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Off The Wall (Suzuki Love Sleeve - Promo) [Single]Off The Wall (Suzuki Love Sleeve - Promo) [Single]

'Off The Wall' of Michael Jackson is a Japanese promo single that clearly printed with 'Not For Sale' text, the single was released in Japan in November 1979 on the Epic label.

Written by Rod Temperton, who submitted three songs for the album. "The one I thought would be their choice was 'Off The Wall'," he said. "I tried to find out about Michael's character. I knew he liked Charlie Chaplin, and I thought 'Off The Wall' would be a nice thing for Michael."

Promotional picture insert with Michael standing next to a Suzuki 'Love' scooter, as used in the Suzuki Motorbike TV advert exclusively in Japan, with lyrics on the reverse.

P.S. There exists another rare single with 'Suzuki' motorbike: 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough'.

Track list:

1. Off The Wall - 3:50

1. Get On The Floor  - 4:40

Off The Wall (Promo) Single Back

Record label: Epic
Released: 11-1979
Series number: 06.5P-94
Printed: Japan
Guide price: 40 €

Off The Wall (Album with Free 'You Can't Win' Picture Disc Single)

Jackson's 'Off The Wall' album was released in the UK by Epic Records in August, 1979, with some of the early copies feature a free 7" (limited edition) picture disc of 'You Can't Win'. The album has a sticker on the cover.

Jackson collaborated with a number of other writers and performers such as Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Rod Temperton. Jackson wrote several of the songs himself, including the lead single, 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough'.

The record was a departure from Jackson's previous work for Motown. Several critics observed that 'Off The Wall' was crafted from funk, disco-pop, soul, soft rock, jazz and pop ballads. Jackson received positive reviews for his vocal performance on the record. The record gained positive reviews and won the singer his first Grammy Award since the early 1970's. With 'Off the Wall', Jackson became the first solo artist to have four singles from the same album peak inside the top10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The album was a commercial success, to date it is certified for 8× Multi-Platinum in the US.

Off The Wall (Album with Free 'You Can't Win' Picture Disc Single)

Track list:

1. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - 6:02
2. Rock With You - 3:38
3. Working Day And Night - 5:12
4. Get On The Floor - 4:44

1. Off The Wall - 4:04
2. Girlfriend - 3:04
3. She's Out Of My Life - 3:36
4. I Can't Help It - 4:24
5. It's The Falling In Love - 3:46
6. Burn This Disco Out - 3:38

You Can't Win (Limited Edition) [Picture Disc] Single BackThe limited edition picture disc was first released in Britain in May, 1979 but later added with some of the early copies of the album 'Off The Wall'.

'You Can't Win' was originally performed by Michael in the movie, 'The Wiz' - premiered in Los Angeles in October 1978.

Not featured on the Broadway musical on which the film was based - written especially for Michael's part as the Scarecrow.

Track list:

1. You Can't Win (Part 1) - 3:43

1. You Can't Win (Part 2) - 2:48

Record label: Epic
Released: 08-1979
Series number: EPC 83468
Printed: UK
Guide price: 125 €

Boogie Album CoverBoogie (Album)

'Boogie' is a very rare Jackson 5 album which was released in Canada (USA) on January 16th, 1979. It was released by Natural Resources (a division of Motown) and included tracks not available anywhere else. Due to legal problems, it was withdrawn shortly after its release and it is now very hard to come by.

Even rarer, and let us add virtually impossible to find, are the 'international' copies made in other countries of the world.

Track list:

1. Love's Gone Bad - 3:20
2. I Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore - 3:01
3. ABC - 2:58
4. I Was Made To Love Her - 4:17
5. One Day I'll Marry You - 3:00

1. Never Can Say Goodbye - 3:00
2. Oh I've Been Bless'd - 2:40
3. Penny Arcade - 2:40
4. Just Because I Love You - 3:14
5. Dancing Machine - 2:41

Record label: Natural Resources (a division of Motown)
Released: 16-01-1979
Series number: NR-4013T1
Printed: USA
Guide price: 112 €

The Leader Of 80's Pop (Promo) Album CoverThe Leader Of 80's Pop (Promo) [Album]

Michael Jackson & The Jacksons - The Leader Of 80's Pop is a promo album that was released in Japan in the year 1979 on the Epic label. Custom pasted picture sleeve with Japanese text, biography and discography printed on the reverse.

The album featuring special nonstop medleys of their hits. Side one is devoted to Michael & side two to The Jacksons.

