The Essential Michael Jackson

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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
There are several Michael Jackson greatest-hits compilations out there, each one its own take on what should be the definitive portrait of the gloved one's career. The Ultimate Collection, The Essential Collection (different from the one here), and Number Ones have all surfaced in 2003 and 2004, and HIStory a few years prior. Each one of these collections, while commendable in its attempt to thoroughly document Jackson's accomplishments, has fallen woefully short in one aspect or another. This has finally been rectified with this installment of Sony's outstanding Essential collection. Starting with his campaign with his brothers in the Jackson 5, this two-disc set tours ...
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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
There are several Michael Jackson greatest-hits compilations out there, each one its own take on what should be the definitive portrait of the gloved one's career. The Ultimate Collection, The Essential Collection (different from the one here), and Number Ones have all surfaced in 2003 and 2004, and HIStory a few years prior. Each one of these collections, while commendable in its attempt to thoroughly document Jackson's accomplishments, has fallen woefully short in one aspect or another. This has finally been rectified with this installment of Sony's outstanding Essential collection. Starting with his campaign with his brothers in the Jackson 5, this two-disc set tours through every important single and every important fan favorite short of including his duet with Paul McCartney on "Say Say Say" (the Beatle does, however, make an appearance here on "The Girl Is Mine"). From Off the Wall to Dangerous, it's all here in one concise package, making it the ideal reference point from which exploration into his deeper catalog can begin. While die-hard fans will already have every single song contained herein and may be weary to purchase another greatest-hits compilation short of a greatest-hits compilation including his backing vocals on Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me," this may be the only one fans and casual listeners will ever have to purchase to get their fill of the King of Pop's magic. [An 38-track international version was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • Label: Epic Europe
  • EAN: 5099752042227
  • Catalog Number: 520422

