Michael Jackson off the Wall for the Record
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Off The Wall is beautiful music. Lovingly crafted superbly arranged and topped by the immaculate vocals of Michael Jackson, who's probably the best singer in the world just now in terms of style and technique. His singing is so graceful." - NME Two weeks before Michael Jackson turned 21 his first solo album with Epic Records was released. Off the Wall came during a period when Michael was hitting his next musical phase. Having not only been well received for his portrayal as the scarecrow in The Wiz film, he and his brothers also proved that they could write and produce their own material with the successful release of Destiny. Michael also announced that he was to take control of his own career too having been managed by his father since a child. Turning 21 meant Michael was taking care of his own destiny and musical path. Dedicated to his mother Katherine and 'The Year of the Child, Off the Wall was a critical success and spawned 4 Top 10 singles on both sides of the Atlantic and by 2015 it had sold well over 20 million copies worldwide, some feat when you consider his next album Thriller was to go on to become the biggest selling album of all time. Off the Wall for the Record takes a retrospective look at the album that was released in August, 1979 and how Michael and a team of A list writers and producers put it together. Off the Wall for the Record covers: The album, The singles, The stories around that period, The chart success, The Reviews, The Triumph Album & Tour, in addition to Motown re-issues and Michael's appearances has a writer, producer and backing vocalist for other artists during the 1979-1981 period. Off the Wall for the Record is the first in depth look at the album that in general is virtually skipped by most authors. Off the Wall for the Record is designed to give a new generation of fans and current ones the chance to look back on what proved to be a very successful campaign for Michael Jackson and the first steps to becoming a global superstar on the same scale bestowed on Elvis Presley and The Beatles. This is Off the Wall for the Record.