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Demo of Michael Jackson Performing "Beat It"

Posted by: Jason Tate (04/01/14)
Check out a demo of "Beat It" performed only by Michael Jackson's voice. Holy shit. If I was writing some viral headline I'd tell you how this will just about blow your mind-hole.
One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.
  
 
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08:01 PM on 04/01/14
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This is fucking INCREDIBLE.
08:06 PM on 04/01/14
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Never a huge fan, but holy crap.
08:07 PM on 04/01/14
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The song isn't playing at that link anymore. I think this is it?



Edit: Well, now it's working, but that video is it too. Anyway, really... impressive, not to understate, haha.
08:09 PM on 04/01/14
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Not a Michael Jackson fan but I do know he had talent, this is incredible.
08:11 PM on 04/01/14
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Impressive.
08:22 PM on 04/01/14
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This is awesome.
08:23 PM on 04/01/14
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I can dig it. But you're driving me mad just beeeat iiiiit.
08:26 PM on 04/01/14
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This is why I loved Michael Jackson. He loved music. Breathed it.
08:31 PM on 04/01/14
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He sounds so much more comfortable singing than even speaking. It's crazy. Not that that's a bad thing. Just shows me how gifted he was.

Rip
08:48 PM on 04/01/14
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Wow. That's impressive.
08:53 PM on 04/01/14
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Michael completely changed the game with this kind of shit.

I've tried writing songs like this but also I'm pretty tonedeaf so it always ends up being terrible.
08:55 PM on 04/01/14
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not even a mj fan, but wow. this is incredible.
09:12 PM on 04/01/14
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Waiting for my cheddar and broccoli hot pocket to finish cooking and dancing naked to this in my living room!
09:51 PM on 04/01/14
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i hope the new MJ album will be with stuff like this
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