Farewell My Summer Love

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Farewell My Summer Love
Compilation album by Michael Jackson
Released May 1984
Genre R&B, pop[1]
Length 31:00
Label Motown
Producer Various
Michael Jackson chronology
Farewell My Summer Love
Looking Back to Yesterday
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Farewell My Summer Love is a compilation of archived Michael Jackson recordings in January to September 1973. The album was released by Motown Records in the U.S. in May 1984.

The nine songs featured on the album were reportedly lost by Motown but rediscovered in 1984.[2] To give the album a more 1980s sound, Motown remixed the songs and added all new musical overdubs. The task of playing the updated sound was given to musicians Tony Peluso, Michael Lovesmith and Steve Barri. Together with drummer Mike Baird, they recorded new guitar, keyboard, percussion drum parts for the songs. The album reached #46 on Billboard's pop album chart and #9 on the UK albums chart and sold over three million copies worldwide.[3] On July 9, 1984, the album was certified Gold by the BPI for selling at least 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[4]

The title song became a Top 40 hit in the US, reaching #38, and a Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom, reaching #7. At the time, Jackson was riding high on the success of his best-selling "Thriller" album. A follow-up single, "Touch the One You Love", was released in the US and backed by "Girl You're So Together", but it failed to chart. In the UK, however, "Girl You're So Together" was released as a single, with "Touch the One You Love" on the B-side, and became a top 40 hit.[5]

Like "One Day in Your Life", "Farewell My Summer Love" has never seen a re-release, although the title track is available on several of Jackson's greatest hits collections. In particular, Motown's comprehensive "Michael Jackson Anthology" features the song "Farewell My Summer Love" in its 1984 remix, as well as "Don't Let It Get You Down", "Call on Me" and "To Make My Father Proud" in their original 1973 versions.[6] All nine undubbed versions, as well as the 1984 mixes, were released on Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection in June 2009.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Don't Let It Get You Down"   Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Deke Richards 3:01
2. "You've Really Got a Hold on Me"   Smokey Robinson 3:30
3. "Melodie"   Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Deke Richards 3:21
4. "Touch the One You Love"   Artie Wayne, George S. Clinton 2:47
5. "Girl You're So Together"   Keni St. Lewis 3:09
6. "Farewell My Summer Love"   Keni St. Lewis 4:21
7. "Call on Me"   Fonce Mizell, Larry Mizell 3:38
8. "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"   Al Green, Teenie Hodges 2:53
9. "To Make My Father Proud"   Bob Crewe, Larry Weiss 4:04

Charted hits[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Farewell My Summer Love". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 
  2. ^ "Odds 'n' Ends". Evening Times. 1984-08-17. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  3. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition, page 100. American Press.
  4. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certified-awards.aspx
  5. ^ Halstead, Craig; Chris Cadman (2003). Michael Jackson: The Solo Years. Authors OnLine. ISBN 0-7552-0091-8. 
  6. ^ Anthology (CD booklet). Michael Jackson. Motown. 1995. pp. 15–16.