Dancing Machine (album)

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Dancing Machine
Studio album by The Jackson 5
Released September 5, 1974
Recorded 1973–1974
Studio Motown Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Disco, soul, funk, R&B
Length 32:32
Label Motown
Producer Hal Davis
The Jackson 5 chronology
G.I.T.: Get It Together
(1973)G.I.T.: Get It Together1973
Dancing Machine
Moving Violation
(1975)Moving Violation1975
Singles from Dancing Machine
  1. "Dancing Machine"
    Released: February 19, 1974
  2. "Whatever You Got, I Want"
    Released: October 1, 1974[1]
  3. "The Life Of The Party"
    Released: November 29, 1974[2] (UK only)
  4. "I Am Love"
    Released: December 23, 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

Dancing Machine is the tenth studio album released by Motown quintet The Jackson 5 in 1974. The album's title track was a #2 pop hit and a #1 R&B hit in the United States, and the album sold over 2.6 million copies worldwide[5] briefly returning the group to their former prominence. The group released two additional singles from the album: the funky "Whatever You Got, I Want" and the group's last top twenty hit for Motown called "I Am Love".

Although the Jacksons were back on the charts, the brothers still complained of their artistic direction, most notably Michael. Nonetheless, the album became another disco concept album for the group, and showcased lead singers Michael and Jermaine Jackson. This album also marks the first time that all the brothers sang in their natural voices on the same song, which was entitled "It All Begins and Ends with Love." The order is Tito, Jackie, Michael, Marlon and Jermaine, who closes the song out. Around this time, the Jacksons were performing in Las Vegas with the rest of the family leaving this album with low promotion. According to an interview with Don Cornelius on R&B TV show Soul Train, Michael said that his favourite songs were "If I Don't Love You This Way" and "What You Don't Know".[6]

The album was arranged by Arthur G. Wright, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson, John Bahler, James Anthony Carmichael and Sam Brown III.

Track listing[edit]

Side one

  1. "I Am Love" (Don Fenceton, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson, Ronnie Rancifer) – 7:29
  2. "Whatever You Got, I Want" (Gene Marcellino, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson) – 2:58
  3. "She's a Rhythm Child" (Clarence Drayton, Hal Davis, Ruth Talmage) – 2:39
  4. "Dancing Machine" (Donald Fletcher, Hal Davis, Weldon Dean Parks) – 2:43

Side two

  1. "The Life of the Party" (Clarence Drayton, Hal Davis, Tamy Smith) – 2:35
  2. "What You Don't Know" (Gene Marcellino, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson) – 4:25
  3. "If I Don't Love You This Way" (Leon Ware, Pam Sawyer) – 3:28
  4. "It All Begins and Ends with Love" (Don Fenceton, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson) – 3:07
  5. "The Mirrors of My Mind" (Charlotte O'Hara, Donald Fletcher, Nita Garfield) – 3:08


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 Moving Violation. The bonus tracks were the outtakes "Through Thick and Thin" and the Disc-o-Tech #3 Remix of "Forever Came Today".


Chart (1974) Peak
Canadian Albums (RPM)[7] 16
US Billboard 200[8] 12


  1. ^ Soulsation! (1995), liner notes
  2. ^ [1] 45cat.com
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collectors Edition, page 100. American Press.
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aedRLb1G_ZM
  7. ^ "RPM: The Jackson 5 (albums)". RPM Magazine. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ "The Jackson 5 US Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 

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