Michael Jackson - Bad (Picture Disc)
Michael Jackson - Bad (Picture Disc)
Michael Jackson - Bad (Picture Disc)
Michael Jackson - Bad (Picture Disc)
Michael Jackson - Bad (Picture Disc)
Michael Jackson - Bad (Picture Disc)
Michael Jackson - Bad (Picture Disc)
Michael Jackson - Bad (Picture Disc)

Michael Jackson - Bad (Picture Disc)

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Lead and backing vocals: Michael Jackson [click here to see more vinyl featuring Michael Jackson]

Background vocals: Siedah Garrett (B2-3), The Winans (B2), and The Andraé Crouch Choir (B2)

Bass guitar: Nathan East (B3)

Hammond organ: Jimmy Smith (A1)

Drums: John Robinson (A1–4, B4-5), Miko Brando (A3), Ollie E. Brown (A3, A5), Leon "Ndugu" Chancler (B3), Bill Bottrell (B5), Bruce Swedien (A5, B5), Humberto Gatica (A5)

Programming: Douglas Getschal (A1–4, B4), Cornelius Mims (A5)

Guitar: David Williams (A1–3, B1, B4-5), Bill Bottrell (3), Eric Gale (A2), Danny Hull, Steve Stevens (solo, B4), Dann Huff (B2-3), Michael Landau (A5), Paul Jackson Jr. (B1, B4)

Trumpet: Gary Grant, Jerry Hey (A1–3, A5, B1, B5)

Percussion: Paulinho da Costa (A1–5, B3), Ollie E. Brown (A2, B2)

Keyboards: Stefan Stefanovic, Greg Phillinganes (B2)

Saxophone: Kim Hutchcroft (A1–3, A5, B1, B5), Larry Williams (A1–2, A5, B1, B4)

Synclavier (A1–5, B1, B3-5), digital guitar (A1), finger snaps (A2), sound effects (A3): Christopher Curre

Synthesizer: John Barnes (A1–4, B1, B4-5), Michael Boddicker (A1–5, B4-5), Greg Phillinganes (A1–3, A5, B3, B6, solo – A1), Rhett Lawrence (A5, B1), David Paich (A4, B3), Larry Williams (A4–5, B6), Glen Ballard (B2), Randy Kerber (B2), Randy Waldman (B4)

Piano: John Barnes (B3), Kevin Maloney (B5)

Rhythm arrangement: Michael Jackson (A1–4, B1, B4-B6), Quincy Jones (A1, A3–5, B2-3), Christopher Currell (A1), John Barnes (A4, B1, A4-5), Graham Lyle (A5), Terry Britten (A5), Glen Ballard (B1), Jerry Hey (B4)

Horn arrangement: Jerry Hey (A 1–3, A5, B1, B5)

Programming: Larry Williams (A2), Eric Persing (A3), Steve Porcaro (A4, B3), Casey Young (B6)

Midi saxophone: Larry Williams (A3)


1LP, Transparent standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : unspecified

Record color : Picture

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : unspecified

Label : Epic

Original label : Epic

Recorded January 1985 – July 1987 at Westlake (Los Angeles)

Recorded and mixed by Bruce Swedien

Engineered by Humberto Gatica

Mastered by Bernie Grundman

Produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson

Originaly released in 1987

Reissued in 2018 (first time as a picture disc)


Tracks :

Side A:

  1. Bad
  2. The Way You Make Me Feel
  3. Speed Demon
  4. Liberian Girl
  5. Just Good Friends

Side B:

  1. Another Part Of Me
  2. Man In The Mirror
  3. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
  4. Dirty Diana
  5. Smooth Criminal


Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Ranked 194/500

1000 Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die - Ranked 607


Reviews :

“The downside to a success like Thriller is that it's nearly impossible to follow, but Michael Jackson approached Bad much the same way he approached Thriller -- take the basic formula of the predecessor, expand it slightly, and move it outward. This meant that he moved deeper into hard rock, deeper into schmaltzy adult contemporary, deeper into hard dance -- essentially taking each portion of Thriller to an extreme, while increasing the quotient of immaculate studiocraft. He wound up with a sleeker, slicker Thriller, which isn't a bad thing, but it's not a rousing success, either. For one thing, the material just isn't as good. Look at the singles: only three can stand alongside album tracks from its predecessor ("Bad," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"), another is simply OK ("Smooth Criminal"), with the other two showcasing Jackson at his worst (the saccharine "Man in the Mirror," the misogynistic "Dirty Diana"). Then, there are the album tracks themselves, something that virtually didn't exist on Thriller but bog down Bad not just because they're bad, but because they reveal that Jackson's state of the art is not hip. And they constitute a near-fatal dead spot on the record -- songs three through six, from "Speed Demon" to "Another Part of Me," a sequence that's utterly faceless, lacking memorable hooks and melodies, even when Stevie Wonder steps in for "Just Good Friends," relying on nothing but studiocraft. Part of the joy of Off the Wall and Thriller was that craft was enhanced with tremendous songs, performances, and fresh, vivacious beats. For this dreadful stretch, everything is mechanical, and while the album rebounds with songs that prove mechanical can be tolerable if delivered with hooks and panache, it still makes Bad feel like an artifact of its time instead a piece of music that transcends it.” AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Ratings :

AllMusic : 4.5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.38 / 5

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