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Skywriter CD Album CoverSkywriter (re-issue) [CD Album]

'Skywriter' CD album of The Jackson 5 was reissued on January 5th, 2010 in the USA by Motown.

'Skywriter' CD album was for the first time released in 1991 in the USA by Motown.

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 1980s.

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

Track list:

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
6. I Can't Quit Your Love - 3:04
7. Uppermost - 2:30
8. World Of Sunshine - 2:45
9. Ooh, I'd Love To Be With You - 2:45
10. You Made Me What I Am - 2:58

Record label: Motown
Released: 05-01-2010
Series number: B0013867-02
Printed: USA
Guide price: 12 €

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Mexico City 1975 (The Classic Broadcast) [Clear Vinyls - 2LP Set] Album CoverMexico City 1975 (The Classic Broadcast) [Clear Vinyls - Unofficial 2LP Set]

'Mexico City 1975' (The Classic Broadcast) is an unofficial double album of The Jackson 5 that was released on May 2nd, 2019 in Europe in clear vinyls under the Parachute Recording Company.

This album has a gatefold picture sleeve with inside a black and white picture of The Jackson 5 concert in Mexico + text and the setlist.

The Jackson 5 were still going under that moniker when their first world tour was beginning in March 1973. It took the best part of three years to complete, culminating in their legendary Mexico City performance in December 1975, broadcast across local and international television at the time, and undertaken around the era that the boys signed to Epic after many years with Motown.

Mexico City 1975 (The Classic Broadcast) [2LP Set] AlbumTheir change of label had also prompted the shortening of the brothers' collective name, and Jermaine quite the group concurrently, hoping to progress with Motown under his solo career; his place was taken by the younger Randy Jackson, who featured at this concert – one of his first as an official band member – keeping the numbers up to quintet levels.

The show itself was a truly dynamic affair as can now be heard on this original broadcast recording, featuring a fine selection of Jackson (and solo-Michael) classics, alongside newer tracks still to receive a studio release on upcoming records.

It was a great show with a lot of dance steps of the five brothers. They were the stars of the evening, especially Michael who was only 16 years old then. He introduced in this show his family and they brought all together these beautiful numbers.

Track lists:

Mexico City 1975 (The Classic Broadcast) [2LP Set] AlbumLP 1:
A:
1. (You Were Made) Especially For Me - 3:24
2. It's Too Late To Change The Time - 2:22
3. Never Can Say Goodbye - 2:11
4. Papa Was A Rolling Stone - 4:07
5. Happy - 4:53

LP 1:
B:
1. I Am Love, Pts I & II - 5:06
2. Randy Jackson Introduces The Band - 3:07
3. Rockin' Robin - 2:09
4. The Life Of The Party - 2:54
5. Forever Came Today - 5:54

LP 2:
A:
1. Music And Me - 2:51
2. Ben - 2:48
3. I'll Be There - 2:02
4. Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save - 3:47
5. Tito's Guitar Solo - 6:32

LP 2:
B:
1. One Day In Your Life - 4:31
2. Michael Jackson Introduces The Family - 0:55
3. Dancing Machine - 5:44
4. Body Language (Do The Love Dance) - 2:57

Here below you see the gatefold sleeve with inside a black and white picture of The Jackson 5 concert in Mexico + text and the setlist.

Mexico City 1975 Gatefold

Record label: Parachute Recording Company
Released: 02-05-2019
Series number: PARA245LPLTD
Printed: EU
Guide price: 26 €

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Children Of The Light / Early Classics / Music & Me (3CD Set) Box Set CoverChildren Of The Light / Early Classics / Music & Me (3CD Box Set)

'Children Of The Light / Early Classics / Music & Me' box set of The Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson is released on November 16th, 2001 in the UK through Motown/Spectrum.

'Children Of The Light' CD contains a single disc. Budget-priced compilation featuring 14 of the greatest songs that Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael cut for Motown in the early 70s. Features the #1 smash 'The Love You Save'. Alongside their renditions of contemporary pop hits like 'Aint Nothing Like The Real Thing', 'Little Bitty Pretty One' and 'Doctor My Eyes'.

'Early Classics' CD compilation featuring 18 super classics from the family band from Gary, Indiana that conquered the pop and soul charts as well as the hearts of many. Not just the hits, this disc compiles more LP tracks as well for a more complete portrait of the group.

'Music And Me' CD compilation featuring 14 super hits from Michael his solo career. Jackson, who was 14 years old at the time, as he was experiencing vocal changes and facing a changing music landscape. Features the #1 smash 'Rockin' Robin', 'Ain't No Sunshine' and 'We've Got Forever'.

