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We Are The World (USA For Africa) Maxi-Single CoverWe Are The World (USA For Africa)

'We Are The World' was written by Michael with Lionel Richie, as America's answer to Band Aid's 'Do They Know It's Christmas', and recorded by USA For Africa to aid famine relief in Ethiopia, the single was released by CBS Records on March 7th, 1985 in the USA.

USA For Africa: United Support of Artists For Africa.

The song was completed on 21st January 1985, and recorded the following evening, immediately after the American Music Awards ceremony in Hollywood.

Sir Bob Geldof, in his autobiography, spoke of Michael practising the song in various keys. "Each one was perfect", he wrote, "and for anyone else would have been a take, rather than a practise."

Soloists, in order of appearance on the record: Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Donnie Warwick, Williw Nelson, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan and Ray Charles.

Chorus included LaToya, Randy, Marlon, Tito and Jackie Jackson (but not Jermaine or Janet - the latter was particularly upset at not getting an invite).

My maxi-single is printed in Holland with the series number: A 12-6112.

Track list:

A:
1. We Are The World (USA For Africa with Michael Jackson) - 7:19

B:
1. Grace - Quincy Jones - 4:30

Record label: CBS
Released: 07-03-1985
Series number: A 12-6112
Printed: Holland
Guide price: 20 €


Girl You're So Together Maxi-Single CoverGirl You're So Together

'Girl You're So Together' is the second and last single lifted from Michael's album 'Farewell My Summer Love', released by Motown on August 11th, 1984 in the USA. Arranged and produced by Freddie Perren & Fonce Mizell.

This song was recorded by Michael on 31st August 1973 in the USA (at the age of 14) on the Motown label - the same day he also recorded 'Don't Let It Get You Down' and 'Farewell My Summer Love'.

This remained unreleased until May 26th, 1984, when it was one of nine previously unheard songs remixed and included on a 'new' Motown album, 'Farewell My Summer Love 1984' (the '1984' was quickly dropped).

The version on the maxi-single is the same as the single version, we got 3 hits more on this vinyl, 'Touch The One You Love', Ben' and Ain't No Sunshine'.

My maxi-single is printed in the UK with the series number: TMGT 1355.

Track list:

A:
1. Girl You're So Together - 3:09
2. Touch The One You Love - 2:47

B:
1. Ben - 2:42
1. Ain't No Sunshine - 4:09

Record label: Motown
Released: 11-08-1984
Series number: TMGT 1355
Printed: UK
Guide price: 20 €


Farewell My Summer Love (Promo) Maxi-Single CoverFarewell My Summer (Promo)

A promo single (short for promotional single) is a single that is made available to radio stations and nightclubs, a recording that is or soon will be commercially available'.

The promo 12" single 'Farewell My Summer Love' of Michael Jackson is made available to radio stations and nightclubs in May 1984 on the Motown label and was released in the USA. It is the first track from the album 'Farewell My Summer Love'.

The A-side contains the album version of 'Farewell My Summer Love' and the B-side medley contains: 'I Want You Back'/'The Love You Save'/'Dancing Machine'/'ABC'/'I'll Be There'.

"The group itself is compelling in only The Medley Of The Jackson 5 Motown Hits!"
"When Michael said, 'we going to give you the, old stuff,' the crowd rose to it's feet and cheered!"

My (promo) maxi-single is printed in the USA with the series number: PR-153.

Track list:

A:
1. Farewell My Summer Love - 4:21
2. Call On Me - 3:38

B:
1. The Jackson 5 Motown Medley - 6:49
I Want You Back
'The Love You Save
Dancing Machine
ABC
I'll Be There

Record label: Motown
Released: 05-1984
Series number: PR-153
Printed: USA
Guide price: 50 €


P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) Maxi-Single CoverP.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

'P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)' is the last single of Michael's album 'Thriller', released on March 31st, 1984 in the UK on the Epic label. The original demo version of the song was written by Jackson and Greg Phillinganes. Quincy Jones passed on the song itself but liked the title and, with James Ingram, fashioned a totally new song with that title.

The single was most successful in Belgium. The bonus tracks are 'Working Day And Night'.

My maxi-single is printed in Holland with the series number: A 12-3910.

