Title - 'Off The Wall' (CD/DVD)
Artist - Michael Jackson
Off The Wall was the fifth studio album by Michael Jackson and his debut studio album released through Epic Records. It was released on August 10th, 1979, following Jackson's critically well-received film performance in The Wiz. While working on that project, Jackson and Quincy Jones had become friends, and Jones agreed to work with Jackson on his next studio album.
Recording sessions took place between December 1978 and June 1979 at Allen Zentz Recording, Westlake Recording Studios, and Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, California. Jackson collaborated with a number of other writers and performers such as Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Rod Temperton.
Five singles were released from the album where three of the singles had music videos released alongside them. Jackson wrote three of the songs himself, including the number-one Grammy-winning single "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough". It was his first solo release under Epic Records, the label he would record on until his death roughly 30 years later.
This edition of Michael Jackson's revolutionary 1979 recording Off The Wall includes the original album bundled with the new documentary Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off The Wall, directed by Spike Lee.
CD Disc: 1
1. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
2. Rock With You
3. Workin' Day and Night
4. Get on the Floor
5. Off The Wall
7. She's out of My Life
8. I Can't Help It
9. It's the Falling in Love
10. Burn This Disco Out
DVD Disc: 2
1. The Jackson Five
2. The J5 Transforms into The Jacksons
3. It Was Destiny
4. Gotta Dance
5. The Wiz
6. Michael Takes Charge as a Solo Artist
7. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
8. Rock with You
9. Workin' Day and Night
10. Get on the Floor
11. Off the Wall
13. She's out of My Life
14. I Can't Help It
15. It's the Falling in Love
16. Burn This Disco Out
17. Impact and Legacy of O.T.W.
Simply put, when Michael Jackson released Off The Wall in 1979, he was a mere 21 years old, but he had been in the business for a decade. He had released several solo albums and singles (even topping the charts with "Ben" in 1972), but they were under the control of Motown. Off The Wall was his first real solo release as he was in charge. Jackson was always thought of as an unique talent, but he blew away everyone's expectations with the album. The album has a definite dance vibe, but although disco was at its height of popularity, the album doesn't fall in the disco category.
Written by Michael Jackson, the first single from the album, "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," was Michael's first Grammy and first single to hit No. 1 in the U.S. and internationally as a solo artist. With the singles Rock With You," "Off the Wall" and "She's Out of My Life," Jackson became the first solo artist in history to have four singles from the same album peak inside the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
For Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off The Wall, director Spike Lee assembles a wealth of archival footage, including material from Michael's personal archive, interviews with contemporary talents and family members, and Michael's own words and image to create this insightful chronicle from the star's early rise to fame through the release of this seminal album.
A look at a chapter of his career that is rarely examined, Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off The Wall allows audiences to travel with Michael as he gets his start at Motown, strikes a new path with CBS Records, and forges a relationship with legendary producer Quincy Jones. An illuminated portrait emerges of how an earnest, passionate, hard-working boy would become the "King of Pop."
The deluxe softpak includes a 16-page booklet containing a new essay and photography plus a piece of chalk and inside panels with a chalkboard finish.