Off the Wall

Off the Wall

4.8 48
by Michael Jackson

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In 1979, Michael Jackson embarked on the next phase of his solo career and entered the studio with veteran jazz and pop producer Quincy Jones. Containing four Top Ten singles, Off the Wall became the most successful project of Jackson's career to that point. The album scored Jackson a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance, though it merely hinted at the


In 1979, Michael Jackson embarked on the next phase of his solo career and entered the studio with veteran jazz and pop producer Quincy Jones. Containing four Top Ten singles, Off the Wall became the most successful project of Jackson's career to that point. The album scored Jackson a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance, though it merely hinted at the superstardom that would follow with the release of his next solo project, Thriller. This reissue contains bonus material, including original demo recordings of "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Workin' Day and Night." Plus, interviews with Jones and songwriter Rod Temperton.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.

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Performance Credits

Michael Jackson   Primary Artist
Patti Austin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar
George Duke   Synthesizer
Phil Upchurch   Guitar
David Foster   Synthesizer
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Jim Gillstrap   Background Vocals
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Richard Heath   Percussion
Marlo Henderson   Guitar
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kim Hutchcroft   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
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
David Williams   Guitar
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Percussion,Drums
Bobby Ray Watson   Bass
Larry Andrew Williams   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist

Technical Credits

Michael Jackson   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Quincy Jones   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
David Foster   rhythm arrangement
Julie Miller   Composer
Tom Bahler   Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
David Daoud Coleman   Art Direction
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Louis Johnson   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Johnny Mandel   String Arrangements
Greg Phillinganes   rhythm arrangement
Bruce Swedien   Engineer,Executive Producer
Rod Temperton   Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Stevie Wonder   rhythm arrangement
Andy Engel   Slipcover Concept
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Mike Salisbury   Cover Design
Ben Wright   String Arrangements
Joe Jackson   Management

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Off the Wall [Bonus Tracks] 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
definely micheal's best album, every music lover must have this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was released twenty eight years ago. and when you play it today it does not sound dated. Every song on it is timeless and "Off The Wall" the title track just has that great groove you can listen to over and over again. The special edition of this cd gives you a taste of what a musical genius Michael is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good album to add to anyones MJ collection. I usually don't like disco that much, but these songs have a really good dance beat!! But the reason that I gave it 4 stars is because on some tracks such as I Can't Help It,well, I think MJ could do better. But otherwise, it is AWESOME!!!
Anonymous 14 days ago
Incredible (of course)! Please change the image of the album to the correct album art. It may prevent people from purchasing this album because people may think the wrong item will arrive.
Kayla81 More than 1 year ago
I love michael jackson
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is just fantastic.Each of the songs make you wanna listen to them over and over again.The beat is really lively.They keep ringin' in my ears.I think it's a legendary album cause this was the time Michael started to build up his talents as a genius and you'll know that by listening to the songs.
CDA-Peekskill More than 1 year ago
I love the music, melodies and meaning behind each song. Often we just listen to the beat, take time to feel the message. Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
michael is the best. this is just a tiny pease of his GREAT work.Thanks Michael!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
in my opinion, pop music started with this classic. michael put in a mixture of music, including pop, rock, and disco. in my opinion, this album set the standard for all the really successful black artists to follow after it.
mktgyr More than 1 year ago
This is the CD that turned the corner for Michael Jackson, solidifying him as a solo artist. The tracks are awesome. If you don't own "Off The Wall" what are you waiting for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to buy this after hearing Off The Wall on the radio one day. Great song. There I was going down the interstate and I could not stop moving/"dancing" in my seat. Awesome song. There are other great songs. One of Michael's best albums.
michjandCA More than 1 year ago
I have always liked this record, but after the recent death of Michael I have a newfound appreciation of its greatness. It is, in fact, not only one of the greatest Disco albums of all is one of the greatest recordings ever. With the help of Quincy Jones, Michael charted his own course for Mega Superstardom with this album. The amazing production values and Michael's young voice crowding maturity make this album unforgetable and groundbreaking.
CB-Musician More than 1 year ago
Love this CD!
BarbieBB More than 1 year ago
I hadn't listened to these songs since I was a teen. This is a true testament to what an artist and a performer is supposed to be. These songs sound just as good as what I remembered and they make to feel JOY!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful cd.I would highly recommend it to anyone.I was absolutely delighted about the music and the overall apppearnce of the cd cover.Thank you Michael for all the great year's of music.You truely will be missed.God bless you. Your fan in Pewaukee, SAndy
GraceNelia More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
When the U.S. Postal Service's ''Celebrate the Century Express'' train stopped in my hometown during September 2000, the songs coming from the outdoor speakers were those from this album, including ''Girlfriend'' and ''It's the Falling in Love''. This was fitting, because ''Off the Wall'' is one of the finest pop albums of the 20th century. Produced by Quincy Jones, who also produced George Benson's magnificent 1980 album ''Give Me the Night'', the album is enjoyable from start to finish, with 10 solid songs that deserved their popularity among radio listeners and rollerskaters. In his autobiography ''Moonwalk'', Jackson described Jones as ''the best producer I could have asked for'' and explained how the two felt it was important to ''capture passion and strong feelings in a recorded performance.'' They succeeded in their quest. Michael's singing is brilliant. Bassist Louis Johnson plays as well as Chic's bassist Bernard Edwards. The rhythm section varies the beats at various parts of a song so that they don't end up being monotonous. And the guitar players are great, too. The songs ''Rock With You'' and ''Off the Wall'' have solid grooves that can be listened to repeatedly with great enjoyment. The vocalists and musicians on this album are masters of the R&B, disco, and pop genres.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's nothing to say that hasn't been said. It's such an inspiring piece of work. You just can't sit still.
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