“Off The Wall” era (1978-1979)

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

Demos/Outtakes/unreleased tracks from the album’ sessions

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. 

Others 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. 

Previous era : « Destiny » era (1978)

Next era : Triumph era (1980)

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