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Want You Back (2:58)
  2. 2 ABC (2:57)
  3. 3 The Love You Save (3:05)
  4. 4 Got to Be There (3:25)
  5. 5 Rockin' Robin (2:32)
  6. 6 Ben (2:46)
  7. 7 Blame It on the Boogie (3:30)
  8. 8 Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) (3:45)
  9. 9 Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (3:56)
  10. 10 Off the Wall (3:46)
  11. 11 Rock With You (3:23)
  12. 12 She's Out of My Life (3:37)
  13. 13 Can You Feel It (3:50)
  14. 14 The Girl Is Mine (3:41)
  15. 15 Billie Jean (4:52)
  16. 16 Beat It (4:18)
  17. 17 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (4:17)
  18. 18 Human Nature (3:45)
  19. 19 P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (3:58)
  20. 20 I Just Can't Stop Loving You (4:11)
  21. 21 Thriller (5:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bad (4:06)
  2. 2 The Way You Make Me Feel (4:26)
  3. 3 The Man in the Mirror (5:18)
  4. 4 Dirty Diana (4:40)
  5. 5 Another Part of Me (3:46)
  6. 6 Smooth Criminal (4:17)
  7. 7 Leave Me Alone (4:39)
  8. 8 Black or White (3:21)
  9. 9 Remember the Time (3:59)
  10. 10 In the Closet - Mystery Girl (4:48)
  11. 11 Who Is It (3:59)
  12. 12 Heal the World (6:24)
  13. 13 Will You Be There (3:40)
  14. 14 You Are Not Alone (4:55)
  15. 15 Earth Song (5:02)
  16. 16 They Don't Care About Us (4:44)
  17. 17 You Rock My World (5:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Jackson Primary Artist, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soprano (Vocal), Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping, Soloist
Siedah Garrett Vocals
James Ingram Background Vocals
Paul McCartney Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist
Trevor Rabin Guitar
Steve Stevens Guitar, Soloist
Larry Carlton Guitar
George Duke Synthesizer
Roland Bautista Guitar
Bryan Loren Percussion
Michael Sembello Guitar
Vincent Price Rap
Bunny Hull Background Vocals
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer, Keyboards
Brad Buxer Synthesizer, Keyboards
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Frank DiLeo Breathing
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Linda Harmon Soprano (Vocal)
Richard Heath Percussion
Marlo Henderson Guitar
Randy Jackson Percussion
Tito Jackson Guitar
Mortonette Jenkins Background Vocals
Augie Johnson Background Vocals
Louis Johnson Bass
Gary King Bass
L.T.B. Rap
Christa Larson Vocals
Rhett Lawrence Synthesizer
Becky Lopez Background Vocals
Paulette McWilliams Background Vocals
Johnny Mandel Conductor
Rick Marotta Percussion, Drums
Marty Paich Conductor
David Paich Synthesizer, Keyboards
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Steve Porcaro Synthesizer
Teddy Riley Synthesizer
Slash Guitar
Gerald Vinci Concert Master
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Zedric Williams Background Vocals
David "Hawk" Wolinski Electric Piano
Claudio Slon Conga
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Nathan Watts Bass
Ashley Ferrell Vocals
David E. Williams Guitar
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Andraé Crouch Choir Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Laudir DeOliveira Percussion, Conga, Drums
Bobby Ray Watson Bass
Ed Green Drums
Technical Credits
Sandra Crouch Choir Arrangement
The Winans Contributor
Siedah Garrett Composer, Duet
James Ingram Arranger, Composer
Michael Jackson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements, Instrumentation, Percussion Arrangement, Introduction, Duet
Quincy Jones Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Jeremy Lubbock String Conductor
David Foster Synthesizer Arrangements
Jackie Jackson Arranger, Composer
R. Kelly Producer
Andraé Crouch Vocal Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
John Bahler Choir Arrangement
Tom Bahler Composer
Glen Ballard Composer, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Bernard Belle Composer
John Bettis Composer
Don Black Composer
Bill Bottrell Composer, Producer
Brad Buxer keyboard arrangements
David Daoud Coleman Art Direction
Bobby Colomby Executive Producer
Christopher Currell rhythm arrangement
Hal Davis Producer
Frank DiLeo Contributor
Kenny Gamble Producer
Brad Gilderman Engineer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Peter Granet Engineer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements, String Conductor
Jean-Marie Horvat Engineer
Leon Huff Producer
Randy Jackson Composer
Mel Larson Producer
Steve Lukather Arranger
Johnny Mandel String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Jerry Marcellino Producer
Marty Paich Arranger, Composer
Alphonso Mizell Composer
Don Murray Engineer
David Paich Arranger, rhythm arrangement, keyboard arrangements, Synthesizer Arrangements
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Freddie Perren Composer
Greg Phillinganes rhythm arrangement
Steve Porcaro Arranger, Composer
Deke Richards Composer
Teddy Riley Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Walter Scharf Composer
Bruce Swedien Producer
Rod Temperton Composer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Jimmy Thomas Composer
Tom Tom 84 Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Elliot Willensky Composer
Nelson George Liner Notes
Rodney Jerkins Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Robert Kelly Composer
Dexter Simmons Engineer
Stuart Brawley Engineer, Digital Editing
Chris Tucker Introduction
Harvey Mason Jr. Digital Editing
Nora Payne Composer
LaShawn Daniels Composer
Bobby Martin Arranger
Douglas Kirkland Cover Photo
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins III Composer
Ben Wright String Arrangements
Susan Hargrove Packaging Manager
Mike Atkinson Executive Producer
Bill Colomby Executive Producer
Jeff Tarsia Engineer
John Barnes Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
George Del Barrio String Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    michael jackson is just a unique performer.

    the essential michael jackson has one side which I play over and over again. The songs are entertaining, soothing, unique and thought=provoking. He was a charismatic, one of a kind performer who was affected severely by his dysfunctional family, but managed to rise above it to a degree to become a performer loved by many fans in the world, despite his eccentricities. His premature death must be investigated thoroughly, and those responsible held to justice. It is very sad he could not complete some of his comeback concerts. his legend will live on, despite the tarnished image associated with child abuse accusations. One of his accusers recently committed suicide. Michael should not have continued to have children overnight. He helped them in many ways, but his help was tarnished by extortion and accusations. HIs artistry will live forever, and he will be remembered until we all get swallowed by the great Neverland. Highy recommend this album.

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    Rest In Greatness

    Your music will live on. I bought this CD and I can't get enough of it.

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