Jackson 5 Christmas Album

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Jackson 5 Christmas Album
Studio album by The Jackson 5
Released October 15, 1970
Recorded July – September 1970
Genre Bubblegum pop, soul, christmas music
Length 34:13
56:15 (2009 Re-release)
Label Motown
MS 713
Producer The Corporation
The Jackson 5 chronology
Third Album
(1970)
Jackson 5 Christmas Album
(1970)
Maybe Tomorrow
(1971)
Alternative cover
2009 remaster
Singles from Jackson 5 Christmas Album
  1. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"
    Released: November 1970
  2. "Give Love On Christmas Day"
    Released: 1986
  3. "Up To The Housetop"
    Released: 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Jackson 5 Christmas Album was the fourth album (and only holiday album) released by Motown family quintet The Jackson 5. Released in October 1970, the album showcased the brothers' harmonies and vocals. Lead singer Michael Jackson is prominently featured on the album tracks. Included on the Christmas Album is the Jackson 5's hit single version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town". Rendered with a pop-soul feel, the Jackson 5's versions of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" remain frequent radio requests during the holiday season. The album spent all four weeks at the number one position on Billboard magazine's special Christmas Albums chart that the magazine published in December 1970, making it the best-selling holiday album of that year. It has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide.[3]

In 2003, Universal Motown re-released the album with "Little Christmas Tree" (from A Motown Christmas).

In 2009, this configuration was released as Ultimate Christmas Collection with Christmas messages, remixes, and a Christmas medley, and again as Merry Christmas Jackson 5.

Jackson 5 in 1970[edit]

The release of Jackson 5 Christmas Album in October 1970 marked the end of a successful year for the band. Three albums were released by the group, with ABC in May and Third Album in September. Motown would have the Jacksons recreate a similar feat the following year, with Maybe Tomorrow hitting record stores in April, the Goin' Back to Indiana soundtrack in September, and a greatest hits collection in December. In addition, Michael Jackson's solo debut single "Got to Be There", also hit the music stands in October, with the complete album of the same name coming out in January 1972.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Blane/Martin) – 5:19
  2. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (Coots/Gillespie) – 2:24
  3. "The Christmas Song" (Torme/Wells) – 2:45
  4. "Up on the Housetop" (Hanby) – 3:16
  5. "Frosty the Snowman" (Nelson/Rollins) – 2:39
  6. "The Little Drummer Boy" (Davis/Onorati/Simeone) – 3:15
  7. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Marks) – 2:32
  8. "Christmas Won't Be the Same This Year" (Sawyer/Ware) – 2:31
  9. "Give Love on Christmas Day" (Gordy/Mizell/Perren/Richards) – 2:44
  10. "Someday at Christmas" (Miller/Wells) – 2:44
  11. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (Connors) – 3:01
2003 remaster
12. "Little Christmas Tree" (Clinton/Wayne) (Recorded September–November 1972, released 1973) – 3:37
2009 Ultimate Christmas Collection bonus tracks
12. "Season's Greetings from Michael Jackson" – 0:09
13. "Little Christmas Tree" – 3:37
14. "Season's Greetings from Tito" – 0:06
15. "Up On The Housetop" (DJ Spinna Re-Edit) - 5:00
16. "Season's Greetings from Jackie Jackson" – 0:07
17. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Stripped Mix) – 3:04
18. "Season's Greetings from Jermaine Jackson" – 0:07
19. "Someday At Christmas" (Stripped Mix) – 2:44
20. "Give Love On Christmas Day" (group a cappella version) – 3:37
21. "J5 Christmas Medley" – 3:51

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r9998
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collectors Edition, page 99. American Press.