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Old 08-31-2015, 02:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default MJ's Best Vocal Performance

What are songs you most remember hearing MJ absolutely slay with vocal performance giving every ounce of energy, power, force, skill, pathos etc

It's kind of hard to pick a particular Jackson Five song because he's virtually flawless on almost all J5 songs so I'll leave that up to you guys to figure out.

Music Takin' Over - This song is probably best looked at as a kind of test run for what we would later her, on this record you can hear him shifting, experimenting and molding his unique percussive/rhythmic style of singing.

You Can't Win - Fresh, funky, loose and alive...need I say more.

Blame It On The Boogie - You can hear the workings of what was to come, all those nuances and intricacies, the tricks and traits that he would go onto employ later is more or less established on this record. This breezy, bouncy vocal performance fits the the theme of the song perfectly.

Rock With You - This is probably his best Q. produced vocal performance, It's one of my first and fondest memories putting in that Number Ones CD at Christmas and thinking WOW! This guy can thrigging sing is as off!

Off The Wall - Probably his most convincing of all the Temperton/boogie era songs and his best carefree vocal performance. It's that unique quality he had of combining playfulness with raw unadulterated power.

Burn The Disco - I got to this one a bit late (after reading Vogel's book) but when I heard it I was immediately taken aback, he absolutely forces his way into each lyric doing a fierce, fiery and forceful job of this Temperton-penned track.

Thriller - The way he emotes the energy behind the meaning and theme of the lyrics and song, is second to none. Except for maybe Stevie Wonder...YES! I said Stevie Wonder, I don't know any other artist could have pulled off one of pop music's most bizarre songs to ever land on top #40 radio.

The Way You Make Me Feel - MJ's brought back the a kind of old retro Rock'n'roll and old school rhythm & Blues flavor with this cut. I prefer listening to this in acapella to really appreciate how pitch perfect his vocal performance is on this track.

Break Of Dawn - The whole Vince album is best looked at from the point of view of an artist exhibiting their wide vocal range and fluidity as singer rather than anything else. I feel like this song is great because he shows his maturity as singer hear, he's at his vocal peak here.

Blue Gangsta - WOW! He's leave his blood and guts all over the place here, fiery, fierce and probably his rawist Invincible era vocal performance. This is the master of pathos at his absolute peak.

Note: I'll probably add more later, but for now these are the ones off the top of the dome.
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