The Original Soul of Michael Jackson

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The Original Soul of Michael Jackson
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Remix album by Michael Jackson
Released October 1987 (1987-10) (U.S.)
February 1988 (1988-02) (Europe)
Recorded September 1969 – March 1975 ; 1984 - 1987 (overdubbing & remixes)
Genre R&B, soul, funk
Length 39:11
Label Motown
Producer Hal Davis
Michael Jackson chronology
The Original Soul of Michael Jackson
Singles from The Original Soul of Michael Jackson
  1. "Twenty-Five Miles"
    Released: October, 1987

The Original Soul of Michael Jackson is a remix album of songs by Michael Jackson, recorded and published early in his solo career in the early 1970s and remixed in 1987. While the album claims to 'contains music never before released', the only new song available was a re-dubbed cover of Edwin Starr's 1970 hit "Twenty-Five Miles", sung by the Jackson Five and solely credited to Michael. The original recording of the song was included on the 2009 set Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection. Some songs were newly edited on the album, with a newly dubbed version of "Dancing Machine". "Ain't No Sunshine" were also slightly different in the vocals and a modern drum machine were added to "Twenty-Five Miles". "Melodie" was planned for a single in an effort to promote the record in the US, but was scrapped for a promo-only single "Twenty-Five Miles"/"Up On The Housetop".[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Twenty-Five Miles" Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua, Edwin Starr   3:27
2. "Dancing Machine" Hal Davis, Don Fletcher, Dean Parks G.I.T.: Get It Together 3:27
3. "It's Too Late to Change the Time" Pam Sawyer, Leon Ware G.I.T.: Get It Together 3:49
4. "Melodie" Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Deke Richards Farewell My Summer Love 3:18
5. "Ain't No Sunshine" Bill Withers Got to Be There 3:05
6. "Got to Be There" Elliot Willensky Got to Be There 3:22
7. "Doggin' Around" Jackie Wilson Music & Me 2:19
8. "Rockin' Robin" Leon Rene Got to Be There 2:30
9. "If I Don't Love You This Way" Pam Sawyer, Leon Ware Dancing Machine 3:24
10. "You've Got a Friend" Carole King Got to Be There 4:36
11. "Forever Came Today" Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr. Moving Violation 5:54


  1. ^ Halstead, Craig; Chris Cadman (2003). Michael Jackson: The Solo Years. Authors OnLine. ISBN 0-7552-0091-8