KING OF SOUND: The Man Who Recorded Michael Jackson (Bruce Swedien)

Sources: IndieGoGo | All Things Michael


Bruce Swedien is the sound engineer best known for recording Michael Jackson. This is his story…

Who is The King of Sound?

Bruce Swedien is a legend in the music recording business. He has over 50 years experience recording many of the world’s greatest artists but he is best known for recording Michael Jackson’s hit albums including ‘Off the Wall’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’.  This film is his story – a story of music and love…


The Story

“Early in my career I met a young dude at Universal Studios in Chicago by the name of Bruce Swedien, who seemed to share my excitement in creating recorded music that originated in our own imagination. We have been kindred spirits ever since” (Quincy Jones)

This documentary film is the story of the man who has been responsible for the sound of some of the greatest pop artists of the last 50 years – Bruce Swedien.

From Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole to Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, George Benson, Chaka Khan and more recently Jennifer Lopez – Bruce Swedien has been the man behind the legends. As America’s premier sound engineer, winner of 5 Grammys and nominated for 13, with a 30 year partnership with the illustrious music producer Quincy Jones, Bruce is the man that major recording artists turn to in pursuit of the distinctive sound that results in top-selling albums.


It was Bruce, along with Quincy, who mixed and produced the biggest selling album of all time – Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

“I was really impressed at how prepared Michael was. I have never recorded Michael Jackson where he needed the lyric in front of him, it was always from memory. And another little funny thing about Michael – we always recorded in the dark…” (Bruce)


Bruce was a mentor figure for Michael from the outset and mixed his first adult solo album – Off The Wall. Together they created the unique sound that became Michael’s trademark and ensured his place in pop history.

“Michael was the greatest, I don’t think we’ll ever see anyone like him.” (Bruce)


Their relationship was not only professional, Bruce and his wife Bea were close to Michael throughout his career and became almost parental figures to him.

“When we met he was 17… he was so timid, he was afraid of his own shadow… he was just such an incredible guy, dear and sweet and the public should know that he was very special.” (Bea)


“Michael used to call and talk to me about the music, then he would say ‘Is Bea home?’ – and he’d talk to her for two hours!” (Bruce)

Bruce, now 80 and still working with major artists, has been married to Bea for over 60 years and credits her as a fundamental factor in his success. Bea was always part of Bruce’s studio life becoming good friends with many of the musicians and singers. She’s encouraged and supported him since the early days when he first worked with Count Basie at Universal Studios in Chicago. Theirs is a timeless love story.

“She’s made my life what it is and made it possible for me to do what I’ve done.” (Bruce)

“We’ve just had such a lovely time together and it ain’t over yet!” (Bea)


Bruce grew up an unassuming white, middle-class boy from Minnesota with strong Swedish roots. He began working in a recording studio at the age of 19 and fell in love with making music. His parents were both musicians and instilled in him a love of the art form from an early age. As a result of Bruce’s grounding in classical music, his career went from strength to strength. He soon went on to work with some of the coolest, most cutting-edge musicians and artists from the 1950s through to the present day.

In this film Bruce recounts a wealth of fascinating anecdotes about the seminal musicians he has worked with over the last 50 years. He presents us with a unique insider’s account of how some of the world’s most celebrated music tracks were created. There will be something for everyone to enjoy in Bruce’s unashamed musical trip down memory lane. From jazz and swing to disco, pop and R&B, Bruce’s stories will be illustrated with archive footage, photos and the songs that are the soundtrack to our lives.

We have exclusive access to film Bruce at work in his Florida recording studio. He’s still in hot demand to deliver that special Swedien sound!


As well as our secured access to Bruce and his wife Bea, we are pursuing access to some the major artists and music professionals that Bruce has worked with.

This film will be a tribute to a remarkable man, his skill and his passion for music.

It’s also the story of how some of the most amazing tracks of all time were created.

It’s a film for fans of Michael Jackson, for fans of jazz, swing, disco, pop and R&B,

it’s a film for fans of music – everywhere.

