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  • 1976 The Jacksons

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    1. Enjoy Yourself (3:25)
    2. Think Happy (3:07)
    3. Good Times (4:57)
    4. Keep On Dancing (4:31)
    5. Blues Away (3:12)
    6. Show You The Way To Go (5:30)
    7. Living Together (4:26)
    8. Strength Of One Man (3:56)
    9. Dreamer (3:05)
    10. Style Of Life (3:19)
    Released: November 1976
    Production : Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff

    The Jacksons is a 1976 album released by The Jacksons for Philadelphia International/CBS Records. 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.

    To ensure chart success, the group was teamed with Philadelphia producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, as well as their staff of writers and players.

    Despite the promise, "The Jacksons" is hampered by derivative tracks and a lack of knowing what to do with the group, particularly lead singer, Michael Jackson. The big hit here, the jerky "Enjoy Yourself," perfectly captured Michael Jackson's late adolescence, with his newfound vocal tics and inflections.

    "Show You the Way to Go" best captures the Philly sound, with a pretty melody and a great vocal from Michael.

    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 itself placed #36 and #6 on the pop and r&b album chart.

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

    Singles :
    Enjoy Yourself / Style Of Life
    Show You The Way to Go / Blues Away

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  • 1977 Goin' Places

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    1. Music's Takin' Over (4:25)
    2. Goin' Places (4:29)
    3. Different Kind of Lady (3:34)
    4. Even Though You're Gone (4:31)
    5. Jump for Joy (4:42)
    6. Heaven Knows I Love You, Girl (3:55)
    7. Man of War (3:12)
    8. Do What You Wanna (3:30)
    9. Find Me a Girl (4:34)
    Released: October 1977
    Production : Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff

    The Jacksons move to Epic regenerated their enthusiasm and spirit for several years. The Gamble/Huff team brought them fresh material and new production ideas, as well as better tracks and arrangements than they'd gotten in quite a while on Motown.

    Goin' Places was The Jacksons' second album for CBS Records' Philadelphia International subsidiary. It was released in 1977, the year before the family group moved to Epic Records in 1978 for their return to mainstream success.

    This album did spawn the Disco-hit "Different Kind of Lady" written by the Jacksons.

    That song gave the brothers the confidence to decided to write and produce a whole album by themselves.

    This album got them R&B and pop hits and kept the family act in the spotlight for a little while longer.

    This is considered their lowest selling album next to 2300 Jackson Street.

    Singles :
    Goin’ places / Do What You Wanna
    Different Kind Of Lady / Find Me a Girl

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  • 1978 Destiny

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    1. Blame It on the Boogie (3:34)
    2. Push Me Away (4:16)
    3. Things I Do for You (4:05)
    4. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) (7:59)
    5. Destiny (4:50)
    6. Bless His Soul (4:55)
    7. All Night Dancin' (6:09)
    8. That's What You Get (For Being Polite) (4:56)
    Released: December 17, 1978
    Production : Bobby Colomby & Mike Atkinson

    The Jacksons are finally turned loose to write and produce themselves, and the result is their best (non-hits collection) ever. The dance tracks still sound fresh; "Blame It on the Boogie," "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"; and the ballads are heartfelt and smooth.

    This album is a dry run for Michael Jackson's adult solo career.

    The band had left their longtime label Motown in 1976. After a couple of years signed with Philly International, the Jacksons now set their sights on one of CBS Records' most popular labels, Epic.

    After their last two CBS albums were spearheaded by legendary producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Epic allowed the Jackson brothers to write and produce their own material fully for the first time in their career.

    Composing much of the album in their home-made recording studio in their gated Hayvenhurst mansion, the group finished recording the album within two months.

    Like many of the acts that have left Motown though, the Jacksons were often dealt with the curse that they would no longer enjoy the success they had while associated with the label basically giving the same response after hearing of longtime front man Michael Jackson's move to a full-fledged solo career a year after this album was released.

