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The Essential Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

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Although the essence of Michael Jackson’s towering legacy is not easily captured in a single compilation, this 2005 retrospective of career-spanning singles lives up to its name. Through its careful selection, it tells the story of how the preteen star of the Jackson 5 transformed himself into a dazzling multimedia icon by his early 20s. After offering a few of Michael’s initial hits with his brothers (“I Want You Back” and “ABC”) and nascent singles as a solo artist, the compilation gains altitude with self-assured pop hits like “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Off the Wall.” The tracks taken from Thriller and Bad—especially “Billie Jean” and “Man in the Mirror”—capture Jackson at his popular apex, swerving effortlessly from honeyed balladry to sweat-drenched dance tracks. Such early ‘90s tunes as the New Jack Swing-ing “In the Closet” and the inspirational “Heal the World” find his talent transcending the scrutiny of his superstardom. Spinning to a close with "You Rock My World," from his tenth and final studio album, Invincible, this well-selected anthology is a concise single-volume primer on Jackson’s singular career.

Customer Reviews

Best way to get all jackson's hits!!!!

If you're looking for a way to get all of michael jackson's classics, this is the album for you! And it's a fantastic price for all the songs that you get. When trying to purchase his top rated songs, its very frustrating, because many of the songs are not available for download in the USA. I was about ready to give up on adding him to my ipod when I found this. So I was thrilled when I came across this album! After listening to all the songs on this album, these are the classic versions of the songs, not fake or imitation versions.


everyone loves him. no matter what they say. everyone knows his songs and sings them in the shower

Michael, gone too soon... but your legend lives on...

...even though for many years now, you've been derided and neglected. It's so sad that it takes your death for people to start remembering the greatness of your music. Nevertheless, dedicated fans (myself included!) will continue to believe in you and your art. Thank you for sharing your genius with us for so many years, for being such a big part of our lives - we believe you've now found the long-deserved peace you've been fighting for. We miss you greatly. This compilation is a comprehensive collection of Michael's work over the years, and shows off how he shattered barriers of all kinds through his music and the belief he held for it, and for the world. For those who are not really familiar with Michael's songs (i.e., those who don't own many of his albums), this is a great place to start. For those looking out for lesser known songs, another great album to own is "Michael Jackson - The Ultimate Collection". Let's keep his music alive and help people to know and remember why he will always be the incomparable and unsurpassable King of Pop!


Born: August 29, 1958 in Gary, IN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Michael Jackson was unquestionably the biggest pop star of the late 20th century, and certainly one of the most popular recording artists of all time. In his prime, Jackson was an unstoppable juggernaut, possessed of all the tools to dominate the charts seemingly at will: an instantly identifiable voice, eye-popping dance moves, stunning musical versatility, and loads of sheer star power. His 1982 blockbuster Thriller became the biggest-selling album of all time (probably his best-known accomplishment),...
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The Essential Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Dance, Pop/Rock, R&B/Soul
  • Released: Jul 05, 2005

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