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					The Essential MICHAEL JACKSON

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In pop music it's not uncommon for an artist to burst on the scene with a dynamic record, be hailed as some sort of genius and then, just a few years later, be tossed on the scrap heap of history. Before you know it “the genius” is a trivia question. America can burn through pop stars like a match does kindling. The only reasonable standard for judging a career then, is not hits collected over a short period of time, but by the body of work constructed over time in the face of changing taste and generations. Enduring greatness is manifest not over two years or even five, but spans a decade or two. It embraces an artist’s maturation and evolution. It becomes a document of a life in search of excellence and self-expression. Michael Jackson’s artistic life is testament to the power of what Quincy Jones calls “ass power” aka combining focus and talent in service to an idea of sonic perfection. From even before his spectacular pre-pubescent performances with the Jackson Five, through his teen years with the Jacksons to his historic adult solo work, Jackson has embodied the idea of a creator who’s made his mark by producing a long, deep catalogue of quality music. Using “essential” when you talk about the output of a performer of his caliber is rather confining, since Jackson’s strength derives from the song by song vibrancy of his albums, not simply from the long list of hits to his credit. But if you wanna strip mine Jackson’s work to a handful of gems, this collection, which spans his career from a kiddie star in Gary, Indiana to international superstar, certainly works. Of course you could argue that any record in the body of work of one of America’s definitive singers is essential. Nelson George

CD 1 1. I Want You Back (The Jackson 5)
Freddie Perren - Berry Gordy Jr. - Deke Richards - Alphonso Mizell

8. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) (The Jacksons)
Michael J. Jackson - Randy Jackson

12. She’s Out Of My Life
Tom Bahler

18. Human Nature (Michael Jackson)
Steven Porcaro - John Bettis

3. Man In The Mirror
Siedah Garrett - Glen Ballard

8. Black Or White
Michael J. Jackson - rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell

13. Will You Be There (Michael Jackson)
Michael J. Jackson

Mastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio at Sony Music Studios, NY Project Director: Joy Gilbert Monfried & Roger Menz Art Direction & Design: David Coleman Photography: Cover: Douglas Kirkland, Back: Sam Emerson, Interior: Courtesy Universal/Motown Archives, Sam Emerson, Getty Images, Todd Gray, Neal Preston/Corbis, Kenny Rogers, Steven Vaughn, Dick Zimmerman Packaging Manager: Susan Hargrove Also Available: HIStory (2-CD Set) Off The Wall (Special Edition) Dangerous (Special Edition) BAD (Special Edition) Thriller (Special Edition) Invincible Number Ones Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection (5-disc Boxed Set) mjjsource.com michaeljackson.com legacyrecordings.com/essentials What are you going to listen to next? For a complete listing of titles from Legacy Recordings, please visit us at: legacyrecordings.com sonymusic.com

Recorded 1969 • Motown single M1157 • Produced by The Corporation™ • Arranged by The Corporation™ Courtesy of Motown Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises

2. ABC (The Jackson 5)
Freddie Perren - Berry Gordy Jr. - Deke Richards - Alphonso Mizell

Recorded 1978 • From “Destiny” • Produced by The Jacksons Executive Producers: Bobby Colomby and Mike Atkinson • Horn and String Arrangements by Tom Tom “84" • Vocal Arrangement by The Jacksons • Rhythm Arrangement by Greg Phillinganes Engineered and Mixed by Peter Granet and Don Murray • Guitar: Tito Jackson • Keyboards, Synthesizer: Michael Boddicker, Greg Phillinganes: Keyboards, Drums: Ed Green Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa

Recorded 12/78 - 4/79 • From “Off The Wall - Special Edition” Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions Lead and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • String Arrangement by Johnny Mandel • Bass - Louis Johnson • Guitar Larry Carlton • Electric Piano - Greg Phillinganes • Concertmaster - Gerald Vinci

Recorded 4-10/82 • From “Thriller - Special Edition” • Produced by Quincy Jones • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson Arrangement by David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Steve Lukather

19. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
James Ingram - Quincy Jones

13. Can You Feel It
Michael J. Jackson - Jackie Jackson

Recorded 4-10/82 • From “Thriller - Special Edition” • Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions • Arrangements by James Ingram and Quincy Jones

Recorded 1970 • Motown single M1163 • Produced by The Corporation™ • Arranged by The Corporation™ Courtesy of Motown Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises

9. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Michael J. Jackson

Recorded 3/80 • From “Triumph” • Produced by The Jacksons Arrangers: Michael Jackson and Jackie Jackson • String Arranger: Tom Tom 84

