by The Jacksons


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The brothers' third post-Motown album as the Jacksons was their most successful release, both commercially and creatively, since 1974's Dancing Machine. Their first two Epic albums, where they aligned with Gamble, Huff, and other Philly soul stalwarts, had some strong singles but were very uneven and somewhat awkward in stretches, and this time out, they wrote and produced on their own. Backed by an arsenal of up-and-coming and veteran L.A. session musicians -- including guitarists Michael Sembello and Paul Jackson, Jr., drummer Rick Marotta, arranger Thomas "Tom Tom 84" Washington, and keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, the last of whom played on just about everything involving a Jackson family member through the early '90s -- Destiny did much more than set the stage for Michael's Off the Wall. The sunny "Blame It on the Boogie" and the dazzling Off the Wall prelude "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" were the album's only singles, upbeat numbers that peaked at number three on the Black Singles chart, but the mature Michael showcase ballad "Push Me Away" (pointing toward "I Can't Help It" and "Human Nature") and the alternately somber and uplifting "Bless His Soul," containing a startling confession from Michael ("There is no life for me at all/'Cause I give myself at beck and call") added an impressive level of depth to the Jacksons' discography.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074643555227
catalogNumber: 35552

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Performance Credits

Jackson 5   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Roland Bautista   Guitar
Michael Sembello   Bass,Guitar,Soloist
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Clare Fischer   Strings
Ed Greene   Drums
Jerry Hey   Strings,Horn
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Randy Jackson   Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Tito Jackson   Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Gary King   Bass
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Rick Marotta   Percussion,Drums
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Claudio Slon   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Nathan Watts   Bass
Laudir DeOliveira   Percussion,Conga
Ed Green   Drums

Technical Credits

Jackson 5   Producer
Mick Jackson   Composer
Bobby Colomby   Executive Producer
Peter Granet   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Randy Jackson   Composer
Elmar Krohn   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
Greg Phillinganes   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Tom Tom 84   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Claire Fisher   Arranger,String Arrangements
Gary Meyer   Cover Art
Joe Jackson   Management
Paul Granet   Engineer
Dave Jackson   Composer

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