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The Essential Michael Jackson

Dance & Electronic and Pop album by Michael Jackson

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Essential is right

  • Jul 13, 2009
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When you have a star like Michael Jackson who has produced many great songs in the 40+ years he spent performing it seems like it would be hard to narrow his career down to two-discs, but for the most part the "Essential" series has done it again bring up a summary of the career of The King of Pop. We get to greatest hits from his days in the Jackson 5, to The Jacksons, and of course, finally we make our way to his legendary solo-career. It gives you a sense of the evolution his music underwent over the decades.

If you're a new fan of the International Star, or as a long time fan would like a nice playlist of his hits, this CD is very well compiled. My only complaint was the omission of his "Earth Song" and some of his other, more recent work would have been a nice addition to make the listener really comprehend the changes in his music. Aside from that it is almost a perfect summary of Michael Jackson's career.

'The Essential Michael Jackson' on its two CDs certainly showcases the talent of a man who was perhaps the greatest entertainer to ever walk to face of the Earth, with his ability to bring about many emotions in his various songs, from being sweet, to rough, Michael had to ability to change his approach on and off the stage.

Notable songs include:
I Want You Back
Don't Stop Until You Get Enough
Beat It
Billie Jean
You Are Not Alone
Smooth Criminal
Black or White
And many, many more.

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The 2CDThe Essential Michael Jacksontakes you on a journey from budding star, to iconic legend and allows you to immerse yourself in the musical and emotional development of each track defining the story of a global superstar.

Michael Jackson needs no introduction, as part of the Jackson 5 he helped make up a remarkable musical family and one of the biggest pop phenomenons of the early 70s. The Jacksons' infectious brand of funky soul and now iconic stage presence reached out globally and made them and Michael international stars.

As the success of the band grew, Michael branched out with his own solo career first launching with "Got to be There" and then "Rockin' Robin". The momentum started to grow with the release of more successful singles and, as the hype surrounding the Jackson 5 slowed down towards the late 70s, Michael continued to develop and grow as an artist. With the release of Off the Wall, an immaculately crafted set of funky disco-pop, smooth soul, and lush, sentimental pop ballads, Michael cemented his place as a global star. The 1980s were a career-defining period with his instantly identifiable voice, eye-popping dance moves, stunning musical versatility, and loads of sheer star power Michael Jackson was unstoppable. The 1982 album Thriller became the biggest selling album of all time and combined his musical genius with an exceptional and ahead of its time music video epic. Bad (1987) was released with enormous public ...

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