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Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson – Say Say Say (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on August 29th, 2013

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1983

A. Front

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL JACKSON!

“Say Say Say” is a pop single written and performed by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. The track was produced by George Martin for McCartney’s fifth solo album, Pipes of Peace (1983). The song was recorded during production of McCartney’s 1982 Tug of War album, about a year before the release of “The Girl Is Mine”, the pair’s first duet from Jackson’s album Thriller (1982). After its release in October 1983, “Say Say Say” became Jackson’s seventh top-ten hit inside a year. It was a number one hit in the United States, Canada, Norway, Sweden, and several other countries, reached number two in the United Kingdom, and peaked within the top ten in Australia, Austria, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and over 20 other nations.

Certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, the song was promoted with a music video directed by Bob Giraldi. The video, filmed in Santa Ynez Valley, California, features cameo appearances by Linda McCartney, La Toya Jackson and Harry Dean Stanton. The short film centers around two con artists called “Mac and Jack” (played by McCartney and Jackson), and is credited for the introduction of dialogue and storyline to music videos.

SIDE A:
Say Say Say (Special Version) 5:40
Performed By – Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

SIDE B:
Say Say Say (Instrumental) 7:00
Performed By – Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson

Ode To A Koala Bear 3:45
Performed By – Paul McCartney

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (promo stamp)

CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1983 Say Say Say U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1983 Say Say Say U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary #3
1983 Say Say Say U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #2
1983 Say Say Say U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles #2
1983 Say Say Say U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #24

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Columbia ‎– 44-04169
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: Oct 1983
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop, Pop/Rock
Credits: Producer – George Martin
Remix – John “Jellybean” Benitez (tracks: A, B1)

NOTES:
Demonstration Not For sale
Michael Jackson appears courtesy of Epic Records.
Special versions from the Columbia LP:
“PIPES OF PEACE”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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35 Responses to “Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson – Say Say Say (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Spring Says:

    Thank you very much dear Paul! I love both of them – Paul & Michael. Love this clip also!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring 🙂

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  2. Guss Says:

    S U P E R !!! Thank you Paul.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re most welcome Guss 🙂

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  3. Djamora Says:

    Dear Paul,

    This time you surprised us with this beautiful posting. Congratulations for this magnificent work. Long and prosperous life.

    big hug

    Amora

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Djamora. Big Hug 🙂

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  4. dazz22 Says:

    2 in a row another good post got this one though good stuff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks Dazz22.

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  5. Stefano Says:

    I was waiting for this one! This song always makes me cheerful. Great tune, great duet, but somehow a bit sad that the good relationship between the lads didn’t last that long. Awesome to have the instrumental. Thank you Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Stefano :0

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  6. John Says:

    Posted on Mj’s 55th Birthday…Nice touch!

    Thank you for this and eveything else you do on this great site!

    Keep up the awesome work sir!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome John. Yeah Happy Birthday MJ he is missed 🙂

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  7. Simon Says:

    Hey 🙂

    Thank you for posting this today.. 🙂

    We love you Michael.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Simon 🙂

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  8. Jermajesty Says:

    Mysterious forces at work, or just coincidence – FunWithVinyl posted the 7″ of this just last week!

    Was an interesting time in pop, with these ‘super duets’, Macca & Jacko, Jacko & Macca, Macca & Stevie, etc…

    Anyone know if these tracks (and the 7″ b-side, “Ode To A Koala Bear”) are still vinyl only? I can’t believe there’s any song left with Michael Jackson on it hasn’t been released somewhere, sometime on CD?

    Thanks Paul!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Jermajesty. I don’t keep track of what other blogs post being an eighties blog it’s bound to happen we don’t keep each other informed on what the other is posting. I think the 7″ is the album version.

    I didn’t see a CD listed on Discogs but that doesn’t mean there is not one. Everyone knows my views on CD’s so I am not the best source to ask.

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    Simon Reply:

    These two versions of ‘Say, Say, Say’ have never been released on CD!
    I’m pretty sure that they are the only two songs (Officially released featuring MJ) that haven’t.. Bit mad really as the song was so popular. I’ve always assumed it was because they fell out over the music catalogue Macca couldn’t afford 😉

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    Jermajesty Reply:

    Thanks Simon!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I apologize Jermajesty if I came across a little grouchy was having a bad day. I had just gotten a couple of rude emails from someone wanting a reupload. Shouldn’t have taken it out on you 🙂

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  9. 80spornstar Says:

    Right into the centre!
    Thanks.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome 80spornstar.

