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Live! (Live in Japan 1973) Album CoverLive! (Live in Japan 1973)

'The Jackson 5 in Japan', also known as 'Live'!, was a live album released on September 12th, 1988 in Germany by Motown. The performance took place on April 30, 1973 at Koseinenkin Hall in Osaka.

The Jackson 5 'In Japan!' album was for the first time released in December 1973 in Japan on the Tamla Motown label.

Michael, Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Jackie turn in a solid performance of their own material, including a medley of 'I Want You Back', 'ABC' and 'The Love You Save', plus solo hits from Michael and Jermaine.

This tour, they were out in support of the 'Lookin’ Through The Windows' album, although they only played the title track from that disc. As was common for Motown acts of the era, they covered a fair number of their label mates tunes, including hot versions of Stevie Wonder’s 'Superstition' and the Temptations 'Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone'.

Track list:

A:
1. We're Gonna Have A Good Time - 3:36
2. Lookin' Through The Windows - 3:50
3. Got To Be There - Michael Jackson - 3:41
4. Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save - 3:05
5. Daddy's Home - Jermaine Jackson - 5:22
6. Superstition - 2:53
7. Ben - Michael Jackson - 3:20

B:
1. Papa Was A Rollin' Stone - 3:59
2. That's How Love Goes - Jermaine Jackson - 4:44
3. Never Can Say Goodbye - 2:19
4. Ain't That Peculiar - 5:30
5. I Wanna Be Where You Are - Michael Jackson - 6:40

Record label: Motown
Pre Recordings: 1976, performance took place on April 30, 1973 at Koseinenkin Hall in Osaka.
Worldwide Sales: N/A
Released: 12-09-1988
Series number: WL 72641
Printed: Germany


Boogie Album CoverBoogie

'Boogie' is a very rare Jackson 5 album which was released in Canada (USA) on January 16th, 1979. It was released by Natural Resources (a division of Motown), it's the second full album to contain unreleased material since The Jackson 5 left Motown.

Due to legal problems, it was withdrawn shortly after its release and it is now very hard to come by. Even rarer, and let us add virtually impossible to find, are the 'international' copies made in other countries of the world.

Featured slightly different mixes of 'ABC', 'The Love You Save' and 'Dancing Machine'.

The phenomenal success of the 'Destiny' album in 1978 pushes Motown to search a little more in its stock of unreleased songs and propose this compilation in 1979 called 'Boogie', including 5 totally new titles.

All songs produced by The Corporation, Hal Davis, Bobby Taylor, Jerry Marcellino & Mel Larson.

Track list:

A:
1. Love's Gone Bad - 3:20
2. I Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore - 3:01
3. ABC - 2:58
4. I Was Made To Love Her - 4:17
5. One Day I'll Marry You - 3:00

B:
1. Never Can Say Goodbye - 3:00
2. Oh I've Been Bless'd - 2:40
3. Penny Arcade - 2:40
4. Just Because I Love You - 3:14
5. Dancing Machine - 2:41

Record label: Natural Resources (a division of Motown)
Pre Recordings: 1979, Motown Recording Studio, Hollywood, California
Worldwide Sales: ?
Released: 16-01-1979
Series number: NR 4013T1
Printed: USA


Joyful Jukebox Music Album CoverJoyful Jukebox Music

Although technically credited to "The Jackson Five featuring Michael Jackson," 'Joyful Jukebox Music' was actually issued after the quintet split from Motown, their home for five years and a total of 11 long-players. The album was released on October 26th, 1976 in the USA by Motown.

In the United Kingdom, 'Joyful Jukebox Music' was released in December 1976 by Motown.

To capitalise on the publicity for The Jacksons' imminent first new release for CBS Records, Motown Records released a full album of previously unreleased music. This will be the first of many and will set Motown's strategy for years to come.

One primary correlation connecting tracks on this collection to those aforementioned LP's and many of the band's earlier successes is the involvement of Freddie Perren (keyboard) and Fonce Mizell (keyboards). The pair were part of the Corporation, Motown's team of producers, musicians and composers whose elite membership also consisted of Bobby Taylor, Deke Richards (guitar) and the label's co-founder Berry Gordy.

