Victory (The Jacksons album)

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Studio album by The Jacksons
Released July 2, 1984
Recorded November 11, 1983 – May 7, 1984
Genre Pop rock, R&B, Glam rock, dance pop
Length 40:47
Label Epic
Producer Michael Jackson
Jackie Jackson
The Jacksons chronology
The Jacksons Live!
2300 Jackson Street
Singles from Victory
  1. "State of Shock"
    Released: June 5, 1984
  2. "Torture"
    Released: July 20, 1984
  3. "Body"
    Released: November 21, 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Victory is the seventeenth studio album by The Jacksons. It was released on July 2, 1984 by Epic Records. The album was the first and only album to include all six Jackson brothers together as an official group; also, it was the last album entirely recorded with lead singer Michael Jackson. The album sold over seven million copies worldwide, opening at number four on the US Billboard 200, selling 185,000 copies in first week sales.[3] On July 17, 1984, the album was certified Gold by the BPI for the sales of at least 100.000 copies in the United Kingdom.[4] On October 30, 1984, the album was certified 2× Platinum by RIAA for the sales of over 2 million copies in the United States.[5]

Victory was supported by the Victory Tour, with lead singer Michael Jackson, who had recently released the world's all-time best-selling album, Thriller, prominently featured. Shortly after the tour ended, Michael and Marlon Jackson quit the group. Jermaine, Tito, Randy and Jackie Jackson continued on as the Jacksons, and releasing one more album, 1989's 2300 Jackson Street (whose title track did feature all six Jackson brothers, along with their sisters Janet and Rebbie) before splitting up.


After a successful reunion on the Motown 25 television special in 1983, Jermaine Jackson decided to return to the group, having left Motown after nine years as a full-fledged soloist. His brothers had left Motown in 1975. The brothers rarely worked together on the album; it was mainly composed of solo songs the brothers had each worked on during that time. Each brother had a solo song on the album: Michael on "Be Not Always", Randy on “One More Chance” and “The Hurt", Tito on “We Can Change the World", Jackie on “Wait" and Marlon on “Body.” Jermaine only sings co-lead vocals with Michael on "Torture". He also performs ad-libs on "Wait" and is additionally named as a background vocalist on "One More Chance" and "The Hurt". "Torture" was originally planned to be a duet between Michael and Jackie (the song's writer), but when Jermaine officially re-joined the group, he took over the parts intended Jackie (who can still be heard during the song's chorus and ad-libs).

The album only had two videos—for the songs "Torture" and "Body"—and neither Jermaine nor Michael appeared in either one. A wax dummy of Michael acted as a stand in for the "Torture" video.

Michael recorded "State of Shock", a duet with Mick Jagger.


Tensions reportedly grew between the brothers during the recording sessions; as a result, minimal publicity photography was done.

The album cover art was commissioned from famed illustrator Michael Whelan. On the first release of the record there was a white dove on Randy's shoulder (third from left). On later issues the bird was removed.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Torture"   Jackie Jackson, Kathy Wakefield 4:53
2. "Wait"   Jackie Jackson, David Paich 5:25
3. "One More Chance"   Randy Jackson 5:06
4. "Be Not Always"   Michael Jackson, Marlon Jackson 5:36
5. "State of Shock" (with Mick Jagger) Michael Jackson, Randy Hansen 4:30
6. "We Can Change the World"   Tito Jackson, Wayne Arnold 4:45
7. "The Hurt"   Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson, David Paich, Steve Porcaro 5:26
8. "Body"   Marlon Jackson 5:06


  • Produced by: Jackie Jackson (track 1), David Paich, Steve Porcaro & Jackie Jackson (track 2), Randy Jackson (track 3), Michael Jackson (tracks 4 & 5), Tito Jackson (track 6), The Jacksons, David Paich & Steve Porcaro (track 7), Marlon Jackson (track 8)
  • Engineers: Brent Averil, Bill Bottrell, Tito Jackson, Tom Knox, Bruce Swedien
  • Assistant engineers: Niko Bolas, Ollie Cotton, Paul Erickson, Bino Espinoza, Matt Forger, Stuart Furusho, Mitch Gibson, Mike Hatcher, Shep Longsdale, Brian Malouf, Terry Stewart, John Van Nest
  • Mixing: Niko Bolas, Bill Bottrell, Greg Ladanyi, Bruce Swedien


  • Randy Jackson: vocals, percussion, keyboards, synthesizers
  • Jackie Jackson: vocals, horn arrangements
  • Michael Jackson: vocals, claps and Linn programming
  • Marlon Jackson: vocals, keyboards and Linn programming
  • Tito Jackson: vocals, guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, synth programming, drum programming
  • Jermaine Jackson: vocals

Additional personnel[edit]


The song "State of Shock" peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single, "Torture", reached #17, and "Body", the third single, became a moderate hit peaking at #47. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 in the week of August 4, 1984.


  • "Victory" (Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury)
  • "Buffalo Bill" (Michael Jackson)
  • "There Must Be More to Life Than This" (Freddie Mercury) (Later, a solo version by Freddie Mercury was released on his album, Mr. Bad Guy, and a posthumous produced duet version was released on Queen Forever)
  • "State of Shock (Demo)" (Michael Jackson, Randy Hansen) (This was a demo version of the song, recorded with Freddie Mercury)
  • "Power" (Jackie Jackson)
  • "Nona" (Jackie Jackson)
  • "Where Do I Stand" (Marlon Jackson)
  • "Bad Company" (Tito Jackson)
  • "Still in Love with You"
  • "Pyramid Girl" (Later released on Bad as "Liberian Girl") (Michael Jackson)


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
US Billboard 200 4
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1

Remastered version[edit]

A remastered version was released in July 2009 in Japan only, with cardboard sleeve (mini LP) packaging. It was part of a six-album The Jacksons cardboard sleeve (mini LP) reissue series, featuring the albums The Jacksons, Goin' Places, Destiny, Triumph, The Jacksons Live!, and Victory.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ William Ruhlmann. "Victory". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  2. ^ Brackett, N.; Hoard, C.D. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 410. ISBN 9780743201698. Retrieved 2014-12-10. 
  3. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition, page 100. American Press.
  4. ^ "Certified Awards". Retrieved 2014-12-10. 
  5. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-01-12.