Maybe Tomorrow (The Jackson 5 album)

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Maybe Tomorrow
Studio album by The Jackson 5
Released April 12, 1971
Recorded February – August 1970 (tracks 3, 5 & 10); August 1970 – March 1971
Genre Bubblegum pop, soul
Length 33:59
Label Motown
MS 735
Producer The Corporation & Hal Davis
The Jackson 5 chronology
The Jackson 5 Christmas Album
Maybe Tomorrow
Goin' Back to Indiana
Singles from Maybe Tomorrow
  1. "Never Can Say Goodbye"
    Released: March 16, 1971
  2. "Maybe Tomorrow"
    Released: June 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[2]

Maybe Tomorrow was the fifth studio album by The Jackson 5 released in 1971. Released after the success of the hit ballad "I'll Be There", most of the tracks on the album are ballads, with few dance numbers. Maybe Tomorrow includes the hit singles "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Maybe Tomorrow". While not as financially successful as the Jackson 5's first three outings, selling over 3.5 million copies worldwide,[3] Maybe Tomorrow contains some of the most often-sampled and covered material in the group's catalogue. It spent six weeks at #1 on the Soul albums chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Maybe Tomorrow" (The Corporation) (recorded February 1971) – 4:41
  2. "She's Good" (The Corporation) (recorded January 1971) – 2:59
  3. "Never Can Say Goodbye" (Clifton Davis) (recorded June 1970) – 2:57
  4. "The Wall" (Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Pam Sawyer) (recorded August–September 1970) – 3:03
  5. "Petals" (The Corporation) (recorded August 1970) – 2:34
  6. "16 Candles" (Luther Dixon, Allyson R. Khentt) (recorded December 1970) – 2:45
  7. "(We've Got) Blue Skies" (Thomas Bee, Chris Clark, Fuller Gordy, Patrick Stephenson, Deloris Wilkinson) (recorded February 1971) – 3:21
  8. "My Little Baby" (The Corporation) (recorded January 1971) – 2:58
  9. "It's Great to Be Here" (The Corporation) (recorded January–February 1971) – 2:59
  10. "Honey Chile" (originally performed by Martha Reeves & the Vandellas) (Richard Morris, Sylvia Moy) (recorded February 1970) – 2:45
  11. "I Will Find a Way" (The Corporation) (recorded January 1971) – 2:57

Recording sessions[edit]

The songs on the album were recorded from August 1970–March 1971. Other tracks from the Maybe Tomorrow recording sessions are:

  • "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore"
  • "Just Because I Love You"


In 2001, Motown Records remastered all Jackson 5 albums in a "Two Classic Albums/One CD" series (much like they did in the late 1980s). This album was paired up with Third Album. The bonus tracks were "Sugar Daddy", the only new track on their 1971 greatest hits set, and "I'm So Happy", the B-side of that single.

Samples and covers[4][edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition, page 99. American Press.
  4. ^ SamplesDB - Jackson 5's Tracks