Recorded 1-7/87, additional mixes thru 1/88 • From “Bad - Special Edition” • Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions Co-produced by Michael Jackson for MJJ Productions • Vocal Arrangement by Andrae Crouch • Rhythm Arrangement by Glen Ballard and Quincy Jones • Synthesizer Arrangement by Glen Ballard, Quincy Jones and Jerry Hey • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • Featuring Siedah Garrett, the Winans and the Andrae Crouch Choir • Andrae Crouch appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc. • Sandra Crouch appears courtesy of Light Records • Siedah Garrett appears courtesy of Quest Records

20. I Just Can't Stop Loving You (Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett)
Michael J. Jackson

4. Dirty Diana
Michael J. Jackson

Recorded 1991 • From “Dangerous - Special Edition” Executive Producer: Michael Jackson • Produced by Michael Jackson and Bill Bottrell • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson Rap Performance by L.T.B. • Special Guitar Intro by Slash • Larry Carlton appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc. • Louis Johnson appears courtesy of A&M Records Quincy Jones Productions John Robinson, Bobby Watson and David "Hawk" Wolinski appear courtesy of MCA Records, Inc. • Augie Johnson appears courtesy of Fantasy Records • Paulinho Da Costa appears courtesy of Pablo Records • Richard Heath appears courtesy of Quincy Jones Productions • Jerry Hey, Kim Hutchcroft and Larry Williams appear courtesy of Horizon Records

Recorded 1991 • From “Dangerous - Special Edition”• Produced by Michael Jackson/Co-Produced by Bruce Swedien • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • Rhythm Arrangement by Michael Jackson • Orchestral Arrangement and Conducted by Johnny Mandel • Vocal Arrangement by Michael Jackson Choir Arrangement by Andrae and Sandra Crouch, featuring the Andrae Crouch singers

14. You Are Not Alone
Robert Kelly

3. The Love You Save (The Jackson 5)
Freddie Perren - Berry Gordy Jr. - Deke Richards - Alphonso Mizell

Recorded 1970 • Motown single M1166 • Produced by The Corporation™ • Arranged by The Corporation™ All rights reserved by Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4. Got To Be There
Elliot Willensky

Recorded 1971 • Motown single M1191F • Produced by Hal Davis Courtesy of Motown Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises

Recorded 12/78 - 4/79 • From “Number Ones” • Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions • Rhythm Arrangement by Greg Phillinganes and Michael Jackson Vocal Arrangements by Michael Jackson • Percussion Arrangements by Michael Jackson • String Arrangement by Ben Wright Concertmaster - Gerald Vinci • Lead and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • Additional Background Vocals by Jim Gilstrap, Augie Johnson, Mortonette Jenkins, Paulette McWilliams and Zedric Williams • Bass - Louis Johnson • Drums - John Robinson Electric Piano - Greg Phillinganes • Guitar - David Williams and Marlo Henderson • Percussion Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson, Richard Heath, Paulinho Da Costa • Horns Arranged by Jerry Hey and Performed by The Seawind Horns

14. The Girl Is Mine (Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney)
Michael J. Jackson

Recorded 4-10/82 • From “Thriller - Special Edition” • Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney • Vocal Arrangement by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones • Rhythm Arrangement by Quincy Jones and David Paich • Synthesizer Arrangement by David Foster • Strings Arranged and Conducted by Jerry Hey Concertmaster - Jerry Vinci

Recorded 4-10/82 • From “Bad - Special Edition” • Produced by Quincy Jones/Co-produced by Michael Jackson • Rhythm Arrangements by Quincy Jones • Synthesizer Arrangements by David Paich and Quincy Jones • Vocal Arrangements by Michael Jackson and John Barnes • Vocal Duet with Michael Jackson and Siedah Garrett • Siedah Garrett appears courtesy of Quest Records Steve Porcaro appears courtesy of Columbia Records • David Paich appears courtesy of Columbia Records

21. Thriller
Rod Temperton

Recorded 1-7/87, additional mixes thru 1/88 • From “Bad - Special Edition” • Produced by Quincy Jones/Co-produced by Michael Jackson • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson Clave' Clapstick by Michael Jackson • Guitar Solo by Steve Stevens Rhythm Arrangement by Michael Jackson, John Barnes and Jerry Hey Synthesizer Arrangement by Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and John Barnes • String Arrangement by John Barnes • Vocal Arrangement by Michael Jackson • Steve Stevens appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records. Inc.

