The Ultimate Collection (5 Disc Box Set) (4 CDs and 1 DVD)

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A year -- nearly to the day -- after Epic released the single-disc Number Ones compilation in November 2003, the long-awaited Michael Jackson box set finally saw the light of day. Entitled The Ultimate Collection, the 57-track set spans five discs -- four CDs and one DVD containing a live show in Bucharest shot on the Dangerous tour -- and runs his entire career, from the Jackson 5's early hits for Motown to Invincible in 2001. It's the first set to cover so much ground, which is eye opening. To hear Jackson evolve from the exuberant kid singing "I Want You Back" and "ABC" to the young adult behind the vibrant disco of "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" is exciting and instructive; even if you're familiar with this material, it's different to hear the music change over the course of one disc. Unfortunately, The Ultimate Collection doesn't contain too many more revelations (although the early, radically different version of "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" is not only revelatory -- it's practically a different song -- it's also musically noteworthy). Since Jackson has had such a long career filled with so many hits, there are too many hits to fit into the four discs, and not all of them are nearly as invigorating or ageless as much of the music that comprises the first two CDs. These are the discs that are devoted to the Jackson 5, the Jacksons, and Michael's solo career through Thriller, and with only a few exceptions -- such as the ludicrous "Thriller" itself -- the music still sounds terrific. The set starts to downshift on the third disc, when Jackson's career started to wind into second gear, at least creatively. This covers Bad, a spotty but still effective gloss on Thriller that had several good singles, along with Dangerous, a similarly uneven record. Which leaves the fourth disc to chronicle Jackson's muddled '90s and 2000s, selecting hits and album tracks from the commercial disappointments HIStory -- the album of original songs included on that two-CD set, not the hits collection -- and Invincible. Throughout the four discs, there are a bunch of rarities scattered about, ranging from demos (including the original "We Are the World" featuring only Michael's vocals) and remixes to unreleased songs, selections from The Wiz, the Jacksons' duet with Mick Jagger on "State of Shock," "Someone in the Dark" from the hard-to-find ET's Storybook, the ridiculously stilted Captain EO theme "We Are Here to Change the World" (its production seems better suited for The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai than a Disney sci-fi flick), and "Someone Put Your Hand Out," an exclusive Pepsi-supported cassingle from the Dangerous tour. Some of this stuff is quite good -- "Sunset Driver" from 1982 and "Cheater" from 1987 are so funky, loose, and alive that it's hard not to wish that Jackson didn't fuss over his albums and just record like this all the time -- but a lot of this illustrates Michael's taste for MOR schlock (such as the children's tale "Scared of the Moon," a tie-in with his 1984 book of the same name). Since that schlock starts to surface halfway through disc two, it bogs down the set -- not enough to completely hurt it, but enough to make this pretty much the province of the hardcore fans, who will delight in the number and variety of rarities here (which is the primary attraction of the set, since the DVD is merely OK and the book is skimpy, offering only a Nelson George essay and a time line, along with

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Artist: Michael Jackson
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 5
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.3
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 1.1 x 5.8 x 10.0
Walmart No.: 822745
UPC: 0082796926002
1. I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
2. ABC - The Jackson 5
3. I'll Be There - The Jackson 5
4. Got To Be There
5. I Wanna Be Where You Are
6. Ben
7. Dancing Machine (Single Version) - The Jackson 5
8. Enjoy Yourself - The Jacksons
9. Ease On Down The Road - Featuring Diana Ross
10. You Can't Win (From The Wiz)
11. Shake A Body (Early Demo) - The Jacksons
12. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) (Single Edit) - The Jacksons
13. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
14. Rock With You
15. Off The Wall
16. She's Out Of My Life
17. Sunset Driver (Demo Version)
18. Lovely One - The Jacksons
19. This Place Hotel - The Jacksons
20. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
21. Girl Is Mine - Featuring Paul McCartney
22. Thriller
23. Beat It
24. Billie Jean
25. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (Demo Version)
26. Someone In The Dark
27. State Of Shock - The Jacksons Featuring Mick Jagger
28. Scared Of The Moon (Demo Version)
29. We Are The World (Demo Version)
30. We Are Here To Change The World (From Captain Eo)
31. Bad
32. The Way You Make Me Feel
33. Man In The Mirror
34. I Just Can't Stop Loving You - Featuring Siedah Garrett
35. Dirty Diana
36. Smooth Criminal
37. Cheater (Demo Version)
38. Dangerous (Early Version)
39. Monkey Business
40. Jam
41. Remember The Time
42. Black Or White
43. Who Is It (IHS Mix)
44. Someone Put Your Hand Out
45. You Are Not Alone
46. Stranger In Moscow
47. Childhood (Theme From Free Willy 2)
48. On The Line
49. Blood On The Dance Floor
50. Fall Again
51. In The Back
52. Unbreakable
53. You Rock My World
54. Butterflies
55. Beautiful Girl
56. The Way You Love Me
57. We've Had Enough
58. Main Title (DVD)
59. Jam (Live Video) (DVD)
60. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (Live Video) (DVD)
61. Human Nature (Live Video) (DVD)
62. Smooth Criminal (Live Video) (DVD)
63. I Just Can't Stop Loving You (Live Video) (DVD)
64. She's Out Of My Life (Live Video) (DVD)
65. I Want You Back (Live Video) (DVD)
66. I'll Be There (Live Video) (DVD)
67. Thriller (Live Video) (DVD)
68. Billie Jean (Live Video) (DVD)
69. Working Day And Night (Live Video) (DVD)
70. Beat It (Live Video) (DVD)
71. Will You Be There (Live Video) (DVD)
72. Black Or White (Live Video) (DVD)
73. Heal The World (Live Video) (DVD)
74. Man In The Mirror (Live Video) (DVD)
75. End Credits (DVD)

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Customer review by mjjnumber1

5.0 stars by mjjnumber1

I love this cd it also comes with a great dvd..... he will always be the king of pop rip michael jackson you are my number1

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This Collection is worth it because all of the major songs come including Jackson 5 and an unreleased concert comes with it also. So it is a perfect gift.

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I purchased this product for my step-daughter (age 9) who is a huge MJ fan. It comes in a nice fold-out case with pictures, etc. She loves it! It was a huge hit.

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