Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Singles #6: Michael Jackson - Remember The Time (1991)

After the success of Black Or White, Michael Jackson followed up with the release of Remember The Time. Once again, the music video featured high production values, this time set in ancient Egypt. A host of celebrities appeared in the video, including Eddie Murphy, Iman and Magic Johnson.

Despite the groundbreaking visuals employed again, the video is most memorable for its dance routine. I like the video version of the breakdown scene, which features a remix of the music as MJ raps at the last part. Too bad that version is not released on any of the singles here.

The song itself was a hit and peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B charts. At the 1993 Soul Train Music Awards show, MJ was due to perform this song live but he sprained his ankle apparently. In the end, he still lip-synched to the song, seated on a gold plated wheelchair while dancers swirled around him. He did stand up a few times during the performance and he seemed ok though...

Below is the standard US CD version of the single, and it contains 5 remixes of Remember The Time and 4 remixes of Black Or White.

Here's another version in a slimline jewelcase, with 4 tracks, one of them the then-unreleased Come Together.

The CD below is the Japanese version once again and it's much smaller than the standard CD version. On this version, you can see that MJ dedicated the song specially to Diana Ross, as can also be seen in the slimline jewelcase version above.

This is the vinyl record of the single and it's in really good condition. The tracklisting is different and contains a few more mixes of the song.


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