Set for release on November 18th is Michael Jackson's Thriller 40, a double CD set comprised of the original 1982 album along with second disc full of never-before-released tracks — all mastered from the original analog master tapes. Mobile Fidelity will also make available the original Thriller album as a One-Step 180g 33RPM LP, pressed at RTI and strictly limited to 40,000 numbered copies as well as a hybrid SACD .
Walmart will have an exclusive version of the original Thriller album with an alternate 40th anniversary cover, while Target will have an exclusive version of the original album with a commemorative “Thriller 40” vinyl slip mat.
Michael Jackson's Thriller, which has sold over 100 million units globally, was released on November 30th, 1982 and scored seven Top 10 hits — “The Girl Is Mine” — with Paul McCartney (#2); “Billy Jean” (#1); “Beat It” (#1); “Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'” (#5); “Human Nature” (#7); “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” (#10); and “Thriller” (#4).
In 1983, while Thriller was still riding high during its astounding 37 weeks on top of the Billboard album charts, Michael Jackson spoke about the album's success: “Every time I get a platinum album, uh, it's never taken lightly on my behalf. I'm always honored and it's great thanks (from the fans). I'm very happy that the public enjoy what I do and I'll continue to put my heart into my work.”