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The Jacksons Album CoverThe Jacksons (Album)

'The Jacksons' is the first album of The Jacksons for CBS Records Philadelphia International subsidiary. It was released in November 1976 in the UK by Epic. The album housed in a gatefold picture sleeve.

The album was the band's first for CBS, following their seven-year tenure on Motown as "The Jackson 5". Jackson 5 member Jermaine Jackson stayed with Motown when his brothers broke their contracts and defected to CBS; he was replaced by youngest Jackson brother Randy.

Philadelphia International heads Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff produced and executive produced the album, including their first top ten hit in 2 years 'Enjoy Yourself', but had a difficult time focusing on a sound for the now-grown-up boy band. However, the group was able for the first time to write their own material, something that had been denied to them at Motown. The Jacksons composed 'Style Of Life' and 'Blues Away' on their own. 'Blues Away' was the first published song written by lead singer Michael Jackson, who began to take a more percussive vocal approach beginning with this album. This album also spawned the second R&B single 'Show You The Way To Go'.

The album was the Jacksons first gold album, despite their having sold more than 10 million albums while at Motown. (Motown's sales and financial records were never presented for auditing by the RIAA until 1976).

All songs produced by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.

In the USA, 'The Jacksons' album was released on November 11th, 1976 in the USA by Epic.

Track list:

A:
1. Enjoy Yourself - 3:24
2. Think Happy - 3:08
3. Good Times - 4:57
4. Keep On Dancing - 4:31
5. Blues Away - 3:14

B:
1. Show You The Way To Go - 5:28
2. Living Together - 4:25
3. Strength Of One Man - 3:55
4. Dreamer - 3:03
5. Style Of Life - 3:21

Here below you see the gatefold picture sleeve with The Jacksons at the Sigma Sound Studio, Philadelphia, Pa. photographed by Norman Seeff.

The Jacksons Gatefold

Record label: Epic
Released: 11-1976
Series number: S EPC 86009
Printed: UK
Guide price: 20 €

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The Best Of Michael Jackson (re-issue) Album CoverThe Best Of Michael Jackson (re-issue) [Album]

'The Best Of Michael Jackson' is a compilation of Michael's greatest hits and was reissued in 1981 in Spain by Motown.

Most of the tracks are from his first four studio albums. The tracks are not the same as the album out the USA and UK.

The cover of this album show us Michael in an outdoor zoo in Jamaica, photographed by Fin Costello.

All songs produced by The Corporation, Hal Davis, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson, Sam Brown, Brian Holland and Bob Gaudio and executive producer Berry Gordy.

'The Best Of Michael Jackson' album was for the first time released on August 28th, 1975 in the USA by Motown and in the United Kingdom during September 1975 by Tamla Motown.

Track list:

A:
1. Got To Be There - 3:22
2. Ain't No Sunshine - 4:08
3. My Girl - 3:05
4. Ben - 2:44
5. Greatest Show On Earth - 2:45
6. I Wanna Be Where You Are - 2:58
7. Happy (Love Theme From 'Lady Sings The Blues') - 3:24

B:
1. Rockin' Robin - 2:31
2. Just A Little Bit Of You - 3:10
3. One Day In Your Life - 4:12
4. Music And Me - 2:37
5. In Our Small Way - 3:39
6. We're Almost There - 3:40
7. Morning Glow - 3:33

Record label: Motown
Released: 1981
Series number: 2-4.7087
Printed: Spain
Guide price: 25 €

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Ben (re-issue) Single CoverBen (re-issue) [Single]

'Ben' single was reissued in 1980 in Canada by Motown/Yesteryear by way of a series of American reissues of hit Motown singles. Releases featured the compiling of two hits of Michael Jackson.

'Ben' is the first single of Michael's second debut, self-titled album, the song was written by Don Black and Walter Scharf, arranged and produced by The Corporation.

Initially intended for Michael's teen rival Donny Osmond, until lyricist Don Black suggested Michael might make a better job of it.

Written for the motion picture 'Ben', the song is a story about the friendship between a boy and a rat. It's certainly the only love song dedicated to a rat. Some american radios were a little reluctant to broadcast the song, considering the morbidness of the theme. But the public loving Little Michael.

The song won the Golden Globe Award in January 1973. Michael was also nominated at the Oscars with this song, a show where a man called Quincy Jones was present...

'Ben' is the main success of the first phase of Michael's career, and his only number one at Motown.

'Ben' single was for the first time released on July 12th, 1972 in the USA by Motown and in the United Kingdom on November 10th, 1972 by Tamla Motown.

Track list:

A:
1. Ben - 2:42

B:
1. I Wanna Be Where You Are - 2:58

Record label: Motown/Yesteryear
Released: 1980
Series number: Y 555X
Printed: Canada
Guide price: 15 €

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Blood On The Dance Floor (Green Embossed) Maxi-Single CoverBlood On The Dance Floor (Green Embossed) [Maxi-Single]

'Blood On The Dance Floor' is the first single of Michael's album 'Blood On The Dance Floor - HIStory In The Mix', the maxi-single was released in May 1997 in the UK (pressed in Holland for the UK market) by Epic.

Jackson and Teddy Riley created the track in time for the 1991 release of 'Dangerous'. However, it did not appear on that record and was minimally altered before commercial release in April 1997.

The song is about a predatory woman by the name of Susie, who seduces Jackson before plotting to stab him with a knife. The composition explores a variety of genres ranging from rock to funk and Hi-NRG.

The maxi-single picture sleeve has a green MJJ feet logo and the vinyl contains the single version of 'Blood On The Dance Floor' and 3 remixes of 'Blood On The Dance Floor' made by Roger Sanchez and Wyclef Jean.

In the USA, 'Blood On The Dance Floor' maxi-single was released in April 1997 by Epic.

Track list:

A:
1. Blood On The Dance Floor - 4:13
2. Dangerous (Roger's Dangerous Edit) - 4:41

B:
1. Dangerous (Refugee Camp Mix) - 5:26
2. Dangerous (Refugee Camp Edit) - 3:20

Record label: Epic
Released: 05-1997
Series number: 664462 6
Printed: UK (pressed in Holland for the UK market)
Guide price: 20 €

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Butterflies Maxi-Single CoverButterflies (Unofficial Maxi-Single)

'Butterflies' is an unofficial maxi-single of Michael Jackson that was released in 2002 in the USA.

The track appears on Jackson's eleventh album, 'Invincible' and is Jackson's final single from a studio album.

'Butterflies' is a mid tempo ballad song with R&B musical styles. The single received generally positive reviews from music critics; some music reviewers described the song as being one of the best songs on 'Invincible' while others felt that it was a "decent track".

The maxi-single contains the vocal and dub mix of 'Butterflies' made by Mike Dominico & Andre Mullgrav.

Track list:

A:
1. Butterflies (Vocal Mix) - 8: 01

B:
1. Butterflies (Dub Mix) - 9:10

Record label: Not On Label
Released: 2002
Series number: ZNE-001
Printed: USA
Guide price: 12 €

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