The Ultimate Collection

The Ultimate Collection

by Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson was hailed as the King of Pop long before he became infamous for his peculiar, headline-grabbing antics. Fortunately, this five-disc retrospective box set -- spanning 1969 to 2004 -- returns the spotlight to Jackson's triumphs as an artist. Disc 1 chronicles the Gloved One's not-so-humble beginnings as the young-yet-dynamic lead singer for the Jackson 5 with a string of four No. 1 pop and R&B singles ("I Want You Back," "ABC," "I'll Be There," and "Got to Be There"), which appear alongside disco-era Jackson 5 hits ("Dancing Machine," "Enjoy Yourself"). Disc 1 also includes MJ songs from the films The Wiz and Ben, as well as career-defining solo numbers from Off the Wall ("Rock with You," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"). With the inclusion of six hit singles from Thriller -- still the bestselling record of all time -- Disc 2 captures the pop icon at the height of his career. Disc 3 features seminal tracks from Bad ("Smooth Criminal") and Dangerous ("Remember the Time"), while Disc 4 features selections from 1995's HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1 and 2001's modest comeback, Invincible. Besides more hits, what further distinguishes The Ultimate Collection from the aforementioned two-disc HIStory is the addition of 13 rare and previously unissued recordings, including demo versions of "PYT" and "We Are the World," and a DVD containing a full-length concert shot in Bucharest during 1992's Dangerous tour. The deluxe box set also contains a 64-page booklet with never-before-seen photos, personal memorabilia, a chronological timeline, complete discography, and an essay by acclaimed music journalist Nelson George -- making this truly an Ultimate Collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969260029
catalogNumber: 92600
Rank: 15645

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Jackson   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Percussion,Strings,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping,Soloist,Clapping Sticks
Siedah Garrett   Vocals
James Ingram   Background Vocals
Mick Jagger   Vocals
Paul McCartney   Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Billy Preston   Organ
Diana Ross   Vocals
Steve Stevens   Guitar,Soloist
Larry Carlton   Guitar
George Duke   Synthesizer
Bruce Dukov   Strings
Toya Jackson   screams
Bryan Loren   Drums
Jim Keltner   Drum Loop
Michael Sembello   Guitar
Vincent Price   Rap
Sekou Bunch   Bass
Notorious B.I.G.   Rap
Airiq Anest   Percussion
Robert Becker   Strings
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Bill Bottrell   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Ollie E. Brown   Drums
Brad Buxer   Synthesizer,Strings,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Oscar Castro-Neves   Guitar
Lenny Castro   Conga,Drum Loop
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Joel Derouin   Strings
Frank DiLeo   Breathing
Berj Garabedian   Strings
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Endre Granat   Strings
Rayford Griffin   Percussion,Drums
Linda Harmon   Soprano (Vocal)
Richard Heath   Percussion
Marlo Henderson   Guitar
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Randy Jackson   Percussion
Tito Jackson   Guitar
Mortonette Jenkins   Background Vocals
Augie Johnson   Background Vocals
Louis Johnson   Bass
L.T.B.   Rap
Becky Lopez   Background Vocals
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Paulette McWilliams   Background Vocals
David Paich   Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Wurlitzer
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Karie Prescott   Strings
Teddy Riley   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
Seawind Horns   Horn
Slash   Guitar
Eve Sprecher   Strings
Stephanie Spruill   Background Vocals
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Zedric Williams   Background Vocals
David "Hawk" Wolinski   Electric Piano
Ken Yerke   Strings
Brandy   Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama   Strings
Walter Afanasieff   Keyboards
Jackson 5   Percussion,Background Vocals
Randy Jackson   Percussion
Jai Winding   Keyboards
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet
Nathan Watts   Bass
Chris Tucker   Spoken Word
David E. Williams   Guitar
Heavy D   Rap
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Drums
Marsha Ambrosius   Background Vocals
Matt Cappy   Horn
Robin Thicke   Background Vocals
Bobby Ray Watson   Bass
Norman Jeffrey Bradshaw   Horn
Ed Green   Drums
Gerald Hayword   Drums
Benny Hull   Background Vocals
Niel Jason   Bass
Gayle Kevvant   Harp
Jonathan Moxie   Synthesizer
Mona Newman   Strings
Tom Langford Scoble   Guitar
Michele Richards   Strings
John Barnes   Keyboards
Matthew Funes   Strings
Ralph Morrison   Strings

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer,Audio Production
Siedah Garrett   Composer,Duet
James Ingram   Arranger,Composer
Michael Jackson   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,drum programming,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements,Audio Production,Harp Arrangement,Instrumentation,Percussion Arrangement,Introduction,Duet
