The Jacksons – The Jacksons (Expanded Version) (1976/2021) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

The Jacksons – The Jacksons (Expanded Version) (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:00:31 minutes | 669 MB | Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Epic – Legacy

Epic Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release expanded digital editions of the classic albums recorded by The Jacksons as they built on their Jackson 5 boy band origins and emerged as avatars of an R&B/pop revolution.

Released in November 1976, the Jackson brothers’ eleventh studio album was a turning point. For the first time, the band, which was slowing down a little, was no longer hosted by Motown, to which it was so deeply attached, but by CBS and its Epic subsidiary. Although four years earlier Michael had begun his solo career on Berry Gordy’s label with Got to Be There, the standoff between Motown and the Jackson family, both financial and artistic, led to a thunderous divorce. Only Jermaine (who married the Motown boss’s daughter and is replaced here by Randy Jackson, the youngest of the siblings) stayed with Berry Gordy, who was also able to keep hold of the Jackson 5 brand. Hence this 1976 début under the name The Jacksons. To mark all these changes, production was entrusted to the pair Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the brains of Philadelphia soul, the precursor genre to disco that made early-70s America dance, dousing it in silk and champagne. Only the Jackson brothers were no longer novices or obedient little soldiers. They wanted to assert their own artistic choices more and more. This all made for a rather heterogeneous record, clearly marked by soul and groove, but whose real essence is rather hard to discern, caught as it is between the Jacksons’ own choices and the hedonistic wills of Gamble and Huff. The latter wrote half of the songs, and Michael made his entrance by composing his very first track, Blues Away. At 18, his voice has a new assurance and marks a clean break from his character of Little Michael. Alongside The Jacksons, MFSB, the Sigma Sound Studios band led by Gamble and Huff, provides a polished score with strings (as necessary) and some very sensual rhythms. It’s something of a slalom run, though not at all unpleasant, between a soul that borders on pop (Enjoy yourself) and a rhythm’n’blues that is casting an eye towards disco (Show You The Way to Go). The album would strike gold in the charts, of course, but it did not yet give a hint of the worldwide success that Michael would enjoy, three years later, solo, with Off The Wall – Marc Zisman


1. Enjoy Yourself (3:26)
2. Think Happy (3:10)
3. Good Times (4:59)
4. Keep On Dancing (4:33)
5. Blues Away (3:14)
6. Show You the Way to Go (5:30)
7. Living Together (4:27)
8. Strength of One Man (3:57)
9. Dreamer (3:05)
10. Style of Life (3:20)
11. Enjoy Yourself (7″ Extended Version) (3:40)
12. Enjoy Yourself (12″ Extended Version) (5:50)
13. Show You the Way to Go (7″ Version) (3:31)
14. Living Together (Dimitri From Paris Disco Re-Edit) (7:53)