While certainly releasable, enthusiasts will be able to tell why the majority of the selections had originally been delegated to the cutting-room. That certainly shouldn't suggest that the entire affair is a washout as the lovely ballad 'Through Thick and Thin', and the Perren co-penned up-tempo jiver 'Make Tonight All Mine' are arguably better than anything that had turned up on either 'Skywriter' or 'Get It Together'.

When dipping into the incalculably voluminous Motown back catalog, they only come up with an interesting, though ultimately dissatisfying, if not excessive overhaul of Marvin Gaye's 'Pride And Joy'.

Worse still are the self-serving schmaltzy 'We're Here To Entertain You' and the equally unnecessary closer 'We're Gonna Change Our Style'.

Granted, compilers may have considered it as a fitting harbinger to the next stage in the Jacksons career, however modern ears will probably dismiss it as extraneous filler.

All songs produced by Freddie Perren, Fonce Mizell, Mel Larsen, Tom Bee & Hal Davis, Michael Edward Campbell, Jerry Marcellino and Sam Brown III.

Track list:

A:
1. Joyful Jukebox Music - 3:15
2. Window Shopping - 2:47
3. You're My Best Friend, My Love - 3:24
4. Love Is The Thing You Need - 3:05
5. The Eternal Light - 3:13

B:
1. Pride And Joy - 3:03
2. Through Thick And Thin - 2:42
3. We're Here To Entertain You - 3:02
4. Make Tonight All Mine - 3:19
5. We're Gonna Change Our Style - 2:46

Record label: Motown
Pre Recordings: 1976, Motown Recording Studio, Los Angeles, California
Worldwide Sales: 202 thousand
Released: 26-10-1976
Series number: M6-865S1
Printed: USA


Anthology (3LP Set) Album CoverAnthology (3LP Set)

'Anthology' was originally released as a triple-album set by legendary Motown family unit, The Jackson 5, on June 15th, 1976 in the USA by Motown. It was at this point that most of the Jacksons (with the glaring exception of Jermaine Jackson) had left the label to join CBS Records.

In the United Kingdom, 'Anthology' was released in January 1977 by Tamla Motown.

This was the first compilation album that Motown Records released. An extremely elaborate item, it includes 3 LP's contained in a double gatefold sleeve. If that wasn't enough, it also features the single versions of 'Mama's Pearl' (in a different instrumentation) and 'Get It Together' (with the bass and guitars highlighted), as well as an extended version of 'Don't Know Why I Love You'.

Motown president Berry Gordy once said that the Jackson 5 were "the last superstars to come off the Motown assembly line"; after the group left the label.

Achieved no.32 on Billboard's R&B albums chart and no.48 on the Pop album chart in the States.

All songs produced by Bobby Taylor, George Gordy & Lawrence Brown, Mel Larson & Jerry Marcelino, Willie Hutch, Jerry Marcellino, Brian Holland, Freddie Perren & Fonce Mizell, Deke Richards, Hal Davis, and Sherlie Matthews and The Corporation.

Track list:

LP 1:
A:
1. I Want You Back - 2:58
2. ABC - 2:55
3. Don't Know Why I Love You - 3:47
4. I'll Be There - 3:55
5. The Love You Save - 3:01
6. I Found That Girl - 3:09

B:
1. I Am Love - 7:23
2. Body Language - 4:05
3. Forever Came Today - 6:18

LP 2:
C:
1. Mama's Pearl - 3:07
2. Got To Be There - Michael Jackson - 3:20
3. Goin' Back To Indiana - 3:29
4. Never Can Say Goodbye - 2:59
5. Sugar Daddy - 2:30
6. Maybe Tomorrow - 4:39

D:
1. Get It Together - 2:46
2. Dancing Machine - 2:39
3. Whatever You Got, I Want - 2:53
4. We're Almost There - Michael Jackson - 3:40
5. Just A Little Bit Of You - Michael Jackson - 3:08
6. All I Do Is Think Of You - 3:08

