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Off The Wall (Picture Disc) by Michael Jackson

Off The Wall (Picture Disc)

by Michael Jackson

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Barcode: 0019075866411
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Off the Wall, the fifth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, was released on 10th August 1979 by Epic Records. Produced by Quincy Jones, it marked Jackson’s debut with Epic and showcased a blend of disco, pop, funk, R&B, soft rock, and Broadway ballads. The album featured contributions from renowned songwriters such as Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Rod Temperton, and Jackson himself.

Prior to Off the Wall, Jackson had released four solo albums with Motown as part of The Jackson 5 franchise. Seeking creative freedom and individualism, Jackson embarked on a new musical direction, deviating from The Jacksons’ sound. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart and number one on the Top Black Albums chart, staying at the top for 16 weeks. Off the Wall received critical acclaim and yielded five successful singles, including the chart-toppers “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” and “Rock with You.”

Hailed as a breakthrough for Jackson, Off the Wall marked a significant departure from his earlier work and is considered a landmark release of the disco era. It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and was certified 9× Platinum by the RIAA in the US. At the 1980 Grammy Awards, Jackson won Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male for “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” In 2008, Off the Wall was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

During production, Jackson collaborated closely with Quincy Jones, who produced the album. Songwriters like Rod Temperton contributed to the album’s diverse tracks. Recording sessions took place at various Los Angeles-based studios between December 1978 and June 1979, with Bruce Swedien handling audio mixing. The album cover, featuring Jackson in a tuxedo and trademark socks, was carefully curated to reflect the project’s artistic vision.

Off the Wall showcased Jackson’s exceptional vocal range and versatility. Critics praised his performance, likening his vocals to those of jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. The album’s songs spanned various genres, from the emotional ballad “She’s Out of My Life” to the infectious funk of “Workin’ Day and Night.”

Upon its release, Off the Wall received widespread acclaim and commercial success, setting the stage for Jackson’s legendary career. It laid the foundation for his subsequent collaborations with Quincy Jones, including the iconic album Thriller. Off the Wall’s enduring popularity led to special edition reissues and a documentary titled Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, directed by Spike Lee.

Tracklist
A1 Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
A2 Rock With You
A3 Working Day And Night
A4 Get On The Floor
B1 Off The Wall
B2 Girlfriend
B3 She's Out Of My Life
B4 I Can't Help It
B5 It's The Falling In Love
B6 Burn This Disco Out
Catalogue No.: 19075866411
Barcode: 0019075866411
Genre: Funk / Soul, Pop
Style: Disco, Soul, Funk, Ballad
Label: Epic
Released: 2018
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Picture Disc, Reissue

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