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

Disk 2

1
Bad
Michael Jackson
4:07
2
I Just Can't Stop Loving You
Michael Jackson
4:12
3
Leave Me Alone
Michael Jackson
4:40
4
The Way You Make Me Feel (Single Version)
Michael Jackson
4:26
5
Man In The Mirror
Michael Jackson
5:19
6
Dirty Diana
Michael Jackson
4:41
7
Another Part Of Me (Single Version)
Michael Jackson
3:46
8
Smooth Criminal (Radio Edit)
Michael Jackson
4:11
9
Black Or White (Single Version)
Michael Jackson
3:23
10
Heal The World
Michael Jackson
6:24
11
Remember The Time
Michael Jackson
3:59
12
In The Closet (Single Version)
Michael Jackson
4:47
13
Who Is It (7" Edit)
Michael Jackson
4:00
14
Will You Be There (Single Version)
Michael Jackson
3:39
15
Dangerous
Michael Jackson
7:00
16
You Are Not Alone (Single Version)
Michael Jackson
4:55
17
You Rock My World
Michael Jackson
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