Off the Wall

~ Release group by Michael Jackson

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Off the Wall12" Vinyl10
  • US1979-08-10
EpicFE 35745074643574518
Off the Wall12" Vinyl10
Epic25·3P-149[none]
Off the Wall12" Vinyl10
EpicEPC 83468[none]
Off the WallCassette10
Epic40-83468[none]
Off the WallCD10
  • JP1982-10-01
Epic Records (J-Pop label since 2001, established 1978; use ONLY for releases by Japanese domestic artists!)35・8P-2
Off the Wall (made in Japan)CD10
  • XE1983-03-07
EpicCDEPC83468[none]
Off the WallCD10
  • XE1983-03-07
EpicCDEPC834685099708346829
Off the Wall (made in Japan)CD10
EpicEK 35745074643574525
Off the Wall12" Vinyl10
EpicEPC 450086 15099745008612
Off the WallCD10
  • JP1988-10-26
Epic25·8P-51384988010229658
Off the WallCD10
EpicCDDEA 22275099700222725
Off the WallCD10
EpicESCA 54074988010540722
Off the WallCD10
EpicEK 35745074643574525
Off the WallCD10
EpicCDX834685099708346898
Off the Wall (Special Edition)CD19
  • US2001-10-16
EpicEK 66070074646607022
Off the Wall (special edition)CD19
  • AU2001-10-19
Epic50442120009399700091977
Off the Wall (special edition)CD19
EpicCDIM 5044217509950442128
Off the Wall (special edition)CD19
EpicEPC 504421 25099750442128
Off the WallCD19
  • JP2009-07-08
EpicEICP 11944547366047295
Off the WallCD19
  • JP2010-06-23
EpicEICP 14084547366054163
Off the Wall (Mastered for iTunes)Digital Media10
  • XW2013-06-29
Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings)074643574525
Off The Wall (hi-res audio)Digital Media10
Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings)074643574525
Off the Wall (hi-res audio)Digital Media10
Epic074643574525
Off the WallDigital Media10
Epic074643574525
Off the WallCD10
Epic88875043852, 88875199582, 88875199612888751996120
Off The WallCD10
  • XE2016-02-26
Legacy (Legacy Recordings), Epic, MJJ Productions (logo / imprint / label), Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified)88875124472, 88875139112888751391123
オフ・ザ・ウォール (デラックス・エディション, 期間生産限定盤)CD + Blu-ray10 + 18
  • JP2016-03-09
EpicSICP-30924, SICP-309254547366260106
オフ・ザ・ウォール (デラックス・エディション, 期間生産限定盤)CD + DVD-Video10 + 18
  • JP2016-03-09
EpicSICP-30926, SICP-309274547366260113
Off the Wall (hi-res audio)Digital Media10
  • JP2016-03-09
Epic
Off the Wall12" Vinyl10
Epic, Legacy (Legacy Recordings), MJJ Productions (logo / imprint / label)888751894211
Off the WallCassette10FET 3574507464357454
(unknown)
Off The Wall12" Vinyl10
Epic25-3P-149
Off the Wall (hi-res audio)Digital Media10
Epic074643574525

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough
Rock With You
part of:Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 36) (order: 36)
The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 56) (order: 56)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 68) (order: 68)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/435524 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/Michael_Jackson:Off_The_Wall_(1979) [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/mq3n [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/michael_jackson/off_the_wall/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000190332 [info]
Wikidata:Q44289 [info]

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1979's Off The Wall is one of the finest pop albums ever made and showcases Michael Jackson as a gifted and versatile vocalist, comfortable performing on ballads as well as upbeat disco tracks.

Although Michael had previously released four solo albums as part of the Jackson 5 franchise on Motown, it was this, his first album on Epic that would break him as a worldwide superstar.

In collaborating with producer Quincy Jones, Off The Wall found Jackson using his newly found creative freedom by departing from his previous Motown sound, instead opting for an album that combined disco, soul, pop, soft rock and funk influences. Additional to Jones' polished, professional productions, Michael Jackson collaborated with some of the finest songwriters of the time, including Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Rod Temperton. As a result, Off The Wall became the first album ever to spawn four Billboard Top Ten singles: Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Rock With You, Off The Wall and She's Out Of My Life.

Since it's release, Off The Wall has sold over fifteen million copies and many critics believe as an album it has not been bettered by any of Michael Jackson's subsequent output.