LP 3:
E:
1. Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson - 2:30
2. I Wanna Be Where You Are - Michael Jackson - 2:54
3. Ben - Michael Jackson - 2:42
4. That's How Love Goes - Jermaine Jackson - 3:21
5. Love Don't Want To Leave - Jackie Jackson - 3:05
6. Daddy's Home - Jermaine Jackson - 2:59

F:
1. Lookin' Through The Windows - 3:35
2. Little Bitty Pretty One - 2:45
3. Corner Of The Sky - 3:30
4. Skywriter - 3:05
5. Hallelujah Day - 2:45
6. The Boogie Man - 2:54

Record label: Motown
Pre Recordings: 1976, Motown Recording Studio, Hollywood, California
Worldwide Sales: ?
Released: 15-06-1976
Series number: M7-868R3
Printed: USA


Moving Violation Album CoverMoving Violation

'Moving Violation' released on May 15th,1975 in the USA, is the final regular studio album released by the family quintet The Jackson 5 on Motown Records.

In the United Kingdom, 'Moving Violation' was released during July 1975 by Tamla Motown, but did not chart on the UK Albums chart.

By the end of their six-year run in Motown, all five Jackson brothers had matured dramatically in both age and vocals: youngest member Michael was, at 16, the only non-adult in the group. With the boys now becoming men, it was difficult for the group to deal with Motown's policies against writing and producing their own material.

Like 'Dancing Machine' before it, 'Moving Violation' was an early-disco album. The group's funk-based version of Diana Ross & the Supremes 1968 single 'Forever Came Today' was a club hit, while the single's b-side, the R&B ballad 'All I Do Is Think Of You', became a popular and frequently covered song in its own right.

Two singles were planned for release in the USA, 'Moving Violation' and 'Body Language (Do The Love Dance)'. However, with the announcement that The Jackson 5 would be leaving the record company, the latter was cancelled.

'Forever Came Today' was issued as the only single release from the album in the UK. It failed to chart.

The Jackson 5 closed out their celebrated Motown tenure with 'Moving Violation', a slight if intermittently engaging LP buoyed, as always, by the brothers remarkable vocals.

The album peaked at no.6 on the Billboard's R&B albums chart in the States and no.36 on the Pop chart.

All songs produced by Brian Holland, Mel Larsen, Jerry Marcellino & Hal Davis.

Track list:

A:
1. Forever Came Today - 6:25
2. Moving Violation - 3:36
3. (You Were Made) Especially For Me - 3:24
4. Honey Love - 4:33

B:
1. Body Language (Do The Love Dance) - 4:05
2. All I Do Is Think Of You - 3:14
3. Breezy - 3:36
4. Call Of The Wild - 2:34
5. Time Explosion - 4:03

Record label: Motown
Pre Recordings: 1975, Motown Recording Studio, Los Angeles, California
Worldwide Sales: 1,6 million
Released: 15-05-1975
Series number: M- 829S1
Printed: USA

Singles released out of that album:

Forever Came Today Single Cover

'Forever Came Today'

Released: 06-1975
Series nr: M 1356F
Printed: USA

Body Language (Do The Love Dance) [Promo] Single Cover

'Body Language
(Do The Love Dance)'
Released: 09-1975
Series nr: M-45-101
Printed: Philippines

All I Do Is Think Of You Single Cover

'All I Do Is Think Of You'
(Promo)
Released: 11-1975
Series nr: M 1356F
Printed: USA

 

Dancing Machine Album CoverDancing Machine

'Dancing Machine' is the tenth album released by Motown quintet The Jackson 5 on September 5th, 1974 in the USA.

In the United Kingdom,' Dancing Machine' was released during November 1974 by Tamla Motown, but did not chart on the UK Albums chart.

In order to capitalise on the renewed success from the single 'Dancing Machine', Motown Records released an LP with the same title. Production credit went to Hal Davis, with additional production from Mel Larson and Jerry Marcellino.

Three of the songs, 'Whatever You Got, I Want', 'What You Don't Know' and 'If I Don't Love You This Way' were originally recorded for a solo project by Michael Jackson during 1973. Backing vocals by The Jackson 5 were added later during 1974.

