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Michael Jackson - Hello World (The Motown Solo Collection)

DISC ONE

Got To Be There
1. Ain't No Sunshine (4:13)
2. I Wanna Be Where You Are (3:02)
3. Girl Don't Take Your Love From Me (3:51)
4. In Our Small Way (3:45)
5. Got To Be There (3:24)
6. Rockin' Robin (2:34)
7. Wings Of My Love (3:25)
8. Maria - You Were The Only One (3:42)
9. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone (2:54)
10. You've Got A Friend (4:59)

Ben
11. Ben (2:47)
12. Greatest Show On Earth (2:49)
13. People Make The World Go 'Round (3:20)
14. We've Got A Good Thing Going (3:05)
15. Everybody's Somebody's Fool (3:01)
16. My Girl (3:13)
17. What Goes Around Comes Around (3:31)
18. In Our Small Way (3:45)
19. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day (3:21)
20. You Can Cry On My Shoulder (2:39)

(Bonus Tracks)
21. Don't Let It Get You Down (Original Mix) (2:49)
22. You've Really Got A Hold On Me (Original Mix) (3:23)
23. Melodie (Original Mix) (3:08)
24. Touch The One You Love (Original Mix) (2:50)


DISC TWO

Music And Me
1. With A Child's Heart (3:34)
2. Up Again (2:51)
3. All The Things You Are (2:59)
4. Happy (3:27)
5. Too Young (3:39)
6. Doggin' Around (2:54)
7. Euphoria (3:36)
8. Morning Glow (2:49)
9. Johnny Raven (3:38)
10. Music And Me (2:42)

Forever, Michael
11. We're Almost There (3:47)
12. Take Me Back (3:30)
13. One Day In Your Life (4:18)
14. Cinderella Stay Awhile (3:13)
15. We've Got Forever (3:12)
16. Just A Little Bit Of You (3:14)
17. You Are There (3:25)
18. Dapper Dan (3:12)
19. Dear Michael (2:41)
20. I'll Come Home To You (3:04)

(Bonus Tracks)
21. Girl You're So Together (Original Mix) (2:59)
22. Farewell My Summer Love (Original Mix) (3:37)
23. Call On Me (Original Mix) (3:21)


DISC THREE

Looking Back To Yesterday
1. When I Come Of Age (2:40)
2. Teenage Symphony (2:47)
3. I Hear A Symphony (3:04)
4. Give Me Half A Chance (3:25)
5. Love's Gone Bad (3:11)
6. Lonely Teardrops (2:42)
7. That's What Love Is Made Of (3:25)
8. I Like You The Way You Are (2:58)
9. You're Good For Me (3:17)
10. Who's Looking For A Lover (2:52)
11. I Was Made To Love Her (3:20)
12. If'n I Was God (3:05)

(Bonus Tracks)
13. To Make My Father Proud (Original Mix) (4:11)
14. Here I Am (Come And Take Me) (Original Mix) (2:44)
15. Twenty Five Miles (Original Mix) (3:17)

Farewell My Summer Love
16. Don't Let It Get You Down (3:02)
17. You've Really Got A Hold On Me (3:30)
18. Melodie (3:23)
19. Touch The One You Love (2:47)
20. Girl You're So Together (3:11)
21. Farewell My Summer Love (4:24)
22. Call On Me (3:39)
23. Here I Am (Come And Take Me) (2:56)
24. To Make My Father Proud (4:04)
"Michael Jackson could make you forget he was so young." So writes Suzee Ikeda, a Motown artist and A&R assistant who was a creative confidante of a teenaged Michael,

in her introductory essay to "Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection", a new 3-CD set that features every MJ recording released from 1971 to 1975, plus the Motown-era

songs that were released after he left the company.

At the height of the Jackson 5 mania in 1970-71, a solo career for young Michael was not a given. But when Donny Osmond went solo while staying in the Osmonds family

group, Michael went solo as well, and was given material that made him sound more mature.

"Got To Be There," his first solo hit, featured a stunning, declamatory phrase that provided the name of this collection. The LP "Got To Be There", released in January

1972, was followed by "Ben", after the No. 1 hit title song from a film about a pet rat.
"Ben" was first issued with a cover featuring lurid artwork from the film, which was quickly replaced by a simpler image of MJ; the "Hello World" package reproduces

both covers in the 48-page booklet.

"Music And Me" was next, featuring a few Adult Contemporary covers, followed by Forever, Michael, which had a harder dance age; it included the now-classic hits "We're

Almost There" and "Just A Little Bit Of You." Although MJ and the J5 left Motown in 1975 to go to Epic Records,that wasn't the end of the story.

"One Day In Your Life," released in the aftermath of MJ's solo "Off The Wall", turned into a No. 1 hit in the U.K. and top 40 AC in the U.S.

Following the crazy ride of "Thriller", Motown released "Farewell My Summer Love", a batch of songs from the vault with contemporary overdubs; the title song went top

10 R&B.

There's more: in 1986 Motown issued "Looking Back To Yesterday", a collection of more vault masters--some with the J5--that contained further unexpected gems.

Hello World has all of that and these extra gems: all nine songs from "Farewell My Summer Love" are included in their original,undubbed mixes. Plus, unearthed the

original mix of "Twenty-Five Miles"--Michael's cover of the Edwin Starr hit that has previously been available only in a 1987 vault collection.

It's all in a splendid, hard-backed 8"x 5.5" package with an introductory essay by Motown's Suzee Ikeda, a main essay by Mark Anthony Neal, pages of annotations, rare

photos and repros of the LP jackets.

It's deserving of the one of the greatest performers the world has ever known, at any age.



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