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Michael Jackson - HIStory Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995)

Michael Jackson - HIStory Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995)

Tracklist front / back album covers

Disc 1: HIStory Begins/Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I

1. "Billie Jean" (from Thriller, 1982)   4:54

2. "The Way You Make Me Feel" (from Bad, 1987)   4:58

3. "Black or White" (from Dangerous, 1991)   4:16

4. "Rock with You" (from Off the Wall, 1979)   3:40

5. "She's Out of My Life" (from Off the Wall)   3:38

6. "Bad" (from Bad)   4:07

7. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"   4:13

8. "Man in the Mirror" (from Bad)   5:19

9. "Thriller" (from Thriller)   5:58

10. "Beat It" (from Thriller)   4:18

11. "The Girl Is Mine" (duet with Paul McCartney) (from Thriller)   3:42

12. "Remember the Time" (from Dangerous)   4:00

13. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (from Off the Wall)   6:06

14. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (from Thriller)   6:03

15. "Heal the World" (from Dangerous)   6:25

Total length:   71:37

Disc 2: HIStory Continues

1. "Scream" (duet with Janet Jackson)   4:38

2. "They Don't Care About Us"   4:44

3. "Stranger in Moscow"   5:44

4. "This Time Around"   4:21

5. "Earth Song"   6:48

6. "D.S."   4:49

7. "Money"   4:42

8. "Come Together"   4:03

9. "You Are Not Alone"   5:45

10. "Childhood" M. Jackson   4:28

11. "Tabloid Junkie"   4:33

12. "2 Bad"   4:50

13. "HIStory"   6:38

14. "Little Susie"   6:15

15. "Smile"   4:56

Total length:   77:14

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Michael Jackson Band Members / Musicians

Gary Adante – keyboards, synthesizer

Yannick Allain – staff

Trini Alvarez Jr. – assistant engineer

Maxi Anderson – choir conductor

Rob Arbitter – keyboards, synthesizer

Ryan Arnold – assistant engineer

Gloria Augustus – background vocals

Dallas Austin – arranger, keyboards, producer, synthesizer

John Bahler – vocal arrangement, background vocals

John Bahler Singers – background vocals

Tom Bahler – synclavier

Bettye Bailey – staff

Glen Ballard – keyboards, rhythm arrangements, synthesizer, synthesizer arrangements

Brian Banks – keyboards, synthesizer, synthesizer programming

John Barnes – keyboards, piano, synthesizer, vocal arrangement

Elmer Bernstein – conductor, orchestral arrangements

Emily Bernstein – orchestration

Tony Duino Black – assistant engineer

Michael Boddicker – choir conductor, keyboards, programming, sound design, synthesizer, synthesizer programming

Bill Bottrell – drums, engineer, guitar, keyboards, mixing, percussion, producer, synthesizer

Jeff Bova – programming, synthesizer programming

Crystal Bowers – executive assistant

Boyz II Men – guest artist, background vocals

Miko Brando – staff

Bobby Brooks – drums, engineer, percussion, programming, sound design, synthesizer programming

Ollie E. Brown – percussion

Chauna Bryant – children's chorus, choir/chorus

Rodger Bumpass – background vocals, voiceover

Brad Buxer – arranger, keyboards, orchestration, percussion, piano, programming, sequencing arranger, sound effects, soundscape, synthesizer, synthesizer programming

