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Michael JacksonOff The Wall

Label:Epic – FE 35745
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Pitman Pressing, Gatefold
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Funk / Soul, Pop
Style:Disco, Soul, Ballad

Tracklist

A1Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Arranged By [Horns], Flugelhorn, TrumpetJerry Hey
Arranged By [Percussion, Rhythm, Vocals], Backing Vocals, Co-producer, Lead Vocals, PercussionMichael Jackson
Arranged By [Rhythm], Electric Piano, Written-By [Uncredited]Greg Phillinganes
Arranged By [Strings]Ben Wright*
BassLouis Johnson
ConcertmasterGerald Vinci
Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor SaxophoneLarry Williams
Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone SaxophoneKim Hutchcroft
Percussion [Uncredited]Sheila Escovedo
TromboneWilliam Reichenbach*
TrumpetGary Grant
Written-ByM. Jackson*
6:02
A2Rock With You
Arranged By [Horns], Flugelhorn, TrumpetJerry Hey
Arranged By [Rhythm, Vocals]Rod Temperton
Arranged By [Strings]Ben Wright*
Backing Vocals, Lead VocalsMichael Jackson
BassBobby Watson
ConcertmasterGerald Vinci
Electric PianoDavid "Hawk" Wolinski
Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor SaxophoneLarry Williams
Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone SaxophoneKim Hutchcroft
TromboneWilliam Reichenbach*
TrumpetGary Grant
Written-ByR. Temperton*
3:38
A3Working Day And Night
Arranged By [Horns], Flugelhorn, TrumpetJerry Hey
Arranged By [Percussion, Rhythm, Vocals], Backing Vocals, Co-producer, Lead Vocals, PercussionMichael Jackson
Arranged By [Rhythm], Electric PianoGreg Phillinganes
BassLouis Johnson
Drums, PercussionJohn Robinson (2)
Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor SaxophoneLarry Williams
Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone SaxophoneKim Hutchcroft
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
TromboneWilliam Reichenbach*
TrumpetGary Grant
Written-ByM. Jackson*
5:12
A4Get On The Floor
Arranged By [Horns], Flugelhorn, TrumpetJerry Hey
Arranged By [Rhythm]Quincy Jones
Arranged By [Rhythm], BassLouis Johnson
Arranged By [Strings]Ben Wright*
Arranged By [Vocals], Backing Vocals, Co-producer, Lead VocalsMichael Jackson
ClavinetGreg Phillinganes
ConcertmasterGerald Vinci
Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor SaxophoneLarry Williams
Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone SaxophoneKim Hutchcroft
GuitarWah Wah Watson*
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
TromboneWilliam Reichenbach*
TrumpetGary Grant
Written-ByL. Johnson*, M. Jackson*
4:44
B1Off The Wall
Arranged By [Horns], Flugelhorn, TrumpetJerry Hey
Arranged By [Rhythm, Vocals]Rod Temperton
Backing Vocals, Lead VocalsMichael Jackson
BassLouis Johnson
Electric Piano, SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor SaxophoneLarry Williams
Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone SaxophoneKim Hutchcroft
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Programmed By [Synthesizer]Michael Boddicker
Programmed By [Synthesizer], SynthesizerGeorge Duke
TromboneWilliam Reichenbach*
TrumpetGary Grant
Written-ByR. Temperton*
4:04
B2Girlfriend
Arranged By [Horns], Flugelhorn, TrumpetJerry Hey
Arranged By [Rhythm, Vocals]Quincy Jones
Arranged By [Rhythm]Tom Bahler
Arranged By [Rhythm], Electric PianoGreg Phillinganes
Arranged By [Vocals], Backing Vocals, Lead VocalsMichael Jackson
BassLouis Johnson
Flute, Soloist [Alto Saxophone], Alto Saxophone, Tenor SaxophoneLarry Williams
Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone SaxophoneKim Hutchcroft
Programmed By [Synthesizer]Steve Porcaro
Programmed By [Synthesizer], SynthesizerGeorge Duke
SynthesizerDavid Foster
TromboneWilliam Reichenbach*
TrumpetGary Grant
Written-ByMcCartney*
3:04
B3She's Out Of My Life
Arranged By [Strings]Johnny Mandel
BassLouis Johnson
ConcertmasterGerald Vinci
Electric PianoGreg Phillinganes
GuitarLarry Carlton
Lead VocalsMichael Jackson
Written-ByT. Bahler*
3:36
B4I Can't Help It
Arranged By [Horns], Flugelhorn, TrumpetJerry Hey
Arranged By [Rhythm]Stevie Wonder
Arranged By [Rhythm], Electric Piano, SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
Arranged By [Strings]Johnny Mandel
BassLouis Johnson
ConcertmasterGerald Vinci
Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor SaxophoneLarry Williams
Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone SaxophoneKim Hutchcroft
Lead VocalsMichael Jackson
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Programmed By [Synthesizer]Michael Boddicker
TromboneWilliam Reichenbach*
TrumpetGary Grant
Written-ByS. Wonder*, S. Greene*
4:27
B5It's The Falling In Love
Arranged By [Horns], Flugelhorn, TrumpetJerry Hey
Arranged By [Rhythm, Vocals]Quincy Jones
Arranged By [Rhythm], SynthesizerDavid Foster
Arranged By [Vocals]Tom Bahler
Backing Vocals, Lead VocalsMichael Jackson, Patti Austin
BassLouis Johnson
Electric PianoGreg Phillinganes
Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor SaxophoneLarry Williams
Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone SaxophoneKim Hutchcroft
Programmed By [Synthesizer]Steve Porcaro
TromboneWilliam Reichenbach*
TrumpetGary Grant
Written-ByC. B. Sager*, D. Foster*
3:46
B6Burn This Disco Out
Arranged By [Horns], Flugelhorn, TrumpetJerry Hey
Arranged By [Rhythm, Vocals]Rod Temperton
Backing Vocals, Lead VocalsMichael Jackson
BassLouis Johnson
Electric PianoGreg Phillinganes
Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor SaxophoneLarry Williams
Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone SaxophoneKim Hutchcroft
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
TromboneWilliam Reichenbach*
TrumpetGary Grant
Written-ByR. Temperton*
3:38
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Credits