    Released on December 17, 1978, Destiny did what it was supposed to do for the group: re-establish them as a top-selling group. The album's success was largely based on the second single released from the album, "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)", which became a Top 10 single in the spring of 1979.

    The single, "Blame It on the Boogie", was also released. The album eventually peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and number three on the Billboard Black Albums chart and went on to platinum status cementing it as the first RIAA-certified platinum seller by the Jacksons as most of their Motown recordings were uncertifiable, despite their huge success on the charts.

    The accompanying tour was a huge success running on many legs and also toured overseas.

    Singles :
    Blame It On The boogie / Do What You Wanna
    Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) / That’s What You Get (For Being polite)

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  • 1980 Triumph

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    1. Can You Feel It (6:01)
    2. Lovely One (4:52)
    3. Your Ways (4:31)
    4. Everybody (4:59)
    5. This Place Hotel (5:44)
    6. Time Waits for No One (3:24)
    7. Walk Right Now (6:29)
    9. Wondering Who (4:19)
    Released: September 1980
    Production : Weisner & DeMann

    This album's predecessor Destiny was a high-selling album that featured the guys maturing and delving into self-production.

    In 1980, Michael Jackson's classic Off the Wall was still selling. This album has the group fleshing out their sound and songwriting abilities even more.

    The anthemic "Can't You Feel It" has enough hubris and undeniable craft to get this polished work started.

    But as Triumph plays, what's striking is that the songs don't immediately leap out at you but they all land on their feet. The blissful and funky "Lovely One," with its effortless, punchy horns, has Michael Jackson with his quirky vocals and charisma.

    At it's best, this is a collaborative effort, not just super-hot Michael Jackson talking his brothers out for a spin. The Jackie Jackson-penned "Your Ways" creates the right mix of paranoia and uncertainty that meshed well with Michael Jackson's high-pitched and haunted lead.

    That certainly mixes well with Triumph's best song, "Heartbreak Hotel (which was renamed "This Place Hotel" to avoid confusion with the Elvis Presley song of the same name). The track is an early instance of Michael Jackson's patented love as horror, kisses as doom ethos. The song's creepy aura and sound effects maximize the effect.

    The only ballad, "Time Waits for No One" has Michael Jackson getting weepy on the delicate and well-arranged track.

    The masterful "Walk Right Now" and "Give It Up" are two great examples of the group's chops in the studio and their grasp of the L.A. pop/funk sound.

    Triumph is a gorgeous effort and remains an absolute necessity for any comprehensive collection.

    When it was released, the album became the Jacksons' first album to reach number-one on the R&B Albums chart since Maybe Tomorrow in 1971, and went Platinum a year after its release.

    Singles :
    Lovely One / Bless His Soul (Septembre 1980)
    Heartbreak Hotel / Things I Do For You (Décembre 1980)
    Can You Feel It / Wondering Who (Avril 1981)
    Walk Right Now / Your Ways (Juin 1981)

    Outtake Tracks
    Slipped Away (1980) (Michael Jackson, Marlon Jackson)
    Why Can't I Be (1980) (Michael Jackson)

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  • 1981 The Jacksons Live

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    1. Opening/Can You Feel It (6:05)
    2. Things I Do for You (3:38)
    3. Off the Wall (3:59)
    4. Ben (3:52)
    5. This Place Hotel (4:39)
    6. She's Out of My Life (4:48)
    7. Movie and Rap (I Want You Back/Never Can Say) (3:04)
    8. Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save (2:57)
    9. I'll Be There (3:10)
    10. Rock With You (3:59)
    11. Lovely One (6:28)
    12. Working Day and Night (6:53)
    13. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (4:23)
    14. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) (8:31)
    Released: November 1981
    Production : The Jacksons

    The Jacksons Live! is a live album by The Jacksons, recorded and released during their popular Triumph tour in 1981.

    The live show featured songs from the group's Motown and CBS recordings, and also songs from lead singer Michael's Off the Wall LP.

