]

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It's hard to believe now, but when Michael Jackson's Thriller was released in the UK in time for Christmas 1982, there was an initial sense of misfire. In choosing the album's most lacklustre track, The Girl Is Mine, as its lead single, the postcard delivered was mildly disappointing. The playful duet with Paul McCartney, chosen no doubt to emulate the success McCartney had had earlier the same year with Stevie Wonder on Ebony and Ivory, was simply not what the listeners were expecting. It reached number eight on the UK chart, and the album sold well, but certainly not in the manner that the man who'd delivered Off the Wall should have done.

By the following Christmas, Thriller had become the phenomenon it remains to this day. Singles kept dropping off the album like golden fruit from a platinum bough: the precision snap of that snare on UK number one Billie Jean; the raucous Eddie Van Halen guitar on Beat It; the groove-driven frenzy of Wanna Be Startin' Something. It became apparent that this was a remarkable, ever-yielding pop jukebox.

By 1984, the album got an extension on its lifecycle with the John Landis-directed video for Thriller, which took the album from successful pop record to cultural icon. Casting the then-clean cut, scandal-free singer as a werewolf in a 15-rated short film was a risk, but one that truly paid off. Soon enough Thriller had become a greatest hits package - seven of its nine tracks were issued as singles.

Love it or hate it, Thriller is pop's great, immovable Everest. Marketing departments realised that more and more singles could be pulled from a record to prolong its shelf life, and Michael Jackson became the King of Pop with the whole of the recording industry at his investiture.

It was, of course, never the same for Jackson after Thriller. All that followed was a long, gradual downhill slope that culminated in some forgettable records and a tragic early death. But this view from the summit remains unparalleled.