Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection

Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection

by Michael JacksonMichael Jackson

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Released only a matter of days after Michael Jackson's tragic June 2009 passing but in the works long before that, Hip-O Select's Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection collects the entirety of his solo recordings for Motown in a triple-disc set. Although Michael had some major hits during this period -- notably "Got to Be There," "Ben," and "Rockin' Robin," all Top Five hits on both the pop and Black Singles charts -- it's fair to call these years Jackson's awkward adolescence, perched partway between the preteen dynamo of the Jackson Five and the cool, confident entertainer of Off the Wall. Certainly, Jackson wasn't in artistic control on these four albums -- Got to Be There and Ben, both from 1972; 1973's Music & Me, 1975's Forever, Michael -- not picking the songs or having a hand in the arrangements, a point hammered home on Farewell My Summer Love where the vocal tracks of unreleased cuts were set to new, modern backing tracks in 1984 at the height of Thriller mania. Farewell in all its awkwardness is here, along with the original superior mixes of nine tracks and Looking Back to Yesterday, another Motown cash-in of unreleased recordings released at the peak of Jackson's popularity. Motown effectively emptied their vaults of rare Michael Jackson material during this time so there's nothing new here for collectors, but much of this material has been out of print for a long time, so it's useful putting the somewhat forgotten recordings of a major artist back in circulation even if the music doesn't hold any new insights. Essentially, these three discs confirm the basic narrative of Michael Jackson's career to be correct: he was drifting at Motown as a solo artist, trapped both by his adolescence and the unwillingness of the label to give him anything to do other than follow shifting trends from bubblegum soul to disco (in this sense, the stiff synthesized productions on Farewell don't seem out of line, they're merely another step in Motown's continued march through fashion). Naturally, the aforementioned big hits retain their power and there are some gems scattered throughout each of the discs -- and those gems come entirely from Jackson's pure, natural charisma -- which may be reason enough for serious fans to get this handsomely produced set, but this is more interesting as a history lesson than it is as entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2009
Label: Hip-O Select
UPC: 0602517924697
catalogNumber: 001242102
Rank: 13482

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Jackson   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Clifton Davis   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Edwin Starr   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Renee Armand   Composer
Eddie Horan   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Reginald Adams   Composer
Thom Bell   Composer
Don Black   Composer
Mike Cannon   Composer
George S. Clinton   Composer
Henry Cosby   Composer
Linda Creed   Composer
Hal Davis   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Willie Hutch   Composer
Mel Larson   Composer
Jerry Marcellino   Composer
Marilyn McLeod   Composer
Fonce Mizell   Composer
Larry Mizell   Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Weldon Dean Parks   Composer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Deke Richards   Composer
Walter Scharf   Composer
Arthur Stokes   Composer
Michael Sutton   Composer
Artie Wayne   Composer
Elliot Willensky   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Billy Page   Composer
Leon Ware   Composer
Allen Story   Composer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Robert Rogers   Composer
Sylvia Dee   Composer
Sidney Lippman   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Arthur Ross   Composer
Ace Adams   Composer
Lena Agree   Composer
Beatrice Verdi   Composer
Don Fenceton   Composer
Don Fletcher   Composer
Christine Yarian   Composer
Stephen Schwartz   Composer
Dana Meyers   Composer
Lula Mae Hardaway   Composer
Linda Glover   Composer
Gladys Hampton   Composer
III Sam Brown   Composer
Rand Meitzenheimer   Composer
Gwen Gordy   Composer

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