by Michael Jackson


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Despite the success of Bad, it was hard not to view it as a bit of a letdown, since it presented a cleaner, colder, calculated version of Thriller -- something that delivered what it should on the surface, but wound up offering less in the long run. So, it was time for a change-up, something even a superstar as huge as Michael Jackson realized, so he left Quincy Jones behind, hired Guy mastermind Teddy Riley as the main producer, and worked with a variety of other producers, arrangers, and writers, most notably Bruce Swedien and Bill Bottrell. The end result of this is a much sharper, harder, riskier album than Bad, one that has its eyes on the street, even if its heart gets middle-class soft on "Heal the World." The shift in direction and change of collaborators has liberated Jackson, and he's written a set of songs that is considerably stronger than Bad, often approaching the consistency of Off the Wall and Thriller. If it is hardly as effervescent or joyous as either of those records, chalk it up to his suffocating stardom, which results in a set of songs without much real emotional center, either in their substance or performance. But, there's a lot to be said for professional craftsmanship at its peak, and Dangerous has plenty of that, not just on such fine singles as "In the Closet," "Remember the Time," or the blistering "Jam," but on album tracks like "Why You Wanna Trip on Me." No, it's not perfect -- it has a terrible cover, a couple of slow spots, and suffers from CD-era ailments of the early '90s, such as its overly long running time and its deadening Q Sound production, which sounds like somebody forgot to take the Surround Sound button off. Even so, Dangerous captures Jackson at a near-peak, delivering an album that would have ruled the pop charts surely and smoothly if it had arrived just a year earlier. But it didn't -- it arrived along with grunge, which changed the rules of the game nearly as much as Thriller itself. Consequently, it's the rare multi-platinum, number one album that qualifies as a nearly forgotten, underappreciated record.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/26/1991
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644540024
catalogNumber: 45400

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Jackson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Soprano (Vocal),Soloist
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
René Moore   Keyboards
Bryan Loren   Percussion,Drums,Moog Synthesizer,Moog Bass
Shanice Wilson   Background Vocals
Shanice   Background Vocals
Andraé Crouch   Vocals
John Bahler   Vocals
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Bill Bottrell   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Mellotron
William Bottrell   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Mellophonium
Brad Buxer   Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Larry Corbett   Cello,Soloist
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Endre Granat   Conductor,Concert Master
Linda Harmon   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Terry Jackson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Louis Johnson   Bass,Bass Guitar
L.T.B.   Vocals,Rap
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Christa Larson   Vocals,Soloist
Rhett Lawrence   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Marty Paich   Conductor,Vocals
Jasun Martz   Keyboards
Andres McKenzie   Voices,Track Performer
David Paich   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Teddy Riley   Synthesizer,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Slash   Guitar
Bruce Swedien   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Williams   Guitar
Jai Winding   Bass,Piano,Keyboards
Ashley Farrell   Voices
George Szell   Conductor
David E. Williams   Guitar
Heavy D   Vocals,Rap
Mystery Girl   Vocals
John Barnes   Bass,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Sandra Crouch   Arranger,Choir Arrangement
Michael Jackson   Arranger,Director,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Direction,Duet
René Moore   Arranger
Andraé Crouch   Arranger,Choir Arrangement
John Bahler   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Glen Ballard   Arranger
Michael Boddicker   Programming,Sequencers
Bill Bottrell   Lyricist,Producer,Engineer
William Bottrell   Producer,Engineer
Brad Buxer   Arranger,Programming,keyboard arrangements
Wayne Cobham   Programming
Richard Cottrell   Engineer
Aqil Davidson   Composer,Lyricist
Matt Forger   Engineer,Sound Design
Kevin Gilbert   Programming,Engineer
Jerry Hey   Arranger
Jean-Marie Horvat   Engineer
Rhett Lawrence   Arranger,Programming
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Orchestration
Marty Paich   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration
David Paich   Arranger,Programming,rhythm arrangement,keyboard arrangements
Greg Phillinganes   rhythm arrangement
Steve Porcaro   Programming
Teddy Riley   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Thom Russo   Engineer
Bruce Swedien   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Jai Winding   Programming
Mark Ryden   Art Direction,Illustrations
Jim Mitchell   Engineer
Dave Way   Engineer
Buz Kohan   Lyricist
Robert Shaw   Director
George Del Barrio   Arranger,String Arrangements

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