La Toya Jackson (album)

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La Toya Jackson
Studio album by La Toya Jackson
Released August 1, 1980
Recorded 1980
Genre R&B, disco, soul, pop
Length 39:09
Label Polydor, Cherry Pop
Producer Michael Jackson, Larry Farrow, Ollie E. Brown
La Toya Jackson chronology
La Toya Jackson
(1980)
My Special Love
(1981)
Singles from La Toya Jackson
  1. "If You Feel the Funk"
  2. "Night Time Lover"

La Toya Jackson is the self-titled debut album from American singer La Toya Jackson. It was released in 1980 in America and mainland Europe. The album is most known for "Night Time Lover", a track produced by La Toya's brother Michael Jackson, who provides background vocals on the refrain. The album peaked at #116 on the Billboard 200, #26 on the Billboard R&B charts, and #178 in the UK. It spawned two singles: "If You Feel the Funk" and "Night Time Lover".

Album information[edit]

In order to distinguish herself from her famous brothers, The Jacksons, La Toya only wanted her first name on the album. "I begged just to have it 'La Toya'. But my father said, 'It's your last name. You got to use it.' But I wanted to see what I could do as an individual."[1]

The album was re-issued on CD in Japan in 1992. A successful petition was gathered by her fans at ChurchofLaToya.com to persuade the label, Cherry Pop, to re-release her debut album on CD for the first time in the UK. It was re-released on May 22, 2006.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
The Evening Independent (favorable)[3]

In its review, The Evening Independent said that Jackson has "an attractive, pleasant voice that is mature and controlled."[3]

Allmusic said Jackson "has an obvious enthusiasm for the songs that comes through consistently. That factor, along with the strong cast of musicians and some memorable tunes, makes this an overall enjoyable set."[4]

"If You Feel the Funk" performed modestly on the charts, narrowly missing out on the Billboard Hot 100 at #101. However, it peaked at #17 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play chart and #40 on the Billboard R&B chart. It also reached #42 in Germany and #18 in the Netherlands. "If You Feel the Funk" was also released as a 12" single in the United Kingdom where it failed to chart. The follow-up single, "Night Time Lover" failed to generate attention, despite brother Michael singing on the track (who was at the time generating critical and public acclaim for his album Off the Wall). It peaked at #59 on the Billboard R&B chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "If You Feel the Funk"   Dorie Pride, Kamau Peterson Ollie E. Brown 5:16
2. "Save Your Love"   Carolyn Johns, Larry Farrow Larry Farrow 5:09
3. "My Love Has Passed You By"   Dorie Pride, Kamau Peterson Ollie E. Brown 4:46
4. "Are You Ready?"   Billy Ocean, Ken Gold Ollie E. Brown 5:32
5. "Night Time Lover"   La Toya Jackson, Michael Jackson Michael Jackson 4:49
6. "A Taste of You (Is a Taste of Love)"   Ernie Smith, Greg Perry, Terry Harrison Ollie E. Brown 5:39
7. "Lovely Is She"   Janet Jackson, La Toya Jackson Ollie E. Brown 4:40
8. "If I Ain't Got It"   Carolyn Johns, Larry Farrow Larry Farrow 3:18

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Waiting for the day when she's not just 'his sister'". Spokane Daily Chronicle. 18 June 1985. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  2. ^ La Toya Jackson (album) at AllMusic Allmusic review
  3. ^ a b "La Toya Jackson (Polydor)". Evening Independent. pp. 10–B. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  4. ^ La Toya Jackson (album) at AllMusic