Monday, May 9, 2022

Michael Jackson - Dangerous (1991)


Michael Jackson - Dangerous (1991)


Tracklist front / back album covers


1. "Jam"   5:39

2. "Why You Wanna Trip on Me"   5:24

3. "In the Closet"   6:32

4. "She Drives Me Wild"   3:42

5. "Remember the Time"   4:01

6. "Can't Let Her Get Away"   4:59

7. "Heal the World"   6:25

8. "Black or White"   4:16

9. "Who Is It"   6:35

10. "Give In to Me"   5:30

11. "Will You Be There"   7:41

12. "Keep the Faith"   5:57

13. "Gone Too Soon"   3:22

14. "Dangerous"   7:00


Total length:   77:03


Notes

"Jam" features a rap verse performed by Heavy D.

"In the Closet" features vocals by Princess Stephanie of Monaco, originally credited as "Mystery Woman".

"She Drives Me Wild" features a rap verse from Wrecks-n-Effect.



Michael Jackson Band Members / Musicians

John Bahler – vocal and choir arrangements (track 7)

The John Bahler Singers – choir (track 7)

Glen Ballard – arrangements (track 12)

John Barnes – keyboards (track 8)

Michael Boddicker – synthesizer (tracks 1, 7, 11–13), sequencer (8), keyboards and programming (9)

Bill Bottrell – producer, engineer, and mixing (tracks 8–10); guitar (8, 10); drums (9, 10); percussion, rap, and intro voice-over (8); synthesizer (9); bass guitar and mellotron (10)

Craig Brock – assistant guitar engineer (track 10)

Brad Buxer – keyboards (tracks 1, 7–9, 11), synthesizer (1, 14), percussion (8), programming (9)

Larry Corbett – cello (track 9)

Andraé Crouch – choir arrangements (tracks 11, 12)

Sandra Crouch – choir arrangements (tracks 11, 12)

The Andraé Crouch Singers – choir (tracks 11, 12)

Heavy D – rap (track 1)

George Del Barrio – string arrangements (track 9)

Matt Forger – engineer and mixing (track 7), engineering and sound design (8 intro)

Kevin Gilbert – speed sequencer (track 8)

Endre Granat – concertmaster (track 9)

Linda Harmon – soprano voice (track 9)

Jerry Hey – arrangements (track 12)

Jean-Marie Horvat – engineer (track 14)

Michael Jackson – producer and lead vocals (all tracks), background vocals (1–12, 14), arrangements (1, 9), vocal arrangements (1, 3–7, 11, 14), rhythm arrangements (7, 11), director (8 intro), soprano voice (9)

Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar (track 2)

Terry Jackson – bass guitar (track 8)

Louis Johnson – bass guitar (track 9)

Abraham Laboriel – bass guitar (track 13)

Christa Larson – ending solo vocal (track 7)

Rhett Lawrence – synthesizer (tracks 1, 11, 12, 14); drums, percussion, and arrangements (12); synthesizer programming (11)

Bryan Loren – drums (track 8, 9), synthesizer (8)

Johnny Mandel – orchestral arrangements and conductor (track 11)

Jasun Martz – keyboards (track 8)

Andres McKenzie – intro voice-over (track 8)

Jim Mitchell – guitar engineer (track 10)

René Moore – arrangements and keyboards (track 1)

David Paich – keyboards (tracks 7, 9, 13), synthesizer (7, 13), keyboard arrangements and programming (9), rhythm arrangements (13)

Marty Paich – orchestral arrangements and conductor (tracks 7, 13)

Greg Phillinganes – keyboards (track 11)

Tim Pierce – heavy metal guitar (track 8)

Jeff Porcaro – drums (track 7)

Steve Porcaro – synthesizer (tracks 7, 13), keyboards and programming (9)

Teddy Riley – producer, engineer, mixing, and synthesizers (tracks 1–6, 14); keyboards (1–6); guitar (1, 2); rhythm arrangements (2–6, 14); synthesizer arrangements (3–6, 14); drums and arrangements (1)

Thom Russo – engineer (track 14)

Slash – special guitar performance (track 8 intro, track 10)

Bruce Swedien – producer (tracks 1), co-producer (tracks 7, 11–13), engineer and mixing (1–7, 11–14), arrangements and keyboards (1), drums (1, 11, 12), percussion (11, 12)

Jai Winding – keyboards and programming (track 9), piano and bass guitar (12)

Mystery Girl (Princess Stéphanie of Monaco) – vocals (track 3)



Dangerous is the 8th studio album by American singer Michael Jackson. It was released by Epic Records on November 26, 1991. Co-produced by Jackson, Bill Bottrell, Teddy Riley, and Bruce Swedien, the album was Jackson's first since Forever, Michael (1975) to not be produced by longtime collaborator Quincy Jones. Featured appearances include Heavy D, Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, Slash and Wreckx-n-Effect. The album incorporates R&B, pop and new jack swing, a growing genre at the time. Elements of industrial, funk, hip hop, electronic, gospel, classical and rock are also featured. Twelve of the album's fourteen songs were written or co-written by Jackson, discussing topics like racism, poverty, romance, self-improvement, and the welfare of children and the world.

An experimental work, Dangerous is considered an artistic change for Jackson, with his music focusing on more socially conscious material, and including a broader range of sounds and styles. It features catchy pop hooks and choruses while also introducing underground sounds to a mainstream audience. The album's tone is noted by critics as gritty and urban, with sounds including synthetic basslines, scratching, and drum machine percussion, as well as unconventional sounds like honking vehicle horns, sliding chains, swinging gates, breaking glass, and clanking metal. Jackson also incorporates beatboxing, scat singing, and finger snapping throughout the album.

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