Love Songs

Love Songs

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by Michael Jackson
     
 

By focusing on Michael Jackson's '70s output with the Jackson 5 and his solo work as a teen vocal prodigy, Love Songs demonstrates that Michael's '80s ascension to the realm of global superstardom was a foregone conclusion. The earliest signs of this nascent talent came via the Indiana quintet's covers of …  See more details below

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By focusing on Michael Jackson's '70s output with the Jackson 5 and his solo work as a teen vocal prodigy, Love Songs demonstrates that Michael's '80s ascension to the realm of global superstardom was a foregone conclusion. The earliest signs of this nascent talent came via the Indiana quintet's covers of Smokey Robinson's "Who's Lovin' You" and Ray Charles's "A Fool for You," which found an 11-year old MJ testifying about love like a grown-up. As Michael matured, any rough edges in production and vocal execution became more polished, particularly on songs such as the sweetly lush "Got to Be There" and the mid-tempo cheer of "We've Got a Good Thing Going" with its playful harmonies. By 1975, 17-year-old Michael's voice had matured into the confident tenor that drove solo hits like the light funk of "We're Almost There," tender ballads like "You Are There" and "One Day In Your Life," and the soaring declaration of love that defines "I'll Come Home to You." The cherry on top of this sundae of love is a previously unreleased version of the 1970 chart-topper "I'll Be There," a jewel in the crown of the future "King of Pop."

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released in January of 2002, Motown's Love Songs contains 14 love songs and ballads Michael Jackson recorded, either by himself or with the Jackson 5, during his time on Motown in the early '70s. There are a few familiar songs here, such as "Who's Lovin' You," but the Love Songs series prides itself on mood, not hits, while providing just one or two tracks as collector's bait (a previously unreleased version of "I'll Be There" or the original mix of "Call on Me," for example). This means that it's the odd collection that sort of appeals to the dedicated, since it gives a different spin on the artist (but not really, since it recycles the catalog), and it sort of appeals to the casual fan, since it digs through albums to provide what they're looking for (but not really, since there aren't that many big hits here). So it fulfills the promise of the title quite well, but that doesn't necessarily mean that a lot of people will really need it (unless they're looking for mood music, of course).

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2002
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0044001681929
catalogNumber:
016819
Rank:
24486

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Jackson   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Gene Page   Arranger
John Bahler   Arranger
David Blumberg   Arranger
James Anthony Carmichael   Arranger
Hal Davis   Producer
Berry Gordy   Executive Producer
Brian Holland   Producer
Willie Hutch   Vocal Arrangements
Mel Larson   Producer
Jerry Marcellino   Producer
Alphonso Mizell   Composer
Fonce Mizell   Arranger,Producer
Freddie Perren   Producer
Bobby Taylor   Producer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Brian Chin   Liner Notes
Bob West   Arranger
Sam Brown   Composer
R. Armand   Composer

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