Dancing Machine was the eleventh official overall album released by Motown quintet The Jackson 5 in 1974. The album's title track was a #2 pop hit and a #1 R&B hit in the United States, and the album sold over 2.6 million copies worldwide briefly returning the group to their former prominence. The group released two additional singles from the album: the funky "Whatever You Got, I Want" and the group's last top twenty hit "I Am Love".
Although the Jacksons were back on the charts, the brothers still complained of their artistic direction. Nonetheless, the album became another disco concept album for the group, and showcased lead singers Michael and Jermaine Jackson. This album also marks the first time that all the brothers sang in their natural voices on the same song, which was entitled "It All Begins And Ends With Love." The order is Tito, Jackie, Michael, Marlon and Jermaine, who closes the song out. Around this time the Jacksons were performing in Las Vegas with the rest of the family leaving this album with low promotion.
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 Moving Violation. The bonus tracks were the outtakes "Through Thick and Thin" and the Disc-o-Tech #3 Remix of "Forever Came Today".
"If I Don't Love You This Way", "What You Don't Know", and "Whatever You Got, I Want" were originally meant to be on Michael's unreleased 1974 solo album but were added to Dancing Machine at the last minute. When Michael performed these songs for television (like Soul Train), he usually performed them by himself rather than with his brothers.
"Whatever You Got, I Want" was sampled for "Baby Come Back" by K-Ci & JoJo.
"What You Don't Know" was covered by El Chicano on their 1974 album Cinco.