The Jacksons Story

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The Jacksons Story
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedJuly 20, 2004 (original release)
August 28, 2007 (re-release)
GenreR&B, soul, pop
LabelHip-O Select/UTV Records
The Jacksons chronology
The Very Best of The Jacksons
The Jacksons Story
I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link

The Jacksons Story, an album released on Hip-O Select/UTV Records on July 20, 2004 and later re-released on August 28, 2007, covers fourteen years of hit singles scored by the R&B group The Jackson 5/Jacksons between 1969 and 1982. It not only covers the quintet's early years as the princes of Motown during the late 1960s and early 1970s and their disco innovations in the mid-1970s while still at Motown (1974), but also their later funk/disco period while recording for CBS Records and its two divisions: Philadelphia International (1976–1977) and Epic (1977–1981) during the late 1970s and early 1980s. For further historical value, the collection also includes solo hit singles by the sole two Jackson brothers who scored solo success including Jermaine's 1979 smash, "Let's Get Serious" and Michael's hits spanning from 1971's "Got to Be There", 1972's "Rockin' Robin" and "Ben", 1979's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and 1983's "Billie Jean".

Track listing[edit]

1."I Want You Back"The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, Alphonzo Mizell)2:59
2."ABC"The Corporation2:57
3."The Love You Save"The Corporation3:04
4."I'll Be There"Berry Gordy, Bob West, Willie Hutch, Hal Davis3:56
5."Mama's Pearl"Berry Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell, Deke Richards, Freddie Perren3:10
6."Never Can Say Goodbye"Clifton Davis3:00
7."Got to Be There"Elliot Willensky3:24
8."Rockin' Robin"Leon René2:32
9."Ben"Don Black, Walter Scharf2:47
10."Dancing Machine" (single version)Hal Davis, Don Fletcher, Dean Parks2:37
11."Let's Get Serious" (single version)Lee Garrett, Stevie Wonder3:34
12."Enjoy Yourself"Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff3:25
13."Show You the Way to Go"Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff5:27
14."Blame It on the Boogie"Mick Jackson, Dave Jackson, Elmar Krohn3:30
15."Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" (single version)Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson3:46
16."Lovely One" (single version)Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson3:45
17."This Place Hotel" (a.k.a. "Heartbreak Hotel") (single version)Michael Jackson4:50
18."Can You Feel It" (single version)Michael Jackson, Jackie Jackson3:51
19."Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"Michael Jackson6:04
20."Billie Jean"Michael Jackson4:53


By: Al Campbell (All Music)

For the first time on a single-disc compilation, Hip O's The Jacksons Story combines both the group's Motown and Epic singles along with solo hits by Michael and Jermaine. Spanning 1969–1983, the program begins with early-'70s J5 chart-toppers like "I Want You Back," "I'll Be There," and "ABC," then delves into Michael's initial solo records of the same era: "Ben," "Rockin' Robin," and "Got to Be There." By 1976, the Jacksons had severed their long relationship with Motown and switched to Epic, reflected here by seven noteworthy tunes, including "Enjoy Yourself" and "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)." When the group changed record companies, Jermaine, who was married to the daughter of Motown honcho Berry Gordy, remained and was rewarded with his first solo hit in 1980's "Let's Get Serious." The disc wraps up with two songs that represent the beginning of Michael's solo career in earnest with 1979's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and the massive hit "Billie Jean," released four years later. Though it's not as comprehensive as 1995's 21-track Ultimate Collection, The Jacksons Story holds together well and still offers a decent selection of the band's career highlights.[infringing link?]