Caleena Campbell – children's chorus, choir/chorus

Bruce Cannon – effects, special effects

Larry Carlton – guitar

Reeve Carney – children's chorus, choir/chorus

Reagans Carter – artwork, photography

Lafayette Carthon – keyboards, synthesizer

Jim Champagne – assistant engineer

Leon "Ndugu" Chancler – drums

Charlie Chaplin – tributee

Rosemary Chavira – staff

Wayne Cobham – synthesizer programming

Lester Cohen – artwork, photography

David Coleman – art direction

Jesse Corti – background vocals, voiceover

Richard Cottrell – engineer

Andraé Crouch – vocal arrangement, background vocals

The Andraé Crouch Singers – background vocals

Sandra Crouch – background vocals

Christopher Currell – guitar, percussion, rhythm arrangements, synclavier

Paulinho Da Costa – percussion

Rick Dasher – assistant engineer

Eddie DeLena – engineer, mixing

Jeff DeMorris – assistant engineer

Carol Dennis – background vocals

Carolyn Dennis – background vocals

Nancy Donald – art direction

Nathan East – bass

Bill Easystone – assistant engineer

Felipe Elgueta – engineer

Sam Emerson – artwork, photography

Jonathan Exley – artwork, photography

Ashley Farrell – voiceover

Steve Ferrone – drums, percussion

Angela Fisher – children's chorus, choir/chorus

Matt Forger – engineer, sound effects, soundscape, technical director

David Foster – keyboards, orchestral arrangements, piano, producer, synthesizer, synthesizer arrangements

Jania Foxworth – children's chorus, choir/chorus

Simon Franglen – drums, keyboards, percussion, programming, synclavier programming, synthesizer, synthesizer programming

Leah Frazier – soloist

Harrison Funk – artwork, photography

Eric Gale – guitar

Gus Garces – assistant engineer

Siedah Garrett – duet, guest artist, performer, primary artist, vocal harmony

Humberto Gatica – engineer

Peter Germansen – assistant engineer

Douglas Getschall – drum programming, programming

Kevin Gilbert – engineer, synthesizer programming

Jim Gilstrap – background vocals

Nate Giorgio – artwork, photography

Carl Glanville – assistant engineer

Greg Gorman – artwork, photography

Jackie Gouché – background vocals

Geoff Grace – orchestration

Crystal Grant – children's chorus

Gary Grant – flugelhorn, horn, trumpet

Nikisha Grier – children's chorus, choir/chorus

Doug Grigsby – bass

Bernie Grundman – mastering

Stephanie Gylden – assistant engineer

Omar Hakim – drums, percussion

Natalia Harris – children's chorus

Amy Hartman – staff

Gary Hearne – staff

Richard Heath – percussion

Gorrfried Helnwein – artwork, photography

Marlo Henderson – guitar

Jerry Hey – conductor, flugelhorn, horn, horn arrangements, string arrangements, synthesizer arrangements, trumpet

Steve Hodge – engineer, mixing

Rob Hoffman – assistant engineer, engineer, guitar, programming, synthesizer programming

Jean-marie horvat – Engineer

Rhonda Hoskins – children's chorus

How Now Brown Cow – percussion

Dann Huff – guitar

Bunny Hull – background vocals

Kim Hutchcroft – flute, horn, saxophone

James Ingram – background vocals

Crystal Jackson – children's chorus, choir/chorus

Janet Jackson – duet vocals, producer, vocal arrangement, background vocals

Michael Jackson – arranger, director, drums, executive producer, guitar, horn arrangements, keyboard arrangements, keyboards, liner notes, percussion, primary artist, producer, rhythm arrangements, sequencing arranger, string arrangements, synthesizer, synthesizer arrangements, vocal arrangement, vocals, background vocals

Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar

Randy Jackson – percussion

Terry Jackson – bass

Jimmy Jam – arranger, drum programming, drums, keyboards, percussion, producer, programming, synthesizer, synthesizer bass, synthesizer programming, vocal arrangement

Mortonette Jenkins – background vocals

Augie Johnson – background vocals

Craig Johnson – assistant technical director, engineer, technical director

Kandy Johnson – children's chorus, choir/chorus

Kimberly Johnson – children's chorus, choir/chorus

Louis Johnson – bass

Marcus Johnson – staff

Brian Jones – children's chorus, choir/chorus

Caryn Jones – children's chorus

Quincy Jones – producer, rhythm arrangements, synthesizer arrangements, vocal arrangement

Nathan Kaproff – orchestral coordinator

Suzie Katayama – conductor

R. Kelly – arranger, keyboards, producer, synthesizer, background vocals

Jacqueline Kennedy – liner notes

Randy Kerber – keyboards, synthesizer

Donn Landee – engineer

Christa Larson – background vocals

Julie Last – assistant engineer

Annie Leibovitz – artwork, photography

Jen Leigh – guitar

Jesse Levy – orchestral coordinator

Terry Lewis – arranger, drum programming, drums, keyboards, percussion, producer, programming, synthesizer, synthesizer bass, synthesizer programming, vocal arrangement

