British pop legend SIR Cliff Richard insists fans should look beyond Michael Jackson's 2005 legal troubles and concentrate on his phenomenal music.

The Christian star cites Jackson's 1982 album THRILLER as one of the best of all time and urges others to remember the singer's achievements.

He says, "I don't think there's anyone who could approach Michael Jackson for sheer brilliance. Every song is perfect, every performance magnificent.

"I don't think what's gone on since should taint the music - you judge the record on its own terms."