Track list:

1. Special Nonstop Version Part I
Rock With You
Off The Wall
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

2. Special Nonstop Version Part II
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Rock With You
Working Day & Night

1. Special Disco Version
Shake Your Body

2. Special Nonstop Version
Blame It On The Boogie
Shake Your Body
All Night Dancin'

Record label: Epic
Released: 1979
Series number: QY.3P-12
Printed: Japan
Guide price: 150 €

The Wiz 2LP Album CoverThe Wiz (2LP Album)

'The Wiz' is the soundtrack album for the 1978 film adaptation of the Broadway musical 'The Wiz'. Although the film was produced for Universal Pictures by Motown Records' film division, the soundtrack album housed in a gatefold picture sleeve was issued in the USA on MCA Records in October 1978 as a two-LP collection.

On the double album you can hear Michael in one solo song 'You Can't Win', and one duet by Michael and Diana Ross: 'Ease On Down The Road'. Michael also contributed vocally to 'Be A Lion' and 'A Brand New Day'.

This album doesn’t notch very good in the hit parades and reached only to number 17 in the Black albums as in the hit parade for Pop-LP's.

Track list:

LP 1:
1. Main Title (Overture, Part One) - 2:34
2. Overture (Part Two) - 2:03
3. The Feeling That We Have - 3:30
4. Can I Go On? - 1:56
5. Glinda's Theme - 1:09
6. He's The Wizard - 2:52
7. Soon As I Get Home/Home - 4:01

LP 2:
1. Be A Lion - 4:04
2. End Of The Yellow Brick Road - 1:01
3. Emerald City Sequence - 6:41
4. So You Wanted To See The Wizard - 2:48
5. Is This What Feeling Gets? (Dorothy's Theme) - 3:13


1. You Can't Win - 3:14
2. Ease On Down The Road #1 - 3:19
3. What Would I Do If I Could Feel? - 2:18
4. Slide Some Oil To Me - 2:19
5. Ease On Down The Road #2 - 1:30
6. (I'm A) Mean Ole Lion - 2:23
7. Ease On Down The Road #3 - 1:24
8. Poppy Girls - 3:27

1. Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News - 3:01
2. A Brand New Day - 7:51
3. Believe In Yourself (Dorothy) - 2:54
4. The Good Witch Glinda - 1:10
5. Believe In Yourself (Reprise) - 2:13
6. Home - 3:27

Here below you see the gatefold picture sleeve that is decorated by a nice picture out the film of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Wiz Gatefold

Record label: MCA Records
Released: 10-1978
Series number: MCA2-14000
Printed: USA
Guide price: 20 €

Goin' Places - Teen Night (Promo) [Picture Disc] Album FrontGoin' Places - Teen Night (Promo) [Picture Disc Album]

A very rare promotional picture disc of The Jacksons 'Goin' Places' album that was sold at this special event held at Dodger's Stadium in Los Angeles on the Epic label. Front reads: "Ten Q Radio 1020-Jacksons Dodgers Teen Night: May 13, 1978" with a picture of Dodgers Stadium.

The back of the picture disc has the album cover with The Jacksons in aviator outfits. The sleeve is a special custom red jacket with the track listing on the back (and Ten Q "Teen Night" logo). There is no catalog number on the record, but it is commonly known as 34835-1G.

Track list:

1. Music's Takin' Over - 4:36
2. Goin' Places - 4:35
3. Different Kind Of Lady - 3:36
4. Even Though You're Gone - 4:35

1. Jump For Joy - 4:34
2. Heaven Knows I Love You - 3:59
3. Man Of War - 3:13
4. Do What You Wanna - 3:32
5. Find Me A Girl - 4:35

Record label: Epic
Released: 13-05-1978
Series number: 34835-1G
Printed: USA
Guide price: 300 €

The Jacksons (Picture-Disc) Album CoverThe Jacksons (Picture Disc) [Album]

This very rare blue vinyl picture disc of The Jacksons was released on November 27th, 1976 in the USA by Epic Records and has a picture of the The Jacksons in blue stage outfits (same picture on both sides).
This album was manufactured by Philadelphia International Records.

The sleeve is a special custom blue jacket with the track listing on the back. There is no catalog number on the record, but it is commonly known as PE 34229, which is the same catalog for the standard issue.

Track list:

1. Enjoy Yourself - 3:24
2. Think Happy - 3:08
3. Good Times - 4:57
4. Keep On Dancing - 4:31
5. Blues Away - 3:14

1. Show You The Way To Go - 5:28
2. Living Together - 4:25
3. Strength Of One Man - 3:55
4. Dreamer - 3:03
5. Style Of Life - 3:21

Record label: Epic
Released: 27-11-1976
Series number: PE 34229
Printed: USA
Guide price: 450 €

Enjoy Yourself (Limited Edition) Maxi-Single CoverEnjoy Yourself (Limited Edition) [Maxi-Single]

The maxi-single 'Enjoy Yourself' of The Jacksons is a limited edition that came out on the label Epic on October 16th, 1976 in the UK.

It was the first non-Motown single for the group since they departed from the label earlier that year. It was also the group's first Platinum single, as well as the first song to featured new member Randy Jackson, who replaced Jermaine after he decided to stay in Motown after his brothers left.