“Music is the only true magic in life… I love making records… I have had a blessed life, definitely” (Bruce Swedien)

About Gareth Maynard

I am a film editor with numerous broadcast credits in the UK over my 25 year career. Most of my work is with the BBC and independent broadcasters and production companies. I have directed music promos and short documentaries; I have worked in feature film post production as a post production producer with credits on major theatrical releases. Alongside my film and TV work, I record music which is how I became interested in Bruce Swedien. Although I am based in the UK and the subject matter is very much American, the film will be of interest to anyone who loves pop music.

To move forward…

I have already invested a good deal of my own time and money into this project that I’m so passionate about. The funding I need to take this film further will help towards covering filming costs on the west coast of America, post-production costs and importantly licensing of music and archive material.

We have a range of interesting rewards from advance copies of the finished film through to producer status and being directly involved in shaping the final film.

Whether we achieve under or over our goal I intend to have this production completed by summer 2015. The more funds we can raise, the better the final production will look and the more of Bruce’s amazing colleagues and friends can be included.

Risks & Challenges

Bruce and Bea Swedien have welcomed me into their lives and became involved in this project idea with great enthusiasm. I have already filmed extensive interviews and B-roll footage with Bruce and Bea along with other famous friends such as Rod Temperton and Siedah Garrett.

There are a number of willing contributors to the film including some of Bruce’s closest colleagues, but pinning down busy people like Quincy Jones may not be simple. I will gather a small team allowing us to be flexible and mobile. We expect to resume filming in Spring 2015.

Licensing of materials including music, archive videos and photographs will take time and cost money. We are looking to making contact with Sony Music as they own the Michael Jackson catalogue. We will also approach the Jackson estate for their assistance. Bruce Swedien played a big part in Michael Jackson’s career so I am expecting his associates to be sympathetic to our requests.



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Ricky Rebel: “Michael Had A Kind And Generous Spirit”

Sources: Gay Vegas | All Things Michael


Ricky Rebel was discovered by Michael Jackson, toured with Britney Spears, signed to Michael Jackson’s custom-label at Sony, then to Madonna’s Maverick label.  The former lead vocalist of No Authority, Ricky G., now known as Ricky Rebel, is back with an edgy solo release, “The Blue Album”, featuring his single “Star”.  Ricky produced the album, Claudio Cueni (JLo) mixed the tracks and the album is available through iTunes ( and In a recent interview Ricky was asked about his experience working with Michael.

How many times did you encounter Michael Jackson, and how engaged was he in NA’s styling and other career decisions? Was he kind to you in person?

I first met Michael Jackson when we did our record release party at his Neverland Ranch. After that, I used to visit Neverland just to hang out, play, dance, swim, watch movies, and do what kids love to do. Michael Jackson was the executive producer of the very first album called Keep On that we did on his label. He picked Rodney Jerkins to produce the whole album. Rodney later went on to produce for Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Jennnifer Lopez.

Michael had a kind and generous spirit. He had a very contagious laugh, too. We used to dance in his studio. He told me that I had a lot of nerve because I wasn’t afraid to dance in front of him.


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Ricky Rebel Talks ‘Life After Loss,’ Michael Jackson And His Bold Style

Sources: Monsters and Critics – By April Neale


Ricky Rebel is a mix of Prince, Depeche Mode, Madonna and David Bowie. He has this pop, rock, edgy and electronic mix all in his music. The melodies are catchy. There was even one song that had me thinking about other artists that he resembles, but what I came to realize is that there is really only ONE Ricky Rebel…His performance style is edgy but you can’t seem to keep your eyes off of him and everything going on behind him. Each song had my full attention and was completely mesmerized by his performance. I think it is always so rewarding to find a hidden talent that can appeal to a mass market and to all Miss Golightly – Yahoo Shine

In 1997, recording artist Ricky G. burst on the scene as the lead vocalist of the boy-band No Authority who later toured with 98 Degrees, Destiny’s Child, Aaron Carter, Ashlee and Jessica Simpson among others.

What’s it like to have been Ricky G., lead singer of the boy-band No Authority (“Can I Get Your Number”) who was discovered by Michael Jackson, signed to Michael’s label at Sony and then Madonna’s label before losing it all?

What was the secret that could have ruined his career? And what happens after the boy-band bubbles bursts and you’re left with nothing? Surviving in style, Ricky G. became Ricky Rebel and now he embarked on a solo career after My Chemical Romance invited him to co-star in their “NA NA NA” and “Sing” videos.