Two singles, 'Whatever You Got, I Want' and 'I Am Love' (split into two parts) were issued in the USA. The first peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, while the second faired much better peaking at number 15. Both reached a high of number 3 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart.

Two singles, 'The Life Of The Party' and 'I Am Love' were issued in the UK. Both failed to chart.

Although The Jackson 5 were back on the charts, the brothers still complained of their artistic direction. Nonetheless, the album became another disco concept album for the group, and showcased lead singers Michael and Jermaine Jackson. Around this time The Jackson 5were performing in Las Vegas with the rest of the family leaving this album with low promotion.

The album peaked at no.16 on the Billboard's Pop albums chart.

All songs produced by Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson & Hal Davis.

Track list:

A:
1. I Am Love - 7:26
2. Whatever You Got, I Want - 2:55
3. She's A Rhythm Child - 2:37
4. Dancing Machine - 2:41

B:
1. The Life Of The Party - 2:33
2. What You Don't Know - 4:21
3. If I Don't Love You This Way - 3:24
4. It All Begins And Ends With Love - 3:07
5. The Mirrors Of My Mind - 2:59

Record label: Motown
Pre Recordings: 1974, Motown Recording Studio, Los Angeles, California
Worldwide Sales: 2,6 million
Released: 05-09-1974
Series number: M6-780S1
Printed: USA

Singles released out of that album:

Whatever You Got, I Want Single Cover

'Whatever You Got, I Want'
Released: 01-10-1974
Series nr: M 1308F
Printed: USA

The Life Of The Party Single Cover

'The Life Of The Party'
Released: 29-11-1974
Series nr: TMG 927
Printed: UK

I Am Love Single Cover

'I Am Love'
Released: 23-12-1974
Series nr: M 1310F
Printed: USA

What You Don't Know Single Cover

'What You Don't Know'
Released: 12-1974
Series nr: 2C 008-95.999
Printed: France


Get It Together Album CoverGet It Together

'G.I.T'.: 'Get It Together' is the ninth and first album to feature Michael Jackson's noticeable growth spurt, the album was released on September 12th, 1973 in the USA through Motown.

In the United Kingdom, 'Get It Together' was released during November 1973 by Tamla Motown but failed to chart.

Two singles were lifted from 'Get It Together' in the USA with the first being the title track. It peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and just fell short of the top spot at number two on the Billboard R&B Singles chart. 'Dancing Machine' became the second single from the 'Get It Together' album and brought the group closer to their early chart successes. It peaked at number two on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and topped the Billboard R&B Singles chart at number one for one week. This was to be their last taste of number one single success as a group.

A total of three singles were released in the UK. The first single, 'Get It Together' set the standard by not charting at all. 'Dancing Machine', the second single at least attempted to make a mark on the charts but at a lowly number 53. Not the best performance from The Jackson 5 in the UK and it was to get worse...

Now 15-years-old, his voice began to deepen, taking on a more soulful sound. With Michael's voice having changed, the overall sound of the group changed as well. The little boys were now becoming adults, and those high notes that only Michael could hit were retired.

The album was a breakaway from the group's bubblegum soul sound as they came up with a more funk-oriented album similar to The Temptations Norman Whitfield-produced albums. Whitfield in fact provides covers of two of his Temptations songs here, 'You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You)', and 'Hum Along And Dance'. The Jackson 5's cover of the latter song, an eight-minute album-closer, is today regarded as the most notable version of the song. 'Get It Together' was also one of the earliest disco albums, released at a time before the genre was mainstream.

The album peaked at no.4 on Billboard's R&B albums chart and no.100 on the pop chart.

All songs produced by Hal Davis.

