Jim Morrison once waxed on wax about how “the future is uncertain and the end is always near.” Well if that’s the true-be-all-end-all-whatsit statement folks, then it’s a good thing that music is always near to help with the confusion. No matter what the mood or attitude of the homosapien: mad, glad, depressed, morose, lively, ebullient, ragtag, etc., music is always a welcome addition regardless of what’s going on or what’s going down. This year’s crop of sonic comestibles should take care of anyone feeling hi-fi or lo-hi; either way, all of them are welcome additions under the tree or near the menorah or whatever your late year holiday preference may be. Human beings have so many choices to choose from these days, and here’s some more below.
Thriller, the biggest selling record of all time by one of the most successful artists ever to grace this planet, Michael Jackson, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $2.99.
Thriller hit the number one spot 30 years ago today, back on February 26, 1983, and then dominated the charts at that spot for months and months afterwards, in fact, all told, it logged 37 weeks there ultimately. An immeasurable musical cultural artifact from the 1980s, a smooth R&B follow up, a peak for the artist who had already reached so many mountaintops and summits, a record which blew everybody out of the water, created an absolute revolution in styles, fashion, sounds, music videos, production, reshaping genres, crossing them, had luminaries like Paul McCartney and Eddie Van Halen make key contributions to it, one can go on and on with endless platitudes and details about what a powerhouse, heavyweight and seminal record Michael Jackson’s Thriller became and remains.
Today’s MP3 album deal of the day is Michael Jackson‘s Off the Wall for only $4.99.
Off the Wall was released in 1979 after his successful childhood career with his brothers in The Jackson 5, as well as his turn as the Scarecrow in the film The Wiz. Off the Wall, which was the precursor to Jackson’s mega-hit album Thriller, contains 10 songs, all worth owning for sure, but standouts are “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” “Rock With You,” the ballad “She’s Out Of My Life” (jazz guitarist Larry Carlton performed on this one!), and the title track. Definitely, a must-own.
If you’d like a physical copy of Off the Wall, the CD, which contains extra songs and an interview, is available for $6.99.
The MP3 album deal of the day over at Amazon today is Michael Jackson’s Thriller for only $3.99.
This album contains 9 songs from the late singer and spawned many hits like “Beat It,” “Billy Jean,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” and “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing),” not to mention the awesome horror-themed title track complete with voiceover by horror icon Vincent Price.
If you’d like a physical copy of Thriller, there’s the original recording on CD and the remastered CD with bonus tracks, as well as the 25th Anniversary CD+DVD.