Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Michael Jackson - Off the Wall (1979)

Here's a creepy coincidence: I ordered this CD from on June 19, 2009, it was shipped June 23 and was in transit when Michael Jackson died unexpectedly on June 25. I can't remember what prompted me to buy the disc, but its purchase was certainly timely. I can't overstate the importance of Quincy Jones to Jackson's work. Jackson would have made it big, but I doubt he would have become the international superstar without Jones' musical genius. This was the first of Jackon's big three with Jones. It's interesting to look at the photo on the back on the CD because it looks like MJ is holding a piece chalk that looks like a cell phone which, of course, wouldn't have been around in 1979.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #3
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #1 (16 weeks)
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #2

Tracks: Check your pulse if you can sit still during Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough. It's a good thing they put Rock with You in the #2 spot because going directly from Don't Stop to Workin' Day and Night might be too exhausting to listen to back-to-back. And I have to admit that She's Out of My Life is a guilty pleasure for me, even though the voice cracking at the end is a bit much. The 9 bonus tracks which include demos and commentaries are interesting, but only need to be heard once.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Rock with You reminds me of eighth grade at McAllister School while She's Out of My Life reminds me of Eddie Murphy's mocking version on Delirious. In 8th grade, I had a crush on a brunette that loved the song Rock with You so of course I had to love it as well.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't stopped listening to this one that is all that needs to be said.