(A taste of things to come? Above is a compilation of professionally-shot BAD Tour footage from an Australian TV report, featuring live performances of "Wanna Be Startin' Something," "Rock With You," "Human Nature," etc. The BAD Tour had never been commercially released prior to the MJ estate's announcement, Monday.)
In the three years following Michael Jackson's death, his estate has been conservative with posthumous releases from the King of Pop’s archives while focusing on other endeavors such as a hit video game and a Cirque du Soleil production.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of his seminal 1987 disc, “BAD,” his estate, in collaboration with Epic/Legacy Recordings, will reissue the disc with new music and a never-before-released concert video, the label and his estate announced on Monday.
"The era of BAD represented Michael’s creative ‘coming of age’ as a solo artist in charge of every aspect of his career -- from recording to touring to endorsements to merchandising," John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of his estate, wrote in a statement.
"This was the first album on which nearly all of the songs were written by Michael. It was also was the first album in history to produce five consecutive #1 singles and it took two and a half decades for another artist to match that success. [...] The enormous success of the BAD album and tour was a pivotal moment in Michael’s growth as a composer, performer and producer cementing his role as the King of Pop."
A deluxe edition of the re-released album will hits stores on September 18th.
The deluxe set, titled 'BAD 25,' will features three CDs, a DVD and two booklets, complete with the following:
* The re-mastered original BAD album
* New remixes by internationally renowned DJ/producers
* A CD featuring professionally recorded audio from the July 16, 1988 concert at Wembley Stadium
* A CD containing previously unreleased material recorded in Michael's personal studio at Hayvenhurst -- including demos of new songs that did not make it to the original album
* A DVD featuring Jackson's personal video recording of his performance at Wembley Stadium in London on July 16th, 1988. (The video will be the first full concert performance from the BAD tour to be commercially released, and will be seen without cuts, exactly as it played out on stage before an audience of 72,000 fans, including Princess Diana.)
The 3 CD/1 DVD deluxe box set will also include two extensive booklets with yet unseen photos from the recording sessions, video sets and the concert tour; the original BAD cover art; a two-sided poster, and more.
A standard edition of the BAD reissue will be released, as well, including the remastered album and unreleased material, but omitting the Wembley performance.
The BAD World Tour was Michael’s first concert tour as a solo artist. The legendary tour included 123 concerts attended by more than 4.4 million fans over sixteen months.
When it concluded, the tour had shattered all previous touring records for attendance and total gross revenue, adding three new entries in the Guinness World Records for the largest grossing tour in history, the tour with the largest attended audience and the most sold out shows at Wembley Stadium.
PLUS: An exclusive new song -- on which MJ plays piano -- to be released June 5 with CD single
To roll out the reissue of the BAD album, Epic/Legacy Recordings will re-release the album’s first single, "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" -- the first of five of the album's singles to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 -- as a CD single with the previously unreleased bonus track "Don't Be Messin' 'Round (demo)" on June 5.
Bruce Swedien, Jackson’s long time studio engineer whom recorded Jackson’s vocals, spoke about "Don't Be Messin' 'Round" in a 2009 interview. He described the previously unreleased ballad as "powerful" and "mesmerizing."
“Michael plays piano on it, and it's just beautiful," said Swedien. "Oh my God, there's nothing like it."
The single will be a Wal-Mart exclusive and won’t be available through digital retailers.
"I Just Can't Stop Loving You" will also be made available June 26 as a replica of the 7” vinyl released back in the day and includes the original B-side, "Baby Be Mine," not the unreleased bonus track.
Wow, the estate really went all out with this project!