Jackson 5 Christmas Album

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Jackson 5 Christmas Album
Jackson5-ChristmasAlbum.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 15, 1970
Recorded1970
GenreChristmas music, R&B
Length34:13
56:15 (2009 Re-release)
LabelMotown
MS 713
ProducerThe Corporation
the Jackson 5 chronology
Third Album
(1970)
Jackson 5 Christmas Album
(1970)
Maybe Tomorrow
(1971)
Alternative cover
2009 remaster
2009 remaster
Singles from Jackson 5 Christmas Album
  1. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"
    Released: November 1970
  2. "Give Love On Christmas Day"
    Released: 1986
  3. "Up on the House Top"
    Released: 1987

Jackson 5 Christmas Album is the first Christmas studio album (and fourth overall) by Motown family quintet the Jackson 5, released in October 1970. Included on the Christmas Album is the Jackson 5's hit single version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town". The Jackson 5's versions of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" remain frequent radio requests during the Christmas season.[1] The album spent all four weeks at the number one position on Billboard magazine's special Christmas Albums chart that the magazine published in December 1970, making it the best-selling Christmas album of that year and also year 1972.[2][3] This album was a top seller and would have charted high on the Billboard 200 but from 1963 to 1973, holiday albums were not allowed to chart. It has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide.[4] The album has also been praised by critics.

In 2003, Universal Motown re-released the album with "Little Christmas Tree" (from A Motown Christmas). In 2009, this configuration was released as Ultimate Christmas Collection with Christmas messages, remixes, and a Christmas medley, and again as Merry Christmas Jackson 5.

Jackson 5 in 1970[edit]

The release of Jackson 5 Christmas Album in October 1970 marked the end of a successful year for the band. Three albums were released by the group, with ABC in May and Third Album in September. The Jacksons recreated a similar feat the following year, with Maybe Tomorrow hitting record stores in April, the Goin' Back to Indiana soundtrack in September, and a greatest hits collection in December. In addition, Michael Jackson's solo debut single "Got to Be There", also hit the music stands in October, with the complete album of the same name coming out in January 1972.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[6]

Jackson 5 Christmas Album Has been hailed by many as one of the best holiday albums around.[7] Allmusic's Lindsay Planer rated Jackson 5 Christmas Album four and a half out of five stars. She stated that "they carefully crafted and significantly modernized familiar seasonal selections." She also praised all of the tracks. Joshua Alston of The A.V. Club also praised the album and said "the original songs are among its finest moments". He also said "Jackson 5 Christmas is tough to compete with because it isn’t—as Christmas records so often are—an inessential brand extension or bait for discography completists. It’s a potent distillation of the spirit of Christmas, an album joyful enough to make me feel like it’s the most wonderful time of the year rather than merely telling me so."[8] Rolling Stone also praised the album, calling it a "gem".[6]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin5:19
2."Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie2:24
3."The Christmas Song"Robert Wells, Mel Tormé2:45
4."Up on the House Top"Benjamin Hanby; arranged and adapted by the Corporation3:16
5."Frosty the Snowman"Steve Nelson, Jack Rollins2:39
6."The Little Drummer Boy"K.K. Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone3:15
7."Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"Johnny Marks2:32
8."Christmas Won't Be the Same This Year"Pam Sawyer, LaVerne Ware2:31
9."Give Love on Christmas Day"Berry Gordy, Jr., Fonce Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards2:44
10."Someday at Christmas"Ron Miller, Bryan Wells2:44
11."I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"Tommie Connor3:01
2003 remaster
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Little Christmas Tree"Art Wayne, Artie Wayne3:37
2009 Ultimate Christmas Collection bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Season's Greetings from Michael Jackson" 0:09
13."Little Christmas Tree"Art Wayne, Artie Wayne3:37
14."Season's Greetings from Tito Jackson" 0:06
15."Up On the Housetop (DJ Spinna Re-Edit)"Traditional5:00
16."Season's Greetings from Jackie Jackson" 0:07
17."Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Stripped Mix)"Johnny Marks3:04
18."Season's Greetings from Jermaine Jackson" 0:07
19."Someday At Christmas (Stripped Mix)"Ron Miller, Bryan Wells2:44
20."Give Love On Christmas Day (Group A Cappella Version)"Berry Gordy, Jr., Fonce Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards3:37
21."J5 Christmas Medley" 3:51

Source:[5]

Personnel[edit]

Technical
  • James Anthony Carmichael, Gene Page - arrangements
  • Adam Abrams - production coordinator
  • Harry Weinger - supervisor
  • Vartan - art direction
  • Alana Coghlan, Katherine Marking - design

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Canadian Albums (RPM) 45
US Billboard 200 105

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://onlineradiobox.com/track/936860267307784620/
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Christmas in the Charts (1920–2004). Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 153. ISBN 0-89820-161-6.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Christmas in the Charts (1920–2004). Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 182. ISBN 0-89820-161-6.
  4. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collectors Edition, page 99. American Press.
  5. ^ a b https://www.allmusic.com/album/r9998
  6. ^ a b [1]
  7. ^ http://cupofmoe.com/music/album-review-jackson-5-christmas-album
  8. ^ https://music.avclub.com/jackson-5-christmas-album-is-the-antidote-to-holiday-cy-1798274772