Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
Michael Jackson - Off The Wall

Michael Jackson - Off The Wall

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Vocals, Backing Vocals – Michael Jackson [click here to see more vinyl featuring Michael Jackson]

Backing Vocals – Augie Johnson, Jim Gilstrap, Mortonette Jenkins, Paulette McWilliams, Zedric Williams

Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Woodwind – Larry Williams (A1 to B2, B4 to B6)

Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Horn – Kim Hutchcroft (A1 to B2, B4 to B6)

Bass – Louis Johnson (A1, A3 to B6)

Concertmaster – Gerald Vinci (A1, A2, A4, B3, B4)

Drums – John Robinson (A1 to B2, B4 to B6)

Guitar – David Williams (A1, A2, B1, B6), Marlo Henderson (A1, A2, B1, B2, B5, B6), Melvin "Wah Wah" Watson (A4, B2, B5)

Keyboards – Michael Boddicker (A2, B1, B4)

Keyboards, Clavinet, Piano – Greg Phillinganes

Orchestra – The Seawind Horns (A1 to B2, B4 to B6)

Percussion – Paulinho Da Costa (A1, A3, A4, B1, B4, B6)

Strings – Gerald Vinci (A1, A2, A4, B3, B4), Johnny Mandel

Trombone – Bill Reichenbach (A1 to B2, B4 to B6)

Trumpet – Gary Grant (A1 to B2, B4 to B6)

Trumpet, Flugelhorn - Jerry Hey (A1 to B2, B4 to B6)

Written by Michael Jackson (A1, A3, A4), Paul McCartney (B2), Stevie Wonder (B4), Carole Bayer Sager (B5), David Foster (B5), Louis Johnson (A4), Susaye Greene-Browne (B4), Tom Bahler (B3), Rod Temperton (A2, B1, B6)

1LP, Gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : unspecified

Record color : Black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : MPO

Label : EPIC

Original label : EPIC

Recorded December 4, 1978 – June 3, 1979 at Allen Zentz Studio, Westlake, and Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles

Produced by Quincy Jones

Co-produced by Michael Jackson (tracks: A1, A3)

Mixed and engineered by Bruce Swedien

Lacquer cut by Daniel Krieger at SST Brüggermann GmbH

Originaly released in 1979

Reissued in 2022


Tracks :

Side A :

  1. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
  2. Rock With You
  3. Workin' Day And Night
  4. Get On The Floor

Side B:

  1. Off The Wall
  2. Girlfriend
  3. She's Out Of My Life
  4. I Can't Help It
  5. It's The Falling In Love
  6. Burn This Disco Out


Awards :

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 36/500

Grammy Hall of Fame

Grammy award : Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male for "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"

1000 Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die - Ranked 450


Reviews :

« Michael Jackson had recorded solo prior to the release of Off the Wall in 1979, but this was his breakthrough, the album that established him as an artist of astonishing talent and a bright star in his own right. This was a visionary album, a record that found a way to break disco wide open into a new world where the beat was undeniable, but not the primary focus -- it was part of a colorful tapestry of lush ballads and strings, smooth soul and pop, soft rock, and alluring funk. Its roots hearken back to the Jacksons' huge mid-'70s hit "Dancing Machine," but this is an enormously fresh record, one that remains vibrant and giddily exciting years after its release. This is certainly due to Jackson's emergence as a blindingly gifted vocalist, equally skilled with overwrought ballads as "She's Out of My Life" as driving dancefloor shakers as "Working Day and Night" and "Get on the Floor," where his asides are as gripping as his delivery on the verses. It's also due to the brilliant songwriting, an intoxicating blend of strong melodies, rhythmic hooks, and indelible construction. Most of all, its success is due to the sound constructed by Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, a dazzling array of disco beats, funk guitars, clean mainstream pop, and unashamed (and therefore affecting) schmaltz that is utterly thrilling in its utter joy. This is highly professional, highly crafted music, and its details are evident, but the overall effect is nothing but pure pleasure. Jackson and Jones expanded this approach on the blockbuster Thriller, often with equally stunning results, but they never bettered it. » AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine


Ratings :

AllMusic : 5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.33 / 5

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