Thriller

~ Release group by Michael Jackson

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Thriller (club edition)CD9
  • CA1982-11-30
Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases), Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)529271T, CEK 38112074643811224
Thriller12" Vinyl9
  • XE1982-11-30
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EPC 85930[none]
Thriller12" Vinyl9
  • US1982-12-01
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)QE-38112074643811217
ThrillerCD9
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)CDEPC 859309399708593022
Thriller (sticker in cover)12" Vinyl9
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EPC 85930, QE 38112[none]
ThrillerCassette9
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)40-859305099708593049
ThrillerCD9
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)35・8P-11[none]
Thriller12" Vinyl9
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)25·3P-399[none]
Thriller (Master Sound DM Digital Mastering)12" Vinyl9
Epic/Sony Inc. (JP record company, Aug 1978 – Mar 1988)30·3P-431
Thriller12" Vinyl9
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EPC 85930[none]
Thriller12" Vinyl9
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EPC 85930[none]
Thriller12" Vinyl9
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EPC 85930[none]
ThrillerCD9
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EK 38112074643811224
Thriller (half speed master)12" Vinyl9
CBS MastersoundHE 48112074644811216
ThrillerCD9
  • FR1983-06-06
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)CDEPC 859305099708593025
ThrillerCD9
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)CDEPC 85930[none]
ThrillerCD9
  • JP1988-10-26
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)8P-51374988010229559
ThrillerCD9
  • JP1991-07-25
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)ESCA 54084988010540821
ThrillerCD9
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)CD 85930, CDEPC 859305099708593025
ThrillerSACD (2 channels)9
  • US1999-11-23
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)ES 38112074643811262
ThrillerCD9
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)MILLEN4 4952162000[none]
Thriller (special edition)CD21
  • XE2001-10-15
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EPC 504422 25099750442227
Thriller (special edition)CD21
  • US2001-10-16
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EK 66073074646607329
Thriller (special edition)CD21
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)50442220009399700091946
Thriller (special edition)CD21
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EK 66073074646607329
Thriller (Special Edition)CD21
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EK 66073074646607329
Thriller 25CD + DVD16 + 4
  • XE2008-02-08
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)88697 17987 2886971798722
Thriller 25 (deluxe edition)Digital Media35
  • XW2008-02-08
  • US2008-02-08
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)[none]888880436016
Thriller 25CD + DVD-Video16 + 4
  • XE2008-02-11
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88697 17986 2886971798623
Thriller 25CD16
  • XE2008-02-11
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88697 17987 2886971798722
Thriller 25CD + DVD-Video16 + 4
  • XE2008-02-11
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88697 22096 2886972209623
Thriller 25CD16
  • XE2008-02-11
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88697 34566 2886973456620
Thriller 252×12" Vinyl9 + 7
  • GB2008-02-11
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)88697233441886972334417
Thriller 25Digital Media16
  • GB2008-02-11
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)
Thriller 25 (Best Buy edition)CD + DVD-Video17 + 4
  • US2008-02-11
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88697 17986 2886772334028
Thriller 25CD16
  • US2008-02-12
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88697 17986 2886971798623
Thriller 25CD16
  • US2008-02-12
Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88697 17987 2886971798722
Thriller 25CD + DVD-Video17 + 4
  • JP2008-02-20
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EICP-961, EICP-9624547366036466
Thriller 25: The World’s Biggest Selling Album of All Time (スリラー25周年記念リミテッド・エディション/期間限定生産)CD + DVD-Video17 + 4
  • JP2008-02-20
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony), MJJ Productions (logo / imprint / label)EICP-963, EICP-9644547366036473
ThrillerCD9
  • DE2008-08-29
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)CDEPC 859305099708593025
Thriller 25 (25th Anniversary Edition)CD + DVD-Video16 + 4
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)88697 17987 20886971798722
Thriller 25 (super deluxe)Digital Media30
  • -2008
ThrillerCD21
  • JP2009-07-08
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EICP 11954547366047301
Thriller (HDTracks HiRes version of Epic ES38112)Digital Media9
  • US2013-01-18
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)886443819757
Thriller (Mastered for iTunes)Digital Media9
  • US2013-06-29
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)074643811224
Thriller (24bit/176.4kHz)Digital Media9
  • JP2013-10-17
Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.)SIXX01837B00Z4547366206043
ThrillerCD9
  • -2015-09-04
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)88875043862888750438621
Thriller (Google Play exclusive version)Digital Media10
  • US2015-11-20
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)
Thriller12" Vinyl9
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony), MJJ Productions (logo / imprint / label)88875143731A888751437319
ThrillerCD9Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)EK 38112074643811224
Thriller 25Digital Media21
ThrillerCD9
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony)CDEPC 859305099708593025
Bootleg
Thriller (25th anniversary edition)2×CD19 + 13
  • CN2008-04-15
[no label] (Special purpose label – white labels, self-published releases and other “no label” releases)[none]
(unknown)
Thriller 25Digital Media31
Epic (US label founded by CBS in 1953, now owned by Sony), Legacy (Legacy Recordings)

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Beat It
Billie Jean
The Girl Is Mine by Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
Thriller
covers:Thriller Recovered by Various Artists
part of:Z-Trip’s Top Nine 80s Records (number: Honorable Mention) (order: 10)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 12) (order: 12)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 20) (order: 20)
Grammy Award: Album of the Year nominees (number: 1984 winner) (order: 26)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/8883 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/649p [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/michael_jackson/thriller/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000056882 [info]
Wikidata:Q44320 [info]

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It's hard to believe now, but when Michael Jackson's Thriller was released in the UK in time for Christmas 1982, there was an initial sense of misfire. In choosing the album's most lacklustre track, The Girl Is Mine, as its lead single, the postcard delivered was mildly disappointing. The playful duet with Paul McCartney, chosen no doubt to emulate the success McCartney had had earlier the same year with Stevie Wonder on Ebony and Ivory, was simply not what the listeners were expecting. It reached number eight on the UK chart, and the album sold well, but certainly not in the manner that the man who'd delivered Off the Wall should have done.

By the following Christmas, Thriller had become the phenomenon it remains to this day. Singles kept dropping off the album like golden fruit from a platinum bough: the precision snap of that snare on UK number one Billie Jean; the raucous Eddie Van Halen guitar on Beat It; the groove-driven frenzy of Wanna Be Startin' Something. It became apparent that this was a remarkable, ever-yielding pop jukebox.

By 1984, the album got an extension on its lifecycle with the John Landis-directed video for Thriller, which took the album from successful pop record to cultural icon. Casting the then-clean cut, scandal-free singer as a werewolf in a 15-rated short film was a risk, but one that truly paid off. Soon enough Thriller had become a greatest hits package - seven of its nine tracks were issued as singles.

Love it or hate it, Thriller is pop's great, immovable Everest. Marketing departments realised that more and more singles could be pulled from a record to prolong its shelf life, and Michael Jackson became the King of Pop with the whole of the recording industry at his investiture.

It was, of course, never the same for Jackson after Thriller. All that followed was a long, gradual downhill slope that culminated in some forgettable records and a tragic early death. But this view from the summit remains unparalleled.