Third Album

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This article is about the Jackson 5 album. For other albums titled Third, see Third (disambiguation). For The Shocking Blue album, see Third Album (Shocking Blue album).
Third Album
Studio album by The Jackson 5
Released September 8, 1970
Recorded April – July 1970
Genre Bubblegum pop, soul, rock and roll
Length 37:23
Label Motown
MS 718
Producer The Corporation & Hal Davis
The Jackson 5 chronology
ABC
(May 8, 1970)
Third Album
(September 8, 1970)
Jackson 5 Christmas Album
(1970)
Singles from Third Album
  1. "I'll Be There"
    Released: August 28, 1970
  2. "Mama's Pearl"
    Released: January 7, 1971

Third Album is the third studio album released by The Jackson 5 on Motown Records, and the group's second LP released in 1970. Third Album featured the group's fourth consecutive number-one single on the US pop charts, "I'll Be There", the Top 5 single, "Mama's Pearl", and album tracks such as the semi-autobiographical "Goin' Back to Indiana", and "Darling Dear". The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard album charts and #1 on the R&B album charts and also #1 on Cashbox.[1] This is considered one of their best efforts and is their most successful album to date. It sold over 6 million copies worldwide.[2][3] The album is known in some countries as I'll Be There (アイル・ビー・ゼア?).

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]

Allmusic's Lindsay Planer rated Third Album four out of five stars. She stated that the album contains "the unmistakable Motown sound, expanding just enough to incorporate other significant influences as well." She also stated that a few of the tracks "are [...] worthwhile spins."[4]

Track listing[edit]

The Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" from Third Album

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  1. "I'll Be There" (Berry Gordy, Jr., Bob West, Hal Davis, Willie Hutch) (recorded June–July 1970) – 3:59
    • Lead vocals: Michael Jackson and Jermaine Jackson
    • Background vocals: The Jackson 5
  2. "Ready or Not (Here I Come)" (Thom Bell, William Hart; originally performed by The Delfonics) (recorded June 1970) – 2:34
    • Lead vocals: Michael Jackson
  3. "Oh How Happy" (Charles Hatcher; originally performed by The Shades of Blue) (recorded May 1970) – 2:16
    • Lead vocals: Jermaine Jackson
    • Secondary vocals: Michael Jackson
  4. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Paul Simon; originally performed by Simon & Garfunkel) (recorded June 1970) – 5:52
    • Lead vocals: Jermaine Jackson
  5. "Can I See You in the Morning" (Deke Richards) (recorded June 1970) – 3:09
    • Lead vocals: Michael Jackson
  6. "Goin' Back to Indiana" (The Corporation) (recorded April–May 1970) – 3:32
    • Lead vocals: Michael Jackson
    • Spoken vocals by: The Jackson 5
  7. "How Funky Is Your Chicken" (Lester Lee Carr, Richard Hutch & Willie Hutch) (recorded April–May 1970) – 2:41
    • Lead vocals: Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Jackie Jackson
  8. "Mama's Pearl" (The Corporation) (recorded July 1970) – 3:09
    • Lead vocals: Michael Jackson
    • Secondary vocals: Jermaine Jackson, Jackie Jackson
  9. "Reach In" (Beatrice Verdi) (recorded July 1970) – 3:28
    • Lead vocals: Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson
  10. "The Love I Saw In You Was Just a Mirage" (Smokey Robinson; originally performed by The Miracles) (recorded May 1970) – 4:22
    • Lead and spoken vocals: Michael Jackson
  11. "Darling Dear" (George Gordy, Robert Gordy, Allen Story) (recorded May 24, 1970) – 2:40
    • Lead vocals: Michael Jackson

Recording sessions[edit]

The songs on the album were recorded from April–September 1970. Other tracks from the Third Album recording sessions are:

Re-release[edit]

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 Maybe Tomorrow. The bonus tracks were "Sugar Daddy", the only new track on their 1971 greatest hits set, and "I'm So Happy", the B-side of that single.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "楽天が運営するポータルサイト : 【インフォシーク】Infoseek". Msdb.hp.infoseek.co.jp. 2000-01-01. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  2. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition, page 99.
  3. ^ Bestselling Motown
  4. ^ a b Planer, Lindsay. Third Album - The Jackson 5 at AllMusic. Retrieved July 5, 2011.

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