Jackson 5: “I Want You Back, Unreleased Masters”
Russ described the project as one of the most
rewarding experiences of his professional life, and was moved by the
process of mixing the tracks. “It really was a labor of love,” he
remarked in the article.
The tracks sound great! Russ managed to capture and
perfectly emulate the sounds he first molded and blended decades ago
that sold tens of millions of singles and albums for the label.
Listening to the just-released J5 tracks is, as Russ himself described
the mixing process, is “like stepping back in a time machine.”
The new J5 album, like all the projects Russ touched
during his amazing career, is nothing short of a masterpiece,
particularly from the standpoint of its impeccable vintage
substance—and sound. It’s definitely worth a listen, and a purchase to
complete any collection of early Jackson family classics!
I managed to reach Russ on the phone just as the album was becoming
available yesterday and asked him about how he felt on this day of the
release of the new Jackson 5 album
“It’s about time!” he quipped. “Seriously Joe, this really is
exciting. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about the
release of an album I have mixed!”
I asked Russ if there were any other thoughts or feeling he’d like to share about the project.
“It really was a thrill to work on this album. Mixing those tracks
stirred up so many memories and emotions about all the time I spent
working with Michael and his brothers. It really was a rewarding
experience I’ll never forget.”
Last night, Russ sent me an awesome and memorable photo he took at a
Motown Records company picnic in the early seventies. It’s a photo of a
beaming young Michael holding his baby niece, STACEE BROWN, the daughter of his oldest sister, MAUREEN REILETTE “REBBIE” JACKSON. This
particular photo has never been published, and captures a rare moment
with Michael and demonstrates just how much he always loved children,
even as a young teenager himself!
Kudos to my long-time friend Russ Terrana for another job well done,
and his own vital role in yet one more piece of pop music history……It’s
great to see that those good old “ears” are still working great!
Next week, we’ll be posting an article that is an extensive and
comprehensive look at the career, accomplishments and techniques of the
humble genius with more number one records to his credit than any other
sound engineer in music history. It’s a story you won’t want to miss!
Russ added one last comment at the end of our phone call yesterday,
a heartfelt message from one of the people so responsible for the
creation of the early Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson solo hits. “This one’s from me to Michael, and, now, for the world.”
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Motown/UMe is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Jackson 5‘s
first single with "I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters," a new
collection of 12 vault recordings due out on Nov. 10. A single, "That’s
How Love Is," is being released today (Oct. 6) on iTunes; the song was
written and produced by The Corporation, the team of writers and
producers that wrote the J5’s early material, and has been remixed by
original Motown engineer Russ Terrana.
"That’s How Love Is" is also streaming at jackson5.com.
"I Want You Back!" also features: a rendition of Stevie Wonder‘s
"Buttercup;" a medley of "I Want You Back"/"ABC"/"The Love You Save;"
alternate versions of "Never Can Say Goodbye," with Michael Jackson‘s
"safety" vocal for TV broadcasts, "ABC" and "Dancing Machine;" another
unreleased Corporation track, "Love Comes in Different Flavors;" the Curtis Mayfield-written
"Man’s Temptation," which was produced by the Vancouvers’ Bobby Taylor
— who also wrote and produced "Listen I’ll Tell You How;" Hal Davis’
"Lucky Day;" the Willie Hutch-written "Love Call;" and Johnny Bristol’s
socially conscious "I’ll Try You’ll Try (Maybe We’ll All Get By)."
Tito Jackson tells Billboard.com that the J5’s days at Motown were
busy, but enjoyable. "It was just fun years," he says. "We were young
kids then, pursuing our dream. And to have a company like Motown behind
you to nurture you and grow you to your professionalism, it was quite
an honor. And to have success at a young age when you were not really
realizing what you were accomplishing…it was really fun. Everything
In addition to "I Want You Back!," Motown/UMe
is releasing on Oct. 13 "The Jackson 5 Ultimate Christmas Collection,"
a 21-track set that includes spoken seasons greetings from the Michael,
Jermaine, Tito and Jackie, "stripped" mixes of "Someday at Christmas"
and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," a DJ Spinna
re-edit of "Up on the Housetop" and an album-closing medley. The J5
also appears on "The Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection," a two-disc,
51-track anthology featuring holiday fare from Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Johnny Gill and more obscure acts such as the Elgins, Shorty Long and the Twistin’ Kings.
The track listing for "I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters" includes:
"Never Can Say Goodbye
"That’s How Love Is
"Love Comes in Flavors
Medley: "I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save"
"I’ll Try You’ll Try (Maybe We’ll All Get By)"
"Listen I’ll Tell You How"