This Is It, the film made up of rehearsal footage from what would have been Michael Jackson's comeback tour, made it look like that tour would have been a great success and definitely answered the naysayers. It had some great moments but due to obvious circumstances was ultimately unsatisfying, building your anticipation like many "making-of" documentaries, but without the ultimate payoff that's the climax of such films. Plenty of foreplay, but no actual gettin' busy!
Even more unsatisfying, to put it mildly, was the "soundtrack" album released as a tie-in, which featured... not a minute of music from the actual film! It was just one more tired greatest-hits cash-in, with the title song tacked on.
So when it comes to This Is It -- THIS is it!!! The ACTUAL soundtrack of the movie, boot-style, in pristine sound, all performances from the film itself. Some tracks here might not quite measure up to other versions, some (such as the medley of Jackson 5 songs) being just sketches, though they're all fascinating. But at least one track here, "Human Nature", is probably as good as any singing he's ever done, especially those keening "hey-yeahhh"s following the choruses -- and in the film you can see he wasn't even trying 100% in that particular rehearsal, but what he does while holding back is what other vocalists would work their entire lives to achieve! Don't let that long pause after the line "Reaching out..." fool ya, it's just for dramatic effect! The slow-burn intro to "The Way You Make Me Feel" is another highlight.
I found this on the excellent boot forums at Guitars 101. What a resource! But I can't find it elsewhere online. Thanks a million to the original ripper/poster. Not just this recording, but Michael's talent, qualifies as The Rare Stuff, so I'm pleased as punch to offer it to y'all here in lovely 320k. RIP MJ. Enjoy! And as always, I'd love to hear from you. :^)
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