Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released only a matter of days after Michael Jackson's tragic June 2009 passing but in the works long before that, Hip-O Select's Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection collects the entirety of his solo recordings for Motown in a triple-disc set. Although Michael had some major hits during this period -- notably "Got to Be There," "Ben," and "Rockin' Robin," all Top Five hits on both the pop and Black Singles charts -- it's fair to call these years Jackson's awkward adolescence, perched partway between the preteen dynamo of the Jackson Five and the cool, confident entertainer of Off the Wall. Certainly, Jackson wasn't in artistic control on these four albums --...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released only a matter of days after Michael Jackson's tragic June 2009 passing but in the works long before that, Hip-O Select's Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection collects the entirety of his solo recordings for Motown in a triple-disc set. Although Michael had some major hits during this period -- notably "Got to Be There," "Ben," and "Rockin' Robin," all Top Five hits on both the pop and Black Singles charts -- it's fair to call these years Jackson's awkward adolescence, perched partway between the preteen dynamo of the Jackson Five and the cool, confident entertainer of Off the Wall. Certainly, Jackson wasn't in artistic control on these four albums -- Got to Be There and Ben, both from 1972; 1973's Music & Me, 1975's Forever, Michael -- not picking the songs or having a hand in the arrangements, a point hammered home on Farewell My Summer Love where the vocal tracks of unreleased cuts were set to new, modern backing tracks in 1984 at the height of Thriller mania. Farewell in all its awkwardness is here, along with the original superior mixes of nine tracks and Looking Back to Yesterday, another Motown cash-in of unreleased recordings released at the peak of Jackson's popularity. Motown effectively emptied their vaults of rare Michael Jackson material during this time so there's nothing new here for collectors, but much of this material has been out of print for a long time, so it's useful putting the somewhat forgotten recordings of a major artist back in circulation even if the music doesn't hold any new insights. Essentially, these three discs confirm the basic narrative of Michael Jackson's career to be correct: he was drifting at Motown as a solo artist, trapped both by his adolescence and the unwillingness of the label to give him anything to do other than follow shifting trends from bubblegum soul to disco (in this sense, the stiff synthesized productions on Farewell don't seem out of line, they're merely another step in Motown's continued march through fashion). Naturally, the aforementioned big hits retain their power and there are some gems scattered throughout each of the discs -- and those gems come entirely from Jackson's pure, natural charisma -- which may be reason enough for serious fans to get this handsomely produced set, but this is more interesting as a history lesson than it is as entertainment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/2009
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602517924697
  • Catalog Number: 001242102
  • Sales rank: 55,966

