My Special Love

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My Special Love
Myspeciallovefrontvinylalbum.jpg
Studio album by
Released1981
Genre
Length36:30
LabelPolydor
Producer
La Toya Jackson chronology
La Toya Jackson
(1980)
My Special Love
(1981)
Heart Don't Lie
(1984)
Singles from My Special Love
  1. "Stay the Night"
  2. "I Don't Want You to Go"
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]

My Special Love is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter La Toya Jackson. Released in 1981, the album peaked at #175 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. After the album's limited success, it fell into obscurity, receiving a limited re-release on CD in Japan in the early 1990s, which was quickly deleted. The album was the rarest album from LaToya but was re-released on CD in 2019 by Cherry Pop Records including several bonus tracks, among them "If You Feel the Funk" (7" Version) from her debut solo album.

Background[edit]

Allmusic called it "the defining album of Jackson's career", also stating that "Though her voice isn't particularly strong, Jackson makes up for what she lacks in power with an energetic, uninhibited approach to the music. Benefiting from solid R&B-funk arrangements and the well-rounded production of Ollie E. Brown, her second album is a flavorful mixture of lively uptempo romps and smooth-sailing slow jams."[1]

The first single from the album was "Stay The Night", a cover of the 1980 Billy Ocean single, and was moderately successful. The second and final single was "I Don't Want You To Go", previously recorded by Lani Hall, which had a limited release and failed to chart. The album also includes rare groove classic "Camp Kuchi Kaiai", co-written with sister Janet who also contributes background vocals. Brother Randy produced two tracks on the album - their duet "Giving You Up" and the title track "My Special Love" which Randy later re-recorded with R&B star Betty Wright for her 1983 album Wright Back At You.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Stay the Night"Ken Gold, Billy OceanOllie E. Brown5:32
2."Fill You Up"Ollie E. BrownOllie E. Brown5:09
3."Giving You Up"Randy JacksonRandy Jackson3:08
4."Love Song"Jonathan Moffett, Mike McKinney, Tito JacksonOllie E. Brown4:07
5."I Don't Want You to Go"Allee Willis, Bruce RobertsOllie E. Brown4:18
6."Camp Kuchi Kaiai"La Toya Jackson, Janet JacksonOllie E. Brown3:30
7."Summertime with You"Ollie E. BrownOllie E. Brown5:44
8."Special Love"Randy Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Tito JacksonRandy Jackson5:02

Expanded edition[edit]

Bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."If You Feel the Funk" (7" Version)Dorie Pride, Kamau PetersonOllie E. Brown4:10
2."Are You Ready?" (7" Version)Ollie E. BrownOllie E. Brown3:45
3."Stay the Night" (7" Version)Ken Gold, Billy OceanOllie E. Brown3:45
4."I Don't Want You to Go" (7" Version)Allee Willis, Bruce RobertsOllie E. Brown4:12
5."Love Song" (7" Version)Jonathan Moffett, Mike McKinney, Tito JacksonOllie E. Brown4:01
6."Stay the Night" (Special Maxi Version)Ken Gold, Billy OceanOllie E. Brown5:46

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[2] 175

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