Track list:

A:
1. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) - 3:58

B:
1. Thriller (Instrumental) - 5:56
2. Working Day And Night - 4:26

Record label: Epic
Released: 31-03-1984
Series number: A 12-3910
Printed: Holland
Guide price: 40 €


Somebody's Watching Me (Rockwell Featuring Michael Jackson) Maxi-Single CoverSomebody's Watching Me (Rockwell Featuring Michael Jackson)

'Somebody's Watching Me' is the debut single by R&B artist Rockwell, released on the Motown label on January 26th, 1984 in the UK. It featured Michael Jackson on the chorus and Jermaine Jackson on additional backing vocals.

Michael really wanted to do the song because he identified so much with its message. He often feels like a fish in a bowl - always being watched by people wanting a piece of him.

Rockwell (aka Kennedy Gordy) is the son of Motown CEO Berry Gordy Jr.

My maxi-single is printed in France with the series number: ZB 64300.

Track list:

A:
1. Somebody's Watching Me (Rockwell with Michael Jackson) - 4:57

B:
1. Somebody's Watching Me (Instrumental) - 5:26

Record label: Motown
Released: 26-01-1984
Series number: ZB 64300
Printed: France
Guide price: 20 €


Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough Maxi-Single CoverDon't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough' is the first single written and recorded by Michael for the album after leaving Motown, 'Off The Wall' on the Epic label, released on July 10th, 1979 in the USA. The maxi-single you see was released in Holland, the year 1984.

The lyrical content of this song shocked Michael's mother, Katherine, who pointed out the title could easily be misinterpreted! Michael asserted that it wasn't a reference to sex, but that it could mean whatever people wanted it to mean...

It was the lead single from the album as it heralded Michael's arrival as an adult solo performer, and paved the way for a new beginning to his musical career. The song hit no.1 on the Hot 100 in the US, giving Michael his first chart topper since 'Ben'.

My maxi-single is printed in Holland with the series number: EPCA 12-4433.

Track list:

A:
1. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - 5:45

B:
1. I Can't Help It - 4:29

Record label: Epic
Released: 1984
Series number: EPCA 12-4433
Printed: Holland
Guide price: 20 €


Thriller Maxi-Single CoverThriller

'Thriller' is the sixth single out Michael's album 'Thriller', released in November 1983 in the USA on the Epic label. Written and composed by Rod Temperton and Michael Jackson, produced by Quincy Jones.

Rod Temperton; an inspiration was the Jacksons’ hit, 'Heartbreak Hotel'. Early titles include 'Starlight', 'Starlight Sun' and 'Give Me Some Starlight' – the title was changed after Michael told Temperton he wanted something that would appeal to kids.

'Thriller' is one of Jackson's signature songs and featured a rap by horror actor, Vincent Price.

This maxi-single with the OBI strip has the instrumental version on the B-side, no times are listed, but are most likely the same versions as on the US 12".

My maxi-single is printed in Japan with the series number: 12.3P-492.

Track list:

A:
1. Thriller - 5:57

B:
1. Thriller (Instrumental) - 5:57

Record label: Epic
Released: 11-1983
Series number: 12.3P-492
Printed: Japan
Guide price: 70 €


Thriller Maxi-Single CoverThriller

'Thriller' is the sixth single out Michael's album 'Thriller', released in November 1983 on the Epic label in the USA. Written and composed by Rod Temperton and Michael Jackson, produced by Quincy Jones.

Rod Temperton; an inspiration was the Jacksons’ hit, 'Heartbreak Hotel'. Early titles include 'Starlight', 'Starlight Sun' and 'Give Me Some Starlight' – the title was changed after Michael told Temperton he wanted something that would appeal to kids.

'Thriller' is one of Jackson's signature songs and featured a rap by horror actor, Vincent Price.

The bonus track on this vinyl is 'Things I Do For You' (Live) of The Jacksons.

My maxi-single is printed in Holland with the series number: A-12.3643.

Track list:

A:
1. Thriller - 5:57

B:
1. Thriller (Special Edit) - 4:05
2. Things I Do For You (Live) - The Jacksons - 3:45

Record label: Epic
Released: 11-1983
Series number: A-12.3643
Printed: Holland
Guide price: 30 €


Say Say Say (Paul McCartney And Michael Jackson) Maxi-Single CoverSay Say Say (Paul McCartney And Michael Jackson)

'Say Say Say' is written by Michael with Paul McCartney, and recorded as a duet for Paul's album, 'Pipes Of Peace', issued in November 1983. The single was released by Parlophone Records on October 3rd, 1983 in the USA.

Michael and Paul first worked on the song during McCartney's 'War' sessions between May and September 1981. The song was completed at Abbey Road studios in February 1983.