Track list:

A:
1. Get It Together - 2:47
2. Don't Say Goodbye Again - 3:26
3. Reflections - 2:58
4. Hum Along And Dance - 8:33

B:
1. Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don't Say No) - 7:14
2. It's Too Late To Change The Time - 4:00
3. You Need Love Like I Do - 3:51
4. Dancing Machine - 3:22

Record label: Motown
Pre Recordings: 1973, Motown Recording Studio, Los Angeles, California
Worldwide Sales: 2 million
Released: 12-09-1973
Series number: M 783V1
Printed: USA

Singles released out of that album:

Get It Together Single Cover

'Get It Together'

Released: 03-08-1973
Series nr: M 1277F
Printed: USA

Dancing Machine Single Cover

'Dancing Machine'

Released: 19-02-1974
Series nr: M 1286F
Printed: USA

   

Skywriter Album CoverSkywriter

'Skywriter' is the eighth album and could be described as a turning-point record for The Jackson 5. Released on March 29th, 1973 in the USA through Motown Records, lead singer Michael's vocals were now showing the signs of his maturing tenor voice, while Jermaine's voice had gotten much deeper in tone.

In the United Kingdom, 'Skywriter' was released during July 1973 by Tamla Motown but, like the groups predecessor, it once again failed to chart.

Notably, one of 'Skywriter's' songs, 'Touch' (originally recorded by the Supremes in 1971), features Michael and Jermaine singing about satisfying a woman in the bed. As such, 'Touch' was one of the most controversial singles Michael sung on until his solo career took off again in the 1980's.

A total of two singles were lifted from the album in the USA. The first single 'Corner Of The Sky', came over five months before the album. It peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and number nine on the Billboard R&B Singles chart. 'Hallelujah Day', a song that celebrates the end of the Vietnam war, was issued as the second and final single from 'Skywriter' in the States. It peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and number ten on the Billboard R&B Singles chart.

A total of three singles were lifted from the album in the UK. Promotion began during May 1973 with the release of 'Hallelujah Day' as a 7" single. It peaked at number 20 on the UK Singles chart. The album title track came next and faired slightly worse by peaking at number 25. A third single, 'The Boogie Man', was lifted 8 months later in April 1974, strangely, whilst promotion for The Jackson 5's next studio album had already begun. It performed badly on the charts, reaching a highest position of number 58.

Michael, at this point, was frustrated with the direction he and his brothers were going in, and complained to Motown's staff producers and writers about the kind of music they were doing. The brothers were openly discouraged of the style they were receiving from Motown writers. Also, by this point, all five brothers were writing their own material, but Motown prevented them from recording their own compositions. The frustration was showcased most openly by the album cover, where all five brothers solemnly looked at the camera around an early-1900s-era airplane. This is one of the least successful albums the Jackson brothers ever created mainly because of only one top twenty single, and lack of promotion because the boys were on a worldwide tour at this time. This would be the last album that followed the bubblegum pop sound and from now on the group would follow a more soulful disco sound.

The album peaked at no.44 on Pop albums chart and no.15 on Billboard's R&B albums chart.

All songs produced by Jerry Marcellino & Mel Larson, Freddie Perren & FonceMizell, Deke Richards, Hal Davis, and Sherlie Matthews.

Track list:

A:
1. Skywriter - 3:10
2. Hallelujah Day - 2:43
3. The Boogie Man - 2:58
4. Touch - 3:00
5. Corner Of The Sky - 3:30

B:
1. I Can't Quit Your Love - 3:04
2. Uppermost - 2:30
3. World Of Sunshine - 2:45
4. Ooh, I'd Love To Be With You - 2:45
5. You Made Me What I Am - 2:53

Record label: Motown
Pre Recordings: 1973, Motown Recording Studio, Los Angeles, California
Worldwide Sales: 2,8 million
Released: 29-03-1973
Series number: M 761L
Printed: USA

Singles released out of that album:

Corner Of The Sky Single Cover

'Corner Of The Sky'
Released: 10-1972
Series nr: M 1214F
Printed: USA

Hallelujah Day Single Cover

'Hallelujah Day'
Released: 26-02-1973
Series nr: M 1224F
Printed: USA

Skywriter Single Cover

'Skywriter'
Released: 24-08-1973
Series nr: TMG 865
Printed: UK

The Boogie Man (Promo) Single Cover

'The Boogie Man'
Released: 26-04-1974
Series nr: TMG 895
Printed: UK

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