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Essential Listening: Jackson made great music well before ‘Thriller’

Micheal Jacksons album Off the Wall released in August of 1979. Photo credits to Vevo Youtube channel.
Micheal Jackson’s album Off the Wall released in August of 1979. Photo credits to Vevo Youtube channel.

Tired of your Spotify playlists? The Purbalite is here to help with our Essential Listening series.

Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall, released in 1979, remains a standout in his career and the history of the pop music genre.

This album was Jackson’s first hit solo album, selling a total of 20 million copies throughout the United States. Previously he was part of the band the Jackson 5 with his brothers in the early ’70s.

Off the Wall consists heavily of a unique blend of funk, pop, and R&B. Jackson specifically highlights his vocals and versatility throughout the album.

Popular tracks off the album, such as “Rock with You” and “Get on the Floor,” have an energetic flow and upbeat sound for the listener. Other songs, such as “Workin’ Day and Night” and “Burn This Disco Out,” highlight more features, such as his impressive pitch and rhythm.

Many know Jackson’s later songs “Beat It” and “Thriller” because of their storytelling and flow, but the songs on this album have a different melody.

Not only is this album associated with kick-starting Jackson’s solo career, it was hugely influential for the pop genre in general.

Even though Jackson’s career was cut short at just 50 years old, he still had a tremendous impact on the music industry and genre of pop.

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