Lionel Richie   Composer
Betty Wright   Choir Arrangement
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements,Audio Production
Jeremy Lubbock   String Arrangements,String Conductor
René Moore   Arranger,Composer
David Foster   Producer,Synthesizer Arrangements,Audio Production
Bruce Dukov   String Contractor
Randy Hansen   Composer
Brothers in Rhythm   Remixing
R. Kelly   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Andraé Crouch   Vocal Arrangements
Airiq Anest   Percussion Programming
Tom Bahler   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Glen Ballard   Composer,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Bernard Belle   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Michael Boddicker   Programming
Bill Bottrell   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Bobby Brooks   Engineer
Rick Butz   Engineer
Brad Buxer   Programming,Engineer,String Arrangements,drum programming,keyboard arrangements,Harp Arrangement
James Anthony Carmichael   Arranger
David Daoud Coleman   Art Direction,Packaging
Bobby Colomby   Executive Producer
Christopher Currell   rhythm arrangement
Hal Davis   Composer,Producer
Eddie DeLena   Engineer
Matt Forger   Engineer
Kenny Gamble   Composer,Producer
Kevin Gilbert   Engineer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
David Gleeson   Engineer
Berry Gordy   Composer,Executive Producer
Peter Granet   Engineer
Mick Guzauski   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements,String Conductor
Jean-Marie Horvat   Engineer
Leon Huff   Composer,Producer
Willie Hutch   Composer
Randy Jackson   Composer
Craig Johnson   Engineer
Julie Last   Engineer
David M.   Composer
Johnny Mandel   String Arrangements
Marty Paich   Orchestral Arrangements
George Mayers   Engineer
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
David Paich   rhythm arrangement,keyboard arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements
Dean Parks   Composer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Tom Perry   Engineer
Greg Phillinganes   Composer,Producer,rhythm arrangement
Steve Porcaro   Composer
Micha Prince   Engineer
Deke Richards   Composer
Teddy Riley   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Walter Scharf   Composer
Dave Seaman   Remixing
Keith Seppanen   Engineer
Slash   Introduction
Robert Smith   Composer
Barton Stevens   Engineer
Bruce Swedien   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Joe Tarsia   Engineer
Rod Temperton   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Tom Tom 84   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Elliot Willensky   Composer
Arthur Wright   Arranger
Nelson George   Liner Notes
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Kevin Newman   Cover Illustration
Rail Jon Rogut   Engineer
Leon Ware   Composer
Charlie Smalls   Composer
Suzie Katayama   String Conductor
Gene Corso   Sound Effects
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Jackson 5   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Nancy Donald   Art Direction,Packaging
Donald Black   Composer
Brent Averill   Engineer
Bruce Wildstein   Engineer
Dexter Simmons   Engineer
John Chamberlin   Engineer
Paul J. Falcone   Engineer
Stuart Brawley   Engineer
Brad Sundberg   Engineer
Nick Thomas   Engineer
Chris Tucker   Introduction
Andre Harris   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Pro-Jay   Engineer
Arthur Ross   Composer
Nora Payne   Composer
LaShawn Daniels   Composer
Don Fletcher   Composer
Dave Way   Engineer
Bobby Martin   Arranger
Corporation   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Chris Ribando   Engineer
Buz Kohan   Composer
Elizabeth Taylor   Author
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins   Composer
Ben Wright   String Arrangements
Marsha Ambrosius   Composer
Robin Thicke   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Terry Doty   Contracting
Oscar Contreras   Engineer
Mike Atkinson   Executive Producer
Nick Hon   Engineer
Mike Riccio   Engineer
Reddy Riley   Engineer
Joey Wilcots   Assistant Photographer
Bob West   Arranger,Composer
Matt Carpenter   Digital Programming
John Barnes   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,drum programming,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
George Del Barrio   String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Steve Anderson   Remixing

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The Ultimate Collection 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely the ultimate collection of MJ!! It has all of his greatest hits including new ones like "We've Had Enough" and "Scared of the Moon". Scared of the Moon is a really good song. It was slow but beautiful. He even put in demo versions of P.Y.T. and Sunset Driver plus more! It even has a DVD of MJ in concert in Romania. I recommened everyone to buy this collection. Trust me....IT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey everbody, you've got to buy this box set. Not only does it have previously unreleased material, but it has 3 new songs Michael recorded just this year 2004, one of them being a duet with Janet Jackson called "We've Had Enough". Plus it has a live DVD from the "Dangerous" Tour and a 64-page booklet including an essay from Nelson George and tons of pictures of Michael Jackson and stuff from his archives. You've got to buy this-it's got everything!