This is an excellent reference work on the origins, recording, re-recording, production and release of Michael Jackson's songs. Joseph Vogel takes an in depth look at each of the artist's albums and the tracks featured, plus those on special editions and compilations which appeared no where else.
Illustrated with photographs reflective of each stage of MJ's incredible 4 decades-long career we read of when he first conceived of a song and the work he and his collaborators put in to fine tuning it until he deemed it ready for the world to hear - often years after it was first written or committed to tape.
This is a serious, scholarly book which is also thoroughly readable and a MUST for any Michael Jackson fan. The narrative that introduces each stage of his career provides biographical information that helps the reader appreciate the decisions Michael made with respect to his creative output, but manages to avoid most of the sensationalism exhibited by the mass media and the tabloids.
In the end we are once again left mourning Michael's untimely demise, and wondering what unreleased treasures still lie waiting to be heard and appreciated by his global audience of devoted fans.