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This Is It: The Music That Inspired the Movie

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The sole unreleased song on the King of Pop’s latest posthumous offering is the title track, an uplifting ballad that’s a decent if slight addition to his songbook. Otherwise, this soundtrack mostly amounts to yet another greatest-hits set: studio versions of 14 familiar tunes, sequenced as they are in the new concert film. True fans will find This Is It‘s brief second disc, featuring a mere three rough demos plus a poem, to be of more interest. Hearing Jackson work out the harmonies for ”Beat It,” in particular, is worth the price of admission. B+

Download This: Listen to the song Beat It (Demo) at myspace.com

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