Q - 4/02, p.1343 out of 5 stars
- "...Brings together a selection of soulful '70s cuts....Conclusive proof that he was better when he had an afro."
Personnel includes: Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5.
Producers include: Bobby Taylor, Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Hal Davis, Brian Holland.
Compilation producers: Harry Weinger, Anthony Ellis.
Recorded between 1969 and 1975. Includes liner notes by Brian Chin.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Liner Note Author: Brian Chin .
Recording information: 02/1970.
Arrangers: James Anthony Carmichael; David Blumberg; Fonce Mizell; Gene Page; David Van De Pitte; John Bahler; Bob West .
Released in January of 2002, Motown's Love Songs contains 14 love songs and ballads Michael Jackson recorded, either by himself or with the Jackson 5, during his time on Motown in the early '70s. There are a few familiar songs here, such as "Who's Lovin' You," but the Love Songs series prides itself on mood, not hits, while providing just one or two tracks as collector's bait (a previously unreleased version of "I'll Be There" or the original mix of "Call on Me," for example). This means that it's the odd collection that sort of appeals to the dedicated, since it gives a different spin on the artist (but not really, since it recycles the catalog), and it sort of appeals to the casual fan, since it digs through albums to provide what they're looking for (but not really, since there aren't that many big hits here). So it fulfills the promise of the title quite well, but that doesn't necessarily mean that a lot of people will really need it (unless they're looking for mood music, of course). ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine