The Jackson 5 in Japan

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The Jackson 5 in Japan
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Live album by The Jackson 5
Released October 31, 1973 (1973-10-31) (Japan only)
October 31, 2004 (2004-10-31) (5000 copy limited re-issue)
Recorded April 30, 1973 (1973-04-30)
Venue Koseinenkin Hall, Osaka, Japan
Genre Soul, Pop
Length 48:56
Label Motown
The Jackson 5 chronology
Skywriter
(1973)
The Jackson 5 in Japan
(1973)
G.I.T.: Get It Together
(1973)

The Jackson 5 in Japan, also known as In Japan!, was the second live album released by the Jackson 5, culled from a live concert held in Japan in 1973. The album was released in the UK in 1986 as "Michael Jackson with the Jackson 5 Live"; Motown did not release the album in the United States until a limited-edition version was released in 2004, via specialty reissue label Hip-O Select. The album sold over a million copies worldwide.[1] This is also the Jackson 5's ninth overall album.

By 1973, the Jackson 5 were bigger worldwide than they were in America, selling millions of records and giving performances at sold-out concerts. This set features the group performing many of their hit records, as well as solo hits from members Michael Jackson and Jermaine Jackson. Michael's voice was changing, struggling to hit the higher notes to songs that he once could sing the years prior. Either the key of the song was changed so Michael would not strain, or he just avoided the higher notes. Early stages of Michael's vocal change can be heard on the second disc on the band's Live at the Forum album.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
  1. "Introduction"/"We're Gonna Have a Good Time" 3:39
  2. "Lookin' Through the Windows" (Clifton Davis) 3:52
  3. "Got to Be There" (Elliot Willensky) 3:44
  4. Medley: "I Want You Back"/"ABC"/"The Love You Save" (The Corporation) 2:59
  5. "Daddy's Home" (William Miller, James Sheppard) 5:23
  6. "Superstition" (originally by Stevie Wonder) (Stevie Wonder) 3:17
Side B
  1. "Ben" (Don Black, Walter Scharf) 2:54
  2. "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (originally by The Temptations) (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong) 3:59
  3. "That's How Love Goes" (Wade Brown Jr., Johnny Bristol, David Jones, Jr.) 4:46
  4. "Never Can Say Goodbye" (Clifton Davis) 2:21
  5. "Ain't That Peculiar" (originally by Marvin Gaye) (Warren "Pete" Moore, William Robinson, Bobby Rogers) 5:28
  6. "I Wanna Be Where You Are" (Arthur "T-Boy" Ross, Leon Ware) 6:30

Review[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition, page 100. American Press.
  2. ^ Allmusic review

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