ABC (The Jackson 5 album)

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ABC
Studio album by The Jackson 5
Released May 8, 1970 (1970-05-08)
Recorded August 1969 – March 1970
Genre Bubblegum pop, soul, rock
Length 35:45
Label Motown (MS 709)
Producer The Corporation
The Jackson 5 chronology
Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
(1969)
ABC
(1970)
Third Album
(1970)
Singles from ABC
  1. "ABC"
    Released: February 24, 1970
  2. "The Love You Save"/"I Found That Girl"
    Released: May 16, 1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone favorable[2]

ABC is the second studio album by The Jackson 5 and was issued on May 8, 1970, by Motown Records. The album was released on the same day as The Beatles final studio album Let it Be. It featured the No. 1 singles, "ABC" and "The Love You Save". Also present on the LP are several notable album tracks including a cover of Funkadelic's "I'll Bet You", "I Found That Girl" (the only lead song from brother Jermaine), and "The Young Folks" originally recorded by the Diana Ross-led version of The Supremes.

The album peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart and at No. 1 on the Billboard Black Albums chart. It was named No. 98 on the VH1 All-Time Albums Top 100. It remains one of the Jackson 5's most popular efforts selling over 5.7 million copies worldwide.[3]

Recording sessions[edit]

The Jackson 5's "ABC" from ABC

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The songs on the album were recorded from August 1969–March 1970. Other tracks from the ABC recording sessions are:

  • "I Was Made to Love You"
  • "I Hear a Symphony"
  • "You Ain't Giving Me What I Want (So I'm Taking It All Back)"
  • "We Can Have Fun"
  • "Honey Chile"
  • "Don't Let Your Baby Catch You"
  • "Lavender Blue"
  • "A Fool for You"
  • "Money Honey"

Re-release[edit]

In 2001, Motown Records remastered all J5 albums in a "Two Classic Albums/One CD" series (much like they did in the late 1980s). This album was paired up with Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5. The bonus track was an outtake, "Oh, I've Been Blessed", a song also released on the rare 1979 outtakes album Boogie.

An alternate version of the title track appears on the CD Jackson 5 – I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters released in 2009.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Love You Save" (Recorded March 1970) 3:01
2. "One More Chance" (Recorded January 1970) 2:59
3. "ABC" (Recorded January 1970) 2:56
4. "2-4-6-8" (Recorded February – March 1970) 2:55
5. "(Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need" (Recorded March 1970) (The Miracles cover) 2:46
6. "Don't Know Why I Love You" (Recorded February 1970) (Stevie Wonder cover) 3:47
7. "Never Had a Dream Come True" (Recorded March 1970) (Stevie Wonder cover) 2:58
8. "True Love Can Be Beautiful" (Recorded February 11, 1970) 3:24
9. "La-La (Means I Love You)" (Recorded August 1969) (The Delfonics cover) 2:52
10. "I'll Bet You" (Recorded January – February 1970) (Funkadelic cover) 2:26
11. "I Found That Girl" (Recorded January 1970) 2:57
12. "The Young Folks" (Recorded February 1970) (The Supremes cover) 2:50

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1970 Top R&B Albums 1 (12 weeks)
1970 Billboard 200 4

Single[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1970 "ABC" Billboard Pop Singles 1
"The Love You Save"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ABC (The Jackson 5 album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collectors Edition, page 99. American Press.