Live At The Forum
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The Jackson 5: Live At The Forum is a new 2-CD set released June 22 that uncovers an amazing chapter from the phenomenal career of Michael Jackson and his brothers in the J5: their extraordinary performances from the Los Angeles Forum, recorded in June 1970 and August 1972--the first at the start of their rapid ascent to stardom, the second when they became established icons. These brilliant shows have not been released in any form until now, the 40th anniversary of the 1970 show. Live At The Forum features earth-shaking live performances of the group's best-known hits - "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save," "I'll Be There," "Never Can Say Goodbye" and more. Single B-sides "I Found That Girl" and "I'm So Happy" and such surprises as album cuts "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Zip A Dee Do Dah," plus songs not released by the J5, including covers of James Brown's "There Was a Time" and the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing," are part of the shows. The 1972 show also features a full, fantastic set of Michael's solo hits, including "Got To Be There" and "Ben," his brand new single at the time, as well as a solo spot by Jermaine. Disc 1 includes the Forum show recorded June 20, 1970, when the group broke existing box office records at the venue. The J5 were on their first national tour, and the show is a unique document of the growing "Jacksonmania" gripping the globe. Disc 2 is the complete show from August 26, 1972, just three days before Michael's 14th birthday. Each disc includes a bonus track: an unreleased full live version of "Mama's Pearl," from the concert that became part of the 1971 TV special Goin' Back To Indiana, closes Disc 1; "I Wanna Be Where You Are," from the soundtrack album to Save The Children, makes its CD debut at the end of Disc 2. Live At The Forum is housed in a collector's digi-pak with rare photos, collectable postcards of each Jackson brother and insightful liner notes by Mark Anthony Neal.
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The second concert is from 1972, just 3 days before Michael's 14th birthday. His voice is changing, but he nails Ben, Ain't No Sunshine and I Wanna Be Where You Are. Jermaine's voice too is smooth and romantic.
The CD includes a booklet with some great photos and an essay. There is also a pull-out with a photo of each of the brothers and some personal tidbits about each one.
I hope that J5 and MJ fans are aware of this CD - it's a must have. I was in love with J5 before and now I am madly in love!
The only negative I'd say is they play the songs soooooo fast the times on the songs are shorter. LIke some 5 minute studio songs are 2 minutes on here. That's how they played 23 songs at a venue.
My only negative is that "Stand" didn't make it on here. They explain it in the booklet or on the back that the sounds weren't working or something.
Booklets!!!!! NOT booklet. Booklets plural. Loads of pictures and good researched information. It seems like the info came from a true fan that recalled a LOT of details about the concerts. I think it said something about each of the times the Jackson 5 came back to this venue, the music and such got better and better. (Like more money was put into this group as the hits got bigger).
Great cd. Now I'm looking for the Victory tour live dvd and cd.
Featuring two performances from the early '70s, this album captures the Jackson 5 at their peak. LIke other reviewers have noted, the electric energy from these performances bounce off the speakers as if you're transported back to the early '70s. Listening to Michael Jackson in his early days is a revelation - onstage, he was charming, outgoing, funny and confident, unlike the reticent stage performer he became late in his life. What's most impressive is how tight a band the Jackson 5 was. When they cover soul classics such as "Feelin' Alright" and "It's Your Thing", they do not come off as cheesy or trying too hard; they are actually funky and soulful.
It's hard to believe these performances have been sitting around for so long waiting to be released. It makes me wonder what other undiscovered treasures lay waiting in the Motown vaults.
If you're a fan of Michael Jackson, the Jackson 5 or Motown, you must buy this set.