1991 Michael Jackson – Dangerous

Dangerous is the eighth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson. It was released by Epic Records on November 26, 1991. Co-produced by Jackson, Bill Bottrell, Teddy Riley, and Bruce Swedien, the album was Jackson’s first since Off The Wall (1979) to not be produced by longtime collaborator Quincy Jones. Featured appearances include Heavy D, Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, Slash and Wreckx-n-Effect. The album incorporates R&B, pop and new jack swing, a new genre in vogue at the time. Elements of industrial, funk, hip hop, electronic, gospel, classical and rock are also featured. Twelve of the album’s fourteen songs were written or co-written by Jackson, discoursing topics like racism, poverty, romance, self-improvement, and the welfare of children and the world.

An experimental work, Dangerous is considered an artistic change for Jackson, with his music focusing to more socially conscious material, and a broader range of sounds and styles. It features catchy pop hooks and choruses while also introducing underground sounds to a mainstream audience. The album’s tone is noted by critics as gritty and urban, with sounds including synthetic basslines, scratching, and drum machine percussion, as well as unconventional sounds like honking vehicle horns, sliding chains, swinging gates, breaking glass, and clanking metal. Throughout the album Jackson also implements beatboxing, scat singing, and finger snapping.

Dangerous debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, as well as in ten other countries, and was the best-selling album worldwide of 1992. Nine singles premiered between November 1991 and December 1993, including two exclusively released outside the United States. The album produced four singles that reached top ten of the Billboard Hot 100: “Remember the Time”, “In the Closet”, “Will You Be There” and the number-one single “Black or White”. The Dangerous World Tour grossed $100 million (equivalent to $177 million in 2019) which made it one of the highest-grossing tours of the 1990s.

Dangerous is one of the best-selling albums of all time having sold over 32 million copies worldwide, and was certified 8× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in August 2018. An influence on contemporary pop and R&B artists, it has been included in several publications’ lists of the greatest albums. At the 1993 Grammy Awards, it received four Grammy Award nominations, winning Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, while Jackson was awarded the Grammy Legend Award. Jackson won three American Music Awards at the 1993 American Music Awards, including the inaugural International Artist Award. Jackson was also honored with Billboard Music Awards for Best Worldwide Album, as well as Best Worldwide Single for “Black or White.”

Tracks

1  Jam (Michael Jackson; Bruce Swedien; Rene Moore; Teddy Riley) 05:39
2  Why You Wanna Trip on Me (Michael Jackson; Bernard Belle) 05:25
3  In the Closet (Michael Jackson; Teddy Riley) 06:32
4  She Drives Me Wild (Michael Jackson; Teddy Riley; Aqil Davidson) 03:42
5  Remember The Time (Michael Jackson; Bernard Belle; Teddy Riley) 04:01
6  Can’t Let Her Get Away (Michael Jackson; Teddy Riley) 05:01
Heal The World (Michael Jackson) 06:25
Black Or White (Michael Jackson; Bill Bottrell) 04:16
Who Is It (Michael Jackson) 06:35
10  Give In To Me (Michael Jackson; Bill Bottrell) 05:29
11  Will You Be There (Michael Jackson) 07:41
12  Keep The Faith (Michael Jackson; Glen Ballard; Siedah Garrett) 05:57
13  Gone Too Soon (Michael Jackson; Buz Kohan) 03:22
14  Dangerous (Michael Jackson; Bill Bottrell; Teddy Riley) 07:00

Musicians

1 Jam

DrumsTeddy Riley
DrumsBruce Swedien
GuitarTeddy Riley
KeyboardsRene Moore
PercussionBruce Swedien
KeyboardsTeddy Riley
KeyboardsBrad Buxer
KeyboardsBruce Swedien
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerRhett Lawrence
SynthesizerBrad Buxer
SynthesizerTeddy Riley
RapHeavy D
VocalsMichael Jackson


2 Why You Wanna Trip on Me

GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
GuitarTeddy Riley
KeyboardsTeddy Riley
SynthesizerTeddy Riley
VocalsMichael Jackson


3 In the Closet

KeyboardsTeddy Riley
SynthesizerTeddy Riley
VocalsMichael Jackson
VocalsMystery Girl


4 She Drives Me Wild

KeyboardsTeddy Riley
SynthesizerTeddy Riley
VocalsMichael Jackson


5 Remember The Time

KeyboardsTeddy Riley
SynthesizerTeddy Riley
VocalsMichael Jackson


6 Can’t Let Her Get Away

KeyboardsTeddy Riley
SynthesizerTeddy Riley
VocalsMichael Jackson


7 Heal The World

DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
KeyboardsDavid Paich
KeyboardsBrad Buxer
SynthesizerDavid Paich
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
Background VocalsJohn Bahler Singers
VocalsChrista Larson
VocalsMichael Jackson


