Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson joined his brothers' band in 1964, becoming The Jackson 5. In 1965 they won a talent contest at a Gary high school, performing their version of the Temptations's "My Girl". Their father Joe, determinated to see their boys succeed, had been acting as their manager and drove them to venues in Chicago and New York to widen their appeal. In 1966 they won a talent contest at the renowned Apollo theater in New York's Harlem district and within a year had supported Gladys Knight & The Pips, with Gladys recommended them to Motown boss Berry Gordy Jr.
Their debut single with Motown "I Want You Back" shot to number one in 1970 and was followed by "ABC". During those first few years of success Motown had realised that Michael had the greatest fan appeal and the best possibility of a long career and he was groomed by the company for a solo career to run in tandem with the group. Michael's solo debut was "Got To Be There" in 1971.
In 1975, the Jackson 5's contract with Motown had expired and they signed to Epic under the name The Jacksons with Michael also signing as a solo artist.
A decade later, after already having enormous success, Michael's albums Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and HIStory have changed the face of pop music by not only becoming multi-million selling releases but also accessing a rock audience which had previoulsy seen no connection between black music and their own interests.
Michael Jackson died June 25, 2009 at his home in Los Angeles, California.
Michael Jackson 2009 collection of digitally remastered tracks culled from Michael's days on Motown, including solo tracks as well as classic Jackson 5 material. Michael Jackson was a phenomenon from the start. As a pure singer, he was remarkable, his voice soaring with the eager confidence of a prodigy. His initial work ranks among his finest and still sizzles with fresh enthusiasm. Michael is gone, but his ability to express an astounding range of feelings with conviction and grace guarantees his immortality. He earned his crown as King Of Pop, but these timeless tracks make it clear that the King had deep roots in the rich soil of his soulful past. Features 19 tracks including 'I Want You Back', 'Ben', Dancing Machine', 'ABC', 'Got To Be There' and may more. Also includes the `Minus Mix' of 'I'll Be There,' as heard on national TV spot.
Michael Jackson This collection highlights Michael Jackson's young career with Jackson 5 favorites like "ABC" and "Never Can Say Goodbye," and early solo hits such as "Ben" and "Dear Michael."
Michael Jackson The Jackson 5 This two-disc greatest-hits collection covers Michael Jackson's solo years at Motown, which means there's no "Billie Jean," "Rock With You," "Beat It," or anything from his superstar career as an adult. Essentially, the set features the child Michael from 1971's "Got to Be There," his first solo single, through tracks taken from 1975's FOREVER, MICHAEL, his final release on Motown. The album also includes select Jackson 5 hits, including some of the group's smashes that feature Michael on lead vocals, including "I Want You Back" and "Never Can Say Goodbye." From his first number-one hit, "Ben," to the disco-pop of "Farewell My Summer Love," GOLD provides a tasty overview of the King of Pop's early years.
Michael Jackson Principally recorded between 1970 and 1975. Includes liner notes by David Ritz.
Motown's 1995 anthology of young Michael Jackson's musical output prior to his groundbreaking era that began with Off the Wall is nothing short of definitive, collecting all of his charted U.S. Motown hits, including "Got to Be There," "Rockin' Robin," "I Wanna Be Where You Are," "With a Child's Heart," "We're Almost There," "Just a Little Bit of You," and his first solo chart-topper, "Ben." There are also five Jackson 5 singles, including "I'll Be There" and his incredibly soulful take on "Never Can Say Goodbye." The collection even includes "Farewell My Summer Love," which, although recorded in his youth, became a minor Top 40 hit in the spring of 1984. In his youth, Michael Jackson was impassioned, heartfelt, and soulful way beyond his young years and, had he never hit his electrifying stride that followed these releases, he would still have left quite a legacy of music, as is demonstrated by this first-rate collection. Those seeking a comprehensive anthology of Jackson's early work need look no further -- all the classics are here. Incidentally, a previous issue of this anthology was issued by Motown in 1986 -- this one bests it with four additional tracks, those being "Greatest Show on Earth," "We've Got a Good Thing Going," "Make Tonight All Mine," and "Cinderella Stay Awhile." ~ Jose F. Promis
This is part of the Motown Anthology series.
Producers include: Hal Davis, Freddie Perren, Alphonso Mizell, Berry Gordy, Brian Holland.
Compilation producer: Bill Inglot.
Personnel: Michael Jackson (vocals).
Liner Note Author: David Ritz.
Arrangers: David Blumberg; Deke Richards; Fonce Mizell; Freddie Perren; Gene Page; Sam T. Brown; Alphonso Mizell; Arthur Wright; Berry Gordy, Jr.; John Bahler; Bob West .
The Jackson 5Michael Jackson The First ever recording of The Jackson 5 (featuring Michael Jackson). 1965-1967.
Bonus tracks : Part ot the Original Sessions from 1965 to 1967. From The Jackson Five featuring Michael Jackson in Gary, Indiana where it all began...
Made in Holland.
This Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition includes three CDs, two collectible booklets, and features the first ever authorized DVD release of a concert from the record breaking BAD tour.
DVD - Michael Jackson's legendary July 16, 1988 concert at Wembley Stadium in London. This DVD is not a compilation of performances, but rather one complete show, exactly as Michael performed it for Prince Charles, Princess Diana and the 72,000 fans who were in the audience for that night's sold out show. The DVD was sourced from Michael Jackson's personal VHS copy of the performance as shown on the JumboTrons during the concert. This footage was only recently unearthed and is the only known copy of the show to exist. The visuals have been restored and the audio quality enhanced so that fans can share in the excitement of that famous night.
CD1 - The original re-mastered album.
CD2 - A CD containing previously unreleased material recorded in Michael's personal studio at Hayvenhurst. This material includes early demo versions of songs from the album as well as demos for songs not included on the final album. All of this material is being released as it was recorded during the BAD sessions. Nothing has been added or changed. In addition, this CD also includes new remixes from internationally renowned DJ/producers.
CD3 - A CD showcasing the audio from the sound truck recordings of the July 16th Wembley performance. The first-ever live Michael Jackson CD to be released, this is the only concert from the BAD Tour known to exist on multitracks.
This magnificent 3 CD/1 DVD box also includes two extensive booklets with yet unseen photos from the recording sessions, video sets and the concert tour, the original BAD cover art, a two-sided poster and more.