Victory Era (1983-1984)


Recording sessions : November 1983-May 1984

Studios :  Hayvenhurst home studios, A&R Recording (New York City), Can-Am Recorders, Evergreen Studios, Hog Manor Studios, Image Recorders, The Ponderosa Studio, Record One Studio, Soundcastle Studios, Sunset Sound; The Villa, Westlake Audio, Bill Schnee Studio, Hollywood Sound, Ocean Way Studios, Sunset Sound Recorders, Village Recorders (Los Angeles)

Label : CBS Epic Records

Release date : July 2, 1984

Peak on Billboard 200 : 4

Original track listing 

One More Chance
Be Not Always
State of Shock
We Can Change the World
The Hurt

Demos/Alternate Versions

State Of Shock (demo with Freddie Mercury) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2002. Remains unreleased. 

Outtakes/unreleased tracks from the album’ sessions

There Must Be More To Life Than This (demo with Freddie Mercury) : Recorded in 1982 & leaked in 2002. A remixed version was released in 2014 (Queen Forever Deluxe Edition). Original demo remains unreleased.

The Surprise Song : Song recorded by The Jackson at their Hayvenhursy Home studio in May 1983 and sent to their official fan-club members.

Scared Of The Moon (demo) : Recorded in 1984 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

Others songs from this era

Centipede : The song was written and produced by MJ in spring 1984 . He and The Weather Girls also sang backing vocals on the song. The song was released as a single in September 1984.

Don’t Stand Another Chance : The song was written by Marlon Jackson and John Barnes. Marlon also produced it, and provided backing vocals along with his brothers Michael, Tito, and Jackie. The song was released as the lead single from Dream Street on August 13, 1984 by A&M Records.

Tell Me I’m Not Dreamin’ (Too Good to Be True) : Duet between Jermaine & MJ recorded late 1983. The song was released in April 1984 on Jermaine’s Dynamite album.

Somebody’s Watching Me : The song was recorded late 1983 by American singer Rockwell, released by the Motown label in January 1984, as the lead single from his debut studio album of the same name. The song features guest vocals by brothers Michael Jackson (in the chorus) and Jermaine Jackson (additional backing vocals).

Songs known to exist but never released/leaked

Liberian Girl (demo) : Recorded in 1983/1984( MJ speaks about it in the “Hayvenhurst” home video in 1983).

Buffalo Bill (demo) : Recorded in 1983/1984 with John Barnes (MJ speaks about it in the “Hayvenhurst” home video in 1983).

Victory (demo) : One of three songs MJ worked on with Queen’s Freddie Mercury in 1983.

Single and videos

No promotion 

Victory Tour (1984)

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