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 (Japan only), October 31, 2004 (5000 copy limited re-issue)
Recorded Japan, April 30, 1973
Genre Soul/Pop
Length N/A
Label Motown
Producer N/A
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 2004, via specialty reissue label Hip-O Select (that limited-edition version is currently out of print.) 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 wouldn't strain, or he just maneuvered his voice around the higher notes. Early stages of Michael's vocal change can be heard on the second disc on their Live at the Forum album.

Track listing[edit]

Tracks with an asterisk are performed by Michael Jackson. Tracks with two asterisks are performed by Jermaine Jackson

Side A
  1. "Introduction"/"We're Gonna Have a Good Time" (recorded April 30, 1973, at Osaka Koseinenkin Hall, Japan)
  2. "Lookin' Through the Windows" (Davis) (recorded April 30, 1973, at Osaka Koseinenkin Hall, Japan)
  3. "Got to Be There"* (Willensky) (recorded April 30, 1973, at Osaka Koseinenkin Hall, Japan)
  4. Medley: "I Want You Back"/"ABC"/"The Love You Save" (Corporation) (recorded April 30, 1973, at Osaka Koseinenkin Hall, Japan)
  5. "Daddy's Home"**(Miller/Sheppard) (recorded April 30, 1973, at Osaka Koseinenkin Hall, Japan)
  6. "Superstition" (originally by Stevie Wonder) (Wonder) (recorded April 30, 1973, at Osaka Koseinenkin Hall, Japan)
Side B
  1. "Ben"* (Black/Scharf) (recorded April 30, 1973, at Osaka Koseinenkin Hall, Japan)
  2. "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (originally by The Temptations) (Whitfield/Strong) (recorded April 30, 1973, at Osaka Koseinenkin Hall, Japan)
  3. "That's How Love Goes"** (Bowen/Bristol/Jones) (recorded April 30, 1973, at Osaka Koseinenkin Hall, Japan)
  4. "Never Can Say Goodbye" (Davis) (recorded April 30, 1973, at Osaka Koseinenkin Hall, Japan)
  5. "Ain't That Peculiar"** (originally by Marvin Gaye) (Moore/Robinson/Rogers) (recorded April 30, 1973, at Osaka Koseinenkin Hall, Japan)
  6. "I Wanna Be Where You Are"* (Ross/Ware) (recorded April 30, 1973, at Osaka Koseinenkin Hall, Japan)

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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