Track lists:

CD 1:
1. The Love You Save - 3:01
2. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing - 2:27
3. Lookin' Through The Windows - 3:37
4. Don't Let Your Baby Catch You - 3:10
5. I Can Only Give You Love - 2:31
6. Little Bitty Pretty One - 2:48
7. Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah - 3:12
8. Ready Or Not, Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love) - 2:36
9. E-Ne-Me-Ne-Mi-Ne-Mo (The Choice Is Yours To Pull) - 2:49
10. If I Have To Move A Mountain - 3:14
11. Don't Want To See Tomorrow - 2:40
12. Children Of The Light - 2:23
13. Doctor My Eyes - 3:11
14. My Cherie Amour - 3:39

CD 2:
1. I Want You Back - 2:59
2. Can You Remember - 2:58
3. Who's Lovin' You - 3:59
4. True Love Can Be Beautiful - 3:28
5. In Our Small Way - Michael Jackson - 3:39
6. Goin' Back To Indiana - 3:33
7. Can I See You In The Morning - 3:11
8. I'll Bet You - 3:16
9. Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson - 2:33
10. People Make The World Go Round - Michael Jackson - 3:15
11. Doggin' Around (Michael Jackson Solo) - 2:52
12. Never Can Say Goodbye - 3:00
13. Lookin' Through The Windows - 3:38
14. We've Got A Good Thing Going - Michael Jackson - 3:03
15. The Young Folks - 2:57
16. My Little Baby - 2:58
17. (We've Got) Blue Skies- 3:23
18. With A Child's Heart - Michael Jackson - 3:27

CD 3:
1. Rockin' Robin - 2:34
2. Johnny Raven - 3:32
3. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day - 3:21
4. Happy (Love Theme From 'Lady Sings The Blues') - 3:23
5. Too Young - 3:37
6. Up Again - 2:47
7. With A Child's Heart - 3:30
8. Ain't No Sunshine - 4:13
9. Euphoria - 2:49
10. Morning Glow - 3:35
11. Music And Me - 2:38
12. All The Things You Are - 2:55
13. Cinderella Stay Awhile - 3:09
14. We've Got Forever - 3:10

Record label: Motown/Spectrum
Released: 16-11-2001
Series number: 544 6962
Printed: UK
Guide price: 20 €

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Billie Jean (Red Vinyl - Limited Edition] Maxi-Single CoverBillie Jean (Red Vinyl - Limited Edition) [Maxi-Single]

'Billie Jean' limited edition maxi-single of Michael Jackson was released in January 1983 in Mexico in red vinyl under the Epic label. The track written and co-produced, with Quincy Jones, by Michael.

'Billie Jean' was released on January 2nd, 1983 in the USA by Epic and in the United Kingdom in January 1983 by Epic.

The red maxi-single is a limited edition (how many examples is been released is a question, I don't know sorry) and housed in a generic Epic company die-cut sleeve with 'Edicion Limitada' text. (The title 'Billie Jean' is misspelled on the label as 'Billy'). There are two color vinyl's of 'Billie Jean' released in Mexico, the other one is green.

The vinyl contains a long version of 'Billie Jean' and on the B-side the extended version of ('Largate') 'Beat It'.

Billie Jean (Red Vinyl - Limited Edition] Maxi-SingleOriginally titled 'Not My Lover' (to avoid any confusion with the tennis player, Billie Jean King), and inspired by obsessive young women who accused Michael and his brothers of fathering their children.

Producer Quincy Jones wasn't too impressed with the demo of the song - he didn't care much for the bass. The song was mixed by Bruce Swedien, who usually did just one mix of a song - but he did 91 of 'Billie Jean', before the second mix was eventually chosen!

"Quincy said, 'okay, this song has to have the most incredible drum sound that anybody has ever done, but it also has to have one element that's different, and that's sonic personality'," said Swedien. "What I ended up doing was building a drum platform and designing some special little things, like a bass drum cover and a flat piece of wood that goes between the snare and hi-hat... the bottom line is that there aren't many pieces of music where you can hear the first three or four notes of the drums and immediately tell what the piece of music is. But I think that is the case with 'Billie Jean' and that I attribute to sonic personality."

Track list:

A:
1. Billie Jean - 6:19

B:
1. Beat It - 5:41

Record label: Epic
Released: 01-1983
Series number: SCL-45,040
Printed: Mexico

Guide price: 90 €

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Off The Wall (Suzuki Love Sleeve - Promo) [Single]Off The Wall (Suzuki Love Sleeve - Promo) [Single]

'Off The Wall' promo single of Michael Jackson was released in November 1979 in Japan by Epic as a promotional item to push the new title on major radio stations and chart return record dealers.

Written by Rod Temperton, who submitted three songs for the album. "The one I thought would be their choice was 'Off The Wall'," he said. "I tried to find out about Michael's character. I knew he liked Charlie Chaplin, and I thought 'Off The Wall' would be a nice thing for Michael."

Promotional picture insert with Michael standing next to a Suzuki 'Love' scooter, as used in the 'Suzuki Motorbike TV' advert exclusively in Japan, with lyrics on the reverse.

P.S. There exists another rare single with 'Suzuki' motorbike: 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough'.

Track list:

A:
1. Off The Wall - 3:50

B:
1. Get On The Floor  - 4:40

Record label: Epic
Released: 11-1979
Series number: 06.5P-94
Printed: Japan
Guide price: 88 €

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