“Off The Wall” (1979)

Off The Wall

Recording sessions : December 1978–June 1979

Studios :  Hayvenhurst home studio, Allen Zentz, Westlake, and Cherokee, Los Angeles, California

Label : CBS Epic Records

Release date : August 10, 1979

Peak on Billboard 200 : 3

Original track listing 

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Rock with You
Working Day and Night
Get on the Floor
Off the Wall
Girlfriend
She’s Out of My Life
I Can’t Help It
It’s the Falling in Love
Burn This Disco Out

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

*Worked by MJ during his lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (demo) : Recorded in 1978 & released in 2001 (Off The Wall Special Edition).

Working Day & Night (demo) : Recorded in 1978 & released in 2001 (Off The Wall Special Edition).

She’s Out Of My Life (demo) : Recorded in 1978 & released in 2009 (This Is It).

She’s Out Of My Life (Alternate take 1) : Recorded in 1978. Full take leaked in 2020 but remains unreleased.

She’s Out Of My Life (Alternate take 2) : Recorded in 1978. Full take leaked in 2020 but remains unreleased.

She’s Out Of My Life (Alternate take 3) : Recorded in 1978. Full take leaked in 2020 but remains unreleased.

Working Day & Night (Uncut Session) : With unreleased ad-libs. Leaked in 2018 but remains unreleased.

Girlfriend (demo) : Recorded on 1978. Full demo leaked in 2017 but remains unreleased.

Rock With You (Rod Temperton Guide Vocal Demo without Michael’s voice) : Recorded in 1978/1979. Full demo leaked in 2019 but remains unreleased.

I Can’t Help It (demo) : Recorded in 1978 & played in 2013/2014 during fan conventions “In Studio With Michael”. Full demo leaked online in 2015. Remains unreleased.

It’s The Falling In Love (demo) : Recorded in 1978/1979. Full demo leaked  in 2020 but remains unreleased.

Get On The Floor (demo) : Recorded in 1978 and contains unreleased deleted verse from the album version. Full demo leaked in 2014 but remains unreleased.

OUTTAKES FROM THE ALBUM RECORDING SESSIONS

OTHER SONGS FROM THIS ERA

Can’t Get Outta The Rain : Recorded in 1978 & released in 1982 (The Girl Is Mine single).

We Are the Ones : Written by Michael Jackson in 1978. Song registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

Susie : Written and recorded by Michael Jackson circa 1978. The song was re recorded in 1994-1995 as Little Susie during the “History” sessions. Remains unreleased.

Iowa : Written by Michael Jackson circa 1978. Classical piece confirmed by sister Janet Jackson in a 1993 magazine interview. Song registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

Got to Find a Way Somehow : Written by Michael Jackson in 1979. Remains unreleased.

Under Your Skin : Written by Michael Jackson in 1979. Song registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

You Told Me Your Lovin : Written by Michael Jackson in 1979. A second unreleased version exists, with words and music by Jackson’s brother Randy Song registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

Off The Wall : the short films (1979-1980)

Concerts

No tour.

Previous era : « Destiny » (1978)

Next era : Triumph (1980)

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