In 2012, he won the Artist of the Year at the RAWards and released the “Manipulator” album featuring the hits “Geisha Dance”, “Get It On”, “You Need a Woman” and the title track. MTV’s “Good Vibes” also featured music from the album. In 2013, “Geisha Dance” spent ten weeks on the Mediabase Chart, the chart that powers “On Air with Ryan Seacrest”. Now, in 2014, Ricky is taking the stage again with his new self-produced release, “The Blue Album”, mixed by Claudio Cueni (JLo).

We chatted with Ricky who is busy prepping for the Main Stage for the Palm Springs Pride Festival on November 9:

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Monsters and Critics: Please elaborate- in this day and age, why were you terrified to lose your career if fans found out you were gay?

Ricky Rebel: When I first started in the industry, I had countless industry professionals tell me how important it was to not be “out” to the public. They said, “You can be gay, or bisexual, just don’t let anyone know about it.” It was a different time. Nowadays, things have changed. I find that coming out and being yourself is such a freeing authentic experience. I feel bad for the actors and musicians out there who feel like they have to hide who they are and who they choose to love. It’s sad, but I plan on changing all that.

My goal is to lead through example and prove that it is possible to be openly gay and extremely successful.

M&C: What advice from Michael Jackson helped you to become the artist you are today?

RR: Michael Jackson told me to stay away from girls because they break up bands. I basically took that to mean that in order to succeed in the industry, you have to keep your eye on the prize. Sometimes girls (or boys) can distract you.

M&C: How did you meet and befriend Adam Lambert?

RR: I met Adam Lambert at a club in West Hollywood and we hit it off. He was very friendly and attractive. He and I used to dress up and attend some of the coolest clubs in Downtown LA together in outfits that we hand-crafted ourselves. I remember playing my first demos that I had ever produced in the car and he said he really loved my music. I also remember that time that I had nothing to wear for a performance at the ROXY, so I asked if I could barrow some of his clothes. He was so generous and let me raid his closet, as long as I re-feathered one of his jackets.

M&C: Describe your style … and tell me what style icons influenced you?

RR: My style is BOLD. I like to wear things that most people wouldn’t dare to. I feel like life is too short, so if I want to wear something, I just wear it and make it work. I am also an obsessive style type. When I like something I REALLY like it and commit to that look for weeks or months at a time. I use clothes to tell my story and express who I am. Most of the time, I am not an overly outgoing person (unless I am on stage) so I use my clothes, my hair, my body language to do all the talking. It usually gets the job done.

Madonna, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Prince and Elvis Presley have all inspired my look and my musical tastes. I love the way these icons have fused their artistry with image and fashion. Their personas are larger than life. I love people who make statements with their style. Through my clothes, I am telling people to not be afraid to be different. I am also very interested in setting trends not following them, like my heroes.

M&C: Why blue? Why not purple or red for the hair color? And the importance?

RR: Blue is the name of my new record “The Blue Album.” I chose blue for my hair because it is the most popular color in the world. It’s relatable to men and woman. Blue has many meanings to it as well. It can symbolize the ocean, the sky, the heavens and healing elements. Feeling blue can also represent sadness and depression. On my new album, I explore the kaleidoscope of “blue” emotions.

The first part of my record is more upbeat and light blue. I love two songs in particular off of the light side “Star” and “Boys And Sometimes Girls”. The latter track seems to be everyone’s favorite. It’s probably one of the most honest and fun songs that I have ever written.

On the dark blue side, I sing a track called “Rebel The Darkness” which is basically my message to my fans. I talk about the past homophobia that I have had to overcome and the strength that I have acquired because of it. I also sing a melodic waltz ballad called “Desire”. This track definitely shows vocal range and drama. The album ends with a haunting stripped down version of “Desire” with just a vocal and violin. Grammy-Award winning violinist Alyson Montez plays beautifully on this track. I hope that someone out there uses this song as a way to heal from loss. That’s ultimately what “The Blue Album” is saying. There is life after loss.

