If you’re one of the few dozen people who still reads Rolling Stone‘s Web site, the late-breaking “exclusive” that a new Michael Jackson compilation of outtakes is due in November sounds like a great bit of news.
But oops! Looks like RS got beaten to the punch by a four-month-old press release. But they’ve got quotes, so it’s legit, right? What’s that? The quotes were taken from articles from 2009? Oh. Whoops.
It’s sad that Roger Friedman has to be the closest to a journalistic authority in this case. The only new info to be gleaned from any source is:
- It’s going to be a short, ten-track album (per the RS story – complain all you want, but I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters was 11 tracks and it was awesome)
- Rodney Jerkins, who produced Jackson’s worst solo album, is working on compiling the set (also from RS)
- Longtime Jackson associate John McClain is also working on the set, but Jackson’s ace recording engineer Bruce Swedien is not (that’s from Friedman’s story)
Based on the gristle of information that’s come our way – things like how will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas and Akon will make appearances on the tracks (both produced material for Jackson before his death) – it’s safe to guess that this new comp will focus on latter-day material, with the fun, vintage outtakes to be saved for the inevitable reissues of the classic Epic LPs. Call it slick if you want, but at least fans won’t have to get the two Jacksons – the effortless hitmaker and the chipped trend-follower – intertwined.