Quincy Jones assembled an impressive array of talent to work on the Thriller
album, including four members of the band Toto. These guys knew the ropes because they were session musicians before they formed the band, and in 1982 they were red hot, scoring hits with "Rosanna
" and "Africa
" from their album Toto IV
, which would win the Grammy for Album of the Year at the 1983 ceremony (Thriller
would win the next year).
Four members of the band played on this track:
David Paich: synthesizer
Steve Porcaro: synthesizer
Steve Lukather: guitar
Jeff Porcaro: drums
Paich, Steve Porcaro and Lukather also did the arrangement.
In our interview with David Paich, he explained that Jackson gave them lot of support and creative freedom. "Michael was very involved in it, and he's a perfectionist," said Paich. "He was always in the room with us, privately, saying, 'I just want you to have total freedom to do whatever you want. Just think of Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel - do whatever you need to do here. Sky's the limit.'"