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  10. omar Says:

    Thanks again Paul. Do u have the 12″ mix of McCartney’s “Pretty Little Head” ?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar. I don’t have that one right now but I just added it my wantlist so maybe in the future 🙂

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  11. ric Says:

    Thanks Paul for a 1983 memory!
    Ace Tune, and better than The Girl Is Mine.
    A 6-week chart topper in the US, but I wished it could’ve given up a week or two to allow Say It Isn’t So by Daryl Hall & John Oates the summit glory. I think you would rather Union Of The Snake hitting the top though. LOL!
    Say Say Say had a very interesting initial chart-run in the UK of 25-10-13-14-3-2-2….
    After making a huge leap into the Top 10 in its second week, Say Say Say started to fall in the charts to #14 by its fourth week. However, there was a surprise turnaround in the fifth week as it rebounded all the way to #3 the following week, and eventually peaking at #2 for two weeks, just behind Uptown Girl. If I’m not wrong, there was either a MJ TV appearance or some MJ documentary shown during the fourth week that helped revitalized the single in the UK.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Wow! what a ride Ric thanks for the insight into the charts. I would have loved to see Duran steal that top spot 🙂

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    Dan Reply:

    Totally agree about “Say It Isn’t So”. I remember January of 1984 was when I first started keeping track of the chart week-by-week, and “Say It Isn’t So” was in the middle of its 4 week stay at #2. I was really pulling for one “Say” song to replace another at #1, but it never happened. For me, it was one of the biggest disappointments to see peak at #2, along with George Michael’s “I Want Your Sex” and Donny Osmond’s “Soldier Of Love”.

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    ric Reply:

    Totally! Very frustrating too see I Want Your Sex stuck behind U2. Also frustrating for me was Robbie Nevil’s C’est La Vie, Breathe’s Hands To Heaven and Crowded House’s Don’t Dream its Over.
    Plus, Madonna’s #1 count would easily be much higher had some of her many #2s climb that one rung more.

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  12. Dan Says:

    “Union Of The Snake” did replace “Say Say Say” at #1 in Cashbox, even though I know Billboard is always regarded as the definitive music industry source. From what I remember hearing, some people in the industry regarded Cashbox as a more reliable source for a long time because their charts were originally based on sales. I think they didn’t start factoring in radio airplay until the late 70’s. But anyway, thank you for this post Paul. I’ve been looking for these versions for years (especially the B-Side).

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  13. Simon Says:

    Hi Paul…

    Sorry.. I’m about to get a bit technical on you (with no technical knowledge, lol)
    You are the closest thing I have to a record shop these days so you are the man I have to ask 😉

    I’ve been listening to two other rips of ‘Say Say Say’ for a long time.. 128kbps {the extended and instrumental} both of these previous tracks register as 117bpm and 118bpm respectively. Your version initially sounded slower.. probably because I got used to the previous versions. However, your rips register at 115bpm.. From what I know the song was recorded at 116bpm (you could quickly confirm this with Wiki)..

    Have I messed up the speed in my head by listening to poor rips or is Media Jukebox telling me lies? Do you know what BPM your rips are? Possibly the key has changed with the different BPM’s? The single even sounds slightly faster to me than the great rips you have created??

    Feel free to tell me to shut up, lmao 🙂

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  14. Gina Says:

    Paul, just wanted to say: I’ve been a longtime follower and fan, since 2009 or 2010 in the wordpress.com days — I looked through my collection thinking this was already there in an old rip, but in fact it was not. What a lovely tribute and addition. Keep on, my friend.

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  15. Jason Says:

    Thanks Paul. Another vinyl replaced.

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  16. J Says:

    Can’t thank you enough for these, Paul, honestly. God bless you.

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  17. Shundler Says:

    Thanks a lot !
    I reminds me so much good memories !
    I have this promo, but I don t have the material to rip it to my computer

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  18. danael Says:

    Hello
    I can’t download the MP3 files
    It asks me my name & password
    Can you help me?

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  19. Grant Says:

    Thank you so much for this treasure! (Love it that the links still work!!)

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