Farewell My Summer Love

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Farewell My Summer Love
Compilation album by Michael Jackson
Released May 15, 1984 (U.S.)
June 1984 (UK)
Recorded January 5 – September 25, 1973 ; 1984 (overdubbing)
Genre R&B, soul, Motown, pop/rock[1]
Length 31:00
Label Motown
Producer Various
Michael Jackson chronology
Farewell My Summer Love
Looking Back to Yesterday
Singles from Farewell My Summer Love
  1. "Farewell My Summer Love"
    Released: May, 1984
  2. "Touch the One You Love"
    Released: 1984
  3. "Girl You're So Together"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Farewell My Summer Love (originally titled Farewell My Summer Love 1984 and later re-issued as Here I Am (Come and Take Me) in Germany) is a compilation of archived Michael Jackson recordings in January and September 1973. The album was released by Motown Records in the U.S. on May 15, 1984.[2]

The nine songs featured on the album were originally recorded in January and September 1973 but had not been previously released. Motown says that these tracks were "lost" and were re-found in 1984.[3] To give the album a more 1980s sound, Motown remixed the songs and added all new musical overdubs. The task of playing the updated sound was given to musicians Tony Peluso, Michael Lovesmith and Steve Barri. Together with drummer Mike Baird, they recorded new guitar, keyboard, percussion drum parts for the songs. The album reached #46 on Billboard's pop album chart and #9 on the UK albums chart and sold over three million copies worldwide.[4] On July 9, 1984, the album was certified Gold by the BPI for selling at least 100.000 copies in the United Kingdom.[5]

The title track was released as a single in May, 1984. It became a Top 40 hit in the US, reaching #38, and a Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom, reaching #7. At the time, Jackson was riding high on the success of his best-selling Thriller album. A follow-up single, "Touch the One You Love", was released in the US and backed by "Girl You're So Together", but it failed to chart. In the UK, however, "Girl You're So Together" was released as a single, with "Touch the One You Love" on the B-side, and became a top 40 hit.[6]

Like One Day in Your Life, Farewell My Summer Love has never seen a re-release, although the title track is available on several of Jackson's greatest hits collections. In particular, Motown's comprehensive Michael Jackson Anthology features the song "Farewell My Summer Love" in its 1984 remix, as well as "Don't Let It Get You Down", "Call on Me" and "To Make My Father Proud" in their original 1973 versions.[7] All nine undubbed versions, as well as the 1984 mixes, were released on Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection in June 2009.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Don't Let It Get You Down" (Recorded July 27, 1973 – October 5 & 9, 1973 during sessions for Get It Together/Dancing Machine) Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Deke Richards 3:02
2. "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" (Recorded June 13, 1973 – October 11, 1973 during sessions for Get It Together/Dancing Machine) Smokey Robinson, Ronald White, Robert Rogers 3:30
3. "Melodie" (Recorded January 5, 15, 1973 from sessions for Music & Me) Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Deke Richards 3:24
4. "Touch the One You Love" (Recorded June 14, 1973 during sessions for Get It Together/Dancing Machine) Artie Wayne, George S. Clinton 2:48
5. "Girl You're So Together" (Recorded August 31, 1973 – October 8, 1973 during sessions for Get It Together) Keni St. Lewis 3:12
6. "Farewell My Summer Love" (Recorded September 4–11, 1973 during sessions for Get It Together) Keni St. Lewis 4:24
7. "Call on Me" (Recorded September 4–25, 1973 during sessions for Get It Together) Fonce Mizell, Larry Mizell 3:39
8. "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" (Recorded June 6, 1973 during sessions for Get It Together) Al Green, Teenie Hodges 2:56
9. "To Make My Father Proud" (Recorded April 11, 1973 – May 16, 1973 during sessions for Music & Me/Get It Together) Bob Crewe, Larry Weiss 4:04

Charted hits[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Farewell My Summer Love". AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  2. ^ Hilburn, Robert (1984-05-14). "Bruce Springsteen tour to start in July". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  3. ^ "Odds 'n' Ends". Evening Times. 1984-08-17. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  4. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition, page 100. American Press.
  5. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certified-awards.aspx
  6. ^ Halstead, Craig; Chris Cadman (2003). Michael Jackson: The Solo Years. Authors OnLine. ISBN 0-7552-0091-8. 
  7. ^ Anthology (CD booklet). Michael Jackson. Motown. 1995. pp. 15–16.