8 Black Or White

BassTerry Jackson
DrumsBryan Loren
GuitarBill Bottrell
GuitarTim Pierce
GuitarSlash
KeyboardsJason Martz
KeyboardsJohn Barnes
KeyboardsBrad Buxer
MoogBryan Loren
SequencerKevin Gilbert
SequencerMichael Boddicker
PercussionBrad Buxer
PercussionBill Bottrell
RapBill Bottrell
VocalsMichael Jackson


9 Who Is It

BassLouis Johnson
Bass (synthesizer)Bill Bottrell
DrumsBryan Loren
DrumsBill Bottrell
KeyboardsBrad Buxer
KeyboardsDavid Paich
KeyboardsJai Winding
KeyboardsMichael Boddicker
KeyboardsSteve Porcaro
CelloLarry Corbett
VocalsLinda Harmon
VocalsMichael Jackson


10 Give In To Me

BassBill Bottrell
DrumsBill Bottrell
GuitarSlash
GuitarBill Bottrell
MellotronBill Bottrell
VocalsMichael Jackson


11 Will You Be There

DrumsBruce Swedien
DrumsBrad Buxer
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsBrad Buxer
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerRhett Lawrence
PercussionBruce Swedien
PercussionBrad Buxer
Background VocalsAndrae Crouch Choir
VocalsMichael Jackson


12 Keep The Faith

DrumsRhett Lawrence
DrumsBruce Swedien
SynthesizerRhett Lawrence
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionRhett Lawrence
PercussionBruce Swedien
Background VocalsAndrae Crouch Choir
VocalsMichael Jackson


13 Gone Too Soon

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
KeyboardsDavid Paich
SynthesizerDavid Paich
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
VocalsMichael Jackson


14 Dangerous

SynthesizerTeddy Riley
SynthesizerBrad Buxer
SynthesizerRhett Lawrence
VocalsMichael Jackson

Liner Notes

Producer – Michael Jackson (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)
Producer – Teddy Riley (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14)
Producer – Bruce Swedien (Track 1)
Producer – Bill Bottrell (Tracks 8, 9, 10)
Producer (Executive) – Michael Jackson
Arranged By – Michael Jackson (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 14)
Arranged By – Teddy Riley (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14)
Arranged By – René Moore, Bruce Swedien (Tracks 1)
Arranged By – Teddy Riley (Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6)
Arranged By – Marty Paich (Tracks 7, 13)
Arranged By – John Bahler (Track 7)
Arranged By – George Del Barrio, Brad Buxer (Track 9)
Arranged By – David Paich (Tracks 9, 13)
Arranged By – Andraé Crouch, Sandra Crouch (Tracks 11, 12)
Arranged By – Johnny Mandel (Track 11)
Arranged By – Glen Ballard, Jerry Hey, Rhett Lawrence (Tracks 12)
Arranged By (Strings)– George Del Barrio (Track 9)
Concertmaster – Endre Granat (Track 9)
Conductor – Marty Paich (Tracks 7, 13)
Conductor – Johnny Mandel (Track 11)
Engineer, Sound Designer – Matt Forger (Track 8)
Engineer (Additional) – Dave Way, Jean-Marie Horvat, Kevin Gilbert, Matt Forger, Richard Cottrell
Engineer (Assistant) – Bart Stevens, Brad Sundberg, Dan Bosworth, Elaine Anderson, John Chamberlain, Julie Last, Rail Rogut, Thom Russo
Mastered By – Tom Coyne
Mixed By – Bruce Swedien (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14)
Mixed By – Teddy Riley (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14)
Mixed By – Matt Forger (Track 7)
Mixed By – Bill Bottrell (Tracks 8, 9, 10)
Recorded By – Bruce Swedien (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14)
Recorded By – Teddy Riley (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14)
Recorded By – Matt Forger (Track 7)
Recorded By – Bill Bottrell (Tracks 8, 9, 10)
Recorded By – Jean-Marie Horvat, Thom Russo (Track 14)
Recorded By (Guitars) – Jim Mitchell (Track 10)
Recorded By (Assistant) – Craig Brock (Track 10)
Technical Director – Brad Sundberg, Thom Russo

Art Direction – Nancy Donald, Mark Ryden
Illustration – Mark Ryden

Mastered At Sterling Sound
Mixed At Larrabee Sound Studios
Mixed At Record One, Los Angeles
Mixed At Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At Larrabee Sound Studios
Recorded At Record One, Los Angeles
Recorded At Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At Westlake Audio
Recorded At Smoketree Ranch
Recorded At Toad Hall Studio
Recorded At Record Plant, Los Angeles
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