Michael Jackson – Dangerous Tour: The Rehearsals (Apocalypse Sound AS205)

Dangerous Tour:  The Rehearsals (Apocalypse Sound AS205)

(2:49:30):  Jam, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’, Human Nature, Smooth Criminal, I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, She’s Out Of My Life, I Want You Back / The Love You Save / I’ll Be There, Rock With You, Thriller, Billie Jean, Remember The Time, Working Day And Night, Beat It, Will You Be There, The Way You Make Me Feel, Working Day And Night, Beat It, Will You Be There, The Way You Make Me Feel, Bad, Black Or White, Heal The World, Man In The Mirror

After the sucess of the Bad tour from 1987-1989, Michael Jackson never intended to tour again.  He changed his mind after establishing his “Heal The World Foundation” in 1992.  Wanting to raise $100 million by the end of the year, in February he announced the Dangerous tour.

Two tapes of footage have surfaced in very good to excellent visual and sound quality.  According to the label:  “This is not a concert but a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the King of Pop rehearsing for his Dangerous World Tour 92/93.  This is the only chance to listen and watch MJ teaching his dancers during the pauses between songs and working hard to make the best possible show on earth.”

It’s not known exactly where or when these tapes were made, but we could guess they were sometime between the February 3rd announcement and opening night on June 27th in Munich.  And the location is commonly cited as Neverland Ranch in California.  There were also probably produced by Nocturne Productions Inc., who filmed all of Jackson’s tours.

The first tape begins with the jam and “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” and runs through “The Way You Make Me Feel.”  It includes two numbers that weren’t played on the tour, “Rock With You” and “Remember The Time.”  These two are also quite under produced as well, not featuring backing dancers or an elaborate light show, so it’s questionable how serious they were being considered for the set. 

The second tape runs from “Working Day And Night” through “Man In The Mirror.”  It’s not known if it’s from the same day or another day, however.  It is interesting that all of the performances are live.  They’re not all completely sung because Michael stops singing during some of the songs to give direction to the lights and singers, but what he does sing is all live. 

Although these tapes have been out for a while, this is the first silver pressed edition.  And for Michael Jackson fans it’s worth having. 

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