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    Track-by-Track Breakdowns

    There's a bunch of different threads in the Xscape subforum where useful information is scattered around, so I figured we could root it all to one place. Anyone who has anything to contribute, please do! I love being able to break down the history of these songs.

    "Love Never Felt So Good"
    Written by Michael Jackson/Paul Anka
    Produced by Paul Anka/Michael Jackson
    Recorded in 1980, Anka's Home Studio (Carmel, CA)
    Main Available Mixes:
    • (3:19) Original Demo Recording from 1980
      Leaked c. 2006
    • (3:19) Original Demo Recording from 1980 [Remastered]
      Leaked in November 2010
    • (3:21) Original Demo Recording from 1980
      Released on 13 May 2014 on Xscape
    • (3:54) John McClain Remix
      Released on 2 May 2014 on "Love Never Felt So Good" (Single)
    • (4:05) Timbaland/J-Roc Harmon Remix featuring Justin Timberlake
      Released on 2 May 2014 on "Love Never Felt So Good" (Single)

    Incorrectly acknowledged by the Xscape album booklet as a 1983 recording.


    "Chicago" (a/k/a "She Was Lovin' Me")
    Written by Michael Jackson/Cory Rooney
    Produced by Cory Rooney/Michael Jackson
    Recorded in Late March 1999, Record One (Los Angeles)
    Main Available Mixes:
    • (4:43) Original Demo Recording from 1999
      Released on 13 May 2014 on Xscape
    • (4:47) Cory Rooney/Taryll Jackson Remix from 2010
      Leaked on 29 September 2014
    • (4:05) Timbaland/J-Roc Harmon Remix
      Released on 13 May 2014 on Xscape


    "Loving You"
    Written by Michael Jackson
    Produced by Michael Jackson
    Recorded in c. 1985, Red Rock Recording Studios (San Fernando Valley, CA)
    Main Available Mixes:
    • (3:02) Original Demo Recording from 1985
      Released on 13 May 2014 on Xscape
    • (3:15) Timbaland/J-Roc Harmon Remix
      Released on 13 May 2014 on Xscape

    Incorrectly acknowledged by LA Reid as a recording from 2003.


    "A Place With No Name"
    Written by Dewey Bunnell/Michael Jackson/Dr. Freeze
    Produced by Dr. Freeze/Michael Jackson
    Recorded in 26 August/8 September 1998, Record Plant (Los Angeles); 16 October 1998 at Record One (Los Angeles)
    Main Available Mixes:
    • (4:55) Original Demo Recording from 1998
      Released on 13 May 2014 on Xscape
    • (5:15) Neff-U Mix from Summer 2008
      Leaked in December 2013
    • (5:35) StarGate Remix
      Released on 13 May 2014 on Xscape


    "Slave to the Rhythm"
    Written by LA Reid/Babyface/Daryl Simmons/Kevin Roberson
    Produced by LA Reid/Babyface
    Recorded in 1990 at Larrabee North (Los Angeles)
    Main Available Mixes:
    • (4:55) Original Demo Recording from 1990
      Released on 13 May 2014 on Xscape
    • (4:28) Tricky Stewart Remix
      Leaked in December 2010
    • (4:17) Max Methods Remix featuring Justin Bieber
      Leaked on 16 August 2013
    • (4:15) Timbaland/J-Roc Harmon Remix
      Released on 13 May 2014 on Xscape


    "Do You Know Where Your Children Are"
    Written by Michael Jackson
    Produced by Michael Jackson
    Recorded in 1985 at Hayvenhurst (Encino, CA)
    Main Available Mixes:
    • (4:39) Original Demo Recording from 1985
      Released on 13 May 2014 on Xscape
    • (4:28) John McClain (?) Remix
      Leaked in December 2010
    • (4:36) Timbaland/J-Roc Harmon Remix
      Released on 13 May 2014 on Xscape

    Revived briefly during the HIStory sessions, but never taken into serious consideration.


    "Blue Gangsta"
    Written by Michael Jackson/Dr. Freeze
    Produced by Dr. Freeze/Michael Jackson
    Recorded in Summer 1998 at Record Plant (Los Angeles)
    Main Available Mixes:
    • (4:16) Original Demo Recording from 1998
      Released on 13 May 2014 on Xscape
    • (3:42) Unofficial Tempamental Remix ("No Friend of Mine")
      Leaked in 2006
    • (4:59) Unofficial Fugees Remix ("Gangsta")
      Leaked in 2006
    • (4:14) Timbaland/J-Roc Harmon/King Soloman Logan/Daniel Jones Remix
      Released on 13 May 2014 on Xscape


    "Xscape"
    Written by Michael Jackson/Rodney Jerkins/Fred Jerkins III/LaShawn Daniels
    Produced by Rodney Jerkins/Michael Jackson
    Recorded in 1999 in Los Angeles
    Main Available Mixes:
    • (5:44) Original Demo Recording from 1999
      Released on 13 May 2014 on Xscape
    • (5:43) Alternate Demo Recording from c. 2001
      Leaked on 30 December 2002
    • (4:04) Rodney Jerkins Remix
      Released on 13 May 2014 on Xscape
    Last edited by AlwaysThere; 06-07-2017 at 05:08 PM.

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    I really REALLY need to know who the guitarist is on the 2010 remix of She Was Loving Me (I refuse to use that other title). It has been bugging the **** out of me since first listen, as to me it sounds very like Buckethead. But I can find no information on any musicians involved with that version.
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    Very nice thread.
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    Let's see:
    - "She Was Lovin' Me" 2010 remix was leaked on August 29, 2014, not in September
    - you forgot about 2010 mix of "Blue Gangsta" (leaked on December 1, 2010)

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