(2005) The Essential Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

... read moreThere 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...

02:19′:53″ 32 Songs

Disk 1

7
Michael Jackson
Enjoy Yourself
3:21
8
Michael Jackson
Blame It On The Boogie
3:31
9
Michael Jackson
Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) (Single Edit)
3:44
10
Michael Jackson
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Single Version)
5:52
11
Michael Jackson
Rock With You (Single Version)
3:23
12
Michael Jackson
Off The Wall
3:49
13
Michael Jackson
She's Out Of My Life (Single Version)
3:38
14
Michael Jackson
Can You Feel It (Single Version)
3:51
15
Michael Jackson
The Girl Is Mine
3:42
16
Michael Jackson
Billie Jean
4:53
17
Michael Jackson
Beat It (Single Version)
4:18
18
Michael Jackson
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (Single Version)
4:17
19
Michael Jackson
Human Nature (Album Version)
3:45
20
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P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
3:59
21
Michael Jackson
Thriller (Single Version)
5:12

Disk 2

1
Michael Jackson
Bad
4:07
2
Michael Jackson
I Just Can't Stop Loving You
4:12
3
Michael Jackson
Leave Me Alone
4:40
4
Michael Jackson
The Way You Make Me Feel (Single Version)
4:26
5
Michael Jackson
Man In The Mirror
5:19
6
Michael Jackson
Dirty Diana
4:41
7
Michael Jackson
Another Part Of Me (Single Version)
3:46
8
Michael Jackson
Smooth Criminal (Radio Edit)
4:11
9
Michael Jackson
Black Or White (Single Version)
3:23
10
Michael Jackson
Heal The World
6:24
11
Michael Jackson
Remember The Time
3:59
12
Michael Jackson
In The Closet (Single Version)
4:47
13
Michael Jackson
Who Is It (7" Edit)
4:00
14
Michael Jackson
Will You Be There (Single Version)
3:39
15
Michael Jackson
Dangerous
7:00
16
Michael Jackson
You Are Not Alone (Single Version)
4:55
17
Michael Jackson
You Rock My World
5:09
Released 18 July 2005, ℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., 1976, 1978, 1980 Sony Music Entertainment, 1979, 1982, 1987, 1991, 1995, 2001, 2005 MJJ Productions Inc.

Review

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. ~ Rob Theakston