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is not much to say that hasn't been said here and throughout other reviews... Michael Jackson is the most phenominal entertainer of our time! His songs will always be with us because they are timeless classics! Michael Jackson's real gift is that he can appeal to almost everyone! This five cd set is a real find, whether you are young or just young at heart, you will find something for yourself here. Although I must agree that if you are a fan already you will have most of these songs, but there are added pieces here that shouldn't be missed! I myself am a big fan of demos... because I like to see how an artist develops their work. Moreover, you have all the hits here in one collection! When going through a collection as accomplished as this one, it is hard to have one favorite song, but I have to say "Scared of the Moon" is my new favorite! A truly beautiful song! I encourage everyone to purchase this collection of songs, because it absolutely is the Ultimate Collection!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far Michael's best (and only) CD + DVD package. With 4 CD's and 1 DVD, it's a huge package. But don't worry, you'll get more than your money's worth! There's a bunch of new unreleased songs, plus 1 really great new song called "We've Had Enough". Then you get an amazing new DVD of Michael performing live in concert at the 1992 "Dangerous" Tour in Bucharest, Romania. It's so amazing! He performs all his best songs at the time:"Thriller", "Black Or White", "Beat It", "Rock With You", "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man In The Mirror", and more! This would be a really great present for any family members who are Michael Jackson fans **hint hint** ""wink wink"".
PhDrSeuss More than 1 year ago
once i received Michael Jackson Ultimate Collection i couldnt wait to play it. now i have trouble stopping. i know every song that is enclosed in this collection. everything from "I Want You Back" (1969) when he was with his brothers as The Jackson 5 to the last song "We've Had Enough". along with the DVD its a total 4 hrs 22 mns of music from the King Of Pop. enclosed are over 50 songs & 8 unreleased demos which later end up being known (the demos sound totally different from those that ones more familiar with). when my brother saw my collection he began askin me info as to where did i get it from & the price. i had trouble getting the booklet that comes with this outta his hands. the 5th disc (dvd) is 16 songs of his live concert in buchacrest while on his dangerous tour. this is defintely 1 set that is truly a collection & worth adding to those of michael u may already have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the collection, especially bonus tracks and concert. For seasoned MJ fans it may not fill the void but it is a great introduction for new fans.
YDV More than 1 year ago
This is the best CD set I have ever purchased. You will truely get the best of Michael Jackson with his music and long time career. The concert shown on the DVD is amazing. I just wish I was in that crowd of thousands of people to see him perform. AMAZING man and performer. After watching the DVD I felt I was actually at the concert watching Michael Perform. This is a must cd/dvd set for anyone! I enjoyed it!
412colleen4MJ More than 1 year ago
I am a 46 year old female who has loved Michael Jackson all of my life! The word "ICON" does not do Michael Jackson justice! MJ is and will always be remembered and loved for his compassion, love of life, love of the earth and nature, and his INNOCENT love of children and human kind!!! The UNIVERSE has lost a GREAT soul and TRUE ONE OF A KIND HUMAN BEING!!! When I first saw this ULTIMATE COLLECTION (and believe me it is!) I just had to have it! If you buy no other boxed collection - THIS IS THE ONE TO HAVE! There are 4 cd's, & 1 DVD of Michael's DANGEROUS TOUR! - that alone is worth it to have a keepsake and to see Michael in concert is unbelieveable!!!! First of all, when you get this - once you open it (it's a tri-fold heavy duty binding (like a photo album), you see 2 cd's - then you open up the other section & you see the booklet in the center with MJ's Moonwalk pose - with his glove, black sequin jacket & fedora - behind the booklet is cd 3 - to the right is the cd4 & 1 DVD)! I am pleasantly pleased! I tell you, I would've EXPECTED to pay MORE money for such an awesome collection! The cd's have most of MJ's greatest hits, plus some Jackson 5 hits, never before heard demos of songs....I got chills just hearing Michael sing all of the fans favorites! This would be a wonderful Christmas present for anyone! That's why I bought this, as a present to myself! I bought this about mid-September after Michael's untimely passing....this even has a 50 page booklet with a timeline of Michael's life, music accomplishments with dates and pictures! I smiled, cried, and was in awe as I watched him onstage (in the DVD)! I hope that my review has helped you to decide TO BUY THIS NOW!!!
