The seventh full-length studio album by legendary American Funk/Soul/Pop singer.
The downside to a success like "Thriller" is that it's nearly impossible to follow, but Michael Jackson approached "Bad" much the same way he approached "Thriller" - take the basic formula of the predecessor, expand it slightly, and move it outward. This meant that he moved deeper into Hard Rock, deeper into schmaltzy adult contemporary, deeper into hard dance - essentially taking each portion of "Thriller" to an extreme, while increasing the quotient of immaculate studiocraft.
Released nearly five years after it's predecessor, "Thriller" (1982), "Bad" saw Jackson exercise even more artistic freedom than he did with his two previous releases ("Off The Wall" and "Thriller"). Jackson composed nine of the album's eleven tracks, and received co-producer credit for the entire album. The album marked the final collaboration between Jackson and producer Quincy Jones.
Nine of the eleven songs (ten on vinyl version) on "Bad" were released as singles; one was a promotional single, and another was released outside of the United States and Canada. The only songs on the album, which were not released as commercial singles, were "Speed Demon" and "Just Good Friends".
With seven hit singles out of eleven tracks, "Bad" could easily be thought of as a greatest hits album. Songs such as "Bad" and "Dirty Diana" show a harder, more Rocking approach to the music. Jackson's universal appeal, along with his hiccup vocals and huge Pop sound, is still very much in focus.
The album continued Jackson's commercial success in the late 1980s, and garnered six Grammy Award nominations, winning two. Apart from commercial success, the album was well received by contemporary critics. Five of the singles hit No. 1 in the United States, while a sixth charted within the top ten, and a seventh charted within the top twenty on the Hot 100. "Bad" peaked at No. 1 in thirteen countries and charted within the top twenty in other territories. It was ranked No. 43 in the 100 Greatest Albums of All Time of the MTV Generation in 2009 by VH1, and number 202 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. "Bad" has sold an estimated 35 million copies worldwide, making it the eleventh best-selling album of all time. In 2017, the album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America, denoting sales of over ten million copies in the United States.
Along with getting one of the greatest albums of all time, featuring hits “Bad”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, “Man in the Mirror” and other, this is one of Jackson's many classics!!
180 gram vinyl gatefold LP issued with a cardboard inner sleeve with lyrics and release credits.
MJJ Productions Inc./Epic, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, 1987/2016 (88875143741). Made in Germany.
1. Bad 4:06
2. The Way You Make Me Feel 4:58
3. Speed Demon 4:01
4. Liberian Girl 3:53
5. Just Good Friends 4:05
6. Another Part Of Me 3:53
7. Man In The Mirror 5:18
8. I Just Can't Stop Loving You 4:13
9. Dirty Diana 4:52
10. Smooth Criminal 4:16
Total playing time: 43:35 min.