ABC (The Jackson 5 album)

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ABC
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Studio album by The Jackson 5
Released May 8, 1970 (1970-05-08)
Genre Bubblegum pop, R&B, rock
Length 35:45
Label Motown (MS 709)
Producer The Corporation, Hal Davis, Bobby Taylor
The Jackson 5 chronology
Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
(1969)Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 51969
ABC
(1970)
Third Album
(1970)Third Album1970
Singles from ABC
  1. "ABC"
    Released: February 24, 1970
  2. "The Love You Save"/"I Found That Girl"
    Released: May 16, 1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone favorable[2]

ABC is the second studio album by The Jackson 5 and was issued on May 8, 1970, by Motown Records. It featured the No. 1 singles, "ABC" and "The Love You Save". Also present on the LP are several notable album tracks including a cover of Funkadelic's "I'll Bet You", "I Found That Girl" (the only lead song from brother Jermaine), and "The Young Folks" originally recorded by the Diana Ross-led version of The Supremes.

The album peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart and at No. 1 on the Billboard Black Albums chart. It was named No. 98 on the VH1 All-Time Albums Top 100. It remains one of the Jackson 5's most popular efforts selling over 5.7 million copies worldwide.[3]

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 Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5. The bonus track was an outtake, "Oh, I've Been Blessed", a song also released on the rare 1979 outtakes album Boogie.

An alternate version of the title track appears on the CD Jackson 5 – I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters released in 2009.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Love You Save" The Corporation 3:01
2. "One More Chance" The Corporation 2:59
3. "ABC" The Corporation 2:56
4. "2-4-6-8" Gloria Jones, Pam Sawyer 2:55
5. "(Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need" Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland 2:46
6. "Don't Know Why I Love You" Lula Mae Hardaway, Don Hunter, Paul Riser, Stevie Wonder 3:47
7. "Never Had a Dream Come True" Stevie Wonder, Sylvia Moy, Henry Cosby 2:58
8. "True Love Can Be Beautiful" Leonard Caston, Jr., Jeana Jackson, Bobby Taylor 3:24
9. "La-La (Means I Love You)" Thom Bell, William Hart 2:52
10. "I'll Bet You" George Clinton, Sidney Barnes, Theresa Lindsey 2:26
11. "I Found That Girl" The Corporation 2:57
12. "The Young Folks" George Gordy, Allen Story 2:50

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[4] 14
Canadian Albums (RPM)[5] 25
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[6] 85
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 22
US Billboard 200[8] 4

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1970 "ABC" Billboard Pop Singles 1
"The Love You Save"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ABC at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collectors Edition, page 99. American Press.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, NSW. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ "RPM: The Jackson 5 (albums)". RPM Magazine. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  6. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  7. ^ "The Jackson 5 Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ "The Jackson 5 US Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2017.