THE MYSTERIES OF HIStory :
THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT US
HOLLAND 12'' EPIC 6629506 "LP EDIT"
HOLLAND 12'' EPIC 6629056 "SINGLE VERSION"
Apparently the same record - as you can see in the pictures - the dutch
(and the most common) press of TDCAU have been released in 2 versions :
one includes the "LP edit" (PICTURES #3 & #4) as first song on the side A, the other
includes the "Single version" (PICTURES #3 & #5) instead of the "LP edit".
Both versions have banned lyrics, because MJ was accused of using anti-semitic lyrics ("Jew me,Sue me,everybody do me/ Kick me, kike me, don't you black or white me").
Michael stated that he did not mean any offense and on multiple
occasions denied anti-Semitism. The dispute regarding the lyrics ended
with Jackson replacing them.
The "LP edit" is just a shorter version of the original album
song, where the banned lyrics were "erased" in a different and not properly professional
way with a simple "copy & paste" of other lyrics. This
version was produced immediately after the allegations, just a few weeks
after the HIStory release, and probably done with hurry : this explains
the poor care in the replacing mix process.
The remixed Single version has
additional arrangements and banned lyrics with effects, and it has been
remixed later, probably considering the poor result of the previous mix.
Anyway, in Europe, cd single #1 and first press of 12''s were released with the LP edit , cd single #2 and vinyl reissue have the
Just another observation: the "LP edit" version curiously appears only on european releases : probably Sony thought that the version without effects had major appeal on european radio airplays than the other one.
In any case, Sony did some mess with this release, but a true collector should be happy about that!
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