Saturday, August 13, 2016

Singles #13: Michael Jackson - Blood On The Dance Floor (1997)

Blood On The Dance Floor was the first single from Michael Jackson's 1997 album Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix, which contained five new songs and eight remixes of tracks from 1995's HIStory album. If the song sounds a bit dated for 1997, it is because it originated during the Dangerous sessions in 1991 but was ultimately not included in the album. It is moulded in the same New Jack Swing style of the other Teddy Riley produced tracks, but less catchy. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the song. It would become MJ's last UK number 1 single.

There were quite a few versions of the single released. I shall start with the most precious one in my collection: the Deluxe Vinyl Set. I managed to snag this during a 2015 trip to Tokyo for only about S$20 and I was over the moon when I found it at Disk Union in Shinjuku. It is supposed to come with a limited edition poster but it is missing. Not surprising, I'm sure the previous owner would have plastered it on his/her bedroom wall already.

It is a 2LP set, with seven tracks of Blood On The Dance Floor and one remix of Dangerous. The first vinyl, Record 1, comes in an orange sleeve and label, while the second vinyl, Record 2, comes in a yellow sleeve and label. It's very pretty.

Here is the tracklist:

Record 1
Side One
1. Blood On The Dance Floor [4:13]
2. Dangerous (Roger's Dangerous Edit) [4:41]

Side Two
1. Blood On The Dance Floor (Refugee Camp Mix) [5:26]
2. Blood On The Dance Floor (Refugee Camp Edit) [3:20]

Record 2
Side Three
1. Blood On The Dance Floor (Fire Island Vocal Mix) [8:56]
2. Blood On The Dance Floor (Fire Island Radio Edit) [3:50]

Side Four
1. Blood On The Dance Floor (TMS's Switchblade Mix) [8:37]
2. Blood On The Dance Floor (TMS's Switchblade Edit) [3:21]










Next up, the two special edition CD singles. The first one is the Limited Edition Minimax CD, which comes in a very special red, clear disc. It contains three tracks of Blood On The Dance Floor and one remix of Dangerous. Here's the tracklist:

1. Blood On The Dance Floor [4:13]
2. Blood On The Dance Floor (TM's Switchblade Edit) [3:21]
3. Blood On The Dance Floor (Fire Island Radio Edit) [3:50]
4. Dangerous (Roger's Dangerous Club Mix) [6:54]

Limited edition minimax CD




The second one is the Special Minimax Edition, which comes in an identical red, clear disc. However, the tracklist is different and it only contains four tracks of Blood On The Dance Floor.

1. Blood On The Dance Floor [4:13]
2. Blood On The Dance Floor (TM's Switchblade Edit) [3:21]
3. Blood On The Dance Floor (Refugee Camp Edit) [3:20]
4. Blood On The Dance Floor (Fire Island Radio Edit) [3:50]

Special minimax edition




Next, we have the US version, which comes in a thick jewelcase and the white barcode sticker on the top spine. It contains five tracks of Blood On The Dance Floor and one remix of Dangerous.

1. Blood On The Dance Floor [4:13]
2. Blood On The Dance Floor (TM's Switchblade Edit) [4:10]
3. Blood On The Dance Floor (Refugee Camp Edit) [3:20]
4. Blood On The Dance Floor (Fire Island Radio Edit) [3:50]
5. Blood On The Dance Floor (TM's Switchblade Mix) [10:00]
6. Dangerous (Roger's Dangerous Club Mix) [6:54]

US version




The next one is the slim jewelcase version, and I have two versions with different tracklists. The first one is made in Austria and it contains three tracks of Blood On The Dance Floor and one remix of Dangerous.

1. Blood On The Dance Floor [4:13]
2. Blood On The Dance Floor (Fire Island Vocal Mix) [8:56]
3. Blood On The Dance Floor (TM's Switchblade Mix) [8:37]
4. Dangerous (Roger's Dangerous Club Mix) [6:54]





The second one contains five tracks of Blood On The Dance Floor and its country of origin is unspecified.

1. Blood On The Dance Floor [4:13]
2. Blood On The Dance Floor (TM's Switchblade Mix) [8:38]
3. Blood On The Dance Floor (Refugee Camp Mix) [5:26]
4. Blood On The Dance Floor (Fire Island Vocal Mix) [8:55]
5. Blood On The Dance Floor (Fire Island Dub) [8:55]





The last one I have is the cardboard sleeve version, manufactured in Australia. It has the exact tracklist as the US version.

1. Blood On The Dance Floor [4:13]
2. Blood On The Dance Floor (TM's Switchblade Edit) [4:10]
3. Blood On The Dance Floor (Refugee Camp Edit) [3:20]
4. Blood On The Dance Floor (Fire Island Radio Edit) [3:50]
5. Blood On The Dance Floor (TM's Switchblade Mix) [10:00]
6. Dangerous (Roger's Dangerous Club Mix) [6:54]





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