Michael Jackson recorded a version of "Behind the Mask", with extra lyrics and an extra melody line, during the Thriller sessions after it was brought to his attention by producer Quincy Jones, but the track didn't make the album due to a royalties dispute with Yellow Magic Orchestra's management. A remixed version with overdubbed extra production by John McClain was eventually released on Jackson's 2010 posthumous album Michael. This version was also released as a single to radio and as a limited 7" for Record Store Day, plus a music video edited together from fan contributions was released under the title "The Behind the Mask Project". McClain's overdubs over the original 1983 tape include a newly-recorded saxophone solo and crowd noise from the 1992 Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour TV special. No release of the original Thriller version has been announced yet.
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It's been a while since any posthumous Michael Jackson material was unearthed, but that has changed today with the arrival of a previously unreleased, supposedly official video for Jackson's "Behind the Mask" single.
The song, which was recorded during the Thriller sessions and later remixed for inclusion on 2010's Michael, is treated to an epic nightclub scene where a fancy dancer in a robotic MJ mask tears up the floor.
Check out the video for "Behind the Mask" below, and do it soon — if this is legit, we have a feeling it'll disappear soon. -- Exclaim!
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