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Lookin' Through the Windows

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/5/2010
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602527288505
  • Catalog Number: 001386502
  • Sales rank: 31,480

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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 Jr. Executive Producer
Richard Hutch Composer
Willie Hutch Composer, Producer
David Jones Composer
Mel Larson Producer
Jerry Marcellino Producer
Freddie Perren Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
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
The 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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