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ain't No Sunshine (4:13)
  2. 2 I Wanna Be Where You Are (3:02)
  3. 3 Girl Don't Take Your Love from Me (3:51)
  4. 4 In Our Small Way (3:41)
  5. 5 Got to Be There (3:24)
  6. 6 Rockin' Robin (2:34)
  7. 7 Wings of My Love (3:25)
  8. 8 Maria (You Were the Only One) (3:42)
  9. 9 Love Is Here and Now You're Gone (2:54)
  10. 10 You've Got a Friend (4:58)
  11. 11 Ben (2:47)
  12. 12 Greatest Show on Earth (2:49)
  13. 13 People Make the World Go Round (3:20)
  14. 14 We've Got a Good Thing Going (3:05)
  15. 15 Everybody's Somebody's Fool (3:01)
  16. 16 My Girl (3:13)
  17. 17 What Goes Around Comes Around (3:31)
  18. 18 In Our Small Way (3:45)
  19. 19 Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Da Day (3:21)
  20. 20 You Can Cry on My Shoulder (2:39)
  21. 21 Don't Let It Get You Down (2:49)
  22. 22 You've Really Got a Hold on Me (3:23)
  23. 23 Melodie (3:08)
  24. 24 Touch the One You Love (2:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 With a Child's Heart (3:34)
  2. 2 Up Again (2:51)
  3. 3 All the Things You Are (2:59)
  4. 4 Happy (3:27)
  5. 5 Too Young (3:39)
  6. 6 Doggin' Around (2:54)
  7. 7 Euphoria (3:36)
  8. 8 Morning Glow (2:49)
  9. 9 Johnny Raven (3:38)
  10. 10 Music and Me (2:42)
  11. 11 We're Almost There (3:47)
  12. 12 Take Me Back (3:30)
  13. 13 One Day in Your Life (4:18)
  14. 14 Cinderella Stay Awhile (3:13)
  15. 15 We've Got Forever (3:12)
  16. 16 Just a Little Bit of You (3:14)
  17. 17 You Are There (3:25)
  18. 18 Dapper-Dan (3:12)
  19. 19 Dear Michael (2:41)
  20. 20 I'll Come Home to You (3:04)
  21. 21 Girl You're So Together (2:59)
  22. 22 Farewell My Summer Love (3:37)
  23. 23 Call on Me (3:21)
Disc 3
  1. 1 When I Come of Age (2:40)
  2. 2 Teenage Symphony (2:47)
  3. 3 I Hear a Symphony (3:04)
  4. 4 Give Me Half a Chance (3:25)
  5. 5 Love's Gone Bad (3:11)
  6. 6 Lonely Teardrops (2:41)
  7. 7 You're Good for Me (3:17)
  8. 8 That's What Love Is Made Of (3:25)
  9. 9 I Like You the Way You Are (Don't Change Your Love on Me) (2:58)
  10. 10 Who's Lookin' for a Lover (2:52)
  11. 11 I Was Made to Love Her (3:20)
  12. 12 If'n I Was God (3:05)
  13. 13 To Make My Father Proud (4:11)
  14. 14 Here I Am (Come and Take Me) (2:44)
  15. 15 Twenty-Five Miles (3:17)
  16. 16 Don't Let It Get You Down (3:02)
  17. 17 You've Really Got a Hold on Me (3:30)
  18. 18 Melodie (3:23)
  19. 19 Touch the One You Love (2:47)
  20. 20 Girl You're So Together (3:11)
  21. 21 Farewell My Summer Love (4:23)
  22. 22 Call on Me (3:39)
  23. 23 Here I Am (Come and Take Me) (2:56)
  24. 24 To Make My Father Proud (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Jackson Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Clifton Davis Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Edwin Starr Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Bob Crewe Composer
Renee Armand Composer
Eddie Horan Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Reginald Adams Composer
Thom Bell Composer
Don Black Composer
Mike Cannon Composer
George S. Clinton Composer
Henry Cosby Composer
Linda Creed Composer
Hal Davis Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Harvey Fuqua Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Willie Hutch Composer
Mel Larson Composer
Jerry Marcellino Composer
Marilyn McLeod Composer
Fonce Mizell Composer
Larry Mizell Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Weldon Dean Parks Composer
Freddie Perren Composer
Deke Richards Composer
Walter Scharf Composer
Arthur Stokes Composer
Michael Sutton Composer
Artie Wayne Composer
Elliot Willensky Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
William Robinson Composer
Billy Page Composer
Leon Ware Composer
Allen Story Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Robert Rogers Composer
Sylvia Dee Composer
Sidney Lippman Composer
Mack David Composer
Arthur Ross Composer
Ace Adams Composer
Lena Agree Composer
Beatrice Verdi Composer
Don Fenceton Composer
Don Fletcher Composer
Christine Yarian Composer
Stephen Schwartz Composer
Dana Meyers Composer
Lula Mae Hardaway Composer
Linda Glover Composer
Gladys Hampton Composer
III Sam Brown Composer
Rand Meitzenheimer Composer
Gwen Gordy Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    KING of Pop

    A must! Although I may be younger, I've been a fan of Michael ever since I was a little girl & it was so wonderful to listen to this & hear songs I know as well as those I've never heard before. I recommend this CD set for all of Michael's fans. Even as a small child Michael's soulful voice commands attention; its no wonder he grew up to be the GREATEST entertainer of all time. The photos of Michael are so beautiful!

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