Becky Lopez – background vocals

Bryan Loren – drums, percussion, synthesizer bass, background vocals

Ron Lowe – assistant engineer

L.T.B. – rap, voiceover

Jeremy Lubbock – arranger, conductor

Steve Lukather – bass, guitar

Jonathan Mackey – piano

Brian Malouf – engineer

Johnny Mandel – arranger, string arrangements

Gregg Mangiafico – programming, synthesizer programming

Maurice La Marche – voiceover

Glen Marchese – assistant engineer

Anthony Marinelli – synthesizer programming

Gregory Martin – background vocals, voiceover

Jasun Martz – keyboards, synthesizer

Harry Maslin – engineer

Anna Mathias – background vocals, voiceover

Coi Mattison – children's chorus

Paul McCartney – duet vocals, vocal harmony

Michael McCary – background vocals

Linda McCrary – background vocals

Andres McKenzie – voiceover

Dawn McMillan – voiceover

Paulette McWilliams – background vocals

Daniel Medvedev – narrator

Jason Miles – programming, synthesizer programming

Jeff Mirinov – guitar

Peter Mokran – drum programming, engineer, programming, synthesizer programming

Nathan Morris – background vocals

Wanya Morris – background vocals

Wayne Nagin – staff

Carl Nappa – assistant engineer

David Nordahl – artwork, photography

The Notorious B.I.G. – guest artist, rap

David Nottingham – assistant engineer

Shaquille O'Neal – guest artist, rap

Gary Olazabal – engineer

Claudio Ordenes – engineer

David Paich – bass, keyboards, piano, rhythm arrangements, synthesizer, synthesizer arrangements

Marty Paich – conductor, orchestral arrangements

Chris Palmaro – synthesizer programming

Dean Parks – guitar

Paul Peabody – soloist, violin

Wayne Pedzwater – bass

Greg Phillinganes – fender rhodes, keyboards, rhythm arrangements, synthesizer, synthesizer bass

Tim Pierce – guitar

Scott Pittinsky – sound design, synthesizer programming

Jeff Porcaro – drums

Steve Porcaro – keyboards, orchestral realizations, programming, synthesizer, synthesizer programming

Crystal Pounds – children's chorus, choir/chorus

Guy Pratt – bass

Markita Prescott – soloist

Vincent Price – rap

Phil Proctor – background vocals

Phillip G. Proctor – voiceover

Trevor Rabin – guitar

Ronald Reagan – quotation author

William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. – horn, trombone

Rene – drums, keyboards, percussion, producer, synthesizer

Seth Riggs – vocal consultant

Teddy Riley – engineer, keyboards, mixing, producer, rhythm arrangements, synthesizer, synthesizer arrangements

Chris Roberts – assistant engineer

John Robinson – drums

Nile Rodgers – guitar

Matthew Rolston – artwork, photography

Bill Ross – conductor, orchestral arrangements

Darryl Ross – sound design, synthesizer programming

William Ross – conductor

Keith Rouster – bass

Thom Russo – technical director

Grace Rwaramba – staff

Annette Sanders – choir conductor

Andrew Scheps – drum programming, engineer, programming, sound effects, soundscape, synclavier programming, synthesizer programming

Arnie Schulze – programming, synthesizer programming

Seawind Horns – horn

Jamie Seyberth – assistant engineer

Scott "House" Shaffer – staff

Joshua Shapera – assistant engineer

Alan Shearman – background vocals, voiceover

Rick Sheppard – programming, synthesizer programming

Susan Silo – voiceover

Slash – guest artist, guitar

Greg Smith – keyboards, synthesizer

Jimmy Smith – hammond b3, organ (hammond), soloist

Rachel Smith – production coordination

Steven Spielberg – liner notes

Tracy Spindler – children's chorus, choir/chorus

Brandi Stewart – children's chorus, choir/chorus

Shawn Stockman – background vocals

Brad Sundberg – engineer, mixing, technical director

Gabriel Sutter – assistant engineer

Bruce Swedien – arranger, drums, effects, engineer, liner notes, mixing, percussion, producer, sound effects, soundscape, special effects

