The Ultimate Collection

The Ultimate Collection

by Michael JacksonMichael Jackson

CD(Bonus DVD / Special Packaging)

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Michael Jackson was hailed as the King of Pop long before he became infamous for his peculiar, headline-grabbing antics. Fortunately, this five-disc retrospective box set -- spanning 1969 to 2004 -- returns the spotlight to Jackson's triumphs as an artist. Disc 1 chronicles the Gloved One's not-so-humble beginnings as the young-yet-dynamic lead singer for the Jackson 5 with a string of four No. 1 pop and R&B singles ("I Want You Back," "ABC," "I'll Be There," and "Got to Be There"), which appear alongside disco-era Jackson 5 hits ("Dancing Machine," "Enjoy Yourself"). Disc 1 also includes MJ songs from the films The Wiz and Ben, as well as career-defining solo numbers from Off the Wall ("Rock with You," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"). With the inclusion of six hit singles from Thriller -- still the bestselling record of all time -- Disc 2 captures the pop icon at the height of his career. Disc 3 features seminal tracks from Bad ("Smooth Criminal") and Dangerous ("Remember the Time"), while Disc 4 features selections from 1995's HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1 and 2001's modest comeback, Invincible. Besides more hits, what further distinguishes The Ultimate Collection from the aforementioned two-disc HIStory is the addition of 13 rare and previously unissued recordings, including demo versions of "PYT" and "We Are the World," and a DVD containing a full-length concert shot in Bucharest during 1992's Dangerous tour. The deluxe box set also contains a 64-page booklet with never-before-seen photos, personal memorabilia, a chronological timeline, complete discography, and an essay by acclaimed music journalist Nelson George -- making this truly an Ultimate Collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969260029
catalogNumber: 92600
Rank: 23749

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Jackson   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Percussion,Strings,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping,Soloist,Clapping Sticks
Siedah Garrett   Vocals
James Ingram   Background Vocals
Mick Jagger   Vocals
Paul McCartney   Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Billy Preston   Organ
Diana Ross   Vocals
Steve Stevens   Guitar,Soloist
Larry Carlton   Guitar
George Duke   Synthesizer
Bruce Dukov   Strings
Toya Jackson   screams
Bryan Loren   Drums
Jim Keltner   Drum Loop
Michael Sembello   Guitar
Vincent Price   Rap
Sekou Bunch   Bass
Notorious B.I.G.   Rap
Airiq Anest   Percussion
Robert Becker   Strings
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Bill Bottrell   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Ollie E. Brown   Drums
Brad Buxer   Synthesizer,Strings,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Oscar Castro-Neves   Guitar
Lenny Castro   Conga,Drum Loop
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Joel Derouin   Strings
Frank DiLeo   Breathing
Berj Garabedian   Strings
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Endre Granat   Strings
Rayford Griffin   Percussion,Drums
Linda Harmon   Soprano (Vocal)
Richard Heath   Percussion
Marlo Henderson   Guitar
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Randy Jackson   Percussion
Tito Jackson   Guitar
Mortonette Jenkins   Background Vocals
Augie Johnson   Background Vocals
Louis Johnson   Bass
L.T.B.   Rap
Becky Lopez   Background Vocals
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Paulette McWilliams   Background Vocals
David Paich   Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Wurlitzer
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Karie Prescott   Strings
Teddy Riley   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
Seawind Horns   Horn
Slash   Guitar
Eve Sprecher   Strings
Stephanie Spruill   Background Vocals
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Zedric Williams   Background Vocals
Ken Yerke   Strings
Brandy   Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama   Strings
Walter Afanasieff   Keyboards
Jackson 5   Percussion,Background Vocals
Randy Jackson   Percussion
Jai Winding   Keyboards
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet
Nathan Watts   Bass
Chris Tucker   Spoken Word
David E. Williams   Guitar
Heavy D   Rap
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Drums
Marsha Ambrosius   Background Vocals
Matt Cappy   Horn
Robin Thicke   Background Vocals
Bobby Ray Watson   Bass
Norman Jeffrey Bradshaw   Horn
Ed Green   Drums
Gerald Hayword   Drums
Benny Hull   Background Vocals
Niel Jason   Bass
Gayle Kevvant   Harp
Jonathan Moxie   Synthesizer
Mona Newman   Strings
Tom Langford Scoble   Guitar
Michele Richards   Strings
John Barnes   Keyboards
Matthew Funes   Strings
Ralph Morrison   Strings
David Wolinski   Electric Piano

