Moving Violation

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Moving Violation
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 15, 1975
StudioMotown Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
GenreSoul, disco
ProducerMichael Lovesmith, Hal Davis, Brian Holland, Mel Larsen, Jerry Marcellino
the Jackson 5 chronology
Dancing Machine
Moving Violation
Joyful Jukebox Music
Singles from Moving Violation
  1. "Forever Came Today"
    Released: June 10, 1975
  2. "All I Do Is Think of You"
    Released: November 5, 1975
  3. "Body Language (Do the Love Dance)"
    Released: January 24, 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]

Moving Violation is the tenth studio album by the Jackson 5 and their final album on Motown Records. Aiming at the developing disco market,[3] 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.[4]

The album was arranged by Michael Lovesmith, Arthur G. Wright, Dave Blumberg and James Anthony Carmichael with John Bahler and Michael Lovesmith responsible for the vocal arrangements. John Kosh was the album cover's designer with photography credited to Jim Britt.

Departure from Motown[edit]

After the release of Moving Violation, the brothers left Motown due to the label refusing to let them write their own music and the group earning little album royalties. The only brother to stay with the label was Jermaine, due to the fact that he was married to Hazel Gordy, daughter of Motown CEO Berry Gordy (Jermaine would eventually reunite with his brothers for the Motown 25 television special in 1983, and their fifteenth album Victory in 1984).

Motown allowed the Jackson 5 to leave the label, but 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.

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "Forever Came Today" (originally performed by the Supremes) (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 6:23
  2. "Moving Violation" (Liz Shaw, Harold Beatty) – 3:37
  3. "(You Were Made) Especially for Me" (Michael Lovesmith, Brian Holland) – 3:28
  4. "Honey Love" (Michael Lovesmith, Edward Holland, Brian Holland) – 4:40

Side Two

  1. "Body Language (Do the Love Dance)" (Hal Davis, Donald Fletcher) – 4:07
  2. "All I Do Is Think of You" (Michael Lovesmith, Brian Holland) – 3:17
  3. "Breezy" (Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino) – 3:38
  4. "Call of the Wild" (Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino) – 2:33
  5. "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".


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Jason Ankeny. "The Jackson 5 Moving Violation".
  4. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition, page 100. American Press.

Posner, Gerald (2002). Motown : Music, Money, Sex, and Power. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-375-50062-6.