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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.

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) in January 16th, 1979 in the USA. It was released by Natural Resources (a division of Motown) and included tracks not available anywhere else.

Due to legal problems, it was withdrawn shortly after its release and it is now very hard to come by.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.

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.

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.

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: STML 12046
Printed: UK


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.

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.

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.

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 6 829 S 1
Printed: USA

Singles released out of that album:

Forever Came Today Single Cover

'Forever Came Today'

Released: 06-1975
Series nr: 2C 004-96750
Printed: France

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

'Body Language (Do The Love Dance)' [Promo]
Released: 09-1975
Series nr: M1375F
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.

The song's title track was a #2 pop hit and a #1 R&B hit in the United States, briefly returning the group to their former prominence. The group released two singles from the album the funky 'Whatever You Got, I Want' and the groups last top twenty hit 'I Am Love'.

Although the Jacksons 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 Jacksons were 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: MS 780
Printed: USA

Singles released out of that album:

Dancing Machine Single Cover

'Dancing Machine'
Released: 19-02-1974
Series nr: 1 C 006 95 198
Printed: Germany

Whatever You Got I Get Single Cover

'Whatever You Got, I Want'
Released: 26-10-1974
Series nr: 5 C 006-96 252
Printed: Holland

I Am Love Single Cover

'I Am Love'
Released: 12-1974
Series nr: 5C 006-96252
Printed: Holland

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.

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: 08-1973
Series nr: 4 C 006-94 741
Printed: Belgium

Dancing Machine Single Cover

'Dancing Machine'

Released: 19-02-1974
Series nr: 1 C 006 95 198
Printed: Germany

It's Too Late To Change The Time Single Cover

'It's Too Late To Change The Time'
Released: 1974
Series nr: TSMNP 64190
Printed: Italy

 


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.

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.

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 & Fonce Mizell, Deke Richards, Hal Davis, and Sherlie Matthews and The Corporation.

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 761 L
Printed: USA

Singles released out of that album:

Corner Of The Sky Single Cover

'Corner Of The Sky'
Released: 10-1972
Series nr: 5C 006-93 934
Printed: Holland

The Boogie Man (Promo) Single Cover

'The Boogie Man' (Promo)
Released: 03-1973
Series nr: M1230
Printed: USA

Hallelujah Day Single Cover

'Hallelujah Day'
Released: 06-1973
Series nr: 5C 006-94 322
Printed: Holland

Skywriter Single Cover

'Skywriter'
Released: 09-1973
Series nr: 5C 056-94 384
Printed: Holland

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