9. Remember The Time
Michael J. Jackson - Teddy Riley - Bernard Belle

Recorded 1991 • From “Dangerous - Special Edition”• Produced by Teddy Riley and Michael Jackson • Rhythm and Synthesizer Arrangement by Teddy Riley • Vocal Arrangement by Michael Jackson Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • Teddy Riley appears courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.

Recorded 1995 • From “HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1” Produced by R. Kelly for Bass Productions, and Michael Jackson for MJJ Productions, Inc. • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson

15. Earth Song
Michael J. Jackson

10. In The Closet (Duet by Michael Jackson and Mystery Girl)
Michael J. Jackson - Teddy Riley

15. Billie Jean
Michael J. Jackson

5. Rockin’ Robin (Michael Jackson)
Jimmie Thomas

10. Off The Wall
Rod Temperton

Recorded 1971 • Motown single M1197F • Produced by Mel Larson and Jerry Marcellino • All rights reserved by Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6. Ben
Don Black - Walter Scharf

Recorded 1972 • Motown single M1207F • Produced by The Corporation™ • Arranged by The Corporation™ • Courtesy of Motown Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises

Recorded 12/78 - 4/79 • From “Off The Wall - Special Edition” Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions • Rhythm Arrangement by Rod Temperton • Lead and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • Bass - Louis Johnson • Drums - John Robinson Guitar - David Williams, Marlo Henderson • Electric Piano and Synthesizer - Greg Phillinganes • Synthesizer Programming Michael Boddicker • Synthesizer and Synthesizer Programming George Duke • Percussion - Paulinho Da Costa • Horns Arranged by Jerry Hey and Performed by The Seawind Horns

Recorded 4-10/82 • From “Thriller - Special Edition” • Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions • Rhythm Arrangement by Michael Jackson • Vocal Arrangement by Michael Jackson Synthesizer Arrangement by Michael Jackson • String Arrangement by Jerry Hey • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson Rhythm Arrangement by Michael Jackson • Strings Conducted by Jeremy Lubbock

Recorded 4-10/82 • From “Thriller - Special Edition” • Produced by Quincy Jones • Vocal, Rhythm and Synthesizer Arrangement by Rod Temperton • Horn Arrangement by Jerry Hey • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • Effects by Bruce Cannon and Bruce Swedien • Rap by Vincent Price

5. Another Part Of Me (Michael Jackson)
Michael J. Jackson

CD 2 1. Bad
Michael J. Jackson

Recorded 1-7/87, additional mixes thru 1/88 • From “Bad - Special Edition” • Produced by Quincy Jones/Co-produced by Michael Jackson • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson Vocal Arrangements by Michael Jackson and John Barnes • Rhythm Arrangements by Michael Jackson and John Barnes • Horn Arrangements by Jerry Hey

Recorded 1991 • From “Dangerous - Special Edition” • Produced by Teddy Riley and Michael Jackson • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • Rhythm and Synthesizer Arrangement by Teddy Riley • Vocal Arrangement by Michael Jackson

Recorded 3-10/1995 • From “HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1” • Produced by Michael Jackson and David Foster Co-Produced by Bill Bottrell • Lead and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • Choir by Andrae Crouch Choir • Keyboards – David Paich • Synthesizer programming – Steve Porcaro

16. They Don’t Care About Us
Michael Jackson

11. Who Is It (Michael Jackson)
Michael J. Jackson

6. Smooth Criminal
Michael J. Jackson

16. Beat It
Michael J. Jackson

7. Blame It On The Boogie (The Jacksons)
Michael J. Jackson-Clark, David Jackson-Rich, Hans Kampschroer Elmar Krohn - Thomas Meyer

11. Rock With You
Rod Temperton

Recorded 4-10/82 • From “Thriller - Special Edition” • Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions • Rhythm Arrangement by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson

Recorded 1978 • From “Destiny” (Rel. 1978) • Produced by The Jacksons • Horn Arrangement by Jerry Hey • Rhythm Arrangement by Greg Phillinganes • Engineered and Mixed by Peter Granet and Don Murray • Nathan Watts, Gary King: Bass; Tito Jackson, Mike Sembello, Roland Bautista: Guitars; Greg Phillinganes: Keyboards; Laudir de Oliveira, Claudio Slon: Congas; Drums, Percussion: Rick Morotta Laudir de Oliveira courtesy of Columbia Records • Ronald Bautista courtesy of ABC Records, Inc.