On November 9, the band and I are also performing on the Main Stage for the Palm Springs Pride Festival. You can get all up-to-date Rebel news by visiting my official website:


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Sources: Riff Journal – By Brad Wendkos | Edited By – All Things Michael


We all have our own personal favorite guitar players. We love to listen to them, talk about them, see them perform, and cop as many of their licks and moves as we can. I keep a handwritten list of my own personal favorite guitar players, which I organize by style and technique. It’s also my wish list of artists that I’d love to work with here at TrueFire.

Every time I discover a new favorite, I add them to one of the lists. I’ve edited those lists so many times you’d need a cryptologist to determine my current favorites what with the cross-outs, exclamation points, underlines, annotations and replacements. There are two names on my rock guitarist list that have more exclamation points and underlines than any of the others. One of those names is Jennifer Batten.

Her story reads like a Hollywood movie.

Young girl from small town in upstate NY, inspired by the Beatles to learn guitar, takes lessons from local teachers, practices incessantly, thirsts for more knowledge, auditions for GIT in California, and fails that audition. Finds new teacher and sheds day and night for six months, nails second GIT audition (only girl amongst 60 other students), pushes through all the machismo crap, awarded most-improved-student at graduation. Gets first-ever live gig at 22 years old, phone starts ringing off hook, becomes sought-after player in six hot LA bands, beats out 100 guitarists to go on Bad World Tour with Michael Jackson. Records her first Above, Below, and Beyond album to critical acclaim, tackles another MJ tour (Dangerous World Tour), including a Super Bowl half-time gig with MJ broadcast to 500-million people in 80 nations, finally joining MJ’s band. Second solo record (Tribal Rage: Momentum) ensues, followed up by third (and final) world MJ tour, HIStory. Next Jennifer teams up with Jeff Beck to record two albums and tour with him. They get together for 3 years on the CDs Who Else and You Had It Coming, which were both supported by world tours.

If I were to pitch this story to Hollywood, I’d be stopped about halfway through and told that audiences would find it all too good to be true, even for a Hollywood movie. Rocky’s rise from meat packer to world boxing champion…believable. Small town girl to top of the game in the male-dominated world of rock guitar…ridiculous. Ridiculous maybe, but true nonetheless.

Jennifer’s pedigree speaks for itself, but the one single credit that impresses me the most is the Jeff Beck connection. You’d be hard-pressed to find a guitar player who wouldn’t want to play with the Jeff Beck, let alone record and tour with him.

There are thousands of guitar players who have the chops and experience to take on a gig of that stature, yet Jeff chose Jennifer and that speaks volumes about her professionalism, musicality and creativity.

“A lot of my ‘aha’ moments on guitar came from the hundreds of hours I spent learning all of Jeff Beck’s music: really wicked harmonics between the frets, extra big bends beyond the whole and half step, pick squeals, whammy bar moves. God, he invented so much of that stuff for electric guitar,” Jennifer remembers. “I think I learned the most from two ballads, ‘Cause We Ended As Lovers’ and ‘Goodbye Porkpie Hat.’ The tempo was slow enough so I could really zone in on what he was doing and dissect it.”

We all look forward to having Jennifer in TrueFire’s studios. We’ve collaborated on several educational projects and she’s always super-prepped and pumped for her sessions.

Jennifer loves to teach, is really gifted at it, rarely needs a second take, and puts her all into every lesson performance just as if she were playing to a standing-room-only stadium audience.

You can’t ask for more than that, but she gives it to us anyway.

I asked Jennifer is she had any one single bit of advice that she’d like to pass on to students here in this RIFF article. True to form, she gave us two. The first has to do with generating fresh and creative ideas, “The joy of music doesn’t have to involve other people. You can get a lot of joy out of just jamming alone and seeing what you come up with. I do that for hours at a time and so many new ideas come directly out of that.”

The second suggestion is one that was passed on to her back in her GIT days, “There are things I learned at GIT that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. This is one of those…when you’re soloing over a chord, the chord tones (the arpeggio notes of that chord) should light up bright red as you visualize the fretboard. The scale tones should likewise be lit up, but a little less bright. And the wrong tones, blacked out completely. When you’re soloing over changes and focused on those chord tones, the listener will be able to hear the changes without having to hear the actual chords being played.”

Two great bits of advice from a small town girl who rocks the world.

