“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)

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

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

-Rock With You (Rod Temperton Guide Vocal Demo) : 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.

 

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)

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.

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)

-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.

 

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