Diana Ross Presents Jackson 5 & ABC Original recording remastered, Import
Gary, Indiana, brothers the Jackson 5 scored pop and R&B No. 1's with their first four singles for Motown, three of which are collected here. The mythical claim that Diana Ross discovered the Jacksons might have helped gain attention, but their talent clearly spoke for itself. A quartet of writer-producers, including company head Berry Gordy, devised a sound that melded the new funk with smooth soul. "I Want You Back," "ABC," and "The Love You Save" were influenced by Sly and the Family Stone while proving their own new, terrific thing. Both kids and adults embraced it: that 11-year-old Michael was a precocious talent amid a strong group dynamic made the 5 undeniable.
After the quickly assembled debut LP carrying the Ross credit, their identity as an album act was solidified by 1970's ABC, which found them thoroughly convincing on everything from school-days riffs like the title tune to a cover of Funkadelic's "I'll Bet You." The idea of a group "growing" from disc to disc may be clichéd, but this CD shows it was both literally and figuratively true in the Jackson 5's case. The rare outtake "Oh, I've Been Bless'd" is included as a bonus track. --Rickey Wright
私はまだ読んでいませんが、2005年3月7日付けのNEWSWEEKに紹介されていたMichael Joseph GrossのStar Struckという本を読んでみてください。
Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5:
"I Want You Back"
"Can You Remember"
"Who's Lovin' You"
"Born to Love You
"The Love You Save"
"One More Chance"
"(Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need"
"La La (Means I Love You)"
"I Found That Girl"
"The Young Folks"
Kids today may think of Michael as some weird old something or other who chased kids and overdosed. Those things may be part of the story but certainly not all of it. Michael was a pioneer, just surely as Jackie Robinson was and he paid a heavy price for it. Had there been no Jackson 5 there'd have been no Michael, and no "Thiller" nor all the myriad copycats that came after either. Never in all my years have I heard someone so young in complete control of their craft. Listen to his nuance and control on "Who's Lovin' You". Smokey who wrote it, couldn't touch it, the Tempts couldn't get within the same zip code as that masterpiece. He was a marvel, wunderkind, prodigy. Listen to this collection to see how good he truly was.
The only thing that keeps me from giving this double shot 5 stars is the remastering. Many of the songs sound thin and hollow. I wore both these albums out as a kid. I KNOW how they're supposed to sound, they needed to do a more meticulous job on these. Still all the songs are here, mebbe not as I remember them, but they're here.
Owning The Ultimate Collection, a very good compilation of the Jackson 5's most popular hits, I wanted something a little more substantial. This led me to the re-release of DIANA ROSS PRESENTS THE JACKSON 5 and ABC, which collects the first two Jackson 5 albums onto one CD.
These two albums really show off the raw talent that was the Jackson 5. The tunes are catchy and infectious, the vocal harmony is tight, and a very young Michael Jackson--he was 10-years old when "Diana Ross Presents..." was released according to the liner notes--shows off a vocal talent very rarely heard in a child of that age.
Despite what you might think of Michael Jackson and the rest of his family, and along with all of the legal troubles and some of the more bizarre behavior he exhibited in the later stages of his life, you'd be hard pressed not to like this double-album CD.
Even when they are covering other artist's songs like Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour," The Miracles "Who's Lovin' You," The Temptations "(I Know)I'm Losing You," Sly & The Family Stone's "Stand," as well as others, the Jackson 5 put their own youthful stamp on the hits and make them their own.
So even if you, like me, aren't a huge fan of the Jackson 5's work you'll find these songs familiar. There's the original big hits like "I Want You Back," "The Love You Save," and "ABC" that you're bound to know.
Also, songs that have been covered by other artists in the 80s/90s like "(I Know) I'm Losing You," I think was covered by Nancy Martinez but Wikipedia credits a group called Uptown, "La-La (Means I Love You)" covered by the Jets, and the intro to En Vogue's "Hold On" uses a cover intro of "Who's Lovin' You," not to mention the various samples used, so these two albums won't be totally unfamiliar.
Michael sings lead on most of the songs but there's plenty of sharing on lead with either Jermaine or Jackie (I'm not sure), so you get variety. The CD is 24-bit remastered and contains a fold out book with original liner notes from Diana Ross, updated liner notes from Brian Chin, color pictures, song credit and chart information.
Anyway, if you want something a little more than the standard compilation CD get DIANA ROSS PRESENTS THE JACKSON 5/ABC. It's well worth it and you'll be listening to it for years to come.