The Jacksons Live!

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The Jacksons Live!
Live album by The Jacksons
Released November 11, 1981
Recorded August 13, 1981 at
Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Pittsburgh, United States
Length 66:33
Label Epic
Producer The Jacksons
The Jacksons chronology
The Jacksons Live!
Singles from The Jacksons Live!
  1. "Things I Do for You (Live)"
    Released: October 4, 1981

The Jacksons Live! is a live album by The Jacksons released on November 11, 1981, by Epic Records. The album was recorded during their North American tour in fall 1981, known as the Triumph Tour. The live double album was culled from recordings made on the tour's stops in Buffalo, New York; Providence, Rhode Island; Atlanta and New York City. The live album would go on to sell over two million copies worldwide.[1]

The 1981 live show featured songs from the group's album Triumph, two songs from Destiny, a medley of their Motown hits, and five songs from lead singer Michael's solo album Off the Wall.

The Triumph Tour would be the group's last tour together for three years, while Michael recorded and released the phenomenally successful Thriller album and its singles in 1982 and 1983. The group would reunite for its final tour (sans an injured Jackie Jackson, who only participated in the second and final last leg of the tour after recovering from a knee injury) — Victory Tour — in 1984. In 1988, Rolling Stone magazine described the Triumph Tour as one of the best 25 tours between 1967 and 1987.


Bruce Eder awarded the album 3.5 stars out of 5 on Allmusic, claiming the album "is a reminder of how great an act they (the Jacksons) were, and captures what was just about the end of Michael Jackson's work with the family group, all of it very much on a high-note. The album is worth tracking down as an artifact of a simpler, more unabashedly joyous time in music, as well as the family's history."[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Opening/Can You Feel It" Michael Jackson, Jackie Jackson 6:04
2. "Things I Do for You" Michael Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson 3:38
3. "Off the Wall" Rod Temperton 4:00
4. "Ben" Walter Scharf, Don Black 3:52
5. "This Place Hotel" Michael Jackson 4:40
6. "She's Out of My Life" Tom Bahler 4:48
7. "Movie and Rap, Including Excerpts of: I Want You Back/Never Can Say Goodbye/Got to Be There" Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, Deke Richards, Clifton Davis, Elliot Willensky 3:04
8. "Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save" Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, Deke Richards 2:55
9. "I'll Be There" Berry Gordy, Bob West, Willie Hutch, Hal Davis 3:12
10. "Rock with You" Rod Temperton 3:59
11. "Lovely One" Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson 6:28
12. "Workin' Day and Night" Michael Jackson 6:53
13. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" Michael Jackson 4:22
14. "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson 8:34


  • David Williams - guitar
  • Mike McKinney - bass
  • Bill Wolfer - keyboards
  • Jonathan Moffett - drums
  • East Coast Horns - Alan "Funt" Prater, Broderick "Mac" McMorris, Cloris Grimes, Wesley Phillips - horns


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collector's Edition, page 100. American Press.
  2. ^ a b Eder, Bruce (November 1981). "The Jacksons Live: All Music Review". Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (November 2, 2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Fireside. p. 410. ISBN 978-0743201698. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "American album certifications – The Jacksons – The Jacksons Live". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH