Recording sessions : 1980
PRODUCED BY The Jacksons
ARRANGERS Tom Tom 84; Jackie Jackson ; Jerry Peters; Michael Jackson; Randy Jackson.
RECORDING LOCATION Capitol Records Studios, Hollywood Sound, Davien Sound, Sound City, Devonshire Sound, & Westlake Audio Hollywood, CA
Label : Epic CBS Records
Release date : October 18, 1980
Peak on Billboard 200 : 10
ORIGINAL TRACK LISTING
Can You Feel It
Heartbreak Hotel (This Place Hotel)
Time Waits for No One
Walk Right Now
Give It Up
*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.
Can You Feel It (Guide Vocal Demo) : Full demo leaked online in 2020 but remains unreleased.
Can You Feel It (short film soundtrack version) : Mix done in 1980/1981 for the Triumph short film. Remains unreleased.
Everybody (demo) : Leaked in 2020 (played by QuestLove) but remains unreleased.
Wondering Who (multi tracks) : With unreleased bridge sung by Michael. Full song leaked but remains unreleased.
Walk Right Now (multi tracks) : With unreleased adlibs sung by Michael. Full song leaked butremains unreleased.
Your Ways (multi tracks) : With unreleased adlibs sung by Michael. Full song leaked but remains unreleased.
Lovely One (multi tracks) : With unreleased adlibs sung by Michael. Full song leaked but remains unreleased.
Heartbreak Hotel (multi tracks) : With unreleased adlibs sung by Michael. Full song leaked but remains unreleased.
OUTTAKES FROM THE ALBUM RECORDING SESSIONS
Lovely Way : A 10 second snipped leaked but the full song remains unreleased
We Love You (demo) : Leaked on June 17, 2020 but remains unreleased
OTHER SONGS FROM THIS ERA
Love Never Felt So Good : Demo recorded in 1980 with Paul Anka & leaked in 2006. Original demo + 2 new remixes (including one by Timbaland featuring Justin Timberlake) released in 2014 (Xscape)
I Never Heard (This Is It) : Demo recorded in 1980 with Paul Anka. New remix released in 2009 (This Is It). Snippet from the original demo leaked but full original demo remains unreleased.
Don’t Matter To Me : Demo recorded in 1980 with Paul Anka. A snippet is used and released in 2018 on Drake’s song “Don’t Matter To Me”. Original demo remains unreleased.
When You Wish Upon A Star : Recorded in 1980 for Disney’s 25th anniversary. Used in a Disney Channel Special TV Show in 1980 and at the end of “The Legend Continues” documentary in 1987. Remains unreleased.
Save Me : Song by Dave Mason recorded in 1980 and released on his album “Old Crest on a New Wave”. MJ sings background vocals.
Night Time Lover : Song recorded in 1980 by LaToya Jackson. It was the second single from her eponymous debut (1980). The track was produced and co-written by her brother Michael, who provides co-lead vocals on the chorus. They originally wrote the song for Donna Summer under the title “Fire Is The Feeling”.
I’m In love Again : All of Riperton’s vocals were stripped from earlier, original music tracks, and the backing tracks were completely redone. Completed with new musicians, vocalists and arrangements. Producer Quincy Jones described the project as “keeping the bridge, but moving the water”. MJ does background vocals on this song. Recorded in 1980
The Dude : The song was recorded late 1980 and released in March 1981 on Quincy Jones’s album. James Ingram is the lead vocalist. MJ does background vocals.
This Had To Be : The song was recorded late 1980 and released in April 1981 on The Brothers Johnson’s album Light Up the Night. MJ co-wrote the song.
Somewhere in Time : Written by Michael Jackson in 1980. Song registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.
Why Can’t I Be : Written by Michael Jackson in 1980. Song registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.
Previous album : « Off The Wall » (1979)
Next album : E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)