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R&B - Released January 1, 2000 | Motown

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R&B - Released January 1, 1970 | Motown

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Not even six months after the Jackson 5 -- Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael, and Tito -- issued their debut long-player, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 (1969), the vocal quintet returned with ABC (1970), arguably the brothers' most solid effort of the early '70s. The Jacksons' collective (and respective) talents, coupled with exemplary material and the finest behind the scenes crew Motown had to offer, were directly responsible for the enormous success that placed the LP at the crest of the R&B chart and into the Top Five of the pop survey, while the title track and the double-sided hit single "The Love You Save" b/w "I Found That Girl" all went directly to the number one position across the board. Not too shabby for a group whose oldest member was barely in his teens. Granted, the familiar tunes are undeniably the focal point, making it easy to overlook some of the other stellar selections. As was customary, Motown's cache of house composers provide the lion's share of the songs, most notably the Holland-Dozier-Holland-penned "(Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need" -- brought to prominence by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles -- and Stevie Wonder's "Never Had a Dream Come True," which Wonder himself had recently included on his own Signed, Sealed & Delivered (1970). There are also a few contemporary nuggets from beyond the boundaries of Detroit, as "La-La (Means I Love You)" is derived from the up-and-coming Philly soul movement and "I'll Bet You" was gleaned from George Clinton's incipient incarnation of Funkadelic. However, the cuts credited to "the Corporation" -- with Bobby Taylor and instrumentalists Deke Richards (guitar), Freddie Perren (keyboard), and Fonce Mizell (keyboards), as well as Motown founder Berry Gordy -- were of primary significance not only on the ABC album, but within the entire Jackson 5 oeuvre. ~ Lindsay Planer
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Soul - Released January 1, 1970 | Motown

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Ambiance - Released January 1, 2009 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released December 18, 1969 | Motown

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Pop - Released January 1, 1996 | Motown

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Soul - Released September 8, 1970 | Motown

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R&B - Released January 1, 1971 | Motown

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R&B - Released January 1, 2010 | UNI - MOTOWN

For a brief time, it seemed as if the magic was back between Motown and the Jackson 5. The title track was their best up-tempo hit since "ABC," and put them back on top of the R&B charts for the first time in three years. It just missed topping the pop charts as well, peaking at number two. They even got a second chart hit from the album, and it restored their position within the pop and R&B communities. ~ Ron Wynn
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R&B - Released January 1, 2009 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released January 1, 2010 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released March 30, 2010 | UNI - MOTOWN

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Pop - Released January 1, 2010 | Hip-O Select

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R&B - Released January 1, 2005 | Motown

Unquestionably one of the dominant forces of pop music during the '70s and the first supergroup from the second phase of Berry Gordy's Motown heyday, the Jackson 5 amassed a back catalog that only an elite group of Gordy's artists could rival. Previously issued in 2000 under the title Anthology (which, incidentally was a remaster of 1976's greatest-hits compilation of the same name), this collection contains a complete survey of the group's most well-known hits right up to 1976, which is when the group later signed to Epic. There are B-sides, a few live cuts and original LP versions selected over the dance or radio originals. Most die-hard fans of the fellows will be challenged to find anything here they don't already have, but for casual fans looking for all of the hits and then some, this may be the only Jacksons greatest-hits CD you'll ever need in your collection. ~ Rob Theakston
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Pop - Released April 12, 1971 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released January 1, 2010 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released January 1, 1973 | Hip-O Select

Available outside North America since the mid-'70s, In Japan! makes its debut thanks to the audio archivists at Hip-O Select. The online sonic shop went as far as re-creating the original gatefold album jacket -- in miniature of course -- and a 16-panel fold-out replicating the Japanese insert. Still known as the Jackson 5, Marlon, Tito, Randy, Jackie and Michael took to the stage of Osaka's Koseinenkin Hall in support of their most recent release Skywriter (1973) -- yet the extracts from the show on this title are filled primarily with familiar tunes not only from the quintet's sizable songbook of hits, but also selections gleaned from Michael Jackson's and Jermaine Jackson's respective solo catalogs. In fact, both brothers come out stronger than the collective ensemble with Michael performing "I Want to Be Where You Are," "Got to Be There" and "Ben," while Jermaine provides persuasive renderings of his early platters "That's How Love Goes," as well as covers of Shep & the Limelites' "Daddy's Home" and Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar." The show kicks off with sturdy, though unremarkable stabs at the Rare Earth side "We're Gonna Have a Good Time," followed by a half-hearted "Lookin' Through the Windows". It doesn't take long before they are able to turn the beat around on the inspired interpretation of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," which many may find worth the price of admission in and of itself. They similarly barrel into a propelling and hearty spin of the Temptations' "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," commencing with an eerily portentous siren during the prelude. Even as the version of "Never Can Say Goodbye" is among this set's zeniths, it is likewise the sole entry from the Jackson 5's extraordinary run of best-selling and chart-topping R&B/pop crossover smashes. Those omissions are not entirely unexpected, as they had come a great distance from the catchy bubblegum of "ABC," "I Want You Back," and "The Love You Save," maturing into decidedly more demanding roles within the band -- especially Jermaine and Michael, whose respective stars would continue their ascent during the ensuing decades. The aforementioned Hip-O Select edition of In Japan is limited to 5,000 copies and is available through their website www.hip-oselect.com. ~ Lindsay Planer
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R&B - Released January 1, 2010 | UNI - MOTOWN

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R&B - Released January 1, 2007 | Motown

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Pop - Released January 1, 2012 | UNI - MOTOWN

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