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer,Audio Production
Siedah Garrett   Composer,Duet
James Ingram   Arranger,Composer
Michael Jackson   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,drum programming,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements,Audio Production,Harp Arrangement,Instrumentation,Percussion Arrangement,Introduction,Duet
Lionel Richie   Composer
Betty Wright   Choir Arrangement
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements,Audio Production
Jeremy Lubbock   String Arrangements,String Conductor
René Moore   Arranger,Composer
David Foster   Producer,Synthesizer Arrangements,Audio Production
Bruce Dukov   String Contractor
Randy Hansen   Composer
Brothers in Rhythm   Remixing
R. Kelly   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Andraé Crouch   Vocal Arrangements
Airiq Anest   Percussion Programming
Tom Bahler   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Glen Ballard   Composer,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Bernard Belle   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Michael Boddicker   Programming
Bill Bottrell   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Bobby Brooks   Engineer
Rick Butz   Engineer
Brad Buxer   Programming,Engineer,String Arrangements,drum programming,keyboard arrangements,Harp Arrangement
James Anthony Carmichael   Arranger
David Daoud Coleman   Art Direction,Packaging
Bobby Colomby   Executive Producer
Christopher Currell   rhythm arrangement
Hal Davis   Composer,Producer
Eddie DeLena   Engineer
Matt Forger   Engineer
Kenny Gamble   Composer,Producer
Kevin Gilbert   Engineer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
David Gleeson   Engineer
Berry Gordy   Composer,Executive Producer
Peter Granet   Engineer
Mick Guzauski   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements,String Conductor
Jean-Marie Horvat   Engineer
Leon Huff   Composer,Producer
Willie Hutch   Composer
Randy Jackson   Composer
Craig Johnson   Engineer
Julie Last   Engineer
David M.   Composer
Johnny Mandel   String Arrangements
Marty Paich   Orchestral Arrangements
George Mayers   Engineer
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
David Paich   rhythm arrangement,keyboard arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements
Dean Parks   Composer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Tom Perry   Engineer
Greg Phillinganes   Composer,Producer,rhythm arrangement
Steve Porcaro   Composer
Micha Prince   Engineer
Deke Richards   Composer
Teddy Riley   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Walter Scharf   Composer
Dave Seaman   Remixing
Keith Seppanen   Engineer
Slash   Introduction
Robert Smith   Composer
Barton Stevens   Engineer
Bruce Swedien   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Joe Tarsia   Engineer
Rod Temperton   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Tom Tom 84   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Elliot Willensky   Composer
Arthur Wright   Arranger
Nelson George   Liner Notes
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Kevin Newman   Cover Illustration
Rail Jon Rogut   Engineer
Leon Ware   Composer
Charlie Smalls   Composer
Suzie Katayama   String Conductor
Gene Corso   Sound Effects
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Jackson 5   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Nancy Donald   Art Direction,Packaging
Donald Black   Composer
Brent Averill   Engineer
Bruce Wildstein   Engineer
Dexter Simmons   Engineer
John Chamberlin   Engineer
Paul J. Falcone   Engineer
Stuart Brawley   Engineer
Brad Sundberg   Engineer
Nick Thomas   Engineer
Chris Tucker   Introduction
Andre Harris   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Pro-Jay   Engineer
Arthur Ross   Composer
Nora Payne   Composer
LaShawn Daniels   Composer
Don Fletcher   Composer
Dave Way   Engineer
Bobby Martin   Arranger
Corporation   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Chris Ribando   Engineer
Buz Kohan   Composer
Elizabeth Taylor   Author
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins   Composer
Ben Wright   String Arrangements
Marsha Ambrosius   Composer
Robin Thicke   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Terry Doty   Contracting
Oscar Contreras   Engineer
Mike Atkinson   Executive Producer
Nick Hon   Engineer
Mike Riccio   Engineer
Reddy Riley   Engineer
Joey Wilcots   Assistant Photographer
Bob West   Arranger,Composer
Matt Carpenter   Digital Programming
John Barnes   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,drum programming,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
George Del Barrio   String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Steve Anderson   Remixing

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