All the outtakes recorded by Michael Jackson during the Motown recording sessions between 1969 and 1975 by year of release.
Although “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” was originally considered for inclusion on the album and appears on the back of early pressings, it was replaced by “Born to Love You.” It was released in 1995 on the boxed set Soulsation!
“Listen I’ll Tell You How” “Oh, I’ve Been Bless’d” “To Sir, with Love” “I’m Your Sunny One” “After You Leave Girl” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” “It’s Your Thing” “Since I Lost My Baby” “La-La (Means I Love You)”
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is an audiobook and soundtrack companion album for the 1982 blockbuster film of the same name directed by Steven Spielberg. Composed by John Williams, the album was narrated by recording artist Michael Jackson, produced by composer Quincy Jones and distributed by MCA Records. The production of the audiobook had John Williams and Michael Jackson working with Rod Temperton, Freddy DeMann, and Bruce Swedien.
Label : MCA
Release date : November 15, 1982
Peak on Billboard 200 : 37
“Someone in the Dark” (Opening Version) (recorded June 1982) Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Rod Temperton 4:30
“Landing” John Williams 3:24
“Alone” Williams 3:50
“Discovery” Williams 2:13
“School” Williams 2:26
“Home” Williams 2:17
“Intrusion” Williams 3:39
“E.T. Phone Home” Williams 3:01
“Chase” Williams 3:18
“Good-Bye” Williams 4:45
“Someone in the Dark” (Closing Version) (recorded June 1982) A. Bergman, M. Bergman, Temperton 3:04
Personnel Narration and vocals by Michael Jackson Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions Original music for E.T. composed and conducted by John Williams Narrative written by William Kotzwinkle, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton Jones Lyrics to “Someone in the Dark” written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman Music to “Someone in the Dark” written by Rod Temperton Arranged and conducted by Jeremy Lubbock Synthesizer Solo by Craig Huxley Album concept: Kathy “Leen” Carey Executive producers: Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy Assistant to executive producers: Kate Barker Production coordinators: Freddy DeMann and Ron Weisner Editor: Bruce Cannon Production assistants: Pam Crocetti, Madeline Randolph, Corinne Alicia and Bonnie Sachs Supervising sound editor: Charles L. Campbell Sound effects editors: David A. Pettijohn, Louis L. Edemann, Richard C. Franklin, Jr and Samuel C. Crutcher Re-recording mixers: Buzz Knudson, Robert Glass and Don Digirolamo Storybook album engineer: Bruce Swedien Assistant engineer: Matt Forger Project coordinator: Nancy Cushing-Jones Designer: Michael Brock Photographers: Bruce McBroom and Terry Chostner Photographer for poster of Michael Jackson and E.T.: Dick Zimmerman Cover illustration of booklet: Drew Struzan Art direction: George Osaki
Singles and short films
Epic Records allowed Jackson to record the album on two conditions:
MCA Records was not to release E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial until after Christmas 1982. (This was to avoid the audiobook competing with Jackson’s new album, Thriller.) The song “Someone in the Dark” was not to be released as a single. MCA Records breached both conditions, releasing the storybook in November 1982 and giving 7-inch promo copies of “Someone in the Dark” to radio stations. After Epic lodged a $2 million lawsuit, MCA Records was forced to withdraw the album and prohibited from releasing “Someone in the Dark” as a single. Epic executives had felt that MCA was misleading members of the public into believing that the then-recently released single “The Girl Is Mine” was featured on the storybook album. The plaintiffs further requested that MCA Records be banned from working with Jackson in the future and that any other media owned by MCA featuring the singer be prohibited from release. As a result of the legal restrictions that prohibited the public release of “Someone in the Dark” as a single, the promo copies which were made have since become one of the singer’s rarest and most sought-after records; some have been sold for over $1,600. The song’s opening version was later included as a bonus track on the 2001 special edition of Thriller, as well as the box set Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection in 2004.
May 27, 2006 : Michael (accompanied by Raymone) attends the MTV Japan Awards ceremony at Yoyugi Olympic Stadium in Tokyo where he is presented with the MTV Legend Award.
May 31, 2006 : Michael makes a surprise appearance on widly popular SMAP variety show in Japan.
October 15, 2006 : Michael agrees to let US journalist Billy Bush from Access Hollywood visit him at the Grouse Lodge residential recording studios in County Westmeath where he is working on new music with producer Will I AM.