Roberta Swedien – sound design, synthesizer programming

Evvy Tavasci – assistant, executive administrator

Elizabeth Taylor – liner notes, quotation author

Jeff Taylor – assistant engineer

Rod Temperton – keyboards, rhythm arrangements, synthesizer, synthesizer arrangements, vocal arrangement

Chris Theis – assistant engineer

Michael Thompson – guitar

Jonathon Ungar – children's chorus

Eddie Van Halen – guest artist, guitar

John VanNest – engineer

Llyswen Vaughan – sample clearance

Suzy Vaughan – sample clearance

Stephan Vaughn – artwork, photography

Tata Vega – background vocals

Brian Vibberts – assistant engineer

Gerald Vinci – concert master

Diana Walczak – sculpture

Randy Waldman – keyboards, synthesizer

Stephen Walker – art direction

Ben Wallach – assistant engineer

Dan Wallin – engineer

Julia Waters – background vocals

Maxine Waters – background vocals

Oren Waters – background vocals

Bobby Watson – bass

Dave Way – engineer, mixing

Steven Paul Whitsitt – artwork, photography

Ed Wiesnieski – narrator

Chuck Wild – drums, keyboards, percussion, programming, sound design, sound effects, soundscape, synthesizer, synthesizer programming

Maxine Willard Waters – background vocals

Buddy Williams – drums, percussion

David Williams – guitar

Larry Williams – flute, horn, saxophone, synthesizer programming

Zedric Williams – background vocals

The Winans – background vocals

Hattie Winston – background vocals, voiceover

Colin Wolfe – bass

Bill Wolfer – keyboards, synthesizer, synthesizer programming

David "Hawk" Wolinski – fender rhodes

Ben Wright – string arrangements

James "Big Jim" Wright – organ, piano

Jimmy Wright – organ, piano

Charity Young – children's chorus, choir/chorus

HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I is the ninth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on June 20, 1995. It was the 5th Jackson album released through Epic Records, and the first on his label MJJ Productions. It comprises two discs: HIStory Begins, a greatest hits compilation, and HIStory Continues, comprising new material written and produced by Jackson and collaborators. The album includes appearances by Janet Jackson, Shaquille O'Neal, Slash, and the Notorious B.I.G. The genres span R&B, pop, hip hop, elements of hard rock and funk rock. The themes include environmental awareness, isolation, greed, suicide, injustice, and Jackson's conflicts and common-ground with the media.

Starting in the late 1980s, Jackson and the tabloid press had a difficult relationship. In 1993, the relationship between Jackson and the press collapsed when he was accused of child sexual abuse. Although he was not charged, Jackson was subject to intense media scrutiny while the criminal investigation took place. Several of the album's 15 new songs pertain to the child sexual abuse allegations made against him in 1993 and Jackson's perceived mistreatment by the media, mainly the tabloids. Because of this, HIStory has been described as Jackson's most "personal" album.

HIStory debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, among nineteen other countries. Six singles were released, including the protest songs "Earth Song" and "They Don't Care About Us". "Scream", a duet between Jackson and his sister Janet, became the first song to debut in the top five on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number five. "You Are Not Alone" was the first song in history to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100; it was Jackson's final number-one single on that chart. Though the album received generally positive reviews, the lyrics of "They Don't Care About Us" drew accusations of antisemitism, to which Jackson responded that the lines had been misinterpreted and replaced them on later pressings.

Jackson embarked on the HIStory World Tour, which grossed $165 million (equivalent to $268 million in 2019), making it the highest-grossing solo concert tour of the 1990s. It was Jackson's third and final concert tour as a solo artist. The album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time, and one of the best-selling multi-disc albums of all time. In August 2018, it was certified 8× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was nominated for five Grammy Awards at the 1996 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, winning Best Music Video – Short Form for "Scream". Jackson won an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist at the 1996 American Music Awards.

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