Pros: All of the best songs are present and accounted for. Well produced.
Cons: Could have done without the updated "It's Your Thing".
The 1970s was a time when family musical acts were big. The Jackson 5, starring Michael Jackson and four of his brothers, was one of the biggest acts of the 70s. While I was too young in the 1970s to really appreciate The Jackson 5, I was old enough to enjoy Michael Jackson's huge career after he went solo. Some time ago, I decided that I needed to have some Jackson 5 in my music collection and I purchased The Ultimate Collection (1996).
I bought The Ultimate Collection mainly because I wanted classic songs like "I Want You Back", "ABC", and "I'll Be There". This collection, which boasts 21 songs from The Jackson 5's and Michael Jackson's heyday, includes all of those songs and more. The liner notes include an article by David Ritz and a full personnel listing for each song. There are no printed lyrics. The disc runs for just over an hour.
This retrospective includes the following songs from the Jackson 5's years with Motown Records:
I Want You Back
The Love You Save
I'll Be There
It's Your Thing
Who's Lovin' You
Never Can Say Goodbye
Got To Be There- Michael Jackson
Rockin' Robin- Michael Jackson
Daddy's Home- Jermaine Jackson
Lookin' Through The Windows
I Wanna Be Where You Are- Michael Jackson
Get It Together
The Life Of The Party
I Am Love- Pts. I & II
Just A Little Bit Of You- Michael Jackson
It's Your Thing (The J5 in '95 Extended Mix)
This is a great CD to own for all the Jackson's biggest hits... or at least it has all the hits I wanted. It also includes some solid less popular songs done by both the group and Michael and Jermaine. I had never heard Jermaine's tender version of "Daddy's Home" before I listened to this CD. I was actually introduced to Michael's "I Wanna Be Where You Are" after hearing the song on a television movie about The Jacksons. I'm glad to report that that song, too, is also included with this collection of hits.
I probably could have done without the updated "It's Your Thing" from 1995, but I imagine it's included to get the die hards who already own all the J5 albums to buy this retrospective. Besides, the updated "It's Your Thing" isn't totally unappealing. It just seems a bit out of place with young Michael's vocals set to a more modern hip hop sound.
I like the fact that these songs are arranged from earliest to latest, so you can hear the band evolving throughout the 1970s, from bubble gum to funky soul.
This disc is well-produced and sounds great on my CD player. Since I am just a casual Jackson 5 fan, this collection suits my needs just fine. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a little J5 in their collection, yet doesn't want to shell out for individual albums. Highly recommended.
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