It was produced by Beatles producer, George Martin, who said of Michael: "He actually does radiate an aura when he comes into the studio, there's no question about it. He's not a musician in the sense that Paul is... but he does know what he wants in music and he has very firm ideas."

The maxi-single has 2 remixes made by John 'Jellybean' Benitez, the bonus track is 'Ode To Koala Bear' of Paul McCartney.

My maxi-single is printed in the UK with the series number: 12R 6062.

Track list:

A:
1. Say Say Say (with Paul McCartney) (John "Jellybean" Benitez Re-Mixed) - 5:40

B:
1. Say Say Say (with Paul McCartney) (Instrumental) (John "Jellybean" Benitez Re-Mixed) - 7:00
2. Ode To A Koala Bear - Paul McCartney - 3:45

Record label: Parlophone
Released: 03-10-1983
Series number: 12R 6062
Printed: UK
Guide price: 20 €


Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' Maxi-Single CoverWanna Be Startin' Somethin'

'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' is the fourth single recorded by Michael for the album 'Thriller' on the Epic label, released on May 28th, 1983 in the USA. The song was written, composed, and co-produced by Jackson, and it was produced by Quincy Jones.

It was originally written for his sister LaToya Jackson about her troubled relationship with her sisters-in-law, but Michael ended up recording the song. The song was originally recorded in 1978 for the inclusion on the 'Off The Wall' album, but was later re-recorded in fall 1982.

The bonus track on this vinyl is 'Rock With You' (Live) of The Jacksons.

My maxi-single is printed in Holland with the series number: A12.3427.

Track list:

A:
1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - 6:30

B:
1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (Instrumental) - 6:30
2. Rock With You (Live) - The Jacksons - 3:55

Record label: Epic
Released: 28-05-1983
Series number: A12.3427
Printed: Holland
Guide price: 30 €


Beat It Maxi-Single CoverBeat It

'Beat It' is the third single recorded by Michael for the album 'Thriller' on the Epic label, released February 26th, 1983 in the USA. The track written and co-produced, with Quincy Jones, by Michael.

Featured a soaring guitar solo - inspired by the song Eruption - by Eddie Van Halen, who was invited to guest on the track by Quincy. Van Halen contributed completely free of any charge, so keen was he to be involved.

"I did it as a favour", said Van Halen.

'Beat It' won the Grammy Record of the Year award among many.

The song was also featured in an anti-drunk campaign in the US for which Michael collected a special award from President Reagan at the White House, for his support.

My maxi-single is printed in Holland with the series number: EPCA 12-3184.

Track list:

A:
1. Beat It - 4:12

B:
1. Get On The Floor - 4:44

Record label: Epic
Released: 26-02-1983
Series number: EPCA 12-3184
Printed:
Holland
Guide price: 20 €


Billie Jean Maxi-Single CoverBillie Jean

'Billie Jean' is the second single recorded by Michael for the album 'Thriller' on the Epic label, released on January 22nd, 1983 in the USA. The track written and co-produced, with Quincy Jones, by Michael.

This maxi-single including 'Billie Jean' Instrumental (not available in any album). Note that there's a mistake on the back picture sleeve: 'Billy Jean' instead of 'Billie Jean'.

Originally titled 'Not My Lover' (to avoid any confusion with the tennis player, Billie Jean King), and inspired by obsessive young women who accused Michael and his brothers of fathering their children.

Producer Quincy Jones wasn't too impressed with the demo of the song - he didn't care much for the bass. The song was mixed by Bruce Swedien, who usually did just one mix of a song - but he did 91 of 'Billie Jean', before the second mix was eventually chosen!

"Quincy said, 'okay, this song has to have the most incredible drum sound that anybody has ever done, but it also has to have one element that's different, and that's sonic personality'," said Swedien. "What I ended up doing was building a drum platform and designing some special little things, like a bass drum cover and a flat piece of wood that goes between the snare and hi-hat... the bottom line is that there aren't many pieces of music where you can hear the first three or four notes of the drums and immediately tell what the piece of music is. But I think that is the case with 'Billie Jean' and that I attribute to sonic personality".

My maxi-single is printed in Holland with the series number: EPCA 12-3084.

Track list:

A:
1. Billie Jean - 6:20

B:
1. Billie Jean (Instrumental) - 6:20

Record label: Epic
Released: 22-01-1983
Series number: EPCA 12-3084
Printed:
Holland
Guide price: 50 €

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