Sony BMG has confirmed to us that they will be releasing a 30th Anniversary edition of Michael’s classic ‘Off The Wall’ album.
The new expanded album has got an initial release date of August 2009 in the UK, but this is subject to change.
Similar to ‘Thriller 25’ last year, there are plans to include brand new remixes of some of the original tracks as well as unreleased material. In preparation for the release, michaeljackson.com has recently been re-designed with an ‘Off The Wall’ feel.
‘Off The Wall’ was original released in the UK on September 29th, 1979 and in America on August 10th, 1979. The album was Michael’s first solo album with Epic Records after leaving Motown in 1977. It was also his first collaboration with Quincy Jones after meeting him during filming for ‘The Wiz’. ‘Off the Wall’ also became the biggest selling album of all time by a black artist, until that record was smashed by Michael’s next album ‘Thriller’. It is estimated that it has sold over twenty million copies worldwide to date.
As more details of the forthcoming Anniversary Edition are released we will keep you updated.