Everyone has an opinion on MJ and that’s fine. My generation saw him at his most thrilling and a big part of my childhood is totally bummed. Remember Captain EO? Yeah, me too. Those images connect me to a much simpler time. Seeing a young Michael kill it on youtube won’t ever be the same again either. Tabloids, punchlines and ambivalence aside, Michael Jackson was one of the best to ever do it. His records are some of the finest ever made and today we celebrate our affection for them. Below are some of my favorite cuts from his Jackson 5 years. RIP, MJ. What a legacy.
*FIRST EVER JACKSON 5 SINGLE, “BIG BOY”
*MICHAEL DOING BILL WITHERS’ “AIN”T NO SUNSHINE”
*ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE JACKSON 5 SONGS (LATER SAMPLED BY PETE ROCK), “2-4-6-8”
*MJ’S VERSION OF THE ISLEY BROTHER’S “IT’S YOUR THING”
*”MAYBE TOMORROW”, A BALLAD MADE FAMOUS BY GHOSTFACE WHEN SAMPLED FOR “ALL THAT I GOT IS YOU”
*A KILLER (LIVE!) JACKSON 5 MEDLEY FROM DIANA ROSS’ SHORTLIVED TV SHOW, DIANA!
*”DOCTOR MY EYES”…….A JACKSON BROWNE COVER, THE MOST SLEPT ON JACKSON 5 TRACK OF ALL TIME!!!!!!
***AND “GOT TO BE THERE”, THE TITLE SONG TO MICHAEL’S FIRST SOLO ALBUM OF THE SAME NAME, OFF MOTOWN.