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The Essential Michael Jackson (Remastered) Best of, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (July 19 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0009XNUK0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Want You Back
2. ABC
3. The Love You Save
4. Got To Be There (Single Version)
5. 5. Rockin' Robin
6. Ben (Single Version)
7. Enjoy Yourself
8. Blame It On The Boogie
9. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) (Single Edit)
10. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (Single Version)
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Bad
2. I Just Can't Stop Loving You
3. Leave Me Alone
4. The Way You Make Me Feel (Single Version)
5. Man In The Mirror
6. Dirty Diana
7. Another Part Of Me (Single Version)
8. Smooth Criminal (Radio Edit)
9. Black Or White (Single Version)
10. Heal The World
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By Oli C. on May 23 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Does exactly what it says on the tin. If you want to buy just one Michael Jackson album with all his hits on, this is it. It even includes some of the popular Jackson 5 releases. All tracks are the original recordings. Sound quality could be a bit better but not likely to be noticed if you're listening via todays ubiquitous ear phones. Worth every penny ($15 on Amazon) but seems to be getting harder to purchase - just one on Amazon Canada at the time of purchase and local stores had zero stock.
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This is the best Michael Jackson greatest hits you'll find for a reasonable price (unless you want to shell out money for "The Ultimate Collection"). It's the only collection on a single or double CD that contains hits from The Jackson 5, The Jacksons, and Michael's solo career released in North America.

Pretty much all of the big hits are on here, although some are mysteriously missing such as "I'll Be There", "Dancing Machine", "Mama's Pearl" and "Scream" (which is strange because the full album version of "Dangerous" is on here when it wasn't on even a single). Its inclusion is most likely because Michael performed "Dangerous" quite a bit and it is a well-known song amongst his fan base for that reason. But for this to take precedence over the aforementioned missing hits is a bit odd.

I also agree with other reviewers that some more hits from "HIStory" and "Invincible" could have been included on here for a more well-rounded perspective.

But as with all greatest hits packages, this is marketed towards casual fans and not hardcore fans like me. And it contains all of the huge signature MJ hits that need to be on here, so on that note it succeeds.

I buy every Michael Jackson release, and even though I own all of these songs on other releases, this is a nice addition to my collection. I personally like the use of radio edits for a lot of songs because the album versions for some (such as "Will You Be There") are a little too long for my liking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hughes TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 3 2009
Format: Audio CD
I never really appreciated MJ in the past, I've always been into the hard rock/metal but I now realize how great he is and was with the Jackson 5, holy crap he could sing back then! This 2 disk cd has all his great feel good hits and a few others. If you can't afford all his albums, this disk has a good chunk of awesome MJ and Jackson 5 music.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Lennox on June 13 2006
Format: Audio CD
Michael Jackson's latest hits compilation, tries to correct problems of past greatest-hits albums by putting all of his biggest hits in one place, including his time in the Jacksons, and it comes close. The first cd of this compilation is really the essential one. Starting with some of his greatest hits with the Jackson 5, later the Jacksons, while throwing in early solo hits, then finally finishing with all the hits from Off The Wall and Thriller, it's very nearly the greatest hits cd to end all greatest hits cds. Had that first cd been released in 1985 at the height of Michael Jackson mania, it might have gone on to become one of his best selling albums ever.

The problem is really only with the second cd, which covers 1987-onward. Eight songs from the album Bad and another seven from Dangerous seems a bit overkill, especially when only one song is included each from HIStory and Invincible, and nothing from Blood On The Dance Floor. Those three albums may not have been his best, but should have been represented better for a more rounded career overview (The European version of this album fixes this somewhat by adding two extra songs from HIStory while removing the non-hit Dangerous). But why Scream, his duet with sister Janet and one of his biggest hits from the 90's, is missing is a mystery. And including the full length version of Heal The World, with it's childrens' voices intro to the song, seems borderline creepy given MJ's troubles, despite whatever intention he had with the song originally.

However, there are a lot of good songs on the second cd, and tracks like The Way You Make Me Feel and Black Or White still hold up well. But if you own the set, you'll probably find yourself listening to the first cd much more than the second.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sonic on Feb. 15 2006
Format: Audio CD
Why there had to be another Michael Jackson Best of-album with a similar tracklist as "History", "Greatest Hits", "Number Ones" and "The Ultimate Collection" remains an open question. But in contrast to the Box Set this album is a lot less expensive. So if you like "The Jackson 5", "The Jacksons" and Michael as a solo artist this is the ideal collection of songs.
The first CD starts off peppy with "I want you back", "ABC" and "The love you save" which are without a doubt the three best songs of the "Jackson 5" and will surely put you in a good mood.
"Got to be there" and "Ben" are two timeless ballads which show young Michael's enormous volume. After that the album is taken to another level by a row of sensational dancefloor tracks like "Shake Your Body" and Michael's first ultimate worldwide hit "Don't stop 'til you get enough", which will truly get every party going. Nevertheless the album even manages to beat this with the never-to-be-beaten baseline of "Billie Jean" and the immensely powerful "Beat It".
The second CD presents seven hits from "Bad" including the fantastic "Man in the Mirror" and the catchy "Smooth Criminal".
This is followed by Michael's biggest hit of the 90s "Black or White" and further great songs from the "Dangerous"-album. Among them classics like the tremendously groovy "Who is it" and the bombast-ballade "Will you be there".
Fortunately the album also includes the two undoubtedly best songs from the "History"-album.
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