Why I Want to Back the Invincible Campaign
By Lynton Guest
Michael Jackson’s Invincible album occupies a special place for me, but not in the way you might think. Until 2001, I had regarded HIStory as Michael’s greatest triumph. Not only did it contain some unbelievable songs, I thought Michael was singing better than ever. If you then remember what pressures he had been under during the 1990s, its achievement was even more remarkable.
Now I knew as well as the next person that Michael’s recordings always reached the
highest possible standards. However, I found it inconceivable that he could
reach those heights again. So while it would be wrong to say my expectations
were low, I just couldn’t see how HIStory could be improved upon. How wrong I was.
I remember driving in London one day when Speechless came on the radio. I was
blown away. I had to stop the car and pull in to the roadside, to the annoyance
of the other drivers. I just couldn’t help it. How was it possible, I thought,
that this man could top his previous efforts? And so effortlessly!
Immediately I headed for the nearest record store (they still existed back then) but
incredibly, they had no stocks. How could that be? It was the first inclination
I had that Sony might not, despite all the publicity, be promoting the album as
much as the company claimed. It took me another week to get my hands on a copy.
Apart from Speechless, it is difficult to pick out one track above any other, so
brilliant are all of them. The production is superb, the singing better than
ever. If I had to choose one, though, I suppose it would be You Rock My World
but honestly, it’s a hard call. What I can say is that listening to the whole
album was the moment I truly appreciated the full nature of Michael’s musical
genius (well that and seeing Captain Eo).
When Debbie Francis decided to mount a campaign to get Invincible back to number one on the tenth anniversary of its release, I was more than happy to lend my full support. If I have played a small role in helping the campaign then I am very pleased indeed. However, the lion’s share of any praise should go to Debbie and a number of others, who have managed to get this idea out there and have put in the hard yards to achieve their objective.
So I would love it if everyone purchases the album this October. But to all of you
contemplating the Buy Event, I would say one more thing. Above all, enjoy it!
I’m sure Michael would have wanted it that way.
Lynton Guest AKC: September 2011
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