Recorded 12/78 - 4/79 • From “Off The Wall - Special Edition” Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions • Rhythm and Vocal Arrangement - Rod Temperton • String Arrangement by Ben Wright • Lead and Background Vocals - Michael Jackson Bass - Bobby Watson • Drums - John Robinson • Guitar David Williams, Marlo Henderson • Synthesizer - Greg Phillinganes, Michael Boddicker • Electric Piano - David "Hawk" Wolinski Horns Arranged by Jerry Hey and Performed by The Seawind Horns • Concertmaster - Gerald Vinci

17. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
Michael J. Jackson

Recorded 1-7/87, additional mixes thru 1/88 • From “Bad - Special Edition” • Produced by Quincy Jones/Co-produced by Michael Jackson • Vocal Arrangement by Michael Jackson Rhythm Arrangement by Michael Jackson, Christopher Currell and Quincy Jones • Horn Arrangement by Jerry Hey • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • Jimmy Smith appears courtesy of Qwest Records

Recorded 1-7/87, additional mixes thru 1/88 • From “Bad - Special Edition” • Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions Co-produced by Michael Jackson for MJJ Productions • Rhythm Arrangement by Michael Jackson and John Barnes • Horn Arrangement by Jerry Hey • Vocal Arrangement by Michael Jackson Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • Clap by Michael Jackson • Creaking and Heavy Breathing by Frank Dileo

Recorded 1991 • From “Dangerous - Special Edition” • Produced by Michael Jackson and Bill Bottrell • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • Arrangement by Michael Jackson • Keyboard Arrangement by Brad Buxer and David Paich • String Arrangement by George del Barrio • Soprano Voice by Michael Jackson and Linda Harmon

Recorded 5/1995-2/1996, Los Angeles • From “HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1” • Produced by Michael Jackson Lead and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • Background vocals by Andrae Crouch Choir • Background guitar by Slash and Trevor Rabin

17. You Rock My World
Michael J. Jackson - LaShawn Daniels - Fred Jerkins lll Rodney Jerkins - Nora Payne

12. Heal The World
Michael J. Jackson - Prelude composed, arranged & conducted by Marty Paich

Recorded 4-10/82 • From “Thriller - Special Edition” • Produced by Quincy Jones/Co-produced by Michael Jackson • Vocal Arrangement by Michael Jackson • Rhythm and Vocal Arrangements by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones • Horn Arrangement by Michael Jackson and Jerry Hey • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • Background Vocals • Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters, James Ingram, Michael Jackson, Bunny Hull and Becky Lopez

2. The Way You Make Me Feel
Michael J. Jackson

7. Leave Me Alone (Michael Jackson)
Michael J. Jackson

Recorded 1-7/87, additional mixes thru 1/88 • From “Bad - Special Edition” • Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions Co-produced by Michael Jackson for MJJ Productions • Vocal Arrangements by Michael Jackson • Rhythm Arrangements by Michael Jackson • Horn Arrangement by Jerry Hey • Solo, Background Vocals, and Finger Snaps by Michael Jackson

Recorded 4-10/82 • From “Bad - Special Edition” • Produced by Quincy Jones/Co-produced by Michael Jackson • Solo and Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • Vocal Synthesizer by Michael Jackson • Rhythm and Vocal Arrangements by Michael Jackson • Larry Williams appears courtesy of RCA Records

Recorded 12/15/1989 - 10/29/1991 • From “Dangerous - Special Edition” • Produced by Michael Jackson, Bruce Swedien/Executive Producer - Michael Jackson • Choir Arrangement by John Bahler, Featuring The John Bahler Singers • Rhythm Arrangement Michael Jackson • Drums - Jeff Porcaro; Keyboards - David Paich, Brad Buxer; Percussion - Bryan Loren • Synthesizer - Michael Boddicker, David Paich, Steve Porcaro • Solo and Background Vocals Michael Jackson • Vocals - Christa Larson, Ashley Farell Chista Larson appears courtesy of Walt Disney Records David Paich and Jeff Porcaro appear courtesy of Columbia Records

Recorded 1999 • From “Invincible” • Produced by Michael Jackson and Rodney Jerkins • Executive Producer: Michael Jackson Lead Vocal by Michael Jackson • Background Vocals by Michael Jackson • Intro by Chris Tucker and Michael Jackson • All Musical Instruments performed by Michael Jackson and Rodney Jerkins Recorded by Brad Gilderman, Rodney Jerkins, Jean-Marie Horvat, Dexter Simmons and Stuart Brawley at Sony Studios, New York, and Record One, Los Angeles • Digital Editing by Harvey Mason, Jr. And Stuart Brawley • Mixed by Bruce Swedien and Rodney Jerkins at Marvin’s Room, Los Angeles, and The Hit Factory/Criteria, Miami

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