Juanita_81 More than 1 year ago
I loved Michael Jackson; I mean who doesn't, but this Ultimate Collection was what I expected and more. I got demo songs that I'd never even heard; my kids loved watching him on stage. His performance was moving and awe inspiring. If you love his music and loved to warch him perform then this collection is for you. Can't wait to see the "This Is It" movie and I know everyone will be preordering their copies once it's released!! EXCELLENT!!
scorpio85 More than 1 year ago
This CD/DVD collection being called the "Ultimate Collection" is perfect. This 4 CD and 1 DVD package is something that everyone should own that likes any Michael Jackson songs. The fact that there are some songs on here that have never been released and you have the performance from Bucharest. This is just a really good collection to have.
NellieJanet More than 1 year ago
The Ultimate Collection is a great thing to buy, especially if you're a MJ fan. Great songs, excellent demos. Michael Jackson never lets you down when he makes his creations. I listen to the collection 24/7 non-stop on my phone. Love it so much. R.I.P. MJ thank you for all the music and perfomance you have brought to the world. Always Channell
GSL More than 1 year ago
It's great to have the first four discs but the DVD is of the Bucharest Concert which I already bought separately. B & N, you need to say that in your notes, especially since my reason for buying this particular item was for the live concert DVD. You neglected to say WHICH live concert it was. So, if anyone else wants to buy this for the concert, don't. Look up the Bucharest Concert and you can buy that DVD alone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MJfan1 More than 1 year ago
This is really a must for any MJ fan. I'm always searching for rare and unheard music and items of MJ. There is so much this has to offer. The best is the rare music that can be found in no other album. It's packaged well and the quality is great. You won't be disappointed.
CaseySS More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan this is a great collection to remember his music and his life. I remember the oldies from my childhood. If you are not a fan this is still a great historical record of a music icon. He was a person of great musical ability who over came tremendous challenges in his life to become note worthy.
tbs993 More than 1 year ago
Even if you are not a Michael Jackson die hard fan, this collection is great. If you can appreciate good music, I recommend it.
tricia8114 More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic cd. I am a big Micheal Jackson fan still hurting from his passing.This cd plus the great concert from Romania is the best. In life I never got the chance to see Micheal but I felt like I had A front row seat to the greatest show on earth. Love you Micheal R.I.P.
Fiona45 More than 1 year ago
Although I have most of the tracks aready on various MJ original albums and complilations, this is by far the most useful and comprehensive compilation and as such is a 'must have' for fans. The Jackson 5/Jacksons tracks, the extensive bonus tracks and the exceptional 'Live in Bucharest' video, make this the best value MJ product I own. I loved every minute of it - you follow the progression from child star to 70s disco kings to 100% musical icon, with nothing missing (in my opinion) - except the sad knowledge that there will be no more new music.... Love you, MJ - RIP!
DocMomPB More than 1 year ago
This collection is great!!! My favorite disc is #2, with all my favorites, "Thriller" included. Great Buy
bookworm1DG More than 1 year ago
In light of the passing of this great entertainer, this collection has all the top number 1's from his career. It also includes the awesome concert in Budecrest. i have played the concert numerous times and am not tired of seeing it.
Pandora_sexy More than 1 year ago
I really liked 3 of the 4 CDs included in this set and the 5th is an actual DVD of a Michael Jackson concert that is two hours long which is great. With this box set, you the best of both worlds, him in music and in concert. One of the 4 CDs had songs that I had never heard before so I could not identify with them as much as the MJ hits that I knew growing up with him. This was well worth the money to have a collection of so many MJ hits. I listen to this almost every day on my way to work. and it gets my day off to a great start.
KimberMN More than 1 year ago
The Ultimate Collection is exactly as it says - ULTIMATE!!! From the packaging to the earlier sounds to the live concert this has it all. The booklet that is included contains pictures that I've never seen before which gives another side to Michael that wasn't seen alot. You will not be disappointed in this purchase - I'm ordering another one!
cathe1211 More than 1 year ago
Michael Jackson is and will always be my favorite artist. He is the King of Pop and the greatest entertainer that has ever lived. You will enjoy every bit of this. I suggest that you buy it and enjoy. His music and dance style is timelist.
Paridesea More than 1 year ago
I was so sad about michael's passing,but I felt so much better hearing and seeing him on this cd/dvd set.It had enough of his music on it to fulfill me in mourning of him. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
MJFan01 More than 1 year ago
I love this box set it's a great, collection of Michael Jackson's music from 1970's 1980's and 2000's