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Off the Wall

Michael Jackson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 May 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00002663J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

1979's Off The Wall is one of the finest pop albums ever made and showcases Michael Jackson as a gifted and versatile vocalist, comfortable performing on ballads as well as upbeat disco tracks.

Although Michael had previously released four solo albums as part of the Jackson 5 franchise on Motown, it was this, his first album on Epic that would break him as a worldwide superstar.

In collaborating with producer Quincy Jones, Off The Wall found Jackson using his newly found creative freedom by departing from his previous Motown sound, instead opting for an album that combined disco, soul, pop, soft rock and funk influences. Additional to Jones' polished, professional productions, Michael Jackson collaborated with some of the finest songwriters of the time, including Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Rod Temperton. As a result, Off The Wall became the first album ever to spawn four Billboard Top Ten singles: Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Rock With You, Off The Wall and She's Out Of My Life.

Since it's release, Off The Wall has sold over fifteen million copies and many critics believe as an album it has not been bettered by any of Michael Jackson's subsequent output. --David O'Donnell

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1 x CD Album
Europe

1Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough6:04
2Rock With You3:40
3Working Day And Night5:04
4Get On The Floor4:57
5Off The Wall4:06
6Girlfriend3:04
7She's Out Of My Life3:38
8I Can't Help It4:29
9It's The Falling In Love3:48
10Burn This Disco Out3:48

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This has definately got to be placed in the greatest albums of all time. This was Michael's first, true solo album and is just one of his greatest pieces of work. However, the reason that this album is special is quite simply...because it's just darn good!!
The album opens with the classic disco anthem "Don't stop til you get enough" and runs smoothly into "Rock with you" and the funky "Working Day and night." These three tunes combine with the title track "Off the wall" and "Get on the floor" to provide 5 simultaneous disco, foot-tapping classics.
The mood changes as the album goes on to the classic soul-smoothie song "She's out of my life," which has undoubtedly got to be the best slushy tune he's ever made, as it's not OTT. Not that any of MJ'S love songs are OTT!! But "She's out of my life" is his best slow tune to date!
Check out the album track "It's the falling in love" with it's catchy chorus and classic MJ harmonies.
Let's face it, both Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, who produced this album, are both musical geniuses! The combination of talent from Michael, Quincy and Rod Temperton helped to produce one of the best soul albums of all time!
Start your MJ collection by buying this album and listening to the remastered classic tracks and the extra-features! You can listen to this over and over again without ever getting bored. GO AND BUY IT!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funkiest Jackson Album Ever! 27 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If sometimes you yearn for some funk, you've come to the right place! Jackson's 'Off The Wall' was a milstone in his career, giving us a glimpse of what he was capable of as a solo artist. With fantastic arrangments by the legendery Quincy Jones, each number sends musical shivers up your spine as you listen to the fantastic musicians play and marvel at Jackson's impecable delivery. Buy it!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackson�s finest album revived. 11 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This remastered edition of Michael Jackson's critically acclaimed album relights the sparkle of the late seventies disco era in a tantalizing ride that encompasses soul, funk, pop and dance. It has since become a milestone in black music and is among the best albums ever recorded in the history of music, thanks in part to the excellent Quincy Jones production, which invigorates each of the songs through its fresh sound. One of Off The Wall's greatest appeals is that each track is individual and unique, hence creating an ever-changing soundscape from the first song to the last. In fact, the songs are so accomplished, so incredibly self-contained, that each one is of first-rate standard.
The album begins with the high-spirited, plain excellent Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, a bubbling adventure in dance, before delving into the wonderful vertigo of Rock With You. Off The Wall's other highlights, namely the title track, the genuinely emotive, yet not mawkish, She's Out Of My Life, and the addictive harmonic sweetness of Stevie Wonder's I Can't Help It, continue to delight and intrigue the senses and establish the album's superlative status. Jackson's vocal talents, in addition to the development of his new sound, provide the backbone for musical pleasures that were on the horizon, in the form of the splendid, if slightly overbearing, Thriller and the rousing Bad, two other must-haves in Epic's wise reissues of this great artist's catalogue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best, most Complete Album 30 Dec 2006
By Derrick Johnson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This 1979 release, IMO is his best solo release, and sounds timeless. Forget the hype surrounding the man; this is Michael at his best. Subsequent releases (particularly Thriller) would go on to cement his name in musical history (and IMO cause him to try and chase the record sales on future releases) I wish Mike would go back to this winning formula. Take one excellent producer (Quincy Jones) a backing group of top rate musicians (Paulino Da Costa, for example on Percussion) and live instruments, with great songs (by Michael himself, Stevie Wonder, Rod Templeton) This is one CD that you can let play without skipping tracks. From the great 'don't Stop (`til you get enough) listen to the great percussion that under pines this track, to rock with you, Working day and Night, and the title track, just flow. One of the essential albums of the 70's, 80's.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The God Of Music Has Returned! 18 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This cd , one of Jackson's best cd's has made a come back onto our shelves in a new edition, releasing his old cd's as he has come back in the lime light. This and his other cd's are a need for jackson fans, buy it quick! . The new edition booklets and remasterd digital sound give it that extra quality!
Good on ya Jacko!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning, timeless album. A must-buy. 30 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Have to agree with the previous reviewer - this rivals the magnificent Thriller, and in places, surpasses it. The introduction, MJ's spoken voiceover, to Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, (The force... it's got a lot of power..")is spine tingling. No music lover should be without this album; it provided a template for decades of (others') music to come, in my opinion. The various croonings, the backing vocals and Michael's "Oohs" are sexy too! The music presents the perfect balance of light, funky and seductive.

The contribution by British songwriter Rod Temperton must not be overlooked either. The sultrily sung 'Rock With You', the joyous 'Off the Wall' and the quirky 'Burn This Disco Out', were all penned by this man who went on to write the track 'Thriller'. Neither must the fanatstic percussive elements that are the hallmark of this album.

The Paul Mcartney penned 'Girlfriend' really suits Jackson's voice and youth at this time while She's Out of My Life has become his very own 'My Way. 'I Can't Help It', written by Stevie Wonder, is a delicate jazzy number that showcases Jackson's voice superbly. This album won only one Grammy at the time (for best r n b vocal, I think) but its worth has stood the test of time and become a favourite with music critics.

I can't recommend this album strongly enough. I'm passionate about it!
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Published 11 days ago by H M Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
album, it's fantastic!
Michael Jackson really captured the groove of the 1970's with 'Off The Wall'. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Off the wall...
Perhaps not quite as good as Thriller, with all it's well known tracks, however, don't overlook this album, this is brilliant! Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. CAMP
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl at its best
I compared this remastered vinyl to a mint copy of the original LP. The original sounds nice and I am quite happy with it. But this remaster blows it away. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mirandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Jackson - Off The Wall -Mindblowingly feel good album!
This album is brilliant in all respects and expertly mixed and mastered. Tracks 1-10 include some of my all time favourites songs and I always feel good when I listen to them! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ronnie
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic.
This item came within the specified time frame and in great condition.
If you love Michael Jackson then I would encourage you to purchase this album from a great artist.
Published 2 months ago by Jit
4.0 out of 5 stars Off The Wall
Great songs, great singer. Some excellent covers of other writer's compositions. This is a great addition to anyone's Michael Jackson catalogue.
Published 3 months ago by RingoT
4.0 out of 5 stars 1979 Disco Classic
After a messy divorce from the Motown stable, Michael Jackson finally broke away to Epic records and released this superb 1979 collection. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Prog Rob
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