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The Essential Michael Jackson

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  • Audio CD (18 July 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000A3IF8G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Want You Back
2. ABC - The Jackson 5
3. The Love You Save – The Jackson 5
4. Got To Be There
5. Rockin’ Robin
6. Ben
7. Blame It On The Boogie - The Jacksons
8. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)
9. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
10. Off The Wall
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Bad
2. The Way You Make Me Feel
3. Man In The Mirror
4. Dirty Diana
5. Another Part Of Me
6. Smooth Criminal
7. Leave Me Alone
8. Black Or White
9. Remember The Time
10. In The Closet (Duet By Michael Jackson And Mystery Girl)
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For the first time EVER, take a special journey through the career and musical genius of Michael Jackson from his early recordings with the Jackson 5 to his latest musical works.

BBC Review

It's the year's most inevitable release. Sony have begun the uphill struggle of resuscitating Michael Jackson's post-trial career with a compilation that finally gives people what they want - a proper career overview of Bubble's best friend.

Previous Best Ofs left out his earlier work with his siblings, but disc one of Essential kicks off with the Jackson Five's unbeatable "I Want You Back" and thereafter barely falters. All the hits are here.

It's only with disc two that the cracks begin to show with saccharine clunkers like "Earth Song" and "Heal The World". Still, only a tone deaf chimp could dislike 80 percent of what's on offer here. The revival has started... --Chris Jones

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124 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Sonic on 6 Aug 2005
Format: Audio CD
Why there had to be another Michael Jackson Best of-album with a similar tracklist as "History", "Greatest Hits", "Number Ones" and "The Ultimate Collection" remains an open question. But in contrast to the Box Set this album is a lot less expensive. So if you like "The Jackson 5", "The Jacksons" and Michael as a solo artist this is the ideal collection of songs.
The first CD starts off peppy with "I want you back", "ABC" and "The love you save" which are without a doubt the three best songs of the "Jackson 5" and will surely put you in a good mood.
"Got to be there" and "Ben" are two timeless ballads which show young Michael's enormous volume. After that the album is taken to another level by a row of sensational dancefloor tracks like "Shake Your Body" and Michael's first ultimate worldwide hit "Don't stop 'til you get enough", which will truly get every party going. Nevertheless the album even manages to beat this with the never-to-be-beaten baseline of "Billie Jean" and the immensely powerful "Beat It".
The second CD presents seven hits from "Bad" including the fantastic "Man in the Mirror" and the catchy "Smooth Criminal".
This is followed by Michael's biggest hit of the 90s "Black or White" and further great songs from the "Dangerous"-album. Among them classics like the tremendously groovy "Who is it" and the bombast-ballade "Will you be there".
Fortunately the album also includes the two undoubtedly best songs from the "History"-album. The irresistible, furious finale of "Earth Song" is probably the most emotional and most rousing piece of music ever put on CD. Not without reason did the song remain on top of the charts for 7 weeks. The original percussive and guitar-driven "They don't care about us" is no less fabulous.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Bald Heid VINE VOICE on 8 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
From the stirring opening of I Want You Back this collection will hook you, this is the only collection of Michael Jackson's entire career and demonstrates with great clarity why he was the self styled "King of Pop" before the media circus and the Prince of Perversion.

The urgency of the opening three Jackson 5 songs is astonishing, and the delivery and phrasing of an eight year old boy prodigious. I'm not so keen on the treble of ballads that pass the time until the disco fuelled Jacksons hits, which are again peerless pop. The solo career from Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough right through to Smooth Criminal are more polished peerless pop from when he ruled the world.

The collection does drop from this rarified air but even the later songs are better than you might remember.

The only genuine full career retrospective of a formerly great artist. Magical you will know every song and nearly every word.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bubba on 21 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
Michael Jackson was, and still is, one of the most talked about personalities in the history of popular culture. From the moment he burst onto the scene with the Jackson 5, to his tragic death, he always had the ability to remain in the spotlight.

Whatever personal opinions of Michael Jackson are, one thing is hard to dispute; the man made some incredible music. If The Beatles pioneered popular music, Jackson reinvented it, and did so with a style and suave that many have imitated, but none have even come close to matching.

This double CD is an appreciation of his work, with his most famous and well received tracks included. I figured I'd give a quick summary of each song complete with a rating (hey I review wrestling shows, it's in my nature)

CD 1

1. I Want You Back - The first big breakout song for Michael, and one of the Jackson 5's best. ****

2. ABC - Perhaps the Jackson 5's most iconic song. Simplistic but lots of fun. ***1/2

3. The Love You Save - A pretty underrated track. Not as good as the previous two, but still good. ***

4. Got To Be There - A nice little song, but not one of my favourites, and not particularly memorable. **1/2

5. Rockin Robin - Another classic that's been covered many times. The Jackson cover is probably my favourite though. ***1/2

6. Ben - One of young MJ's most acclaimed songs, but personally I've never thought it was that great. **3/4

7. Blame it on the Boogie - Probably THE Jackson 5 song, a great song with a great tempo. ****

8. Shake Your Body - Another underrated gem. ***3/4

9. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - The signature track from Off The Wall, and one of Jackson's most iconic songs. ****

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By G. Basford on 27 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
Released in 2005, this is most certainly the collection that covers Michaels entire career. Starting with the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" on Disc 1, moving through his early solo career with the beautiful "Ben" and the quirky "Rockin Robin" we then move onto his teenage years with the Jacksons "Shake Your Body" and "Blame It On The Boogie". We are then brought on his solo career again with the 4 mega-hits from his Off The Wall album. Back to the Jacksons again for the big hit "Can You Feel It". No less than 6 tracks from the biggest selling album of all time "Thriller" come next, before we finish off Disc 1 with the lovely "I Just Cant Stop Loving You" and of course "Thriller" itself. Disc 2 kicks in with "Bad" and we have another 7 tracks from the album too, including the wonderful "Dirty Diana" and "The Way You Make Me Feel", before we move onto 6 tracks from the "Dangerous" album including my favourites, the guitar driven "Black Or White", the gorgeous ballad "Heal The World" and the beautiful "Will You Be There". To finish off this outstanding collection we have the ballad "You Are Not Alone", "Earth Song", the drum driven anthem "They Don't Care About Us" and to finish with, from his final album "Invincible" we have "You Rock My World". You cannot get more comprehensive than this collection, so if you are looking for an album that covers Michaels entire career (and not just the obvvious tracks) then you cannot go wrong with this. The only question I ask is why "One Day In Your Life" was missed off. A small gripe though and a track you can find elsewhere. Remember Michael with this wonderful album!
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