Quincy Jones has compared the albums he produced with Michael, and says, in his opinion, ‘Off The Wall’ is slightly stronger.
“I’m proud of both of them, don’t get me wrong,” Jones told BET.com. “But, we had musical bridges in ‘Off the Wall’ and a lot of things of that nature,’Thriller’ too, you know, it’s just different. But, I like all of them. Once you do them, you gotta like them.”
Quincy adds that while ‘Thriller’ went on to become the best selling album of all time, ‘Off the Wall’ found Michael not only displaying pop mastery, but also channeling true emotion.
“Michael was singing about a real romance with a woman, so much so that he cried,” Jones revealed. “I was saving the song for [Frank] Sinatra and I gave it to Michael, ’cause I wanted to hear him sing about a real, true, warm relationship. He was very affected. He cried, every take he made, he cried. I just left it on the record.”