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Jennifer recently recognized in Palermo, Italy at an event sponsored by Pub Lebowski for a music clinic at the Centro di Formazione Musicale (CFM) on October 19. Mayor Matthew Cannella very excitedly talked about the event and explained that: “The initiative was launched in collaboration with the CFM of Palermo to try to bring the boys to the music and the guitar. I thank Pub Lebowski because it is an honor for our town to meet a musician at this level.”


She was asked questions about her work experience work in education, collaborating with Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck and what she thinks of Sicily and Godrano.

“Right now I’m working on my third DVD on the study of the guitar and then I will do these meetings around the world. The collaborations with Jeff and Michael were also great moments and unique. I will always carry them in my heart, it was a great joy. Playing with Michael Jackson made ​​me grow a lot more. I love Sicily and this land, these valleys. You made me feel like the Queen of England. ” (Source)

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Q&A: Teddy Riley—Chapter 3, “Reinventing Michael Jackson”

Sources: Soul – By Joe Walker | All Things Michael


The best should always work with the best. Given Teddy Riley’s reputation making hit urban and pop music, it was only a matter of time before the innovative, multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter, musician and producer crossed paths with Michael Jackson.

“The King of Pop” wasn’t content to let the Harlem, NY native simply pass him by. Jackson recognized that Riley was driving such artists as Bobby Brown, Big Daddy Kane, Keith Sweat, and his sister Janet up the charts, wanted to experience this hot vehicle himself.

Credited with creating New Jack Swing, Teddy Riley is considered the catalyst of modern soul, R&B, hip-hop, and pop. He shaped the sound of a generation, creating a sonic foundation current trends have since been built upon. What was it like for Teddy and Michael to build together? This is cliché, but name the people who made the biggest impact on your career.

Teddy Riley: Michael Jackson, Don Cornelius, Arsenio Hall, Donnie Simpson, and Frankie Crocker: Those are the people who played a very, very, very important part in my life and my whole career. Those are the people who really got me here. You got here working with a number of really talented artists. Working with Michael Jackson, though, that had to be quite the great experience.

Teddy Riley: It was a great experience working with all the artists I’ve worked with. But Michael… We can all only imagine. What was it like to be in the recording studio with The King of Pop?

Teddy Riley: It was amazing, man! It was like school; it was like doing a science project that could control the world, and if you failed, you’re out! It was like being nervous but you have to be in control because you’re the producer. One of the things critics talked about most about the documentary This Is It was how demanding Michael was of his staff to meet his expectation of perfection. He didn’t have a problem with you giving him directions?

Teddy Riley: Michael put me on the spot a few times to become the controller, not the writing partner or collaborator. He wanted me to control what I wanted him to do and sing, and what I wanted him to be for this Dangerous album. So, Teddy, Michael Jackson just basically presented himself to you like a block of clay for you to mold?

Teddy Riley: Yeah! And that’s how he wanted it! Michael wearing a tank top t-shirt was my idea. Michael pulling his hair back in a ponytail was my idea. Michael wearing what he wore in “Keep It In the Closet” was my idea.

MJ-keep-it-in-the-closet How far did your influence stretch over the entire album process?

Teddy Riley: It went far. I’m very instrumental in Michael picking the album cover he picked because he designed it right in front of me. They wanted the picture with the eyes being his album cover. A lot of discussions take place on big budget, marquee albums. Were you also included in all the creative meetings?

Teddy Riley: I was invited to all of the creative meetings, except the first one; Michael was about to fire the people because they didn’t bring me to the first artist creative meeting. They stopped the meeting for me to come, for them to drive me over to the meeting for my input. That’s how instrumental I was in theDangerous album. And there’s more than a few people out there who feel Dangerousis Mike’s best album. Whether you feel that way or not, it’s hard to deny how great it is.

Teddy Riley: It is! It’s a great album. And that was my first time working with him. Just to give you an idea of what I was to this album and my part, I was put into a position to become the next Quincy Jones by Michael Jackson.


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Rod Temperton Has Been Nominated For The 2015 Songwriting Hall of Fame

Sources: Female First – By by Daniel Falconer| All Things Michael

Mica Paris Performs At The Jazz Cafe In London

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Elvis Costello, Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper and Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds are being considered for this year’s induction to the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

The organisation announced its 2015 nominees and others amongst those being considered include Tom Petty, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Toby Keith and Steven Winwood.