How many examples is been released is a question, I don't know sorry.

The cover of this beautiful song show us the Jacksons with there signature's above here names.

Track list:

1. Enjoy Yourself - 5:48

Style Of Life - 3:2

Record label: Epic
Released: 16-10-1976
Series number: S EPC 5063
Printed: UK
Guide price: 90 €

In Japan! (Promo) Album CoverIn Japan! (Promo) [Album]

The Jackson 5 'In Japan!' promo album was released in December 1973 in Japan on the Tamla Motown label. 'In Japan' a Jackson Five concert from April 30th, 1973.

This 11-track album, gatefold pasted picture sleeve with a four-page Japanese/lyric insert and red & white obi-strip with the coupon still attached.

Michael, Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Jackie turn in a solid performance of their own material, plus solo hits from Michael and Jermaine.

Track list:

1. We're Gonna Have A Good Time - 3:39
2. Lookin' Through The Windows - 3:52
3. Got To Be There - Michael Jackson - 3:44
4. Daddy's Home - Jermaine Jackson - 5:23
5. Superstition - 3:17
6. Ben - Michael Jackson - 2:54

1. Papa Was A Rollin' Stone - 3:59
2. That's How Love Goes - Jermaine Jackson - 4:46
3. Never Can Say Goodbye - 2:21
4. Ain't That Peculiar - 5:28
5. I Wanna Be Where You Are - Michael Jackson - 6:31

Record label: Tamla Motown
Released: 12-1973
Series number: SWX-6024
Printed: Japan
Guide price: 500 €

The Michael Jackson Album (Album) CoverThe Michael Jackson Album (Album)

The Michael Jackson Album was released in Germany in 1973 by EMI Electrola/Tamla Motown in cooperation with Hörzu, a German TV program guide.

The Michael Jackson Album is a compilation that contains 12 songs from Michael’s Motown solo albums 'Ben', 'Got To Be There' and 'Music & Me' and shows two rare and beautiful pictures of Michael on stage with the Jackson 5 in 1972. On the back cover, it features a short description of what is special about Michael Jackson, which is well written. It reads in part: “What sets this 15-year-old apart from other artists of his age is a musical and vocal substance of a particular class. Michael Jackson, this is a stand-alone quality.”

As the LP didn’t sell well in Germany, it is said that the record company destroyed a big part of the manufactured LP's which makes the album a rare piece nowadays.

Track list:

1. Ain't No Sunshine - 4:07
2. Wings Of Love - 3:18
3. With A Childs Heart - 3:26
4. Maria - 3:34
5. All The Things You Are - 2:54
6. My Girl - 3:07

1. Shoo-Be-Do-Bee-Doo-Da-Day - 3:12
2. Greatest Show On Earth - 2:45
3. What Goes Around Comes Around - 3:24
4. Happy - 3:20
5. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone - 2:49
6. Ben - 2:43

Record label: EMI Electrola/Tamla Motown
Released: 1973
Series number: SHZE 385
Printed: Germany
Guide price: 180 €

Seasons Greetings From Motown Records( Promo) SingleSeasons Greetings From Motown Records (Promo) [Single]

Green label promo 7” single, sent by Motown to American radio stations and record distributors in 1973. Featured short messages from 14 Motown artists, including Michael, Jackie, Jermaine and Tito Jackson (but not Marlon).

Re-titled Christmas Greetings From Michael Jackson, when included on the 1995 festive compilation, 'Motown Christmas Carol'.

Record label: Motown
Released: 1973
Series number: PR 2-1/2-2
Printed: USA
Guide price: 250 €

Ben (Rat Cover) Album CoverBen (Rat Cover) [Album]

On August 4th,1972 appears in the US on the Motown label the second solo album of Michael Jackson 'Ben'. Title song 'Ben' is at the same time also title song of the movie 'Ben'.
The album became by the way the first nr. 1 hit in America of Michael's solo career. With this album had convinced Michael us as solo artist.

This is the first get-up of 'Ben', on the foreground of the cover stands a rat, the cover was been changed because parents found it to terrifying for their children. From then there was only standing a picture of Michael on it without rats.
This album is one of the most collector items by the fans and therefore rare to find.
The song 'Ben' belongs to one of the favourites.

Track list:

1. Ben - 2:42
2. Greatest Show On Earth - 2:45
3. People Make The World Go Round - 3:07
4. We've Got A Good Thing Going - 3:00
5. Everybody's Somebody's Fool - 2:57
1. My Girl - 3:05
2. What Goes Around Comes Around - 4:26
3. In Our Small Way - 3:35
4. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day - 3:14
5. You Can Cry On My Shoulder - 2:30

Record label: Motown
Released: 04-08-1972
Series number: M775L
Printed: USA
Guide price: 90 €

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