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HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1
The lowest-priced brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable. Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag. See details for additional description. It features a page booklet with liner notes by Janet Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as many never-before-seen photographs. The first disc--chock full of hits spanning Jackson's Epic Records solo career--tries to establish how the so-called King of Pop earned that nickname in th e first place; the second disc, featuring fifteen new, star-studded tracks, makes a case for him holding onto that royal moniker well into the next century. And though many may dismiss both directives as the product of Jackson camp hype, once the music begins it's hard to deny him any title he wishes to bestow upon himself.
Michael Jackson : HIstory Album - CD2
It comprises two discs: HIStory Begins , a greatest hits compilation , and HIStory Continues , comprising new material written and produced by Jackson and collaborators. The themes include environmental awareness , isolation, greed, suicide, injustice, and Jackson's conflicts with the media. Though it received generally positive reviews, the lyrics of "They Don't Care About Us" drew accusations of antisemitism ; Jackson said the lines had been misinterpreted and replaced them on later pressings. By , it had been certified six times platinum in Europe, making it the year's best-selling album in the combined European market. Starting in the late s, Jackson and the tabloid press had a difficult relationship. In , tabloids claimed that Jackson slept in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber and had offered to buy the bones of Joseph Merrick the "Elephant Man" , both of which Jackson denied. He stopped leaking untruths to the press,  and the media began creating their own stories.
The majority of the album's tracks were written and produced by Jackson. HIStory was the first album to be released by Jackson since he was accused of child sexual abuse in August Recorded during late and early , several of the double album's fifteen songs pertain to the accusations and Jackson's mistreatment in the media, specifically the tabloids. The songs' themes included environmental awareness, isolation, greed, and injustice. HIStory is primarily directed at the tabloid press. Starting in the late s, Jackson and the press had a difficult relationship.
That can't be said for the second disc, called "HIStory Continues" and consisting entirely of new material -- which also happens to be the first material he released since being accused of child molestation. References to the scandal permeate almost every song, creating a thick atmosphere of paranoia. If Jackson 's music had been the equal of Thriller or Bad , the nervous, vindictive lyrics wouldn't have been quite as overbearing. Jackson certainly tries to stay contemporary, yet he has a tendency to smooth out all of his rougher musical edges with show-biz schmaltz. Occasionally, Jackson produces some well-crafted pop that ranks with his best material: R.