Non-performing songwriters also nominated are those such as Bobby Braddock, Rudy Clark and Rod Temperton, who co-wrote Michael Jackson classic ‘Thriller’.

In addition, writing duos Sloan and Steve Barri, Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia, Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, and Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell could also be inducted.

The lucky inductees are to be selected in a gala in New York next June.

2014 inductees include Jim Weatherly (‘Midnight Train To Georgia’), Graham Gouldman of 10cc and The Kinks’ Ray Davies.

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Michael Jackson: How Rod Temperton Invented Thriller

He came up with the title Thriller after being asked to work on the album by Quincy Jones, the American music producer.

Originally Temperton had called it Starlight but Jones asked him to come up with another title.

Temperton once said: “”I went back to the hotel, wrote two or three hundred titles and came up with Midnight Man.

“The next morning I woke up and I just said this word. Something in my head just said, ‘This is the title’.

“You could visualise it at the top of the Billboard charts. You could see the merchandising for this one word, how it jumped off the page as ‘Thriller’.”

Thriller has sold an estimated 109 million copies worldwide.

Jones had got it touch after hearing Boogie Nights, which Temperton had written as the debut single for Heatwave, a disco band he joined after spotting a local newspaper advertisement.

At the time he joined Heatwave, Temperton had been working in a much less glamourous industry – in the Ross Foods frozen fish factory in Grimsby, Lincs.

Now 61, Temperton has made himself rich by writing a string of hits not only for the King of Pop but also for other stars including Donna Summer, Mariah Carey and Mica Paris.

He lives on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, which boasts the actors George Clooney, Jack Nicholson and Bruce Willis as residents.

He also has homes in the South of France, Switzerland, Fiji, and a Kent. (Source: The Telegraph-2009)

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The tribute mix below features some of the music from composer, producer and writer Rob Temperton. His music legacy contains his work with Heatwave, Quincy Jones, Michael McDonald, James Ingram and of course Michael Jackson. (Source: TD Production Channel 1)

1. The Secret Garden – Quincy Jones
2. The Lady in My Life – Michael Jackson
3. Turn Out The Lamplight – George Benson
4. You Put A Move On My Heart – - Mica Paris
5. Always & Forever – Heatwave
6. Stop, Look, Listen To Your Heart – Patti Austin
7. Happiness Togetherness – Heatwave
8. Star of the Story – Heatwave
9. Baby, Come to Me – James Ingram & Patti Austin
10. Mind Blowing Decisions (12in) – Heatwave
11. Mind What You Find – Heatwave
12. Razzle Dazzle – Heatwave
13. Lay It On Me – Heatwave
14. Aint No Half Steppin – Heatwave
15. Super Soul Sister – Heatwave
16. Share My Love – Heatwave
17. Ill Be Good To You Good For You Soul – Quincy Jones
18. Therm Warfare – Heatwave
19. Sign Of The Times – Bob – James
20. Naturally – Heatwave
21. Central Heating – Heatwave
22. Send Out For Sunshine – Heatwave
23. Find it in your heart – Heatwave
24. Back On The Block (ft. Big Daddy Kane, Ice T, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel) – Quincy Jones
25. Once In A Lifetime Groove (12in) – New Edition
26. Posin Til Closin – Heatwave
27. Baby Be Mine – Michael Jackson
28. Spice Of Life – Manhattan Transfer
29. Lettin It Loose – Heatwave
30. Give Me The Night – George Benson
31. Jitterbuggin – Heatwave
32. Turn Around – Heatwave
33. Gangsters Of The Groove – Heatwave
34. State To State – Heatwave
35. Too Hot To Handle!! – Heatwave
36. The Big Guns – Heatwave
37. Eyeballing – Heatwave
38. Rock with you – Michael Jackson
39. Love X Love – George Benson
40. Sweet Freedom – Michael McDonald
41. All Talked Out – Heatwave
42. Goin Crazy – Heatwave
43. Yah Mo Be There ( Jellybeans 12_ Remix ) – James Ingram
44. Masterjam – Rufus & Chaka Khan
45. Thriller – Michael Jackson
46. K.I.S.S.I.N.G (Heat Of Passion Mix) – Siedah Garrett
47. Off the Wall – Michael Jackson
48. Boogie Nights – Heatwave
49. Stomp – The Brothers Johnson
50. The Grooveline (ext remix) – Heatwave
51. Razzamatazz – Quincy Jones
52. Party Poops – Heatwave
53. Raise a Blaze – Heatwave
54. Hold On To The One – Heatwave
55. Off Broadway – George Benson
56. One Night Tan – Heatwave
57. Put The Word Out – Heatwave
58. You Keep Me Hanging On – Kim Wilde
59. Man Size Love (12in) – Klymaxx
60. Love Is In Control – Donna Summer
61. Party Suite – Heatwave


