Got to Be There

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For the song of the same name, see Got to Be There (song).
Got to Be There
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Studio album by Michael Jackson
Released January 24, 1972 (1972-01-24)
Recorded June – November 1971
Genre R&B, pop, bubblegum pop, soul
Length 35:45
Label Motown
Producer Hal Davis, The Corporation, Willie Hutch
Michael Jackson chronology
Got to Be There
(1972)
Ben
(1972)
Singles from Got to Be There
  1. "Got to Be There"
    Released: October 7, 1971
  2. "Rockin' Robin"
    Released: February 17, 1972
  3. "I Wanna Be Where You Are"
    Released: May 2, 1972
  4. "Ain't No Sunshine"
    Released: July 3, 1972

Got to Be There is the debut studio album by Michael Jackson, released by Motown on January 24, 1972.[1] It includes the song of the same name, which was released on October 7, 1971, as Jackson's debut solo single. It sold nearly 900,000 copies in the United States and over 3.2 million copies worldwide.[2] The album was later remastered and reissued in 2009 as part of the 3-disc compilation Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection.

Album information[edit]

The title track and "Rockin' Robin" were released as singles and were commercially successful. Those two hits were back-to-back on the Hot 100 at #5 and #6, respectively, on April 8, 1972. Jackson's "I Wanna Be Where You Are" reached number 27 on the American chart on June 24, 1972. The album included covers of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine", Carole King's "You've Got a Friend" and the Supremes' "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone". The album's songs have a tempo ranging from 74 beats per minute on "Ain't No Sunshine", to 170 on "Rockin' Robin".[3]

The album was arranged by The Corporation, Eddy Manson, James Anthony Carmichael, Gene Page, and Dave Blumberg. Berry Gordy was the executive producer and Jim Britt was credited for photography.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[4]

The album peaked at number 14 on the US pop albums chart and number three on the US R&B album chart when it was released. It was certified Gold by the RIAA and eventually sold 900,000 copies in the United States alone.

Rolling Stone (12/7/72, p. 68) - "..slick, artful and every bit as good as the regular Jackson 5 product...a sweetly touching voice...innocence and utter professionalism...fascinating and finally irresistible.."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ain't No Sunshine" (recorded July – November 1971) Bill Withers 4:09
2. "I Wanna Be Where You Are" (recorded July – November 1971) Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, Leon Ware 3:00
3. "Girl Don't Take Your Love from Me" (recorded July – November 1971) Willie Hutch 3:46
4. "In Our Small Way" (recorded July – November 1971) Beatrice Verdi, Christine Yarian 3:34
5. "Got to Be There" (recorded June 1971) Elliot Willensky 3:23
6. "Rockin' Robin" (recorded July – November 1971) Leon Rene (under the pseudonym "Jimmie Thomas") 2:30
7. "Wings of My Love" (recorded July – November 1971) Alphonso Mizell, Berry Gordy Jr., Deke Richards & Freddie Perren 3:32
8. "Maria (You Were the Only One)" (recorded June – July 1971) Lawrence Brown, Linda Glover, George Gordy, Allen Story 3:41
9. "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" (recorded July – November 1971) Holland-Dozier-Holland 2:51
10. "You've Got a Friend" (recorded July – November 1971) Carole King 4:45

References[edit]

  1. ^ Don't Forget the Motor City
  2. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition, page 100. American Press.
  3. ^ The Complete Michael Jackson, International Music Publications Ltd, 1997, ISBN 1859094473
  4. ^ Allmusic review