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Christmas Album

Jackson 5

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After three consecutive Top Five Pop albums in 1970 alone, it was somewhat of a no-brainer that Motown would want to include a holiday long-player to that list. The Jackson 5's Christmas Album (1970) combines classic favorites as well as a handful of compositions penned by the Corporation. This all-star team of Motown staffers and musicians boasted composer Bobby Taylor, Deke Richards (guitar), Freddie Perren (keyboard), Fonce Mizell (keyboards), and label co-founder Berry Gordy. As they had done for each of the Jackson 5's previous platters, they carefully crafted and significantly modernized familiar seasonal selections. Leading off the effort is an unusual (for a pop act, anyway) two-part interpretation of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," commencing with a fairly rote reading before kicking into high gear during a fittingly R&B-inspired coda. They follow with an undeniably soulful update of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" and the fun and funky "Up on the Rooftop," which also adds instrumental elements of their hit "The Love You Save" with a few bars of "Here Comes Santa Claus" likewise worked into the mix. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is another standard that has been infused with a fresh spirit, once again yielding a well-chosen and adeptly executed revision. Although not as drastically overhauled, "Frosty the Snowman" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" are none the less thoroughly enjoyable. In terms of originals, the lovely "Give Love at Christmas" informed covers by fellow Motown staples the Temptations -- who used the tune as the title track for their 1980 Christmas entry -- Johnny Gill, and even a reggae version by the Tamlins. The Jacksons similarly shared the brisk and upbeat "Someday at Christmas" with the Temptations and Stevie Wonder, as well as Diana Ross, whose take is one of the highlights of her Very Special Season (1998) outing.
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1
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
00:05:22

The Corporation, Producer - Hugh Martin, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Blane, ComposerLyricist - Jackson 5, MainArtist - Hal Davis, Producer

℗ 1970 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
00:02:27

Tito Jackson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Marlon Jackson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Corporation, Producer - J. Fred Coots, Composer - Haven Gillespie, Author - Michael Jackson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jackson 5, MainArtist - Hal Davis, Producer - John Reis, ComposerLyricist - Jermaine Jackson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Reichert, ComposerLyricist - Adam Willard, ComposerLyricist - Sigmund Jackson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Stamets, ComposerLyricist - Paul O'Beirne, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

3
The Christmas Song
00:02:56

The Corporation, Producer - Mel TORME, ComposerLyricist - Robert Wells, ComposerLyricist - Jackson 5, MainArtist - Hal Davis, Producer

℗ 1970 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Up On The House Top
00:03:19

Berry Gordy Jr., Composer - Deke Richards, ComposerLyricist - Alphonso Mizell, ComposerLyricist - The Corporation, Producer - Christine Yarian, ComposerLyricist - Freddie Perren, ComposerLyricist - Jackson 5, MainArtist - Hal Davis, Producer

℗ 1970 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Frosty The Snowman
00:02:41

Jackie Jackson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tito Jackson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Marlon Jackson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Corporation, Producer - Michael Jackson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Rollins, ComposerLyricist - Steve Nelson, ComposerLyricist - Jackson 5, MainArtist - Hal Davis, Producer - John Reis, ComposerLyricist - Jermaine Jackson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Reichert, ComposerLyricist - Adam Willard, ComposerLyricist - Andy Stamets, ComposerLyricist - Paul O'Beirne, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

6
Little Drummer Boy
00:03:19

The Corporation, Producer - Henry V. Onorati, ComposerLyricist - HARRY SIMEONE, ComposerLyricist - KATHERINE DAVIS, ComposerLyricist - Jackson 5, MainArtist - Hal Davis, Producer

℗ 1970 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group International

7
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
00:02:36

The Corporation, Producer - JOHN D. MARKS, ComposerLyricist - Jackson 5, MainArtist - Hal Davis, Producer

℗ 1970 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Christmas Won't Be The Same This Year
00:02:34

The Corporation, Producer - Pamela Sawyer, ComposerLyricist - Jackson 5, MainArtist - Hal Davis, Producer - LaVerne Ware, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1970 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Give Love On Christmas Day
00:03:07

Berry Gordy Jr., ComposerLyricist - Deke Richards, ComposerLyricist - Alphonso Mizell, ComposerLyricist - The Corporation, Producer - Christine Yarian, ComposerLyricist - Freddie Perren, ComposerLyricist - Jackson 5, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Davis, Producer

℗ 1970 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Someday At Christmas
00:02:48

The Corporation, Producer - Bryan Wells, ComposerLyricist - Ron Miller, ComposerLyricist - Jackson 5, MainArtist - Hal Davis, Producer

℗ 1970 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
00:03:01

Tito Jackson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Marlon Jackson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - The Corporation, Producer - Michael Jackson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tommie Connor, ComposerLyricist - Jackson 5, MainArtist - Hal Davis, Producer - Jermaine Jackson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jackie Johnson, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1970 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

After three consecutive Top Five Pop albums in 1970 alone, it was somewhat of a no-brainer that Motown would want to include a holiday long-player to that list. The Jackson 5's Christmas Album (1970) combines classic favorites as well as a handful of compositions penned by the Corporation. This all-star team of Motown staffers and musicians boasted composer Bobby Taylor, Deke Richards (guitar), Freddie Perren (keyboard), Fonce Mizell (keyboards), and label co-founder Berry Gordy. As they had done for each of the Jackson 5's previous platters, they carefully crafted and significantly modernized familiar seasonal selections. Leading off the effort is an unusual (for a pop act, anyway) two-part interpretation of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," commencing with a fairly rote reading before kicking into high gear during a fittingly R&B-inspired coda. They follow with an undeniably soulful update of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" and the fun and funky "Up on the Rooftop," which also adds instrumental elements of their hit "The Love You Save" with a few bars of "Here Comes Santa Claus" likewise worked into the mix. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is another standard that has been infused with a fresh spirit, once again yielding a well-chosen and adeptly executed revision. Although not as drastically overhauled, "Frosty the Snowman" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" are none the less thoroughly enjoyable. In terms of originals, the lovely "Give Love at Christmas" informed covers by fellow Motown staples the Temptations -- who used the tune as the title track for their 1980 Christmas entry -- Johnny Gill, and even a reggae version by the Tamlins. The Jacksons similarly shared the brisk and upbeat "Someday at Christmas" with the Temptations and Stevie Wonder, as well as Diana Ross, whose take is one of the highlights of her Very Special Season (1998) outing.
© Lindsay Planer /TiVo

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