Notes

"P' stamped in runouts denotes a Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman pressing.

Rhythm tracks and vocals recorded at Allen Zentz Recording
Horns recorded at Westlake Audio; Strings recorded at Cherokee Studios
Mixed at Westlake Audio; Mastered at A&M Recording Studio, L.A.

I dedicate this to the year of the child & my mother - Love, M.J.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 074643574518
  • Barcode (Printed): 0 7464-35745-1
  • Pressing Plant ID (Runout Etchings, Stamped, All Variants): p
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Matrix): AL 35745
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Matrix): BL 35745
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 1): PAL 35745-3BA
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 1): PBL 35745-2CD
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 2): PAL 35745-2D
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 2): PBL 35745-2C
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 3): PAL 35745-3AJ
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 3): PBL 35745-2CA
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 4): PAL 35745-2AK
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 4): PBL 35745-2BB
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 5): PAL 35745-3AE
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 5): PBL 35745-2B
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 6): P 1⅁ PAL 35745-3BK
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 6): PBL 35745-2DA
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 7): PAL 35745-2AM
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 7): PBL 35745-2A
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 8): PAL 35745-3BA
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 8): PBL 35745-2CF
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 9): PAL 35745-3AG
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 9): PBL 35745-2BK
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 10): PAL 35745-6IA
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 10): PBL 35745-2DA
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 11): PAL-35745-3BA O P
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 11): PBL 35745-2DA P O
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 12): PAL 35745-3AK A
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 12): PAL 35745-2CD A
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 13): PAL 35745-3BA p
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 13): PBL 35745-2CF D O
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 14): P AL-35745 GIA MKC D D
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 15): PAL 35745-3AK
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 16): PAL 35745-3BN
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 17): PAL 35745-2AM S I D 23
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 17): PAL 35745-2AJ S 2 4 21
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 18): P PAL 35745-2AR
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 18): P PBL 35745-2BB
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 19 ): P PAL 35745 - 3BE
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 19 ): PBL 35745-2BB (no P-stamp)
  • Rights Society (A1, A3 to A5, B3, B5): BMI
  • Rights Society (A2, A5 to B1, B4, B6): ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching, Variant 20): PAL 35745-3AK 0
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching, Variant 20): PBL 35725-2CD 0

Other Versions (5 of 391)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Off The Wall (LP, Album, Gatefold)Epic, EpicEPC 83468, S EPC 83468UK1979
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Off The Wall (LP, Album, Repress, Gatefold )EpicEPC 83468UK1979
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Off The Wall (LP, Album, Gatefold, Epic Dark Blue labels)EpicELPS 3973Australia1979
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Off The Wall (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)EpicEPC 83468Europe1979
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Off The Wall (Cassette, Album)EpicFET 35745US1979

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  • MVfunk's avatar
    MVfunk
    "Off the Wall," is my favourite album in music. I have 4 version of this LP in vinyl and a a cd. Musically, this album is an absolute gem including collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Brothers Johnson, etc and of course tRod Temperton's song writing, and I have left the genius for last: Mr Quincy Jones.

