MICHAEL JACKSON - HELLO WORLD: THE MOTOWN SOLO COLLECTION - CD New

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Donny Osmond went solo while staying in the Osmonds family group, Michael went solo as well, and was given material that made him sound more mature. "Got to Be There," his first solo hit, featured a stunning, declamatory phrase that provided the name of this collection. The LP GOT TO BE THERE, released in January 1972, was followed by BEN, after the No. 1 hit title song from a film about a pet rat. BEN was first issued with a cover featuring lurid artwork from the film, which was quickly replaced by a simpler image of MJ; our package reproduces both covers in the 48-page booklet. MUSIC AND ME was next, featuring a few Adult Contemporary covers, followed by FOREVER, MICHAEL, which had a harder dance age; it included the now-classic hits "Were Almost There" and "Just a Little Bit of You." Although MJ and the J5 left Motown in 1975 to go to Epic Records, that wasn't the end of the story."One Day in Your Life," released in the aftermath of MJs solo OFF THE WALL, turned into a No. 1 hit in the U.K. and top 40 AC in the U.S. Following the crazy ride of THRILLER, Motown released FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE, a batch of songs from the vault with contemporary overdubs; the title song went top 10 R&B. There's more: In 1986 Motown issued LOOKING BACK TO YESTERDAY, a collection of more vault masters some with the J5 that containted further unexpected gems. HELLO WORLD has all of that and these extra gems: all nine songs from FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE are included in their original, undubbed mixes. Plus, we unearthed the original mix of "Twenty-Five Miles" - Michaels cover of the Edwin Starr hit that has previously been available only in a 1987 vault collection. It's all in a splendid, hard-backed 8x 5.5 package with an introductory essay by Motown's Suzee Ikeda, a main essay by Mark Anthony Neal, pages of annotations, rare photos and repros of the LP jackets. It's deserving of the one of the greatest performers the world has ever known, at any age.

Release Date: 2009-06-30

[Disc 1]
1. Ain't No Sunshine
2. I Wanna Be Where You Are
3. Girl Don't Take Your Love from Me
4. In Our Small Way
5. Got To Be There
6. Rockin' Robin
7. Wings Of My Love
8. Maria (You Were The Only One)
9. Love Is Here and Now You're Gone
10. You've Got a Friend
11. Ben
12. Greatest Show On Earth
13. People Make The World Go Round
14. We've Got a Good Thing Going
15. Everybody's Somebody's Fool
16. My Girl
17. What Goes Around Comes Around
18. In Our Small Way
19. Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Da Day
20. You Can Cry On My Shoulder
21. Don't Let It Get You Down (Original Mix)
22. You've Really Got a Hold on Me (Original Mix)
23. Melodie (Original Mix)
24. Touch The One You Love (Original Mix)
[Disc 2]
1. With a Child's Heart
2. Up Again
3. All The Things You Are
4. Happy (Love Theme From Lady Sings The Blues)
5. Too Young
6. Doggin' Around
7. Euphoria
8. Morning Glow
9. Johnny Raven
10. Music And Me
11. We're Almost There
12. Take Me Back
13. One Day In Your Life
14. Cinderella Stay Awhile
15. We've Got Forever
16. Just A Little Bit Of You
17. You Are There
18. Dapper - Dan
19. Dear Michael
20. I'll Come Home to You
21. Girl You're So Together (Original Mix)
22. Farewell My Summer Love (Original Mix)
23. Call On Me (Original Mix)
[Disc 3]
1. When I Come Of Age
2. Teenage Symphony
3. I Hear A Symphony
4. Give Me Half A Chance
5. Love's Gone Bad
6. Lonely Teardrops
7. You're Good for Me
8. That's What Love Is Made of
9. I Like You the Way You Are (Don't Change Your Love on Me)
10. Who's Lookin' for a Lover
11. I Was Made To Love Her
12. If 'N I Was God
13. To Make My Father Proud (Original Mix)
14. Here I Am (Come And Take Me) (Original Mix)
15. Twenty - Five Miles (Original Mix)
16. Don't Let It Get You Down
17. You've Really Got a Hold on Me
18. Melodie
19. Touch The One You Love
20. Girl You'Re So Together
21. Farewell My Summer Love
22. Call On Me
23. Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
24. To Make My Father Proud