Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Jackson 5 - Jackson 5 Christmas Album (1970)


The Jackson 5 - Jackson 5 Christmas Album (1970)

Tracklist front / back album covers

1. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"   5:19
2. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"   2:24
3. "The Christmas Song"   2:45
4. "Up on the House Top"   3:16
5. "Frosty the Snowman"   2:39
6. "The Little Drummer Boy"   3:15
7. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"   2:32
8. "Christmas Won't Be the Same This Year"   2:31
9. "Give Love on Christmas Day"   2:44
10. "Someday at Christmas"   2:44
11. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"   3:01

2003 remaster
12. "Little Christmas Tree"   3:37

2009 Ultimate Christmas Collection bonus tracks
12. "Season's Greetings from Michael Jackson"   0:09
13. "Little Christmas Tree"   3:37
14. "Season's Greetings from Tito Jackson"   0:06
15. "Up on the Housetop" (DJ Spinna Re-Edit)   5:00
16. "Season's Greetings from Jackie Jackson"   0:07
17. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Stripped Mix)   3:04
18. "Season's Greetings from Jermaine Jackson"   0:07
19. "Someday at Christmas" (Stripped Mix)   2:44
20. "Give Love on Christmas Day" (Group A Cappella Version)   3:37
21. "J5 Christmas Medley"   3:51



The Jackson 5 Band Members / Musicians
Hal Davis – producer
The Corporation - producers
James Anthony Carmichael, Gene Page – arrangements

Adam Abrams – production coordinator
Harry Weinger – supervisor
Vartan – art direction
Alana Coghlan, Katherine Marking – design



Jackson 5 Christmas Album is the first Christmas album, and fourth studio album, by Motown family quintet the Jackson 5, released on October 15, 1970. Included on the Christmas Album is the Jackson 5's hit single version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town". The Jackson 5's versions of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" remain frequent radio requests during the Christmas season. The album spent four weeks at the number one position on Billboard magazine's special Christmas Albums chart that the magazine published in December 1970, making it the best-selling Christmas album of that year and also of the year 1972 in the United States. This album was a top seller and had the potential to chart high on the US Billboard Top LPs ranking, but from 1963 to 1973, holiday albums were not allowed to chart in it. The album has been praised by music critics.

In the US, the album was released on CD in 1986. In 2003, Universal Motown re-released the album as part of their 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection series. This version of the album was remastered and included the Michael Jackson solo song "Little Christmas Tree" as a bonus track (from the various artists compilation A Motown Christmas, originally released in 1973). In 2009, the album was once again re-released as Ultimate Christmas Collection, with Christmas greetings from four of the band members, remixes, and a medley of songs from the album.

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