    If you want to experience the best sounding pressing, you have to go for the first edition, which you can obtain for $20.00. The soundstage fills your room; the strings and horn arrangements are sharp, the percussion is well presented and vocals are clear. I also have the half speed version that highlights some instruments due to some more separation of the instruments. However, it lacks of punch, bass in drum kick compared to the first edition. In the end, this is an R&B album, and you need punch. I also have the 180 gram European edition, which is an okay pressing from a digital source.

    I love this album so much that I could not stop me from purchasing an additional 1st edition that I happen to see at my local store. it is in mint condition and less worn out that my own copy.
    • soulfunktion's avatar
      soulfunktion
      I have to agree with everyone who has said this was his best ever album because it was. However looking at who's playing on the album I think this could so easily have been a Patti Austin or Siedah Garrett album.
      • thatvhstapeguy's avatar
        Edited one year ago
        One of my favorite albums. My only complaint with this pressing is that it contains the updated mixes of "Rock With You" and "Get on the Floor."
        • isaacmusicman's avatar
          isaacmusicman
          Edited 6 months ago
          Album Revolution #1:

          After leaving "Motown" with his Brothers and releasing the fantastic "Destiny" album, "Michael" got really ambitious, signed a solo contract with "Epic", and began to take over the music world with "Off The Wall"...

          I always get into fights with people because, I always say that this album is better than "Thriller"....Not more popular, but better Creatively!!!!!! From start to finish, this album is PURE FIRE!!!!! That's because of "Mike" starting his association with Producer Extraordinaire "Quincy Jones"!!!! It's because of that this album is an Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate Ultimate Crown Jewel!!!!

          The "Title Track" should have started the album to me, but as with most of his albums, I am not mad that, "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" got the job...The Bassline and "Mike's" opening Dialogue, then the joint just starts POUNCIN'!!!!

          "Rock With You", the second single, is an instant CLASSIC ('NUFF SAID!!!!!)!!!!

          I don't believe that "Working Day And Night" was a single, but it didn't matter, because it got MASSIVE airplay....

          "Get On The Floor" is also a THUMPIN' joint written by "Rod Temperton" from "Heatwave", with bass line courtesy of "Louis Johnson" from "The Brothers Johnson"....

          After the "Title Track" on side 2, "Girlfriend", written by "Sir Paul McCartney", is the first cool down joint of the album, and I'm sure it started the friendship they had for a while....

          I already told you about "She's Out Of My Life" when he performed it live with his Brothers...It is one a his most emotional performances EVER!!!!

          My favorite on the album, and my Crown Jewel, "I Can't Help It" (Co written by "Stevie Wonder"), with those Mystical Keyboards and Bassline, it is non hit classic!!!!!

          "It's The Falling In Love", (the duet with "Patti Austin"), is another cool down joint with a BUMPIN' Bass Line....

          The final song, "Burn This Disco Out" (also written by "Temperton") rounds out the album like people were still on the Dance Floor!!!

          Side note: I heard that every song that "Rod Temperton" wrote for "Michael", was first offered to "Heatwave" and they turned them down....That BLOWS MY MIND!!!!!!

          With ALL that being said, you know that this started the Album Revolution for "Mike", and it helped him the go to the next level to conquer the Music world!!!!!!
          • kyle12ellis's avatar
            kyle12ellis
            MJ was one of the most important performers (entertainers) during the 70's and 80's and this release is where his individual superstar really took hold in a LP. I was not a diehard fan during the time, I was a Rock and Metal collector but I believe if you love music and entertainment you have to appreciate his gift. This is a fun album from lip to edge.
            • seedeelist1's avatar
              seedeelist1
              A lot people assume Thriller to be his best work because of the singles it produced. Nope. It was this.THIS is MJ's masterpiece. Thriller and Bad are both classic albums,but this is the one.
              • Zackamania's avatar
                Zackamania
                Such a great album. Great EQ mastered by Bernie Grundman . Deep low ends, crisp high ends and sheeny mids.

                Amazing tracks. Close to Thriller maybe better, almost as good as Bad!
                • Tonygrooove's avatar
                  Tonygrooove
                  Forget Thriller (no disrespect), but this is his best LP. Songs. Performance. Other than Mike's vocals, this is nothing but a Brothers Johnson/Heatwave LP (if you check the credits) that Quincy out together. I just love it.
                  • Jared_DiCarlo's avatar
                    Say what you will about MJ later in his life, but he is in fine form here. Probably the greatest disco record ever.
                    • seajolly's avatar
                      seajolly
                      Edited 3 years ago
                      I've had this album in various formats over the years (cassette and CD and iTunes download). But I cannot believe how GREAT the original vinyl pressing sounds. It is amazing!

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