A treat for Michael Jackson fans emerged on Wednesday with the surprise release of another song from his vaults. The track, Don t Be Messin Round, features as the B-side to I Just Can t Stop Loving You, which Walmart are rereleasing. It will also appear on the forthcoming 25th-anniversary reissue of Bad, due on 18 September.
The track is taken from sessions for the late singer s 1987 album Bad, and was recorded with engineer Brent Averill. Based around a light Latin beat, and with minimal production, the song feels more like an out-take than anything else, lacking the drama and intensity that made Bad a landmark record for Jackson. But there is plenty going for the light-funk track, with Jackson singing in a higher register and using some of the distinctive vocal tics and flourishes that characterised his work in that era.
The Bad 25 package is also set to contain unseen live footage from Jackson s 1988 show at Wembley stadium. It follows 2008 s Thriller 25, on which tracks from that record were reworked and remixed by will.i.am, Akon, Fergie and Kanye West.
The untreated demo nature of Don t Be Messin Round may appeal to those who were unhappy with the posthumous 2010 collection Michael, on which artists including Akon, 50 Cent and Lenny Kravitz updated and finished unreleased Jackson vocals. Members of the singer s family questioned whether some of the vocals used by Sony Music were actually those of the singer at all.