Dancing Machine (album)

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Dancing Machine
J5-dancing-machine-lp.jpg
Studio album by The Jackson 5
Released September 5, 1974
Recorded April – May 1973 (track 4); June 1973 – July 1974
Genre Disco, soul, funk, R&B
Length 32:32
Label Motown
MS-M6-780S1
Producer Hal Davis
The Jackson 5 chronology
G.I.T.: Get It Together
(1973)
Dancing Machine
(1974)
Moving Violation
(1975)
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 eleventh 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]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Am Love" (Don Fenceton, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson, Ronnie Rancifer) (recorded June 1974, at the Motown Studio, Los Angeles, California) – 7:29
  2. "Whatever You Got, I Want" (Gene Marcellino, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson) (Michael Jackson’s Vocals: July & November 1, 1973 & Jackson 5’s Vocals: March 1974) (recorded July & November 1, 1973 – March 1974, at the Motown Studio, Los Angeles, California) – 2:58
  3. "She's a Rhythm Child" (Clarence Drayton, Hal Davis, Ruth Talmage) (recorded April – July 1974, at the Motown Studio, Los Angeles, California) – 2:39
  4. "Dancing Machine" (Don Fletcher, Hal Davis, Weldon Dean Parks) (recorded April 15, May & July – August 1973 & 1974, at the Motown Studio, Los Angeles, California) – 2:43
  5. "The Life Of The Party" (Clarence Drayton, Hal Davis, Tamy Smith) (recorded April – July 1974, at the Motown Studio, Los Angeles, California) – 2:35
  6. "What You Don't Know" (Gene Marcellino, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson) (Michael Jackson’s Vocals: July – December 1973) (recorded July – December 1973, at the Motown Studio, Los Angeles, California) – 4:25
  7. "If I Don't Love You This Way" (Leon Ware, Pam Sawyer) (Michael Jackson’s Vocals: June 14, 1973 & Jackson 5’s Vocals: March 1974) (recorded June 14, 1973 – March 1974, at the Motown Studio, Los Angeles, California) – 3:28
  8. "It All Begins and Ends with Love" (Don Fenceton, Jerry Marcellino, Mel Larson) (recorded April 1974, at the Motown Studio, Los Angeles, California) – 3:07
  9. "The Mirrors of My Mind" (Charlotte O'Hare, Don Fletcher, Nita Garfield) (recorded May – June 1974, at the Motown Studio, Los Angeles, California) – 3:08

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

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Mary J. Blige covered "If I Don't Love You This Way" in an international release of her album Love & Life.
  • "If I Don't Love You This Way", "What You Don't Know", and "Whatever You Got, I Want" were originally meant to be on Michael's unreleased 1974 solo album but were added to Dancing Machine at the last minute. When Michael performed these songs for television (like Soul Train), he usually performed them by himself rather than with his brothers.
  • "Whatever You Got, I Want" was sampled for "Baby Come Back" by K-Ci & JoJo.
  • "What You Don't Know" was covered by El Chicano on their 1974 album Cinco.
  • "If I Don't Love You This Way" was covered by The Temptations on their 1975 album House Party.

Notes[edit]

  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

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