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The Essential Michael Jackson [International]

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Michael Jackson 7/7/2009

Review

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. [An 38-track international version was also released.] ~ Rob Theakston
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I Want You Back The Jackson 5 2:58
  3. 2 ABC The Jackson 5 2:57
  4. 3 The Love You Save The Jackson 5 3:5
  5. 4 Got to Be There Michael Jackson 3:25
  6. 5 Rockin' Robin Michael Jackson 2:32
  7. 6 Ben Michael Jackson 2:46
  8. 7 Blame It on the Boogie The Jacksons 3:30
  9. 8 Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) Michael Jackson 3:45
  10. 9 Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough Michael Jackson 3:56
  11. 10 Off the Wall Michael Jackson 3:46
  12. 11 Rock with You Michael Jackson 3:23
  13. 12 She's Out of My Life Michael Jackson 3:37
  14. 13 Can You Feel It Michael Jackson 3:50
  15. 14 The Girl Is Mine Michael Jackson 3:41
  16. 15 Billie Jean Michael Jackson 4:52
  17. 16 Beat It Michael Jackson 4:17
  18. 17 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' Michael Jackson 4:17
  19. 18 Human Nature Michael Jackson 3:45
  20. 19 P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) Michael Jackson 3:58
  21. 20 I Just Can't Stop Loving You Michael Jackson 4:11
  22. 21 Thriller Michael Jackson 5:14
  23. 1 Bad Michael Jackson 4:6
  24. 2 The Way You Make Me Feel Michael Jackson 4:26
  25. 3 The Man in the Mirror Michael Jackson 5:18
  26. 4 Dirty Diana Michael Jackson 4:40
  27. 5 Another Part of Me Michael Jackson 3:45
  28. 6 Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson 4:16
  29. 7 Leave Me Alone Michael Jackson 4:39
  30. 8 Black or White Michael Jackson 3:21
  31. 9 Remember the Time Michael Jackson 3:59
  32. 10 In the Closet Michael Jackson 4:47
  33. 11 Who Is It Michael Jackson 3:59
  34. 12 Heal the World Michael Jackson 6:24
  35. 13 Will You Be There Michael Jackson 3:40
  36. 14 You Are Not Alone Michael Jackson 4:55
  37. 15 Earth Song Michael Jackson 5:1
  38. 16 They Don't Care About Us Michael Jackson 4:44
  39. 17 You Rock My World Michael Jackson 5:7

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