The Essential Michael Jackson
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The Essential Michael Jackson

July 5, 2005

  Song Title Artist
I Want You Back The Jackson 5
ABC The Jackson 5
The Love You Save [Clean] The Jackson 5
Got To Be There (Single Version) Michael Jackson
Rockin' Robin [Clean] Michael Jackson
Ben (Single Version) Michael Jackson
Enjoy Yourself The Jacksons
Blame It On The Boogie The Jacksons
Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) (Single Edit) Michael Jackson
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Single Version) Michael Jackson
Rock With You (Single Version) Michael Jackson
Off the Wall Michael Jackson
She's Out Of My Life (Single Version) Michael Jackson
Can You Feel It (Single Version) The Jacksons
The Girl Is Mine Michael Jackson featuring Paul McCartney
Billie Jean (Single Version) Michael Jackson
Beat It (Single Version) Michael Jackson
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (Single Version) Michael Jackson
Human Nature [Clean] Michael Jackson
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) Michael Jackson
Thriller (Single Version) Michael Jackson
Disc 2
Bad Michael Jackson
I Just Can't Stop Loving You Michael Jackson feat. Siedah Garrett
Leave Me Alone Michael Jackson
The Way You Make Me Feel (Single Version) Michael Jackson
Man in the Mirror Michael Jackson
Dirty Diana Michael Jackson
Another Part Of Me (Single Version) Michael Jackson
Smooth Criminal (Radio Edit) Michael Jackson
Black Or White (Single Version) Michael Jackson
Heal the World Michael Jackson
Remember the Time Michael Jackson
In The Closet (Single Version) Michael Jackson
Who Is It (7" Edit) Michael Jackson
Will You Be There (Single Version) Michael Jackson
Dangerous Michael Jackson
You Are Not Alone (Single Version) Michael Jackson
You Rock My World (with intro) Michael Jackson

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 19, 2005
  • Release Date: July 18, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Epic/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 2:37:34
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  • ASIN: B00136Q4P0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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130 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tbe best compilation on Michael Jackson yet 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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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the CD to own for this American icon. 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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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Close enough for those who don't want the albums 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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not full length versions 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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Compilation! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars a great album!
I am a huge Michael Jackson fan and looked forward to receiving this. a great addition to any Michael Jackson fans collection!
Published 8 days ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars MJ at his best!
Every song on this album is pretty much "Off The Wall." This is definitely a press play. MJ is sorely missed.
Published 28 days ago by N. Dillon
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD
This is one of my favorite CD's period it has all of his best hits: Beat It, Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Who Is It, Remember The Time and much more,
Published 1 month ago by Desi
5.0 out of 5 stars for a true MJ fan
This 2-CD set has all Michael Jackson's hits from when he was with his brothers in The Jackson % through more recent. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Robichaud
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Most all of his wonderful music is in this album. Could listen to this for hours.Thank you so very much.
Published 1 month ago by Pam Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all
I loved this album, it the best collection of my favorite Michael Jackson songs from his entire career. I really like the album art work, it was not over the top. Read more
Published 1 month ago by muzic kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
This is great listening for a long ride. If you are older it can bring back a lot of memories.
Published 1 month ago by W. Kasprzynski
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential MJ
I enjoy this one every time I hear it and I would recommend it to anyone I talk to who likes Michael.and orders any music.
Published 1 month ago by Delores Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars This has it all
This starts out with little boy Michael singing in the 70's, progresses to the 80's Thriller era, then to the 90's songs with videos that would premier on primetime TV (remember... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TXShopperGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition but radio edit version of songs
radio edited music-- a bit disappointed, but the CD arrived in perfect condition. I just wish the full songs were included on the album
Published 1 month ago by Ryan King
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