Moving Violation

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Moving Violation
Studio album by The Jackson 5
Released May 15, 1975
Recorded October 1974 – March 1975
Genre Soul, disco
Length 38:45
Label Motown
Producer Hal Davis, Brian Holland, Mel Larsen, Jerry Marcellino
The Jackson 5 chronology
Dancing Machine
Moving Violation
Joyful Jukebox Music
Singles from Moving Violation
  1. "Forever Came Today"
    Released: June 10, 1975
  2. "All I Do Is Think of You"
    Released: November 5, 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

Moving Violation is the twelfth studio album by The Jackson 5. It is the group's final album on Motown Records. Aiming at the developing disco market,[3] the group's funk-based version of Diana Ross & the Supremes' 1968 single "Forever Came Today" was a club hit, while the single's B-side, the R&B ballad "All I Do Is Think of You", became a popular and frequently covered song in its own right. The album would go on to sell 1.6 million copies worldwide.[4]

After the release of the album, the brothers left Motown, due to the label refusing to let them write their own music and the group making very little from royalties from selling the songs that they recorded. The only brother to stay with the label was Jermaine, since he was married to Hazel Gordy. Motown allowed the group to leave the label. However, the group had to change their name, since The Jackson 5 moniker was in ownership of Motown. The brothers later signed with Philadelphia International Records and Epic Records with youngest Jackson brother Randy under their new name: The Jacksons.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Forever Came Today" (originally performed by The Supremes) (Holland-Dozier-Holland) (recorded March 1975) – 6:23
  2. "Moving Violation" (Liz Shaw, Harold Beatty) (recorded October 1974–March 1975) – 3:37
  3. "(You Were Made) Especially for Me" (Michael L. Smith, Brian Holland) (recorded October 1974–February 1975) – 3:28
  4. "Honey Love" (Michael L. Smith, Edward Holland, Brian Holland) (recorded October 1974–February 1975) – 4:40
  5. "Body Language (Do the Love Dance)" (Hal Davis, Don Fletcher) (recorded February 1975) – 4:07
  6. "All I Do Is Think of You" (Michael L. Smith, Brian Holland) (recorded February 1975) – 3:17
  7. "Breezy" (Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino) (recorded October 1974–February 1975) – 3:38
  8. "Call of the Wild" (Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino) (recorded October 1974) – 2:33
  9. "Time Explosion" (Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino) (recorded October 1974) – 4:13


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 Dancing Machine. The bonus tracks were the outtakes "Through Thick and Thin" (which appeared on 1976's Joyful Jukebox Music) and the Disc-o-Tech #3 Remix of "Forever Came Today".


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Jason Ankeny. "The Jackson 5 Moving Violation". 
  4. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition, page 100. American Press.

Posner, Gerald (2002). Motown : Music, Money, Sex, and Power. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-375-50062-6.