• Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
    (Epic Records  1979  FE35745  US Press)

    Gatefold Sleeve in Excellent+ condition
    - some wear to edges

    Vinyl in Nr MINT condition
     

    Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman. Often referred to as the King of Pop, or by his initials MJ, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contribution to music, dance, and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971.

    In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller", were credited with breaking down racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped to bring the then relatively new television channel MTV to fame. With videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" he continued to be highly visible on MTV in the 1990s, and also began to forge a reputation as a touring artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop, post-disco, contemporary R&B, pop and rock artists.

    Jackson's 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. His other records, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world's best-selling. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He was also inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame as the first and only dancer from pop and rock music. Some of his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records; 13 Grammy Awards as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; 26 American Music Awards, more than any other artist, including the "Artist of the Century" and "Artist of the 1980s"; 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career, more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era; and the estimated sale of over 750 million records worldwide. Jackson won hundreds of awards, which made him the most-awarded recording artist in the history of popular music. He was also one of the world's most prominent humanitarians and philanthropists; personally, and through his Heal the World Foundation, he donated more than $300 million in charity, holds the Guinness World Record for having supported the most charities out of any pop star, and echoed these themes throughout some of his notable songs.[4][5]

    Aspects of Jackson's personal life, including his changing appearance, personal relationships, and behavior, generated controversy. In 1993, he was accused of child sexual abuse, but the case was settled out of court and no formal charges were brought. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further child sexual abuse allegations and several other charges after the jury found him not guilty on all counts. While preparing for his concert series titled This Is It, Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25, 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled his death a homicide, and his personal physician was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Jackson's death triggered a global outpouring of grief, and as many as one billion people around the world reportedly watched his public memorial service on live television. In March 2010, Sony Music Entertainment signed the largest music contract to date with Jackson's estate, a $250 million deal to retain distribution rights to his recordings until 2017, and to release seven posthumous albums over the decade following his death.

    Off the Wall is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Michael Jackson. It was released on August 10, 1979 by Epic Records following Jackson's critically well-received film performance in The Wiz. While working on that project, Jackson and Quincy Jones had become friends, and Jones agreed to work with Jackson on his next studio album. Recording sessions took place between December 1978 and June 1979 at Allen Zentz Recording, Westlake Recording Studios, and Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, California. Jackson collaborated with a number of other writers and performers such as Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Rod Temperton. Five singles were released from the album. Three of the singles had music videos released. Jackson wrote three of the songs himself, including the number-one Grammy-winning single, "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough". It was his first solo release under Epic Records, the label he would record on until his death roughly 30 years later.

    The record was a departure from Jackson's previous work for Motown. Several critics observed that Off the Wall was crafted from funk, disco, soft rock, jazz and pop ballads. Jackson received positive reviews for his vocal performance on the record. The record gained critical acclaim and recognition and won the singer his first Grammy Award. With Off the Wall, Jackson became the first solo artist to have four singles from the same album peak inside the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The album was an enormous commercial success; as of 2014 it is certified eight times platinum in the United States and has reportedly sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.

    On October 16, 2001, a special edition reissue of Off the Wall was released by Sony Records. Recent reviews by AllMusic and Blender have continued to praise Off the Wall for its appeal in the 21st century. In 2003, the album was ranked number 68 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The National Association of Recording Merchandisers listed it at number 80 of the Definitive 200 Albums of All Time. In 2008, Off the Wall was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

    Track listing

    No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length  
    1. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"   Michael Jackson
    • Quincy Jones
    • Jackson (co.)
    6:04
    2. "Rock with You"   Rod Temperton Jones 3:40
    3. "Workin' Day and Night"   Jackson
    • Jones
    • Jackson (co.)
    5:14
    4. "Get on the Floor"  
    • Jackson
    • Louis Johnson
    • Jones
    • Jackson (co.)
    4:39
    5. "Off the Wall"   Temperton Jones 4:05
    6. "Girlfriend"   Paul McCartney Jones 3:05
    7. "She's Out of My Life"   Tom Bahler Jones 3:37
    8. "I Can't Help It"  
    • Stevie Wonder
    • Susaye Greene
    Jones 4:29
    9. "It's the Falling in Love"  
    • Carole Bayer Sager
    • David Foster
    Jones 3:48
    10. "Burn This Disco Out"   Temperton Jones 3:41

    Personnel

    • Michael Jackson – lead and backing vocals, co-producer, percussion
    • Randy Jackson – percussion
    • Michael Boddicker – keyboards, synthesizers, programming
    • Larry Carlton – electric guitar
    • George Duke – keyboards, synthesizers, programming
    • David Foster – keyboards, synthesizers, programming
    • Gary Grant – trumpet, flügelhorn
    • Marlo Henderson – guitar
    • Jerry Hey – trumpet, flügelhorn
    • Kim Hutchcroft – saxophone, flute, trumpet, flügelhorn
    • Louis Johnson – bass guitar
    • Quincy Jones – producer
    • Greg Phillinganes – keyboards, synthesizers, programming
    • Steve Porcaro – keyboards, synthesizers, programming
    • William Reichenbach – trombone
    • John "JR" Robinson – drums
    • Bruce Swedien – recording engineer
    • Phil Upchurch – guitar
    • Bobby Watson – bass guitar
    • Wah Wah Watson – guitar
    • David Williams – guitar
    • Larry Williams – saxophone, flute
    • Richard Heath – percussion
    • Paulinho da Costa – percussion
    • David Williams – guitar
    • David "Hawk" Wolinski – electric piano
    • Patti Austin – vocals
    • Jim Gilstrap – vocals
    • Augie Johnson – vocals
    • Mortonette Jenkins – vocals
    • Paulette Mc Williams – vocals
    • Zedrick Williams – vocals
    • Horn and string arrangements by Jerry Hey and performed by The Seawind Horns, Ben Wright, Johnny Mandel.

     

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    MICHAEL JACKSON - OFF THE WALL LP - Nr MINT US DISCO DANCE SOUL

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