November 14, 2006 : Michael goes to the Guinness Book Of Records office in London to collect his certificates of records sales for Thriller.
November 15, 2006 : Michael attends the World Music Awards ceremony at Earl Court where Beyonce presents him with the Diamond Award for the Thriller sales and he performs a few lines of “We Are The World’ for the final. During the ceremony, Prince, Paris & Blanket spend a movie night with Miss Aileen.
October 3, 2007 : Michael is on the cover of of L’Uomo Vogue Magazine in Italy.
November 12, 2007 : Michael’s issue of Ebony magazine celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Thriller hits the newsstands in the US.
December 17, 2007 : Michael appears on the cover of Jet magazine.
January 26, 2008 : Michael accepts an award celebrating the 25th anniversary of Thriller in a pre-recorded video message aired during the NRJ Awards ceremony on French TV network TF1.
Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough (2003 Edit) 3:55 Rock With You 3:40 Billie Jean 4:52 Beat It 4:18 Thriller 5:10 Human Nature 4:06 I Just Can’t Stop Loving You 4:11 Bad 4:05 The Way You Make Me Feel 4:56 Dirty Diana 4:40 Smooth Criminal 4:17 Black Or White 3:18 You Are Not Alone 4:33 Earth Song 5:01 Blood On The Dance Floor 4:11 You Rock My World 4:25 Break Of Dawn 5:29 One More Chance 3:48
Singles and short films
One More Chance : released on November 22, 2003 (from the “Number Ones″ album)
Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 83
Short film directed by : Nicolas Brandt (never completed because of Michael’s arest in the Arvizo case).
Date of shooting : November 17, 2003
Date of premiere : November 19, 2010
Official release : Released on DVD in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael Jackson’s You Tube official page.
What More Can I Give (solo demo) : Recorded in 1998 and sent to artists during the recording of 9/11 Charity song in 2001. Leaked in 2017 butremains unreleased.
What More Can I Give : Recorded from September to November 2001.Sony refused to release it in 2001. 200 promo copies of the song were sent to the musicians who participated in the recording process, it was leaked in 2002 by WKTU-FM’s Program Director Frankie Blue and finally released digitally on October 27, 2003. The song was never released on CD or streaming platforms.
Toda Para Ti : Spanish version of What More Can I Give. Recorded from September to November 2001.Sony refused to release it in 2001. Released digitally on October 27, 2003. The song was never released on CD or streaming platforms.
What More Can I Give (released digitally on October 27, 2003)
The short film was filmed during the recording of the song in September/October 2001. A first version was previewed on November 21, 2002 during the Bambi Awards in Berlin. A second version featuring new footage of Michael was premiered on October 27, 2003 during the Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. The short film was never officially released on DVD or YouTube.
October 21, 2001 : Michael is in Washington DC where he participates at a TV concert for the victims of September 11. He performs “Man In The Mirror” and at the end, he sings “What More Can I Give” with all the artists of the night (including Usher & Mariah Carey)
November 12, 2001 : Entertainment Tonight airs the first footage of the “What More Can I Give” video. The song is ready but Sony doesn’t want to release it. They also refuse to put commercials for Michael’s new album during the airing of his concert on CBS.
November 21, 2002 : Michael attends the Bambi Awards with Wiesner & Bashir where Boris Becker presents him the Pop Artist Of The Millenium award. During the ceremony, the video for “What More Can I Give” is premiered.
October 27, 2003 : “What More Can I Give” is made available as a download on the Internet. In the evening, Michael premieres the video of the song during the Radio Music Awards where Beyonce also presents him with the Humanitarian Award.
January 22, 1985 : Michael, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder & Quincy Jones record a demo version of the song “We Are The World” at Kenny Rogers ‘Lion’s Share Recording Studio in L.A (Michael takes Emmanuel Lewis to the studio) and later they send the demo cassettes to all artistes involved in the recording.
January 28 : Two hours after the American Music Awards, Michael and 44 other artists (including Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, LaToya, Jackie, Marlon & Randy) gather secretly for 10 hours at the A&M Recording Studios in L.A to record “We Are The World”.
Label : CBS Epic Records
Release date : March 7, 1985
Track listing Vinyl single
“We Are the World” (USA for Africa) – 7:14 “Grace” (Quincy Jones) – 4:56
*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.
We Are The World (demo) : Recorded in 1985 with John Barnes & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).