The Essential Michael Jackson

The Essential Michael Jackson

by Michael Jackson


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969428726
catalogNumber: 94287
Rank: 4476

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Jackson   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Soprano (Vocal),Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping,Soloist
Siedah Garrett   Vocals
James Ingram   Background Vocals
Paul McCartney   Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Trevor Rabin   Guitar
Steve Stevens   Guitar,Soloist
Larry Carlton   Guitar
George Duke   Synthesizer
Roland Bautista   Guitar
Bryan Loren   Percussion
Michael Sembello   Guitar
Vincent Price   Rap,Spoken Word
Bunny Hull   Background Vocals
Andraé Crouch   Vocals
Glen Ballard   Synthesizer
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Brad Buxer   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Frank DiLeo   Breathing
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Linda Harmon   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Richard Heath   Percussion
Marlo Henderson   Guitar
Randy Jackson   Percussion
Tito Jackson   Guitar
Mortonette Jenkins   Background Vocals
Augie Johnson   Background Vocals
Louis Johnson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Gary King   Bass,Bass Guitar
L.T.B.   Rap
Christa Larson   Vocals
Rhett Lawrence   Synthesizer
Becky Lopez   Background Vocals
Paulette McWilliams   Background Vocals
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Rick Marotta   Percussion,Drums
Marty Paich   Conductor
David Paich   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer
Teddy Riley   Synthesizer
Seawind Horns   Ensemble
Slash   Guitar
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Zedric Williams   Background Vocals
David "Hawk" Wolinski   Piano,Electric Piano
Claudio Slon   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Nathan Watts   Bass,Bass Guitar
Bobby Watson   Bass Guitar
Ashley Ferrell   Vocals
David E. Williams   Guitar
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Drums
Andraé Crouch Choir   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Laudir DeOliveira   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Bobby Ray Watson   Bass
Ed Green   Drums
Mystery Girl   Vocals
Ed Green   Drums

Technical Credits

Sandra Crouch   Choir Arrangement
Winans   Contributor
Siedah Garrett   Composer,Duet
James Ingram   Arranger,Composer
Michael Jackson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements,Instrumentation,Percussion Arrangement,Introduction,Duet
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements,Audio Production
Jeremy Lubbock   String Conductor
David Foster   Synthesizer Arrangements
Mick Jackson   Composer
Jackie Jackson   Arranger
R. Kelly   Composer,Producer
Andraé Crouch   Vocal Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
John Bahler   Choir Arrangement
Tom Bahler   Composer
Glen Ballard   Composer,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Bernard Belle   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Don Black   Composer
Bill Bottrell   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Brad Buxer   keyboard arrangements
David Daoud Coleman   Art Direction
Bobby Colomby   Executive Producer
Christopher Currell   rhythm arrangement
Hal Davis   Producer,Audio Production
Kenny Gamble   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Peter Granet   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements,String Conductor
Jean-Marie Horvat   Engineer
Leon Huff   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Randy Jackson   Composer
Elmar Krohn   Composer
Mel Larson   Producer,Audio Production
Steve Lukather   Arranger
Johnny Mandel   String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Jerry Marcellino   Producer,Audio Production
Marty Paich   Arranger,Composer
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
David Paich   Arranger,rhythm arrangement,keyboard arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements
Freddie Perren   Composer
Greg Phillinganes   rhythm arrangement
Steve Porcaro   Arranger,Composer
Deke Richards   Composer
Teddy Riley   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Walter Scharf   Composer
Bruce Swedien   Producer
Rod Temperton   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Tom Tom 84   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Elliot Willensky   Composer
Nelson George   Liner Notes
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Dexter Simmons   Engineer
Stuart Brawley   Engineer
Chris Tucker   Introduction
Fred Jenkins   Composer
Nora Payne   Composer
LaShawn Daniels   Composer
Bobby Martin   Arranger
Corporation   Audio Production
Douglas Kirkland   Cover Photo
Ben Wright   String Arrangements
Susan Hargrove   Packaging Manager
Mike Atkinson   Executive Producer
Bill Colomby   Executive Producer
Jeff Tarsia   Engineer
John Bahler Singers   Contributor
John Barnes   Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
George Del Barrio   String Arrangements
Dave Jackson   Composer

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The Essential Michael Jackson 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Michael Jackson and I'm a HUGE fan. I've had this CD for a while and I listen to it constantly. There is no one as talented as Michael Jackson as far as I'm concerned!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yay! Finally a compilation w/Michael's earliest hits w/the Jackson 5 all the way to 2001's "You Rock My World" that is only 2 discs! I hope everybody buys it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All in all, its a quality collection of MJ's hits spanning from the infancy of his career up to the 90s. Most of the classics are on here, although there were a few I was disappointed to not find in the collection, but overall, a fairly good summary of his career
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BookwormLP More than 1 year ago
If you are a Michael Jackson fan, you have to have this 2 disk CD for your collection. It is a comprehensive look at Michael Jackson's career and fun to listen to.
Hk-kitty More than 1 year ago
This package is Jackson's best! It has his best songs on it, all in one package. It is Super!
DH601 More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed singing and dancing along to all the hits on this collection.
Tina-Bee More than 1 year ago
Your music will live on. I bought this CD and I can't get enough of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the essential michael jackson has one side which I play over and over again. The songs are entertaining, soothing, unique and thought=provoking. He was a charismatic, one of a kind performer who was affected severely by his dysfunctional family, but managed to rise above it to a degree to become a performer loved by many fans in the world, despite his eccentricities. His premature death must be investigated thoroughly, and those responsible held to justice. It is very sad he could not complete some of his comeback concerts. his legend will live on, despite the tarnished image associated with child abuse accusations. One of his accusers recently committed suicide. Michael should not have continued to have children overnight. He helped them in many ways, but his help was tarnished by extortion and accusations. HIs artistry will live forever, and he will be remembered until we all get swallowed by the great Neverland. Highy recommend this album.
KraftyPA More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of the Jackson 5, the Jacksons and Michael Jackson, this 2 CD set is the best compilation spanning the hits of both his solo career and as well as the Jackson 5/Jacksons. The 5 CD Ultimate Collection contains a few hits that this one is missing, such as Dancing Machine & Mama's Pearl, but also contains many songs that were lesser known hits and one that only the most serious Jackson fan would have heard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are so many great Michael Jackson songs and this is probably one of the best compliations I have seen. He was and will remain an great influence to music, entertainment, and the world. A must have for any Michael Jackson fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every Michael Jackson song you would ever want except its missing his colaboration with his sister Janet from his HIStory CD called Scream. Thats the only one missed on essential.
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