2300 Jackson Street

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2300 Jackson Street
Studio album by The Jacksons
Released May 28, 1989 (1989-05-28)
(see Release history)
Recorded September 1988 – April 1989
Genre R&B, New jack swing
Length 53:49
Label Epic
Producer The Jacksons
L.A. Reid
Babyface
Teddy Riley
Michael Omartian
Attala Zane Giles
The Jacksons chronology
Victory
(1984)
2300 Jackson Street
(1989)
The Jacksons: An American Dream
(1992)
Singles from 2300 Jackson Street
  1. "Nothin' (That Compares 2 U)"
    Released: January 27, 1989
  2. "2300 Jackson Street"
    Released: March 16, 1989
  3. "Art of Madness"
    Released: June 25, 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

2300 Jackson Street is the fifteenth and most recent studio album released by American Pop/R&B group The Jacksons, and their final album for record label Epic, released in the United States on May 28, 1989 (see 1989 in music). Their final album debuted at #59 on the Billboard 200 and at #14 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and would sell over half a million copies worldwide.[2]

Overview[edit]

For most of this album, The Jacksons consisted of Jermaine, Jackie, Randy, and Tito Jackson. Despite having left the group after the Victory Tour, Michael Jackson and Marlon Jackson made appearances on 2300 Jackson Street. Rebbie and Janet also sang on the title track; middle sister La Toya was, at the time of this album, estranged from the family and did not appear on the song.

The Jacksons decided to enter new territory by working with new jack swing producers Teddy Riley and Gene Griffin on "She" and the title track (first collaboration with Michael, before the album Dangerous) and the team Antonio "L.A." Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds on the single "Nothin' (That Compares 2 U)". The Jacksons co-produced four tracks with Attala Zane Giles, three songs were produced by Michael Omartian (one co-produced by The Jacksons), while "Maria" was produced by Jermaine Jackson. It features the harmonica solo by Lee Oskar from War.

The album's title and cover photograph represent the Jacksons' boyhood home in Gary, Indiana. 2300 Jackson Street received some notice in R&B venues (alongside the title track), but was largely ignored by pop audiences. Despite some promotion in the European market, the Jacksons did not tour to support the album. The group disbanded in early 1990, with Jermaine and Jackie returning to their solo careers. Randy formed his own group, Randy and The Gypsys, experiencing moderate success with their self-titled album that year.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Art of Madness"   Jermaine Jackson, Michael Omartian, Bruce Sudano Michael Omartian 5:06
2. "Nothin' (That Compares 2 U)"   Babyface, L.A. Reid L.A. Reid and Babyface 5:22
3. "Maria"   Jermaine Jackson, Paul Jackson Jr., Ray Grady Jermaine Jackson 5:48
4. "Private Affair"   Diane Warren Omartian 4:10
5. "2300 Jackson Street" (featuring Michael, Marlon, Rebbie and Janet Jackson & the Jackson kids) Jermaine Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Randy Jackson, Gene Griffin The Jacksons, Gene Griffin, Teddy Riley 5:06
6. "Harley"   Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Randy Jackson, Attala Zane Giles The Jacksons; co-produced by Attala Zane Giles 4:24
7. "She"   Gene Griffin, Aaron Hall Gene Griffin, Teddy Riley 5:01
8. "Alright with Me"   Jackie Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, A. Z. Giles The Jacksons, Giles 3:25
9. "Play It Up"   Jackie Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson, A. Z. Giles The Jacksons, Giles 4:52
10. "Midnight Rendezvous"   Jackie Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson, A. Z. Giles The Jacksons, Giles 4:24
11. "If You'd Only Believe"   Jermaine Jackson, Billie Hughes, Roxanne Seeman Michael Omartian; co-produced by The Jacksons 6:13

Production[edit]

  • Tracks 1 and 4 arranged and produced by Michael Omartian. Track 1 recorded by David Ahlers; assisted by Pee Wee Jackson. Track 4 recorded by David Ahlers, Mike Cozzi and Mark Richmond; assisted by Pee Wee Jackson and Mike Spring. Both tracks mixed by Keith Cohen.
  • Track 2 arranged, produced and mixed by L.A. and Babyface. Recorded by Jon Gass; assisted by Donnell Sullivan.
  • Track 3 arranged and produced by Jermaine Jackson. Recorded by David Ahlers. Mixed by Jermaine Jackson, Susan Rogers and Keith Cohen.
  • Track 5 arranged by Teddy Riley and The Jacksons. Produced by Teddy Riley, The Jacksons and Gene Griffin. Recorded by Dennis Mitchell, Jeff Lorenson, Larry Fergusson, David Ahlers and Marlon Jackson; assisted by Pee Wee Jackson. Mixed by Keith Cohen and Larry Fergusson.
  • Tracks 6 and 8-10 arranged and produced by The Jacksons and Attala Zane Giles. Recorded by Susan Rogers (tracks 6, 9 and 10), David Ahlers (tracks 6, 8-10), Robert Brown (track 6)

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United States May 28, 1989
United Kingdom September 29, 1989
Barbados October 27, 1989
France December 30, 1989

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition, page 100. American Press.