Third Album

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Third Album
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1970
RecordedApril–July 1970
The Jackson 5 chronology
Third Album
Jackson 5 Christmas Album
Singles from Third Album
  1. "I'll Be There"
    Released: August 28, 1970
  2. "Mama's Pearl"
    Released: January 7, 1971

Third Album is the third studio album released by the Jackson 5 on Motown Records, and the group's second LP released in 1970.

Third Album featured the group's fourth consecutive No. 1 single on the US pop charts, "I'll Be There", the Top 5 single, "Mama's Pearl", and album tracks such as the semi-autobiographical "Goin' Back to Indiana", and "Darling Dear". The album peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard album charts and No. 1 on the R&B album charts and also No. 1 on Cashbox.[1] This is considered one of their best efforts and is their most successful album to date. It sold over 6 million copies worldwide.[2][3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[5]

Allmusic's Lindsay Planer rated Third Album four out of five stars. She stated that the album contains "the unmistakable Motown sound, expanding just enough to incorporate other significant influences as well." She also stated that a few of the tracks "are [...] worthwhile spins."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one

  1. "I'll Be There" (Berry Gordy, Jr., Bob West, Hal Davis, Willie Hutch) – 3:59
    • Lead vocals: Michael Jackson and Jermaine Jackson
    • Background vocals: The Jackson 5
  2. "Ready or Not (Here I Come)" (Thom Bell, William Hart; originally performed by The Delfonics) – 2:34
    • Lead vocals: Michael Jackson
  3. "Oh How Happy" (Edwin Starr aka Charles Hatcher; originally performed by the Shades of Blue) – 2:16
    • Lead vocals: Jermaine Jackson
    • Secondary vocals: Michael Jackson
  4. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Paul Simon; originally performed by Simon & Garfunkel) – 5:52
    • Lead vocals: Jermaine Jackson
  5. "Can I See You in the Morning" (Deke Richards) – 3:09
    • Lead vocals: Michael Jackson

Side two

  1. "Goin' Back to Indiana" (The Corporation) – 3:32
    • Lead vocals: Michael Jackson
    • Spoken vocals: The Jackson 5
  2. "How Funky Is Your Chicken" (Lester Lee Carr, Richard Hutch, Willie Hutch) – 2:41
    • Lead vocals: Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Jackie Jackson
  3. "Mama's Pearl" (The Corporation) – 3:09
    • Lead vocals: Michael Jackson
    • Secondary vocals: Jermaine Jackson, Jackie Jackson
  4. "Reach In" (Beatrice Verdi) – 3:28
    • Lead vocals: Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson
  5. "The Love I Saw In You Was Just a Mirage" (Smokey Robinson, Marv Tarplin; originally performed by the Miracles) – 4:22
    • Lead and spoken vocals: Michael Jackson
  6. "Darling Dear" (George Horgay Gordy, Robert Gordy, Allen Story) – 2:40
    • Lead vocals: Michael Jackson


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 Maybe Tomorrow. The bonus tracks were "Sugar Daddy", the only new track on their 1971 greatest hits set, and "I'm So Happy", the B-side of that single.


Chart (1970) Peak
Canadian Albums (RPM)[6] 9
US Billboard 200[7] 4

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "楽天が運営するポータルサイト : 【インフォシーク】Infoseek". 2000-01-01. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
  2. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition, page 99.
  3. ^ Bestselling Motown Archived 2007-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b Planer, Lindsay. Third Album - The Jackson 5 at AllMusic. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: J". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 27, 2019 – via
  6. ^ "RPM: The Jackson 5 (albums)". RPM Magazine. Archived from the original on October 14, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "The Jackson 5 US Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2017.

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