The Essential Michael Jackson

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The Essential Michael Jackson Review

by Rob Theakston

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.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Michael Jackson feat: The Jackson 5 02:58 SpotifyAmazon
Michael Jackson feat: The Jackson 5 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
3 Michael Jackson feat: The Jackson 5 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
4 Michael Jackson 03:25
Michael Jackson 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
Michael Jackson 02:46
7 Michael Jackson feat: The Jacksons 03:21
8 Michael Jackson feat: The Jacksons 03:30 SpotifyAmazon
9 Michael Jackson feat: The Jacksons 03:44 SpotifyAmazon
10 Michael Jackson 05:51 SpotifyAmazon
11 Michael Jackson 03:23
12 Michael Jackson 03:45 SpotifyAmazon
13 Michael Jackson 03:37
14 Michael Jackson 03:50
15 Michael Jackson 03:41 SpotifyAmazon
16 Michael Jackson 04:52
17 Michael Jackson 04:18
18 Michael Jackson 04:17
19 Michael Jackson 03:45 SpotifyAmazon
20 Michael Jackson 03:58 SpotifyAmazon
21 Michael Jackson 05:12 Amazon
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