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Jackson 5: I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters

Jackson 5: I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters

 

5.9

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UK release date 30.11.2009

You get exactly what is says on the label – unreleased songs from a young Jackson group and an even younger Michael. First out is the extremely rare medley 'I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save' which was, apparently, recorded for their tv spots.

Michael would sing live over the instrumental track it seems. With the alternate tracks like 'Never Can Say Goodbye' and 'ABC', their second single, there’s 'Buttercup', written and produced by Stevie Wonder no less for 1973 release, which was around the time the brothers backed him on 'You Haven’t Done Nothing'.

Bobby Taylor, who first bought the brothers to Motown, produced the Curtis Mayfield penned 'Man’s Temptation' recorded in ’70, and his own co-written song 'Listen I’ll Tell You How'. Smashing stuff. The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Deke Richards, Freddie Perren, Alphonso Mizell) who were the brainchild behind the brothers’ first million sellers, are included here with the unreleased 'Love Comes In Different Flavors' and 'That’s How Love Is'.

Let me tell you, it doesn’t get much better than this. The vocals are innocent and youthful, adventurous yet hesitant. Michael’s diction is often polite and precise (kinda cute too), yet it’s so apparent this young boy had an innate soulful edge, an emotional styling and outpouring of feelings that a boy his age shouldn’t have been able to relate to, let alone sing about with such intenseness. This cd is history in the making and really is essential listening. Thanks Harry Weiner!
Words SHARON DAVIS

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