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Got To Be There

Michael Jackson

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Riding high on the wild success of the Jackson 5, Motown ringleader Berry Gordy assembled every single notable production team member and songwriter in his arsenal to contribute to the solo debut of the J5's boy wonder, Michael. By the time Got to Be There was released, much had changed in the Jackson dynamic, none the least Michael's voice. But this album launched three chart singles: a cover of the bubblegum classic "Rockin' Robin," Leon Ware's "I Wanna Be Where You Are," and the title track. As a cohesive album, Got to Be There is wildly erratic, and his covers of "You've Got a Friend" and "Ain't No Sunshine" show Jackson's versatility as a singer. It was a world away from the politically charged sound of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and the introspection that would later grace some of the best works of Stevie Wonder. But Got to Be There kept Gordy as king of the sound of young America -- at least for a few months longer.
© Rob Theakston /TiVo

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1
Ain't No Sunshine
00:04:12

Berry Gordy Jr., Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Deke Richards, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Alphonso Mizell, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Withers, ComposerLyricist - Michael Jackson, MainArtist - Freddie Perren, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Eddy Manson, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

2
I Wanna Be Where You Are
00:03:01

Berry Gordy Jr., Producer, Executive Producer - Michael Jackson, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leon Ware, ComposerLyricist - James Anthony Carmichael, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - ARTHUR ROSS, ComposerLyricist - Hal Davis, Producer

℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

3
Girl Don't Take Your Love From Me (Album Version)
00:03:48

Gene Page, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Jackson, MainArtist - Willie Hutch, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International, a division of Universal Music GmbH

4
In Our Small Way (Album Version)
00:03:43

Berry Gordy Jr., Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Deke Richards, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Alphonso Mizell, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Christine Yarian, ComposerLyricist - Michael Jackson, MainArtist - Freddie Perren, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Beatrice Verdi, ComposerLyricist - Eddy Manson, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Got To Be There (Single Version)
00:03:17

Elliot Willensky, ComposerLyricist - Michael Jackson, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Willie Hutch, Vocal Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Davis, Producer - Dave Blumberg, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music GmbH, Austria

6
Rockin' Robin
00:02:36

Jimmie Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Michael Jackson, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Anthony Carmichael, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - JERRY MARCELLINO, Producer - Mel Larson, Producer

℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

7
Wings Of My Love
00:03:22

Berry Gordy Jr., ComposerLyricist - Alphonso Mizell, ComposerLyricist - The Corporation TM, Producer - Michael Jackson, MainArtist - Freddie Perren, ComposerLyricist - Hal Davis, Producer - Daniel Lussier, ComposerLyricist - Christine Yarian Perren, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1971 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Maria (You Were The Only One) (Single Version)
00:03:42

George Gordy, ComposerLyricist - Allen Story, ComposerLyricist - Linda Glover, ComposerLyricist - Lawrence Brown, ComposerLyricist - Michael Jackson, MainArtist - James Anthony Carmichael, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Willie Hutch, Vocal Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Davis, Producer

℗ 1971 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Love Is Here And Now You're Gone (Album Version)
00:02:50

Berry Gordy Jr., Producer, Executive Producer - Lamont Dozier, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Holland, ComposerLyricist - Brian Holland, ComposerLyricist - Michael Jackson, MainArtist - James Anthony Carmichael, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Davis, Producer

℗ 1972 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
You've Got A Friend (Album Version)
00:04:54

Carole King, ComposerLyricist - The Corporation TM, Producer - Michael Jackson, MainArtist - Hal Davis, Producer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

Album Description

Riding high on the wild success of the Jackson 5, Motown ringleader Berry Gordy assembled every single notable production team member and songwriter in his arsenal to contribute to the solo debut of the J5's boy wonder, Michael. By the time Got to Be There was released, much had changed in the Jackson dynamic, none the least Michael's voice. But this album launched three chart singles: a cover of the bubblegum classic "Rockin' Robin," Leon Ware's "I Wanna Be Where You Are," and the title track. As a cohesive album, Got to Be There is wildly erratic, and his covers of "You've Got a Friend" and "Ain't No Sunshine" show Jackson's versatility as a singer. It was a world away from the politically charged sound of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and the introspection that would later grace some of the best works of Stevie Wonder. But Got to Be There kept Gordy as king of the sound of young America -- at least for a few months longer.
© Rob Theakston /TiVo

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