Episode 24

#JCsMusicology - Michael Jackson (1977 - 1980)


July 6th, 2020

1 hr 22 mins 14 secs

Season 3

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About this Episode

In this episode of #JCsMusicology, we deconstruct each song from Michael Jackson's first solo album as an adult artist, Off The Wall.

Once The Jacksons gained more independence with their group work, allowing them to write and produce the vast majority of their albums, Michael also began to plot his own emancipation. By starring in The Wiz and meeting up with Quincy Jones, a significant musical partnership was formed and a team was assembled.

Using demos and multitrack tapes, we learn how one of the greatest albums in history was crafted.

Interview Credits: Roundtable, Sylvia Chase, WBLS Frankie Crocker, Countdown, John Pigeon, Robbie Vincent Show, Steve Rosen, Diane Collins, Spotlight Special, Mexico Deposition, 2001 Special Edition, Make it Funky, BBC, Ebony, NVLP, Joy, Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, Red Bull Music, Artist Series and Sweetwater.

Special Thanks: Chris Cadman, Brice Nijar and Andy Healy.