Off the Wall [CD/DVD]

Off the Wall [CD/DVD]

by Michael JacksonMichael Jackson

CD(Bonus DVD)

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Michael Jackson had recorded solo prior to the release of Off the Wall in 1979, but this was his breakthrough, the album that established him as an artist of astonishing talent and a bright star in his own right. This was a visionary album, a record that found a way to break disco wide open into a new world where the beat was undeniable, but not the primary focus -- it was part of a colorful tapestry of lush ballads and strings, smooth soul and pop, soft rock, and alluring funk. Its roots hearken back to the Jacksons' huge mid-'70s hit "Dancing Machine," but this is an enormously fresh record, one that remains vibrant and giddily exciting years after its release. This is certainly due to Jackson's emergence as a blindingly gifted vocalist, equally skilled with overwrought ballads as "She's Out of My Life" as driving dancefloor shakers as "Working Day and Night" and "Get on the Floor," where his asides are as gripping as his delivery on the verses. It's also due to the brilliant songwriting, an intoxicating blend of strong melodies, rhythmic hooks, and indelible construction. Most of all, its success is due to the sound constructed by Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, a dazzling array of disco beats, funk guitars, clean mainstream pop, and unashamed (and therefore affecting) schmaltz that is utterly thrilling in its utter joy. This is highly professional, highly crafted music, and its details are evident, but the overall effect is nothing but pure pleasure. Jackson and Jones expanded this approach on the blockbuster Thriller, often with equally stunning results, but they never bettered it. [Off the Wall was re-released in a CD/DVD set in 2016, adding a documentary, Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, directed by Spike Lee.]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2016
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888751244726
catalogNumber: 512447
Rank: 8630


Disc 1

  1. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
  2. Rock With You
  3. Working Day and Night
  4. Get on the Floor
  5. Off the Wall
  6. Girlfriend
  7. She's out of My Life
  8. I Can't Help It
  9. It's the Falling in Love
  10. Burn This Disco Out

Disc 2

  1. [The Jackson Five]
  2. [The J5 Transforms into the Jacksons]
  3. It Was Destiny
  4. Gotta Dance
  5. The Wiz
  6. [Michael Takes Charge as a Solo Artist]
  7. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
  8. Rock with You
  9. Working Day and Night
  10. Get on the Floor
  11. Off the Wall
  12. Girlfriend
  13. She's out of My Life
  14. I Can't Help It
  15. It's the Falling in Love
  16. Burn This Disco Out
  17. [Impact and Legacy of OTW]
  18. Credits
  19. [The Jackson Five]
  20. [The J5 Transforms into the Jacksons]
  21. It Was Destiny
  22. Gotta Dance
  23. The Wiz
  24. [Michael Takes Charge as a Solo Artist]
  25. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
  26. Rock with You
  27. Working Day and Night
  28. Get on the Floor
  29. Off the Wall
  30. Girlfriend
  31. She's out of My Life
  32. I Can't Help It
  33. It's the Falling in Love
  34. Burn This Disco Out
  35. [Impact and Legacy of OTW
  36. Credits

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Jackson   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Lead
Patti Austin   Background Vocals,Lead
Larry Carlton   Guitar
George Duke   Synthesizer
Phil Upchurch   Guitar
David Foster   Synthesizer
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Richard Heath   Percussion
Marlo Henderson   Guitar
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kim Hutchcroft   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Randy Jackson   Percussion
Mortonette Jenkins   Background Vocals
Augie Johnson   Background Vocals
Louis Johnson   Bass
Paulette McWilliams   Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Electric Piano,Clavinet
John "J.R." Robinson   Percussion,Drums
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
Wah Wah Watson   Guitar
Zedric Williams   Background Vocals
David "Hawk" Wolinski   Electric Piano
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
David E. Williams   Guitar
Bobby Ray Watson   Bass
Larry Andrew Williams   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist

Technical Credits

Michael Jackson   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Percussion Arrangement
Paul McCartney   Composer
Quincy Jones   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
David Foster   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Tom Bahler   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Louis Johnson   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Johnny Mandel   String Arrangements
Greg Phillinganes   rhythm arrangement
Bruce Swedien   Engineer
Rod Temperton   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Stevie Wonder   Composer,rhythm arrangement
John McClain   Producer
Allen Zentz   Engineer
Susaye Greene   Composer
Mike Salisbury   Cover Design
Spike Lee   Producer,Direction
Ben Wright   String Arrangements
Nate Giorgio   Cover Illustration
John Branca   Producer
Steve Harvey   Cover Photo

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