    At this point, Michael, age twenty-three, was among the most popular performers in pop music, and The Jacksons had become legends in their own time and attained their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    The Triumph tour would be the group's last tour together for four years, while Michael released the highly successful Thriller album and its singles in 1982 and 1983.

    In 1988, Rolling Stone magazine described the Triumph tour as one of the best 25 tours from 1967 to 1987.

    It's easy to forget, in the wake of a decade of bizarre behavior, rumors, and innuendo surrounding Michael Jackson that the Jacksons were once known solely for being a major music franchise. This live album, which was pretty obscure in its original double-LP vinyl version, is a reminder of how great an act they were, and captures what was just about the end of Michael Jackson's work with the family group, all of it very much on a high-note.

    Live opens with a pounding, powerful rendition of "Can You Feel It" and, with one exception, never lets up, pushing on through a high-velocity and high-articulation version of "Things I Do for You," and a soaring "Off the Wall".

    Michael Jackson slows things down for "Ben", "This Place Hotel" and the "She's Out of My Life" make up for that lapse.

    The last section of the album, commencing with Off the Wall's "Rock With You," is practically a live rendition of that album, and so bracing as to almost exhaust the listener; and the preceding medley of their early Motown hits is just about worth the asking price of the disc by itself.

    On the down side, there are no notes and barely any credits, and the volume is set a bit low, but it pumps up beautifully with virtually no excess noise. The album is worth tracking down as an artifact of a simpler, more unabashedly joyous time in music, as well as the family's history.

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  • 1984 Victory

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    1. Torture (4:51)
    2. Wait (5:24)
    3. One More Chance (5:02)
    4. Be Not Always (5:35)
    5. State of Shock (4:30)
    6. We Can Change the World (4:44)
    7. The Hurt (5:20)
    8. Body (5:05)
    Released: July 6, 1984
    Production : The Jacksons

    Victory is a 1984 album by The Jacksons for CBS/Epic Records. It was the only album to include all six Jackson brothers together on one record.

    After a successful reunion on the Motown 25 television special in 1983, Jermaine Jackson decided to return to the group, having left Motown after nine years as a full-fledged soloist.

    His brothers had left Motown in 1975. Tensions reportedly grew between the brothers during the recording sessions; as a result, little publicity photography was done, and an illustration was commissioned for the album cover (this is also why the album only had two videos: "Torture" and "Body"and neither Jermaine nor Michael appeared in either one).

    As well, the brothers rarely worked together on the album; it was mainly composed of solo songs the brothers had each worked on during that time. The song "State of Shock" peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two later singles, "Torture" and "Body", were less successful.

    Victory was supported by the Victory Tour, with lead singer Michael Jackson, who had recently released the world's all-time best-selling album, Thriller, prominently featured.

    Shortly after the tour ended, Michael and Marlon Jackson quit the band. Jermaine, Tito, Randy and Jackie Jackson continued on as the Jacksons, and releasing one more album, 1989's 2300 Jackson Street.

    Singles :
    State Of Shock (Duet With Mick Jagger) / Your Ways (Juin 1984)
    Torture / Instrumental (Août 1984)
    Body / Instrumental (Octobre 1984)

    Outtake Tracks
    State Of Shock - Michael Jackson & Freddie Mercury (Demo 1981-1983) (4:44)
    There Must Be More To Life Than This (1983) (3:04)
    Bad Company (1983) (Tito Jackson)
    Buffalo Bill (1983) (Michael Jackson)
    Doing Dirty (1983) (Michael Jackson, Marlon Jackson)
    Far Far Away (1983) (Michael Jackson, Carole Bayer Sager, David Foster)
    Nona (1983) (Jackie Jackson)
    Power (1983) (Jackie Jackson)
    Still In Love With You (1983) (Randy Jackson)
    Tender (1983)(The Jacksons)
    Victory (1983) (Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson)

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