Lookin' Through the Windows

Lookin' Through the Windows

by The Jackson 5
     
 

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A new phase in the Jackson Five's career began with Lookin' Through the Windows (1972), the quintet's seventh release since 1969. The album came out in the wake of the stop-gap Goin' Back to Indiana (1971) from the Jackson 5's hour-long ABC-TV network special of the same name, and just in time for Christmas, Greatest Hits [1971] (1971). Their

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A new phase in the Jackson Five's career began with Lookin' Through the Windows (1972), the quintet's seventh release since 1969. The album came out in the wake of the stop-gap Goin' Back to Indiana (1971) from the Jackson 5's hour-long ABC-TV network special of the same name, and just in time for Christmas, Greatest Hits [1971] (1971). Their previous studio outing Maybe Tomorrow (1971) had proven to be the last created under the primary direction of Bobby Taylor, Deke Richards (guitar), Freddie Perren (keyboard), Fonce Mizell (keyboards) and Motown co-founder Berry Gordy, who were collectively credited as the Corporation. So this effort is padded with a few scraps from their tenure, such as the breezy "To Know," sounding like a mixture of Stevie Wonder and the Philly soul stylings of the O'Jays -- as well as the charming but unremarkable "If I Have to Move a Mountain." The highlight from that cache is the funky "Don't Let Your Baby Catch You," bearing a propulsive groove would have effortlessly translated to Michael Jackson's post-Motown career. The LP spawned two R&B/pop crossovers. The first, an update of Thurston Harris' "Little Bitty Pretty One" features several different Jacksons on lead with an arrangement that immediately recalls Michael's solo cover of Bobby Day's "Rockin' Robin." Perhaps not entirely coincidentally, Michael's 45 climbed to the number two pop position less than a month before the Jackson Five landed in the Top 15 with their remake. While on the subject of outsourced musical influences, the introductory orchestration to the Clifton Davis-penned title track indicates an undeniable and pronounced nod to Isaac Hayes' "(Theme From) Shaft." They also commit a bouncy interpretation of Jackson Browne's "Doctor My Eyes." Meanwhile, the combo had to look no further than the copious Motown back catalog for their impressive opener, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" -- a selection initially brought to significance by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell some four years earlier. In 2001 Lookin' Through the Windows was coupled with the aforementioned Goin' Back to Indiana (1971) on to a double-play compact disc. One of the bonus cuts on that package is "Love Song," another Clifton Davis tune that first surfaced as the B-side to the "Lookin' Through the Windows" 7" single.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/05/2010
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0602527288505
catalogNumber:
001386502
Rank:
56851

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackson 5   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Clifton Davis   Composer
Jackson Browne   Composer
Gene Page   Arranger
Nick Ashford   Composer
John Bahler   Arranger
H.B. Barnum   Arranger
Johnny Bristol   Composer,Producer
James Anthony Carmichael   Arranger
Hal Davis   Composer,Producer
Berry Gordy   Executive Producer
Richard Hutch   Composer
Willie Hutch   Composer,Producer
David Jones   Composer
Mel Larson   Producer
Jerry Marcellino   Producer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Arthur Wright   Arranger
Michael Randall   Composer
Brian Chin   Liner Notes
Vartan   Art Direction
Robert Byrd   Composer
Stephen Bowden   Composer
John Bristol   Composer
Corporation   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mike Randall   Composer
James Michael   Composer
James Carmichael   Arranger
Joyce Chambers   Composer
Wade Brown   Composer
Jo Almeida   Photo Coordination
E. Munson   Arranger
Theresa McFaddin   Composer

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