“Xscape” Listening Session, Los Angeles

12 Apr

As an administrator and sometime contributor to MJ Truth Now posts, I want to share my recent experience…a listening session for the much anticipated Sony/Estate album release, “Xscape.”

It was exciting to be invited to this event and to share it with other fans who traveled from Spain, Germany, Japan, UK and the Netherlands. I must say the surprise of the invite stopped me a bit cold…it wasn’t expected, but oh, so appreciated. We gathered in the studio where “We Are The World” was recorded and we immediately attempted to determine exactly where Michael stood during that historic recording. LA Reid was to be our guide through the music and he offered a few remarks beforehand. He spoke about meeting with Michael early in 2009 and about Michael’s desire to work with him on new music. He talked about his experiences with Michael as a father and it was very obvious how much affection and respect he feels for him. LA Reid really liked Michael and emphatically states that “he is innocent.”

He told us that his journey through the master recordings brought focus to his vision of cohesiveness for the album and his track choices reflect that. LA explained that he chose selections with the caveat that Michael sang the full song, with background, more than once….that it informed him that Michael had deep interest in the song and dedicated much time and energy to it. My impression was of a man excited and honored to be gifted with the opportunity to finally fulfill his own, and Michael’s, stated desire to create something new, special and exciting for the fans and the world.

We listened to the album twice and it was priceless to see everyone present dancing and loving the music. Michael’s voice is front and center throughout and the music compliments and supports that wonderful, unique, emotive voice. I have my favorites, as did everyone, and I can’t wait to hear them again. To be honest, I am not particularly fond of most remixes but these offerings have changed my mind. They are that good.

The next day we found ourselves at Sony in Los Angeles and our input was requested regarding the album, as well as, questions, comments and concerns. Fan desires are taken to heart, as well as, suggestions for promotion on a global scale. We were asked to pick one or two tracks that we particularly favored and our consensus matched the previously selected first single. I think anyone excited for this release will agree that this single is awesome and so very Michael.

The promotion planned will bring surprises and Sony is going all out on this part of the project. Sony President, Sylvia Rhone, was present, as well as, John Branca and Karen Langford. I will say that there is a solid commitment to do this right and we can expect world-wide promotion…big time!

I read a review recently that mentioned how this music holds the integrity and spirit of the original tracks as Michael left them. I found this to be most definitely the case and freely suggest the reader be prepared for an excursion into Michael’s music that is lovingly and respectfully presented by dedicated supporters of the man we all miss so much.


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10 Responses to ““Xscape” Listening Session, Los Angeles”

  1. beagleladywv April 12, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Is it all right for me to post this on the Amazon forum?  It sounds like we are in for a treat!  I can’t wait!   Jeanann Leone

    No matter what, the most powerful thing in the world is the human mind and prayer, and belief in yourself and confidence and perseverance. No matter how many times you do it, you do it again until it’s right. And always believe in yourself. And no matter who’s around you that’s being negative or thrusting negative energy at you, totally block it off, because whatever you believe, you become.~ Michael Jackson

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eapxHdWot0 Think Different


    • MJTruthNow April 12, 2014 at 11:27 am #

      Absolutely, Jeanann! Feel free to post it wherever you would like.

  2. sunsetdriver2013 April 12, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Great job!!

    Sent from Windows Mail

  3. ladypurr9 April 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    I’m like a giddy kid the night before Christmas. It’s been a while since I’ve had this much anticipatory excitement but, there you go…..Michael does it again! To borrow the lines from the Pointer Sisters: “Im so excited, I just can’t hide it. I’m about to lose control and I think I LIKE it!” Yeah baby! You must have been floating on the highest cloud ever to be there! Thanks so much MJTruth Now. I especially liked you sharing LA Read’s feelings about Michael. People who think, who care, will always believe only the “best” about Michael.

  4. rachel April 12, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

    I’m getting feedback where I live, as the demo of excape has been played on FM radio………ppl love it, so excited………..I’ll always support albums that are released……….this is going to be a hit for sure………LA Reid and J Roc are friends of the jacksons, they have done a great job from what I’ve read here………
    Thank you…..

  5. corlista1 April 12, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

    What a wonderful write up, MJTN! I’ve read several reviews now from ppl who had the extraordinary good fortune to be in your group. You’re the only one though that spoke to LA’s feelings about Michael. To hear him say “He is innocent.” went straight to my heart. How wonderful that you met Reid, Branca, Langford and heard Michael’s music even before release. It must have felt like you were in a dream.
    Jeanann, no matter how many times I watch this youtube clip, I still love it . Thank you.
    On to Xscape!!!

  6. corlista1 April 13, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    Rachel: I’ll always support albums that are released
    Me, too!!

  7. Kerry Hennigan April 13, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    Thanks for sharing your exciting experience… is it possible to be more Xcited about Xscape? Well, I am! Bring it on!


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