|Studio album by The Jackson 5|
|Released||May 15, 1975|
|Recorded||1974–1975; Motown Recording Studio, Hollywood, California|
|Producer||Hal Davis, Brian Holland, Mel Larsen, Jerry Marcellino|
|The Jackson 5 chronology|
|Singles from Moving Violation|
Moving Violation is the twelfth studio album by The Jackson 5. It is the group's final album on Motown Records. Aiming at the developing disco market, the group's funk-based version of Diana Ross & the Supremes' 1968 single "Forever Came Today" was a club hit, while the single's B-side, the R&B ballad "All I Do Is Think of You", became a popular and frequently covered song in its own right. The album sold 1.6 million copies worldwide.
After the release of the album, the brothers left Motown, due to the label refusing to let them write their own music and the group making very little from royalties from selling the songs that they recorded. The only brother to stay with the label was Jermaine, since he was married to Hazel Gordy, daughter of Motown CEO Berry Gordy. Motown allowed the group to leave the label. However, the group had to change their name, since The Jackson 5 moniker was owned by Motown. The brothers later signed with Philadelphia International Records and Epic Records with youngest Jackson brother Randy under their new name: The Jacksons.
The album was arranged by Arthur G. Wright, Dave Blumberg and James Anthony Carmichael with John Bahler and Michael L. Smith responsible for the vocal arrangements. John Kosh was the album cover's designer with photography credited to Jim Britt.
- "Forever Came Today" (originally performed by The Supremes) (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 6:23
- "Moving Violation" (Liz Shaw, Harold Beatty) – 3:37
- "(You Were Made) Especially for Me" (Michael L. Smith, Brian Holland) – 3:28
- "Honey Love" (Michael L. Smith, Edward Holland, Brian Holland) – 4:40
- "Body Language (Do the Love Dance)" (Hal Davis, Don Fletcher) – 4:07
- "All I Do Is Think of You" (Michael L. Smith, Brian Holland) – 3:17
- "Breezy" (Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino) – 3:38
- "Call of the Wild" (Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino) – 2:33
- "Time Explosion" (Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino) – 4:13
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 Dancing Machine. The bonus tracks were the outtakes "Through Thick and Thin" (which appeared on 1976's Joyful Jukebox Music) and the Disc-o-Tech #3 Remix of "Forever Came Today".
Posner, Gerald (2002). Motown : Music, Money, Sex, and Power. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-375-50062-6.