Triumph (Remaster) Jackson 5

Album Info

Album Veröffentlichung:
1980

HRA-Veröffentlichung:
21.07.2016

Label: Epic

Genre: Pop

Subgenre: Adult Contemporary

Interpret: Jackson 5

Komponist: Michael Jackson Clark, Jackie Jackson, Randy Jackson

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  • 1Can You Feel It05:59
  • 2Lovely One04:50
  • 3Your Ways05:03
  • 4Everybody05:20
  • 5This Place Hotel (a.k.a. Heartbreak Hotel)05:44
  • 6Time Waits For No One03:36
  • 7Walk Right Now06:27
  • 8Give It Up04:51
  • 9Wondering Who04:40
  • Total Runtime46:30

Info zu Triumph (Remaster)

The Jacksons kicked open the door to the '80s with the appropriately titled „Triumph“. Michael Jackson's gigantic success a year earlier with his platinum-selling „Off The Wall“ fueled this album, which heavily features his scorching vocals and hitmaking production sensibilities.

With all songs written and produced by the Jacksons, the album begins with the orchestral bombast of 'Can You Feel It,' complete with child and adult choirs; it's a big song with a monumental production. Entering a new phase of their career mixing spooky spirituality with unimpeachably funky beats, the Jacksons feature a number of hits, notably the sentimental boogie of 'Lovely One,' the paranoid lyrics and chugging disco beat of 'Walk Right Now,' and Michael's downright eerie 'This Place Hotel' (aka 'Heartbreak Hotel'), which may well be where he met Billie Jean.

„Released during the summer of 1980, just as the hits from Michael's Off the Wall were sliding off the charts, Triumph became the Jacksons' first Top Ten pop album since 1972's Lookin' Through the Windows. This despite the album-opening 'Can You Feel It,' promoted with a spectacle of a video that made the Jacksons into gigantic superheroes capable of transforming bridges into bendable rainbow tubing, stalling at number 77 on the Hot 100. It didn't make much of an impact on the R&B chart either, but then again, its supernatural anthemic stomp is more a fireworks program finale than something as small scale as a mere single. As on 1978's Destiny, the Jacksons wrote and produced the material, this time with keyboardist Greg Phillinganes bumped up to associate producer, and with an uptick in star backing -- including but not limited to Ronnie Foster, Phil Upchurch, Webster Lewis, Michael Boddicker, and Ollie Brown, as well as Triumph holdovers Michael Sembello, Thomas Washington, and Nathan Watts. The other singles, including 'Lovely One' (very nearly 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough' reheated) and 'This Place Hotel' (an elaborate six-minute affair, written and arranged by Michael, that could have easily swollen to greater length) propelled the album into sales greater than that of Destiny, and it's equally durable (and markedly slicker) all around.“ (Andy Kellman, AMG)

Michael Jackson, lead and backing vocals
Jackie Jackson, backing vocals, lead vocals on 'Wondering Who'
Tito Jackson, guitar, backing vocals
Marlon Jackson, backing vocals, timpani, co-lead vocals in 'Give It Up'
Randy Jackson, percussion, backing vocals, co-lead vocals in 'Can You Feel It'
Nathan Watts, bass
Mike McKinney, bass
Clay Drayton, bass
Ronnie Foster, keyboards
Greg Phillinganes, synthesizer
Michael Boddicker, synthesizer
Webster Lewis, synthesizer
Michael Sembello, guitar
Phil Upchurch, guitar
Paul Jackson, Jr., guitar
David Williams, guitar
Greg Poree, guitar
Ollie E. Brown, drums
Paulinho da Costa, percussion
Lenny Castro, percussion
Gary Coleman, vibraphone
Gary Herbig, flute
Bill Reichenbach, horns
Kim Hutchcroft, horns
Larry Hall, horns
Jerry Hey, horns
La Toya Jackson, voice scream
Julia Tillman Waters, backing vocals
Maxine Willard Waters, backing vocals
Stephanie Spruill, backing vocals
Audra Tillman, backing vocals
Brian Stilwell, backing vocals
Brigette Bush, backing vocals
Gerry Gruberth, backing vocals
Lita Aubrey, backing vocals
Peter Wade, backing vocals
Rhonda Gentry, backing vocals
Roger Kenerly II, backing vocals
Soloman Daniels, backing vocals
Yolanda Kenerly, backing vocals

