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The Essential Michael Jackson, a 2-disc greatest hits set compiling songs from as early as 1969's I Want You Back with the Jackson 5 to 2001's Invincible release You Rock My World. Sony. 2005.

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. I Want You BackThe Jackson 5 2:58Album Only
  2. ABCThe Jackson 5 2:57Album Only
  3. The Love You Save [Clean]The Jackson 5 3:05Album Only
  4. Got to Be There (Single Version)Michael Jackson 3:25Album Only
  5. Rockin' Robin [Clean]Michael Jackson 2:32Album Only
  6. Ben (Single Version)Michael Jackson 2:46Album Only
  7. Enjoy YourselfThe Jacksons 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Blame It on the Boogie [Clean]The Jacksons 3:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) (Single Edit)The Jacksons 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Single Version)Michael Jackson 5:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Rock with You (Single Version)Michael Jackson 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Off the WallMichael Jackson 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. She's out of My Life (Single Version)Michael Jackson 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Can You Feel It (Single Version)The Jacksons 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. The Girl Is MineMichael Jackson with Paul McCartney 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Billie Jean (Single Version)Michael Jackson 4:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. Beat It (Single Version)Michael Jackson 4:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (Single Version)Michael Jackson 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. Human Nature [Clean]Michael Jackson 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)Michael Jackson 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
21. Thriller (Single Version)Michael Jackson 5:12$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. BadMichael Jackson 4:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. I Just Can't Stop Loving YouMichael Jackson feat. Siedah Garrett 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Leave Me AloneMichael Jackson 4:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. The Way You Make Me Feel (Single Version)Michael Jackson 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Man in the MirrorMichael Jackson 5:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Dirty DianaMichael Jackson 4:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Another Part of Me (Single Version)Michael Jackson 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Smooth Criminal (Radio Edit)Michael Jackson 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Black or White (Single Version)Michael Jackson 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Heal the WorldMichael Jackson 6:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Remember the TimeMichael Jackson 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. In The Closet (Single Version)Michael Jackson 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Who Is It (7" Edit)Michael Jackson 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Will You Be There (Single Version)Michael Jackson 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. DangerousMichael Jackson 6:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. You Are Not Alone (Single Version)Michael Jackson 4:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. You Rock My World (With Intro)Michael Jackson 5:08$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 19, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0009XNUK0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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142 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Whoa!!!!! Where did this come from? Without any hype or media attention, Sony has just released "The Essential Michael Jackson" (37 tracks, 157 min.), perhaps the ultimate Michael Jackson compilation.

CD 1 (20 tracks, 79 min.) cover the period up to and including the "Thriller" album, starting with the best known Jackson 5 singles such as "ABC" and "I Want You Back", then shifting to the Jacksons. It would have been better to include "State of Shock" or "Lovely One" instead of "Enjoy Yourself". CD1 finishes off with 7 of the 9 "Thriller" album tracks (the other 2 being "Baby Be Mine" and "The Lady in My Life"; it's still hard to believe how successfull that album really was, and how many hits were relased from it, in the days when "radio tracks" meant actual vinyl single releases). This was of course Michael at his absolute best, now 23 years ago.

CD2 (17 tracks, 78 min.) compiles 8 tracks from "Bad" and 7 from "Dangerous", and finishes off with "You Are Not Alone" from HIStory and "You Rock My World" from Invincible. In other words: only 2 tunes from the post-1992 era, and rightfully so, even though the HIStory and Invincible albums are not nearly as bad or mediocre as many would like you to believe. The only track that arguably should be on here (but, at 78 min. already, at the expense of what other track then?) is "Scream", the No. 1 duet with sister Janet.

In the end, this "essential" compilation is better than any other compilation available (HIStory Vol. 1; Number Ones, etc.) as it covers both the Jackson 5/Jacksons era and his solo output. It's very strange to me that this was released without any hype or advertizing campaign, but the main thing is that it's out and available. Hihgly recommended!
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Martinez on June 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Thjere are many Michael Jackson CD's on the market. This is the one to own however since it captures all of his big hits and well represents my two favorite albums "Off The Wall" and "Thriller". His best songs are all here" Rock With You, Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Beat It, Billie Jean,The Girl Is Mine, Human Nature, etc. as well as his early hits with the Jackson Five and the great later albums like "Bad" and "Dangerous". THIS IS THE BEST SOUNDING representation of these hits I have ever heard. There are 37 cuts. Michael was indeed an American tragedy and a pop music icon. If you can only own one CD, this is the most logical choice. My only quibble is the omission of "Never Can Say Goodbye" which was my favorite Jackson Five song. At one time, he was selling over one million albums-CD's a day (1983-84). He changed the course of pop music history and his legacy will live on despite the cynics. Highly recommended!
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. Chapman on July 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
All the positive reviews here have neglected to comment on one thing, and that is the songs on this collection are not the full length versions. Rather they are the edits for radio versions. I prefer the original full length songs that come from the respective albums so prefer HIStory to this.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Don Giovannia on June 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Greatest Hits albums are always difficult to rate. Realistically, no compilation will ever be able to gather every last "hit" from a particular artist, and "The Essential Michael Jackson" is no exception. And despite its (very few) limitations, "Essential" does an A+ job.

For starters, the amount of material in this package is quite staggering; it extends from the early #1's of the J5 under Motown up to Michael's latest solo work for a total of 38 songs. Ordered chronologically by single release date, "Essential" shows the impressive transformation of a child star into one of the most impressive musical forces in pop-music today. But despite the stylistic evolution and technological adaptions made along the way, the energy and emotion (neither insufficient nor overpowering) remain at the core of each and every song.

The first disc begins with the Jackson 5ive's first three number ones, as well as some of Michael's early solo work. Then, the J5 become The Jacksons, switching labels and becoming disco icons with hits like "Shake Your Body" and "Blame It On The Boogie". Of course, Michael finds the biggest success behind solo albums "Off the Wall" and "Thriller", which dominate the last half of this CD.

By disc number two, Michael is no longer splitting duty with his siblings and is 100% solo. "Bad" and "Dangerous" take up all but two tracks on this disc, which makes sense because those two LPs are both studio albums and greatest hits packages, considering the majority of the songs from those albums turned platinum. Lastly, the biggest hit of "HIStory" and "Invincible" round out the last two tracks.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jere Pilapil on July 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
While some might gripe about the lack of new material on this collection, very few (and I only say this because I don't own all of them) of the sets in the "The Essential" series of compilations have anything new on them. The point is to make available an affordable compilation of an artist's hits over the course of their career. This is especially useful in the cases of artists who have had career highlights on various labels, such as Johnny Cash or Michael Jackson. In the case of Jacko's collection, this is the only 2-disc set on the market that contains tracks dating from the J5 years to the present, so it's valuable to those who want a lot of his hits in one purchase but don't want to buy the J5's greatest hits, a compilation of pre-Off the Wall hits and then another compilation that covers from Off the Wall to the present.

There are a few glaring omissions to be noted, though: "Dancing Machine," "Scream" (with Janet), and "Say Say Say" (with Paul McCartney) deserve to be on here. "Blood on the Dancefloor" is a personal favorite of mine that would've been nice to get without having to buy a remix album, too, but it's inessential (then again, so is "Dangerous," which made it on). Overall, though, I recommend it for those who want a 2-disc Jackson fix in 1 purchase.
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