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The Essential Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, J.D. Souther, Prima J Audio CD
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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 (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,635 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)
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

Compilation album from the late American singer-songwriter and musician and his childhood group, The Jackson 5. The album features some of the band and Jackson's best-loved hits, including 'Thriller', 'Bad', 'Man in the Mirror', 'Black Or White' and 'Heal the World', and many more.

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MICHAEL JACKSON The Essential (2005 UK 2-CD album set compiling 38 outstanding tracks including I Want You Back & ABC from the Jackson 5 to Billie Jean & Earth Song from Michaels solo career and including the classics Rockin Robin Dont Stop Til You Get Enough Beat It Thriller The Way You Make Me Feel Smooth Criminal & Black Or White)

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120 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really ultimate. 6 Aug 2005
By Sonic
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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Career Retrospective 8 Nov 2007
By Crazy Bald Heid VINE VOICE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A compilation fit for a King. 21 Jun 2011
By Bubba
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Most of the King of Pops best songs.
No, Jam, Blood on the Dance Floor,Scream or Butterflies,but it would be impossible to get all the greats on such a product.An absolutely indispensible starting point.
Published 7 days ago by Mr. Carl G. Brierley
5.0 out of 5 stars great value
I have had a few MJ collections and I would say this is the best. If like me you like the early stuff with his brothers then you have it here as well as all the really good later... Read more
Published 23 days ago by bart4books
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
Really good variety of hits on this collection - from early stuff to the later ones, an absolute must for any Michael Jackson fan.
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Underhill
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGIC MICHAEL
Over the years I collected many Michael songs .This album gives us the whole range of his great talent.Witch will be so sadly missed.He has left us a wonderful musical legacy.
Published 2 months ago by Margaret Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars How could it be anything other than 5?
Sure, he got a lot of bad press towards the end of his career,
and yeh I only bought this after he died,
but it's a must,
he had some epic material,
and you'll... Read more
Published 2 months ago by voice
5.0 out of 5 stars mj brill
just brillant all my favourites all together on one player and great value for what i am getting with prompt delivery
Published 2 months ago by handbag
4.0 out of 5 stars Still missing a few
Like all the MJ collections out there, this double-disc collection is missing some tracks. As this is an American release, non-US singles such as 'Give in to Me', 'Gone Too Soon',... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Can Ozdilek
5.0 out of 5 stars Talent Sent From GOD
Such a waste that he is no longer with us !!! But I suppose things happen for a reason, Great tracks and Do ya wanna be startin someting !
Published 4 months ago by david richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Watched a tribute show to Jackson on holiday. Had forgotten all the really good stuff he had done. This album captures a lot of it. Such talent.
Published 6 months ago by A. Glover
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money
26 tracks and I think I like virtually all of them. A really good album. I had forgotten how good he was.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Wallis
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