Monday, July 20, 2009


by Michael Jackson [Compact Disc 781.66 Jac]

I rarely ever like, and almost never love, every single track from a particular music album, but this is one of the exceptions. Michael not only struck gold but platinum with this 1982 reteaming of himself, Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton. Other returning collaborators from Jackson's Off the Wall album include Steve Porcaro (this time joined by several other members of Toto), Louis Johnson, Greg Phillinganes and Paulinho Da Costa. Guest performers include Janet Jackson, Paul McCartney, Eddie Van Halen, and James Ingram. Michael's vocal gymnastics continue, as does his songwriting skill. There is something here for everyone who likes 1970s & 1980s pop rock, from Beat It's driving guitar riff to the infectious bass line of Billie Jean. And don't overlook the last 3 tracks of this nothing-but-hits offering by the increasingly perplexing but incredibly talented Michael Joseph Jackson. Listen, remember, and enjoy. -- recommended by Becky W.C. - Walt Branch Library

[Also available in a Thriller -- Special Edition -- with four additional songs, and 25th Anniversary Edition -- with additional songs and a DVD including music video performances.]

[ official Michael Jackson web site/memorial site ]

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