The Very Best of The Jacksons

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The Very Best of The Jacksons
Greatest hits album by The Jacksons
Released July, 2004
Recorded 1969-1989
Genre R&B
Length 51:52 (CD1)
66:55 (CD2)
Label Epic, Universal Music
The Jacksons chronology
The Essential Jacksons
The Very Best of The Jacksons
I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters
2009 Playlist release

The Very Best of The Jacksons (released in Japan under The Very Best Of The Jackson 5/The Jacksons (Anthology 1969 - 1987)[1])is a greatest hits compilation of The Jacksons during their years at Motown as the Jackson 5 to their last single released by Epic Records in 1989. The compilation is a joint release with Universal Music Group, Motown's current parent, and was distributed in 2004 in the UK by Sony Music. Featured are most of the hit singles the group, including their first hit in 1969 "I Want You Back" as well as popular hits such as "ABC", "This Place Hotel" and "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)". The compilation also includes songs Michael Jackson released during his solo career at Motown as well as a live recording of his first smash hit at Epic, "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough".

The cover art is similar to Number Ones, a similar album consisting of lead singer Michael Jackson's solo career.

In early 2009, a different version was released in America under Sony Legacy's Playlist: line.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Want You Back"   The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, Alphonzo Mizell) 2:58
2. "ABC"   The Corporation 2:57
3. "The Love You Save"   The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, Alphonzo Mizell) 3:00
4. "I'll Be There"   Berry Gordy, Bob West, Willie Hutch, Hal Davis 3:58
5. "Mama's Pearl"   Berry Gordy, Alphonzo Mizell, Deke Richards, Freddie Perren 3:12
6. "Never Can Say Goodbye"   Clifton Davis 2:58
7. "Sugar Daddy"   The Corporation 2:34
8. "Dancing Machine" (single version) Hal Davis, Don Fletcher, Dean Parks 2:43
9. "Lookin' Through the Windows"   Clifton Davis 3:37
10. "Doctor My Eyes"   Jackson Browne 3:10
11. "Ain't No Sunshine"   Bill Withers 4:11
12. "Got to Be There"   Elliot Willensky 3:22
13. "Rockin' Robin"   Leon René 2:31
14. "Ben"   Don Black, Walter Scharf 2:44
15. "One Day in Your Life"   Sam Brown III, Renée Armand 4:17
16. "Farewell My Summer Love"   Keni St. Lewis 3:44
Disc 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Can You Feel It" (single version) Michael Jackson, Jackie Jackson 6:00
2. "Blame It on the Boogie"   Mick Jackson, Dave Jackson, Elmar Krohn 3:33
3. "Enjoy Yourself"   Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff 3:41
4. "Show You the Way to Go"   Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff 5:28
5. "Dreamer"   Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff 3:06
6. "Even Though You're Gone"   Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff 4:32
7. "Goin' Places"   Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff 4:30
8. "Torture"   Jackie Jackson, Kathy Wakefield 4:53
9. "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"   Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson 3:47
10. "Lovely One"   Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson 4:52
11. "This Place Hotel" (a.k.a. Heartbreak Hotel) Michael Jackson 5:44
12. "Walk Right Now"   Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson, Jackie Jackson 6:28
13. "State of Shock" (feat. Mick Jagger) Michael Jackson, Randy Hansen 4:30
14. "2300 Jackson Street"   Jermaine Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Randy Jackson, Gene Griffin 5:08
15. "Nothin' (That Compares 2 U)"   L.A. Reid, Babyface 5:25
16. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" (1981 live version) Michael Jackson 4:45

2009 Playlist edition[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Music's Takin' Over"      
2. "Goin' Places"      
3. "Enjoy Yourself"      
4. "Blame It on the Boogie"      
5. "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"      
6. "All Night Dancin'"      
7. "Things I Do for You"      
8. "Lovely One"      
9. "State of Shock"      
10. "Torture"      
11. "Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save (live)"      
12. "This Place Hotel"      
13. "2300 Jackson Street"      
14. "Man of War"