This is a great CD compilation of MJ's early solo work!
You are reminded of what a genius and child prodigy he was!
The way he delivers a lyric with such passion and knowingness,
though he was only a preteen on alot of this material..is amazing!
This was some of the music in which I cut my musical teeth on
as a singer!--I won my 3rd Grade talent show (1972) singing
"Got To Be There" to a standing ovation! (-:
I can remember when Michael and his brothers, The Jackson 5,
debuted on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1969 when I was 5 yrs old.
He made such an impression on millions, irregardless of race
or socio-economic class, that they were catapulted to
superstardom overnight, and the rest, as they say, is history!
There are the great early solo hits of his:
"Ben", "I Wanna Be Where You Are", "Maria ( You Were The Only One)",
"Got To Be There", etc., as well as great album cuts like
"Ain't No Sunshine", "People Make The World Go Round",
"Dear Michael" and others that really take me back to those
magical childhood days when I spent hours between the speakers
learning every syllable and inflection of Michael's voice to a tee!
Of course, a few years later, my voice changed and I couldn't hit
those notes in a full-throated natural anymore..I had to switch
to falsetto! (-: But Michael's beautiful, rich, other-worldly
tone and range was one of my first vocal teachers.
Now that he's passed away, his music means so much more to me.
I saw him come from nowhere, a young prodigy of immeasurable
and unprecedented talent who became a superstar at age 11,
then on to a teenaged star with his family on a weekly TV
variety show, to selling millions of records with the albums
"The Jacksons, "Destiny" and "Triumph", to his role as
the Scarecrow in "The Wiz"...then there was his transcendent
jump to mega-stardom with "Off The Wall" (1979),
"Thriller"(1982), "Bad" (1987), "Dangerous" (1991), etc.
No matter what anyone may have to say negatively about
him today, Michael Jackson was an innovator,
a true talent, groundbreaker, and a worldwide icon!--Bar None!!
Many entertainers, like myself, cut their musical teeth on
his work and went on to have very lucrative careers because of it!
REST IN PEACE MICHAEL!!--Thank you for all that you were!
His musical legacy will live on forever!