The Jacksons: Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson, Marlon Jackson,
Additional personnel includes: Mick Jagger (vocals); Teddy Riley (various instruments); Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar); Dexter Wansel (piano, keyboards); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Babyface (programming); MFSB.
Producers include: Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, The Jacksons, Teddy Riley, Babyface,
Compilation producer: Leo Sacks.
Recorded between 1976 & 1989. Includes liner notes by Jermaine Jackson.
This is part of "The Essential" series.
Personnel: Tito Jackson (vocals, guitar); Marlon Jackson (vocals, timpani, background vocals); Jackie Jackson , Michael Jackson (vocals, background vocals); Janet Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Rebbie Jackson (vocals); Babyface (guitar, keyboards); Dennis Harris , Michael Foreman, Michael Sembello, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Roland Bautista , Roland Chambers, David E. Williams (guitar); Gary Herbig (flute, horns); Don Myrick (saxophone); Alan "Funt" Prater, Roderick "Mac" McMorris, Cloris Grimes, East Coast Horns, Wesley Phillips (horns); Dexter Wansel, Leon Huff (piano, keyboards); Michael Boddicker, Webster Lewis (keyboards, synthesizer); Greg Phillinganes, Ronnie Foster, Bill Wolfer (keyboards); Bill Reichenbach , Larry Hall , Jerry Hey, Kim Hutchcroft, Gary Coleman (vibraphone); Claudio Slon , Laudir DeOliveira (drums, congas, percussion); L.A. Reid (drums, percussion); Ed Green , Ollie E. Brown, Charlie Collins (drums); David Cruse, Randy Jackson (congas, bongos); The Jacksons (percussion, background vocals); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Gene Corso (sound effects); Children's Choir, Johnny Nelson, Julia Tillman Waters, Jackson Children, Maxine Willard Waters, Stephanie Spruill (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Don Murray ; Jay Mark; Jay Marks; Joe Tarsia; Keith Cohen; L.A. Reid; Larry Ferguson ; Peter Granet; Babyface; Tom Perry; Bill Schnee; Bruce Swedien.
Liner Note Author: Jermaine Jackson.
Photographers: Jeffrey Scales; Todd Gray; Reid Miles; Norman Seeff.
Unknown Contributor Role: Rick Marotta.
Arrangers: Tom Tom 84; Dexter Wansel; Jack Faith; Jerry Hey; L.A. Reid; Michael Jackson; The Jacksons; Babyface.
In the legal battles that followed the Jackson 5's departure from Motown for Epic Records in 1976, the Jackson brothers lost the rights to their band name, and were known thereafter as the Jacksons. THE ESSENTIAL JACKSONS compiles the group's biggest hits from their tenure at Epic. Listeners should be forewarned that this compilation does not include material recorded under the name Jackson 5; so fans looking for "I Want You Back" and "I'll Be There" should seek out an earlier hits compilation.
That said, this is an excellent sampler of the group's later incarnation, when their music, more heavily influenced by funk and disco, was polished to a high, danceable sheen. Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff wrote and produced the group's first Epic records, and many tunes, especially the string-sweetened "Show You the Way to Go," reflect a classic Philly soul sound. By 1978's DESTINY, however, the Jacksons were writing and producing their own material, and the infectious singles that resulted ("Blame It on the Boogie" and "Shake Your Body," in particular) are fantastic. The set closes with a live rendition of the Jacksons doing "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (from Michael's OFF THE WALL).