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Michael Jackson - Off the Wall RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum! Click here to see this CD at Amazon.com!

By Rickey Wright

Given the pace of Michael Jackson's post-Thriller release schedule, it's striking that Off the Wall appeared between two albums with his brothers, Destiny (1978) and Triumph (1980), on which the twentysomething phenomenon was also fully engaged. Aided by richly detailed but not overdone production, Off the Wall redefined how much Michael might do.

Tracks like "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Rock with You," the title cut (all Top 10 singles), and "Burn this Disco Out" not only consolidated his dance-floor power, but showed just how soulful and varied his vocals could get on uptempo material. Artistic role models like James Brown and Jackie Wilson echo through the mixes, but these were Jackson's leaps forward. The addition of pure pop confection--Paul McCartney's "Girlfriend," Stevie Wonder's "I Can't Help It"--further fleshed out the star's young-adult persona and helped make Off the Wall among the most fondly remembered of all his solo work. This special edition features two magic home demos and entertaining, insightful interviews of producer Quincy Jones and "Rock with You" composer Rod Temperton.

By Steve Gdula

Off the Wall made music history. Not only was it the release that signaled the arrival of Michael Jackson as a major talent outside the Jackson Five, it was the first record by a solo artist to contain four Top 10 hits. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Rock with You," "Off the Wall," and "She's out of My Life" were essential listening in the late '70s and early '80s. The release also contains the kinetic "Working Day and Night" and "Burn This Disco Out." Paul McCartney contributes "Girlfriend." Thanks to Quincy Jones's production, it was still all about the music back then. The artistry Jackson exhibited on Off the Wall still amazes. Avoiding the shallow excesses of most of the period's disco, Jackson's dance rhythms here are made all the more powerful by Jackson's vocal restraint.

Tracks
1. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson8. I Can't Help It - Michael Jackson
2. Rock With You - Michael Jackson9. It's the Falling in Love - Michael Jackson
3. Workin' Day and Night - Michael Jackson10. Burn This Disco Out - Michael Jackson
4. Get on the Floor - Michael Jackson11. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson's original demo recording)
5. Off the Wall - Michael Jackson12. Working' Day And Night (Michael Jackson's original demo recording)
6. Girlfriend - Michael Jackson13. Interview with Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton
7. She's Out of My Life - Michael Jackson

 

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"I completely agree with the statements of this album. By far one of the greatest R&B/POP albums ever made with its classic rhythms that were extremely instrumental in the launching of pop music into the Awesome80s and as we know it today. It should be in everyones music collection."

--Anonymous

"This is a brilliant album, It opend a whole new path for Michael to follow and he showed the world, and still is that he is the "King of Pop"! I do not think that anybody will ever gain the love and respect that Michael Jackson has received over the years!"

--MJ's #1 Fan

"I have the original "Off the Wall" album showing Michael Jackson leaning against the wall. When I was little, I used to be scared of that album cover for some reason, but that's another story. I think this is one of Michael's best albums. "Rock With You", "Don't Stop Til You Get Enogh" are the chart toppers on this album. This album is full of energy, rhythm and quality."

--Anonymous

"Michael Jackson's "Off The Wall album" is disco at it's finest. I think MJ and QJ were a step ahead of themselves when they recorded this one. Michael's voice just sweeps you off your feet on songs like, "I Can't Help It" (Stevie Wonder), and "Burn This Disco Out"(Rod Temperton). This is a must have, classic album by the King of Pop."

--L. Gates

"Off the wall,is the Michael Jackson album, I fear he never repeated it,you hear people talk so much about Thriller, but no way was it even close,he never bettered this!Rock with you still stands out as a fantastic bit of melodic dance floor joy, as does Don't stop, and off the wall,all of them,this is before the media hype about his sanity and colour becam more of an issue, and also before he was more of an entertainer than a musician."

--Anonymous

"Yes! I get so tired of hearing MJ's pinnacle as being Thriller or Bad, and Off the Wall just never seems to get the credit it deserves. I think Quincy and the others writers had much more to do with the record's success than vocals alone. But this has got to be in my top ten of most well-produced albums of all time. Horns, rhythm, backgrounds, guitars, bass, percussion, keys....there just not one single Bad thing about it. (pun intended)"

--gvfunk

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Artist: Michael Jackson

Released: August 8, 1979

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum (7)


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