“History” (1995)

History

Recording sessions : February 1994-March 1995

Studios : Hit Factory, New York.

Label : Sony Music

Release date : June 20, 1995

Peak on Billboard 200 : 1

Original track listing

Scream (duet with Janet Jackson)
They Don’t Care About Us
Stranger In Moscow
This Time Around (featuring The Notorious B.I.G.)
Earth Song
D.S
Money
Come Together
You Are Not Alone
Childhood
Tabloid Junkie
2 Bad (featuring Shaquille O’Neal)
HIStory
Little Susie
Smile

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

Stranger In Moscow (demo) : Recorded in September 1993 in Moscow. Remains unreleased.

They Don’t Care About Us (Prison version) : Mix done in January 1996 for the Prison version of the short film. Remains unreleased.

They Don’t Care About Us (Brazil version) : Mix done in January 1996 for the Brazil version of the short film. Remains unreleased.

2 Bad (Ghost version) : Special version remixed in 1996 for the “Ghost” short film but remains unreleased.

OUTTAKES FROM THE ALBUM RECORDING SESSIONS

In The Back (demo) : First mix recorded in 1994. New mix recorded in 2004 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

On The Line : Recorded in 1994-1996 & released in 1997 (Ghosts Box Set).

Morphine (demo) : Recorded 1994-1997 & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor). Original demo from 1994 remains unreleased.

Is It Scary (demo) Recorded in 1994-1997 & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor). Original demo from 1994 remains unreleased.

Ghosts (Demo Guide Vocal) : Recorded in 1994. Full demo leaked in 2017 but remains unreleased.

Learned My Lesson (Much Too Soon) : Written in 1982 but recorded in 1994. A different version was released in 2010 under the title “Much Too Soon”  (Michael). Original demo from 1994 leaked in 2018 but remains unreleased.

Faces : Failed to make the HIStory album. Also known as “Face” The song is about African pride. Michael Jackson has never recorded any vocals on this track except the introduction words. Originally intended to feature a spoken intro by South African Nelson Mandela made by Jackson on the demo. Features a performance by the percussion group STOMP. The song has never been completed due to Mandela’s advisors not allowing him to send back the song to Jackson with his intro because of the scandals surrounding him during this time. Full demo leaked in 2018 but it remains unreleased.

Why : Recorded in 1994 & released in 1995 as a duet with 3T (Brotherhood). Solo demo remains unreleased.

Basszouille : Written in 1994.

OTHER SONGS FROM THIS ERA

I Need You : Song recorded by 3T in 1994 ans released in 1995 on their debut album Brotherhood. Michael does background vocals.

History : Single & Videos (1994-1996)

Concerts

History World Tour 1996-1997

Previous era : « Dangerous » (1991)

Next era :« Blood On The Dance Floor » (1997)

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