Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Jackson 5 - Dancing Machine (1974)

The Jackson 5 - Dancing Machine (1974)

Tracklist front / back album covers

Side one
"I Am Love" (Don Fenceton, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson, Ronnie Rancifer) – 7:29

"Whatever You Got, I Want" (Gene Marcellino, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson) – 2:58

"She's a Rhythm Child" (Clarence Drayton, Hal Davis, Ruth Talmage) – 2:39

"Dancing Machine" (Donald Fletcher, Hal Davis, Weldon Dean Parks) – 2:43

Side two
"The Life of the Party" (Clarence Drayton, Hal Davis, Tamy Smith) – 2:35

"What You Don't Know" (Gene Marcellino, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson) – 4:25

"If I Don't Love You This Way" (Leon Ware, Pam Sawyer) – 3:28

"It All Begins and Ends with Love" (Don Fenceton, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson) – 3:07

"The Mirrors of My Mind" (Charlotte O'Hara, Donald Fletcher, Nita Garfield) – 3:08

A longer version of the title track had previously been included on the group's 1973 album G.I.T.: Get It Together.

In 2001, Motown Records remastered all Jackson 5 albums in a "Two Classic Albums/One CD" series (much like they did in the late 1980s). This album was paired with Moving Violation. The bonus tracks were the outtakes "Through Thick and Thin" and the Disc-o-Tech #3 Remix of "Forever Came Today".

Dancing Machine is the 9th studio album released by the Motown quintet the Jackson 5, on September 5, 1974. The album's title track was a No. 2 pop hit and a No. 1 R&B hit in the United States. The group released two additional singles from the album: the funky "Whatever You Got, I Want" and the group's last US Top 20 hit for Motown, "I Am Love".

Although the Jacksons were back on the charts, the brothers, most notably Michael, still complained about their artistic direction. Nonetheless, the album became another disco concept album for the group, and showcased lead singers Michael and Jermaine Jackson. This album was the first on which all the brothers sang in their natural voices on the same song, entitled "It All Begins and Ends with Love". The order is Tito, Jackie, Michael, Marlon and Jermaine, who closes the song. Around this time, the Jacksons were performing in Las Vegas with the rest of the family, leaving this album with low promotion. According to an interview with Don Cornelius on the R&B TV show Soul Train, Michael said that his favourite songs were "If I Don't Love You This Way" and "What You Don't Know".

The album was arranged by Arthur G. Wright, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson, John Bahler, James Anthony Carmichael and Sam Brown III.

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