“History” era (1994-1997)


1/Original track listing from the album released on June 20, 1995 (recorded from February 1994 to March 1995) :

-“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”
-“Come Together”
– “You Are Not Alone”
-“Tabloid Junkie”
-“2 Bad” (featuring Shaquille O’Neal)
-“Little Susie”


2/Demos/Alternate Versions :

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

3/Outtakes/unreleased tracks from the album’ sessions :

-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 remains leaked in 2018 but remains unreleased.

Is It Scary : Recorded in 1994-1997 & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor).

-Ghost (Demo Guide Vocal) : Recorded in 1994-1997. Full demo leaked in 2017 but remains unreleased.

-Ghost : Recorded in 1994-1997 & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor).

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.

In The Back (demo) : Recorded in 1994-1997 & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

Morphine : Recorded 1994-1997 & released in 1997 (Blood On The Dance Floor)

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

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


4/Others songs from this era

–Elizabeth I Love You :  Recorded in 1997 & used in 1997 for a TV Show celebrating Elizabeth Taylor’s 65th birthday. A snippet from the studio version leaked in 2010. The full studio version remains unreleased.


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