Recorded Late June 1979 – June 1980 at Capitol Records Studios; Hollywood Sound; Davien Sound; Sound City; Devonshire Sound, & Westlake Audio, Hollywood, CA
Engineered by Tom Perry
Produced by The Jacksons

Digitally remastered


The Jackson 5
were one of the biggest phenomenons in pop music during the early '70s, and the last great group to come out of the Motown hitmaking machine before Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder shifted the label's focus to more individual visions. The Jackson 5's infectious brand of funky pop-soul was a definite departure from the typically smooth, elegant Motown sound, as befitting the group's youth and the dawn of a new decade. That youth, coupled with the merchandising juggernaut that sprang up behind them, inevitably got them tagged a bubblegum group. But they were far more talented musically than that label would suggest, especially lead singer Michael, and their material, while sunny and upbeat, didn't pander to its audience. Solo careers and overexposure gradually weakened the Jackson 5, but their best music still holds up surprisingly well as some of the most vibrant mainstream pop/R&B of its era.

Originally, the Jackson 5 were composed of brothers Jackie (born Sigmund Jackson, May 4, 1951), Tito (guitar, born Toriano Jackson, October 15, 1953), Jermaine (bass, lead vocals, born December 11, 1954), Marlon (born March 12, 1957), and Michael (lead vocals, born August 29, 1958). By all accounts, the Jackson family's upbringing in Gary, IN, was strict; their mother Katherine was a devout Jehovah's Witness, and their father Joe was a stern, temperamental disciplinarian. Allowed few outside interests, the boys gravitated to music, which was in their blood -- prior to his job as a crane operator for a steel company, Joe had played guitar in an R&B group called the Falcons (not the same group that launched Wilson Pickett's career). One night, Joe discovered that Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine had been playing his treasured old guitar without permission; though initially furious, he quickly discovered that his sons had genuine talent, and began to conceive of a family singing group that might eventually get them out of their tough working-class life in Gary. The eldest three sons began performing around the area together in 1962, teamed with two cousins (Johnny Jackson and Ronnie Rancifer), who were replaced by Marlon and five-year-old Michael. Supervised by Joe, who became their manager and began working only part-time, the group practiced and rehearsed often, and improved as dancers, singers, and instrumentalists at a rapid rate. In particular, Michael proved himself a dynamic performer, soon replacing Jermaine as the featured lead vocalist, and establishing himself as a nimble dancer able to mimic talents like James Brown. At first, the group was known as Ripples & Waves Plus Michael, then the Jackson Brothers, and finally the Jackson 5.

In 1966, the Jackson 5 won an important local talent competition with a Michael-led rendition of the Temptations' "My Girl." Their father, who had been chauffeuring them to out-of-state performances, also booked their first paid professional gigs that year. In 1967, the group won an amateur talent competition at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater, where they earned an influential fan in Gladys Knight (probably the first person to recommend the group to Motown). At the end of the year, the Jackson 5 made their first studio recordings for the small Gary-based Steeltown label, and their single "Big Boy" became something of a local hit. Championed again to Motown by Bobby Taylor, a member of the Vancouvers who'd seen the group in Chicago, and Diana Ross, the Jackson 5 finally got a chance to audition for the label in the summer of 1968. Desperately needing new blood, an impressed Berry Gordy signed the group and flew them out to his new headquarters in Los Angeles, where he and his assistants groomed them to be the label's next breakout stars. Having lost his famed Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, Gordy formed a new partnership with Freddie Perren, Fonce Mizell, and Deke Richards dubbed the Corporation, which set about crafting material for the group.

In August 1969, shortly before Michael turned 11, the Jackson 5 opened for Diana Ross at the L.A. Forum, and in December, they issued their debut album, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5. On October 7, 1969, the Jackson 5 released their first single, "I Want You Back," a Corporation composition that had originally been intended for Gladys Knight. It was an instant smash, hitting number one on both the pop and R&B charts. So did their next two singles, "ABC" and "The Love You Save" (both from their second album, ABC), which solidified the group's so-called bubblegum-soul sound and certified them as pop sensations. Third Album was released before year's end, spawning the hit ballad "I'll Be There," which not only proved that the group (and lead singer Michael) were more mature and versatile than their bright, bouncy initial singles let on, but also made them the first group in pop history to have their first four singles hit number one. It also became the best-selling single in Motown history, spending a stellar five weeks at number one. And it had still been less than a year since the group's national debut.

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