Neumann Presents U47 Fet Microphone To Grammy Award Winning Audio Engineer And Producer Bruce Swedien At The 137th AES

Sources: Sound and Video Contractor | Edited By – All Things Michael


Los Angeles, October 15, 2014: During the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention held here last week, premium audio brand Neumann made a very special presentation of a new U 47 fet Collectors Edition to esteemed recording engineer and producer Bruce Swedien.

Swedien, who counts the recording and mixing of Michael Jackson’s Thriller album among the highlights of his lifetime of career accomplishments, was presented with serial number 82 of the U 47 fet Collectors Edition, in honor of the year that the Thriller album was released to the public. The presentation was made by Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet at the Neumann booth on Friday, October 10th.

The original U 47 fet was used extensively by Bruce Swedien throughout the recording of Thriller, so the event was especially fitting as Neumann launched its new U 47 fet Collectors Edition to a new generation.

Wolfgang Fraissinet commented: “It is a very special honor for our company to honor Mr. Swedien in this way. He has not only left an indelible mark on the recording community at large, but his contributions to the recording of Thriller and countless other recordings have had a tremendous influence on our culture.”

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The Neumann U 47 fet microphone was iconic in shaping the sound of the ’70s, ’80s and beyond. As the transistorized successor of the U 47, it permitted the processing of very high sound pressure levels for the first time, and engineers were able to place it directly in front of extremely loud sound sources such as guitar amplifiers and kick drums, as well as in front of more delicate sources such as vocals and acoustic instruments. The combination of the U 47 fet’s ability to capture high sound pressure levels and the unique capsule design derived from its famous tube-based predecessor, the U 47 fet contributed to many legendary recordings.

Bruce's own U47 mike

Bruce’s own U47 mike

Now, the U 47 fet Collectors Edition has been faithfully reproduced using the original production documents and schematics. The Collectors Edition is supplied with a high-quality wooden case with special packaging, and an individual certificate with the serial number of the microphone and signature of Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet.

The U 47 fet is now shipping and is priced at $3,999.95. For more information, please visit

About Neumann:

Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world?s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

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Judith Hill: Front And Center (Upcoming Album Debut)

Sources: Edited By – All Things Michael | Essence – By Clover Hope

After years of playing the background, soul singer, Judith Hill is ready for her close-up


Judith Hill knows what it take to be a star. As a veteran wing-woman who’s sung backup onstage for musical geniuses (including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Elton John), the L.A. bred vocalist, 30, had the perfect training for solo success.

“It really is a front seat to greatness,” says Hill, who role in the Oscar winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom revealed the non-glittery side of background singing. “People think you get to sing for fun, and don’t realize the work that goes into it. You have to add energy to every song,”

A musician by nature and nurture (her parent met in a funk band fronted by Phil Collin’s drummer). Hill grew up humming jazz standards and dreaming of singing like Aretha and Billie. With each career climb – including a stint on The Voice last year – Hill gained star power, but nothing compared to her life – changing gig as Michael Jackson’s duet partner for This Is It, his final tour.


“Watching him opened my eyes to what it means to be a true artist,” says Hill. “I had to pinch myself, like, What did he see in me?

The rest of the work soon will learn. Hill’s Sony music debut (featuring collaborations with Prince and John Legend) is set for release this fall.

“It’s classic soul with a modern hipster twist,” Hill says. “I want people to feel like they’re listening to a record that’s timeless.”

This interview is featured in the November 2014 issue of Essence. Judith is currently on tour with John Legend as a special guest.

Congratulations Judith! We wish you much love and success on all your future endeavors.