“Off The Wall” era (1978-1980)

Off The Wall

1/Original track listing from the album released on August 10, 1979 (recorded from december 1978 to june 1979)

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

2/Demos/Alternate Versions

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)

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 untreleased.

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 2018 and contains unreleased deleted verse from the album version. Full demo leaked in 2014 but remains unreleased. 

3/Outtakes/unreleased tracks from the album’ sessions

4/Others songs from this era :

 

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

Love Never Felt So Good  : Demo recorded in 1980 with Paul Anka & leaked in 2006. Original demo + 2 new remixes (including one by Timbaland featuring Justin Timberlake) released in 2014 (Xscape)

When You Wish Upon A Star : Recorded in 1980 for Disney’s 25th anniversary. Used in a Disney Channel Special TV Show in 1980 and at the end of “The Legend Continues” documentary in 1987. Remains unreleased.

I Never Heard (This Is It) : Demo recorded in 1980 with Paul Anka. New remix released in 2009 (This Is It). Snippet from the original demo leaked but full original demo remains unreleased.

Don’t Matter To Me : Demo recorded in 1980 with Paul Anka. A snippet is used and released in 2018 on Drake’s song “Don’t Matter To Me”. Original demo remains unreleased.

5/Songs known to exist but never released/leaked

6/Singles & short films

1sr single : “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (released on July 28, 1979) 

Date of shooting : August 1979

Date of premiere : October 1979

Directed by : Nick Saxton

Official release : Released on DVD in 1995 (History), in 2003 (Number Ones) and in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

2nd single : “Rock With You” (released on November 3, 1979) 

Date of shooting : October 1979

Date of premiere : December 1979

Directed by : Bruce Gowers

Official release : Released on DVD in 1995 (History), in 2003 (Number Ones) and in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

Single : “She’s Out Of My Life” (released on April 18, 1980)

Date of shooting : February 1980

Date of premiere : April 1980

Directed by : Bruce Gowers

Official release : Released on DVD in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael’ You Tube official page.

7/TV performances and live concerts :

Destiny Tour 1979-1980

Triumph Tour 1981

 

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